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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Schlegel, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. Schlegel

    Schlegel Member

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    No, not an ND. My second trip to an indoor range; 50AE Desert Eagle on my left, AR on my right. Headache for 2 days. I did good work on flinch suppression, though. And yes, plugs and muffs.
     
  2. DocRock

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    What? I can't hear you....
     
  3. Steve S.

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    I stay away from indoor ranges to avoid the contained report intensity and the contained pollutants - some indoor ranges are worse than others. Outdoor firearms shooting allows a much larger atmosphere to dissipate the report noise and the burned powder byproducts. In other words, I am an indoor range sissy but doggonnit, I like me.
     
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  4. 748

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    At least I'm decent enough to put a silencer on my AR.
    Try to make it a point to go there on their slowest day.
     
  5. bersaguy

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    Yeah....I had a similar experience years ago when my wife and I were dating. She had never fired a gun, so I asked the range officer at the indoor range if we could wait until it died down a bit on the range, told him we didn't mind waiting. He sent us in with a AR pistol on one side and 454 Casull on the other. We were shooting 22lr. Think my wife fired 3 rounds...
     
  6. JR24

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    Me too, I only shoot indoors if I'm renting a gun I want to try. Else I go outside year round, rain or snow
     
  7. ATLDave

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    I live in a city. I'm 10 minutes away from an indoor range. I'm a 60-90 minute drive to the nearest place to shoot outdoors.

    Suffice it to say, I am completely inured to the noise of an indoor range. I could fall asleep in the back of one. You absolutely get used to it.
     
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  8. Jack B.

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    It gets very hot where I live. Even early or late in the day. If you feel the need to shoot often then a indoor range is the only way to go during the summer. The indoor range that I am a member of has very good ventilation and very nice air conditioning. You can only shoot pistol caliber guns though. I am a member at 2 outdoor ranges that I use for rifle practice and some pistol in cooler weather. There are very few people that go to my indoor range that shoot anything really big bore except me and I try to be courteous to my fellow shooters and let them know what I'll be shooting. Plus I try to save most of my big bore shooting time for the outdoor ranges where I can shoot at a much further distance.
     
  9. 460Shooter

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    It happens. Winter months I shoot indoors. Spring, summer, and fall, I shoot outdoors. It gets noisy.

    Oh well.
     
  10. bannockburn

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    Me too, plus the indoor range I like to shoot at doesn't have any A/C! Just an old box fan in the back to keep the nice warm, muggy air circulating!

    Still it's a nice place to go shooting all the other times of the year!
     
  11. bdickens

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    All the indoor ranges around here make a big deal about their ventilation systems and limit the size of what you can shoot there.
     
  12. George Dickel

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    At a outdoor range where I used to shoot I had a guy on my right shooting a 338 Lapua and a 300 Win Mag, both had muzzle brakes. Almost blew me off my bench just from the deflected gasses and the noise was unreal. I had to stop and move away until he quit shooting.
     
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  13. Jack B.

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    There are two ultra modern indoor ranges available to me with 100yd rifle stations but you have to buy the ammo that they sell. Being an avid reloader they do not interest me. Plus they are pretty far away from me.
     
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  14. Jack B.

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    Same thing happened to me at my favorite outdoor range. Fortunately they weren't very busy and I was able to move away from him and continue my session.
     
  15. roval

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    our outdoor range always asks if you have a muzzle brake. if so they set you up further from others. with muzzle loaders they usually try to set you up downwind of others.
     
  16. theotherwaldo

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    I'm signed up for an indoor range but I haven't used it since I got my Concealed Carry Permit there. The guy beside me during the timed fire testing was using a .44 magnum that rattled the walls and he couldn't keep it on the target at 15 yards - I even heard a ricochet.
    Also, with six lanes firing at once, smoke and fumes got strong pretty fast.
    I won't be renewing my membership there.
     
  17. Hooda Thunkit

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    I have shot at an indoor range exactly once in my life. I'm in my 60th year, and have been shooting since I was 13.

    The only time I ever shot indoors, there was a cabbage head next to me with a muzzle brake on an AR pistol. Every time he pulled the trigger, the gases blew under my eye protection. The mag dumps didn't help much, and the noise was incredible.
    I tried to back up to get out of the path of the muzzle gases, the RSO tapped me on the shoulder and told me I needed to move up closer to the bench.

    I packed up and left. I've never been back. I'll just shoot outdoors, thank you very much.
     
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  18. FROGO207

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    When shooting indoors at our private club most of the members keep it to light calibers. I mostly shoot .22 and 38 SPL and only use the indoor range in the really cold weather when I can shoot in the early evening after it gets dark. The rest of the time it is outdoors in the fresh air and sunlight whenever possible.
     
  19. doubleh

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    What's an indoor range? Seriously, I would have better luck finding a hen's tooth or a do-do in my area than an indoor range.
     
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  20. Jeb Stuart

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    I have three range memberships. Two indoor and one outdoor. I do not go to the indoor ranges by choice. But I want to shoot at a range at least twice a week and the outdoor range is too far for quick range trips which I like to do.
    I go because the outdoor range is a hour from home. I usually to to that range on the weekends and all holidays. I love going to the outdoor range when the weather is terrible. No one else is there and I have the whole range to myself.
    I shoot a lot of Air Rifles and Pistols. I developed Ear Tinnitus from all things Air Rifles. And I pride myself with some very nice high end rifles that have been Custom Tuned for quiet shooting. Some range from 74db to 88db, What people do not realize is that it does not take a lot of noise to get permanent ear drum damage. I now shoot these very quiet air Rifles with Ear Protection and when I go to any range, I use the best possible hearing protection. Another thing about ear drum damage is the fact that is accumulative and of course permanent.
     
  21. herrwalther

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    I am very selective when I go to the indoor range. Weird weekdays such as Tuesday morning when they open at 10 or Wednesday afternoon, I usually have the place to myself.
     
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  22. Jeb Stuart

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    I have mini range bags for all my Carry guns. Small bags with just the right amount of necessary equipment and mags. I have one range a mile to the West, another 1 mile to the East. Makes it nice to just to a quick stop and Shoot at any given time.
     
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  23. jhb

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    I have my own outdoor range. took years and years and much hard work to get it. well worth it, except when it rains.....:) kidding I have a covered area built for that.

    when I had to use indoor ranges when i was younger.....I wore the most noise dampening foam type ear plugs i could buy and most noise killing headset ear muffs I could afford and find. still do that at the outdoor range. one cant protect their hearing enough imho. I also always wore and still wear eye protection even over my old eye glasses I need to wear to see anymore. the shock wave of some of the calibers is brutal indoors.

    anyways worked pretty well. not perfect and couldnt hear anyone talking well but I wasnt there to be social and chit chat. if it wanted to do that I'd go back outside the range in the parking lot to chat and be social.
     
  24. edwardware

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    Gun's are LOUD!

    My favorite approach to this is to join them by unscrewing the flash can from my 10.5" 5.56 AR, leaving the triport brake. It's comedic, like something from an overdone movie SFX department.
     
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  25. Pat Riot
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    Some people do not have the luxury of an outdoor range nearby.

    I have 2 indoor ranges near me. 1 allows rifles, 1 doesn’t. I am a member of the one that doesn’t.
    Every once in a while someone will show up with a .454 Casull or something similar and rock the range but for the most part it’s definitely tolerable.

    I have gone to the other range a few times and it almost seems as if the guys running the counter don’t segregate the rifles from the handguns on purpose for entertainment value.
     
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