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Indiana Memorial Union Shooting Range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by ZeroX, Oct 4, 2005.

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  1. ZeroX

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    According to this link http://www.packing.org/range/indiana/range.php?range=213 and El Tejon (who says to be the former rangemaster), there is a shooting range under the Union here at IU. I went to look for it about 20 minutes ago, following the directions from the link. There was a door as described but it was locked (it was well before 9). There's no information about it past 2001 on IU's website and nothing indicating its existence inside the Union (which actually isn't too shocking, I doubt they'd advertise it). What's the deal?
     
  2. Maybe the sheep that are scared of guns got it shut down?
     
  3. ZeroX

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    That's likely.
     
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    According to the neighbor, who is affiliated with IU, that's exactly what happened. Don't worry, it sounds like it was a mixed blessing anyway. Friends that were on campus during the "bad old days" said using the range was a good way to make enemies of the liberal profs and fellow students.

    Post here if you need another place to shoot and I'm sure someone can hook you up!

    Take Care,
    Mike
     
  5. Thin Black Line

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    The Range Existed

    Yes, IU had a nice little indoor range. The school had quite a few donated
    .22 Remington competition rifles and Ruger pistols for the Rifle Class and
    for the IU Rifle and Pistol Club. There were many classes and club meetings
    held at the indoor range.

    The Union did away with the range in the early 1990s. Rumor was the
    space was converted into a break room for union employees.....all
    further mention of the range is verbotten.
     
  6. ShackleMeNot

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    The range was still around when I was at IU until '96.
     
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    My wife is an I.U. grad, so I've spent many a football weekend at the Union. I'd imagine that an indoor range there may have been shut down for environmental (lead) issues as much as political issues. Can't imagine it was "modern" in terms of lead contamination.

    Does IU still have competitive shooting teams?
     
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    Did the university shut it down? :confused: Man, have to get down there more. :scrutiny:

    Zero, I was there from '87 to '91.
     
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    Damn, I was afraid of that. It would have been so conveniant too, I'm a 5 minutes walk away.
     
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    I was there from '84-'88, pre-Tejon rangemaster days (Otter Melaniphany (?) was the rangemaster I remember). Man, did I shoot a lot of rounds in there. I'd go shoot every day. I was told that the backstop was good for a .458 Winchester, but who knows? Biggest thing I shot in there was a .357. :)
     
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    Erich, my sophomore year when Cam was Rangemaster some knucklehead cop brought in his 870 to "sight in" for deer slugs.

    The backstop held, but the slug came back to see us! :what: :uhoh:

    I nearly dropped my copy of Guns & Ammo. :D
     
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    I remember the range and Cam... He was a sore loser when I out-shot him :evil:
     
  13. Thin Black Line

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    Poor Cam had to enforce IU's unwritten unoffical policy of banning CCW
    holders from carrying on their person into the indoor range.....
     
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    (I'm assuming Cam was the large former Marine guy who came to work there in Spring of '88?) As I recall, he just about choked when I took my .357 out from my IWB. There was some pantywaist professor type shooting a .22 rifle with his son who complained, and then Cam told me I had to get a case to carry in the unloaded revolver or I couldn't use the range anymore.

    I was just about to graduate and the weather had gotten better, so I simply declined to return. Last time I was ever there.
     
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