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Ft Monroe, Virginia

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by NGIB, Jun 16, 2008.

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  1. NGIB

    NGIB Member

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    There's a good possibility that I may be going from Atlanta to Hampton VA soon on a civil service transfer. Can anybody give me a feel for the gun climate there? Also, are there any good ranges nearby?

    The range I shoot at here is just over a mile from the house so I'm hoping there's something good and close there as well. Never lived in that area so I appreciate any and all info... Dave
     
  2. Eric F

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    Boy can I give you the run down on this place. I grew up just outside the gate. There are several indoor ranges and no public out door ranges right now. There is Laffyett gun club in yorktown a 30minute drive for you from Ft. Monroe. Airfield gunclub in Wakefield a bout an hour and 15 minutes for you and thats the close ones. Indoor ranges are Superior pawn about 15 minutes up the road, If you are military or retired ect camp allen at Norfolk NAval has a less than safe indoor range, and there are 2 or 3 indoor ranges in Va beach. for long distance shooting you need to go to Richmond of find some one with property. I will send you a PM. Oh yeah the best gunshop in the area IMO is BOBS in Norfolk also a indoor range there from Monroe it would be 20-30 minutes if there is no traffic at the tunnel.
     
  3. Titan6

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    The gun climate in Virginia is very good.
    - A minimal training shall issue CCW
    - Class II/III are all legal
    - liberal SD/ HD rules
    - Reasonable hunting laws
    - OC legal
     
  4. Apple a Day

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    NGIB,
    Welcome to the neighborhood. I made the same move about 14 years ago. Eric F hit the basics.

    *I'm a member at Lafayette which has a 50-foot indoor, outdoor shotgun, 50- and 100-yard rifle ranges. It's a nice place but some of the RSOs are really uptight. Any time you want to go check it out send me an email or PM me.
    *Superior Gun and Pawn has some good folks working there . Once they get to know you they're pretty relaxed. Unfortunatley, they only have about a half dozen lanes of 50-foot indoor range. A lot of the time the lanes are down for repair and/or full. I did my CCW class there and it was good.
    *The Marksman is in Newport News a little north of the airport on Jefferson Avenue. They have a really nice 25 yard indoor range but you are limited to handguns and .22 rifles.
    *A&P Arms has a place in Va. Beach but they just blew up. No kidding, they had a flash fire which injured several people. There's no telling when or if they'll be back up.
    *There's a public range just to the west of Williamsburg in a state park but it's only a 100 yard rifle range (NO pistols!) and limited operational times.
    I'd recommend you also check out the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL.org I think) and at least get on their VA ALERT email list. Check 'em out.
    Again, welcome to the neighborhood!
     
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    I agree with Eric F: Bob's is the best store in the area, although the Armory and A&P are okay (A&P has the best prices). Superior Pawn & Gun is overpriced but they do have some unexpected things like Wilson and Chip McCormick mags; they're also friendly enough. I never really warmed up to The Marksman; they're overpriced and kind of hard to figure out (although Janet is friendly). Bass Pro has overpriced guns but okay prices on ammo.

    Lafayette is pretty good. It's a little more limited in some areas than I'd like but seeing as it's surrounded by a church and by houses it does the best it can. The 24/7 access to the pistol range is nice. Fees ($200ish per year) are decent for the area. They also hold regular matches.

    Richmond's not too far away and there are various options out there, too. The Chickahominy WMA sighting-in range is, frankly, probably not worth the effort.
     
  7. NGIB

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    Thanks folks, I'll start researching based on the info provided. I have my GA permit but no reciprocity I see. Also, I'm only a handgun shooter so indoor ranges are OK by me...
     
  8. griz

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    This thread makes me feel old(er). When I went to Kecoughtan High School, the NJROTC would go once a week to the range in the basement of the gym (YMCA? I don't remember for sure) ON Fort Monroe for school spomsored 22 rifle matches. Yes, you could bring your rifle to school, take the bus afterward to the range on a military base, and have the goverment buy your ammo. We've come a long way since then.
     
  9. Unisaw

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    Griz, you aren't the only one who is feeling old. When my father was stationed at Fort Monroe in the early 1970s, my brother and I belonged to the junior rifle club that shot at the same basement range. It was my first organized involvement with the shooting sports.
     
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