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Indoor Ranges

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Beak50, Jan 11, 2012.

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  1. Beak50

    Beak50 Member

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    I would like to know if most of you guy's shoot inside at range's or outside at home or club's.I live in Western P.A. and have never heard of anyone I know use a indoor range or even know of any around here.
     
  2. tnxdshooter

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    Shotguns and pistols inside. Rifles outside but only because no indoor ranges around me allow the use of them.


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  3. Sam1911

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    Did you mean just for rifle shooting? (This is in the rifles sub-forum.)

    There are lots of indoor ranges around, but not all that many are set up to handle rifle fire. Mostly pistols and maybe .22 rifles.
     
  4. RangeDS

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    Indoor Shooting Range

    A newer indoor range should be set-up to accommodate rifles. The one I just completed in October is a 15 lane facility 6 of which can handle .50 BMG.

    For those who have land going to a range is probably only occurring when weather rough.

    The Range at Lake Norman is 100% climate controlled. Shoot in shorts all year long!

    We have two more locations planned for new facilities soon.
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    Range Development Services.com
     
  5. joeq

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    I use the indoor range for pistol and rifle shooting. That does limit me to 100 yards for rifle shooting. There aren't many outdoor public ranges very close to me. I can be at the indoor range in 2 minutes.
     
  6. Beak50

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    I meant for pistol or rifle practice.Sorry should have been more attentive.Maybe I'm just to much of a country-boy.I would like to be able to scope in a rofle without the weather,wind ect..
     
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    I live in the Mpls, MN. Nearest indoor range is 10 minutes away. Nearest outdoor range is upwards of an hour. So I am usually at the indoor range, even with rifles, (they allow full auto with paperwork, and .50 BMG) but hope to get a club membership this year and go to the outdoor range on the weekends for more long range work.
     
  8. Sam1911

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    Beak50, you should be only about 30 min. from Castlewood Rod & Gun Club in New Castle. They've got an indoor range as well as outdoor ranges to 500 meters.

    http://castlewoodclays.com/

    No idea if they allow rifles on the indoor range, though.
     
  9. Beak50

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    I would imagine club due's are pretty high at the indoor place's.Is it pay as you come or one flat membership fee?Not shooting in the cold would be nice,you got it made up there.
     
  10. Beak50

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    Thank's Sam1911,I never heard of the place and I've lived here my whole life.I'm a member in two club's around here.Maybe that place is for the "rich and famous"I'll check it out.
     
  11. joeq

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    My indoor range charges $15.00 per hour. It's expensive but I don't have many options.
     
  12. Sam1911

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    Ours is $55 a year membership and includes (almost) unlimited use of indoor range, covered outdoor pistol range, covered outdoor rifle range (to 100 yds, and steel plates to 200), eight other outdoor pits/ranges, archery range, trap, hunting land, and various organized shooting groups.

    But no rifles on the indoor range.
     
  13. The Lone Haranguer

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    I primarily shoot handguns, and use indoor ranges almost exclusively. As I grow older, I have less and less patience for going out in the weather. :D The one I go to allows rifles up to elephant guns as well as automatic fire, but at 25 yards, really isn't much of a challenge for a rifle.

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    Around here I have 2 indoor ranges. One is very close to me, about 5 minutes drive. They allow pistol and .22 rifle, but no magnum rounds. They told me it was because magnum rounds cause more noise to fellow shooters. It's an old LEO indoor range converted for the public. $18 an hour I think?

    The other indoor range is new, state-of-the-art. You can rent full auto stuff. They allow rifles up to .50BMG in certain lanes I think. They also have moving target systems. It's very nice, but it's costly. I can't remember, but I think it's more than $20 a half hour for a single person per lane. Too rich for my blood.

    Then I have the outdoor range that I've been shooting at since I was a kid. They have a full gun shop, and an outdoor range of 300 yards I think. You can bring your own targets and shoot anything you want except glass and things that explode. It's $10 for the day whole day. First come first serve, and as you can imagine it gets filled pretty quick. RO every day these days (used to be only weekends). You don't have to be a member, but you get an even better deal on price if you are an annual member. They also have a couple other ranges that are a little more exclusive, but they do have a SASS group and a practical pistol range.

    I shoot the outdoor range mostly because I can bring my own targets and it's by far the cheapest.
     
  15. bergmen

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    I stopped shooting at indoor ranges years ago for three reasons:

    1) The ventilation is usually subpar and one gets to inhale all sorts of nasty gases while inside. If the ventilation is good, you freeze to death with the wind at your back.

    2) The noise and concussion (especially with the giant hand cannons) is way over the top and too uncomfortable for me and my guests.

    3) I do not like not being able to see the shooter in the lanes next to me to see if they are being safe (many are not). I think an element of being inconspicuous might be a contributor to murders and suicides that have happened at indoor ranges. This is just my opinion, not based on any fact. But it does make me feel uncomfortable.

    The only thing I do like is the ability to reel your targets in without the range going cold but I can live without that.

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    THIS! My indoor range has great ventilation but has fans blowing at your back. When it's cold outside, it is super cold inside. The visibility also sucks but I guess it's good practice for low light situations. Only pistol, shotgun, and .22lr rifles allowed.

    The outdoor range I go to is brand new and quite nice, but I have to drive 20-25 minutes to get there.
     
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    MOST of my shooting is outdoors but there is a local indoor range that I visit relatively often. They have 25 lanes (15 15-yard lanes and 10 25-yard lanes) and charge $5 for you to shoot for as long as you want.

    There are addons of course (sillouette targets are $1 each - ear/eye protection is $1 each rental if you don't bring your own. If you rent one of their guns, it's $5 + must be shot with ammo purchased in the shop, which the ammo is a bit high). Overall it works well, though admittedly the lighting is kinda dim.

    One thing that does freak me out a bit though is that if you look at the steel dividers between the range stalls at just about any indoor range - there's bullet dents in them. Of course the covers at most of the outdoor ranges I've been to have a bullet through the ceiling too . . .
     
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    I live in a rural area, so I never shoot indoors. Where I live, there are not any indoor ranges close by.
     
  19. holdencm9

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    There are different levels of membership from $300 to $1000 per year. The memberships also provide perks for the store (no FFL transfers, free rentals, discounts on training courses and ammo purchases), as well as discounted or free unlimited range use.

    If you pay as you go it is $20 each visit, but no time limit.

    OR you can buy tokens...21 visits for $250 so it averages out to be a bit under $12 per visit.
     
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    Are club has outdoor pistol & rifle & trap shooting and in the winter months rent are local armory for pistol & 22 rifle only.
     
  22. Wes Mantooth

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    There's 2 indoor ranges in Wichita.

    One for handguns only and one that's for handguns and has a 100yrd rifle range.

    I only shoot indoors if I'm trying to sight in a rifle. The lighting is poor in the rifle range though and only has lights every 25 yrds. It's nice for knowing known distances that way, but when it gets out to 100yrds you have to bring your target in to see where your groups are landing. It also has bullet holes in the walls and ceiling. :what: It's also had at least 2 people blow their brains out in the pistol range side of it. And it's down in the "'hood". But nobody seems to get messed with by unscrupulous types when they're there. ;)

    They don't allow shotguns or rifle rounds without lead cores. They even check your ammo with a magnet. They had some genius shooting through the back wall with his .50 BMG and ?????? rounds. ( I forget the ammo type right now...memory failing:eek:)

    I live out in the country and set up my own range and backstop. Shotguns out here are like hearing a car horn in the big city...all too common and nobody gives it a second thought.
     
  23. Mt Shooter

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    There is a new one here, never been, you can shoot anything there. pistols , rifles, they rent full autos. The thing I don't like and why I have never been is they don't allow you to pickup your own brass. If I am paying anywhere from .10 cents plus for my brass I am not so inclined to leave it lay on their floor for their profits.
     
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    Interesting. My local indoor range allows rifles, and pistols, but no shotguns. :confused:
     
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    I joined the Medford Rifle and Pistol club to use their indoor range. It's a bit of a diamond in the rough but is a great place to shoot during the colder months and during wet weather. Cost is $50 per year for 24/7 access with a 50' maximum range. Pistols, and .22 rifles okay. We have several county rifle, shotgun, pistol and archery ranges nearby as well. The county has just finished improving the berms and road. County range fee is $25 per year or $40 per year for familys.
     
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