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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by manhattan23, Mar 18, 2004.

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  1. manhattan23

    manhattan23 Member

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    Finally made my escape from NYC. Can any established Austinites share what their favorite gunstores and ranges are?

    Are there any mailing lists/discussion/activist groups/clubs from this area?

    What's the shooting climate like here? The one in NYC is limited as you can guess.

    I'm planning on checking out the Austin Rifle Club this weekend.

    Manhattan23 (time to change my name eh?)
     
  2. Dorrin79

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    Hey man, welcome to the area!

    Depending on which side of town you live on, there are a couple of indoor 100yd ranges (one in South Austin, and one in Pflugerville). Both have a gun shoppe attached.

    McBride's Guns on Lamar is especially good, although their prices tend to be high.

    Academy sporting goods (there are several scattered around town) sells long guns and handguns at very reasonable prices.

    There's also an outdoor range in Leander (Eagle Point) but they won't let you shoot FMJ out of a rifle there :rolleyes:

    The Saxet gun Show is this weekend, and I'll be there looking for a few things Saturday morning.

    I know there are several other THR members in the Austin area... maybe we should try to set up a shoot?
     
  3. Coffee357

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    manhattan23,

    Welcome to Austin! You found the only liberal spot in Texas! Not too bad, though. The Austin Rifle Club has a nice set-up but you have to be a member. Austin Skeet and Rifle (if still open) is a functional outdoor range and Reds owns ranges in Pflugerville and in Oak Hill (S-W Austin), as mentioned. Good gunstores are Reds (some prices high, some reasonable), Tex-Guns on Manchaca near Stassney (Good people - more expensive than they used to be - and a 3month lay-a-way:D ), and Heritage Guns on 183 @ Anderson Mill (overall good prices). Academy sells handguns and rifles at a reasonable price but they are not in the trade and return buisiness. No waiting period if you pass NICS - no NICS fee - and buy what you want, when you want. Gotta love this state!

    Coffee
     
  4. Greybeard

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    Congrats on The Great Escape. :D

    Red's (mentioned above) is the only place I've shot when in Austin (other than DPS instructor schools). It's semi-unusual. 100-yard indoor, including rifles. Which is great for the guys sighting in their 300 Win Mags. But maybe not at the same time you are trying to get tuned up with a pistol ...

    Welcome to Tejas! :)
     
  5. Daniel T

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    Howdy!

    I'll have to 2nd the recomendation for the Austin Skeet and Rifle Range. It's not really in Austin, but it's close, and it's most definitely still open. If you like indoor ranges (and I don't) then Red's is fine. Just buy your ammo somewhere else, because they are a bit on the expensive side.

    Heritage is a decent gun shop, but my favorite spot is Detection, Inc (he also sells alarm systems). It's a bit of a hole-in-the-wall place, but Jim has the best prices on ammo in Austin, and his cost +10% prices are generally cheaper than other shops' cost +10%. Better distributors maybe.

    McBride's is a nice shop, but their prices are high. I have noticed recently that they are marking down some of their stuff, so maybe they'll get more resonable. They are definitely the place to go if you want to handle something you plan on ordering elsewhere, since they have a huge variety of stock onhand.

    I'm all for a shoot, just let me know when and where.

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  6. auschip

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    There is an outdoor range in Dripping SPrings - depending on your location it might be a bit of a haul, but they offer all kinds of shooting, and good prices. They also allow Class 3 stuff, so you might get to see some neat firepower that you might not see at other places.
     
  7. El Tejon

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    In McBride's, turn LEFT once in the door for the guns.:D
     
  8. Kenneth Lew

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    Class III. Go to subguns.com for dealers.
     
  9. Shooterman

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    As you cxan see, Manhattan23, you've been welcomed with open arms into the shooting culture of Austin. Though I live in Beaumont, let me also welcome you to the Great Lone Star State. No place else like it. God gave us mountains, beaches, lakes, ( a little help from the Corps of Engineers ) desert, marshes and swamps, bayous, argurably the prettiest girls in the world, great hunting and fishing, and numerous other great attractions. He had to throw in 'skeeters, gators, Houston and Dallas, and a few other things one would prefer not to have, but that was just to make sure we Texans had something to look forward to in Heaven. Welcome.

    Shooterman
     
  10. TamThompson

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    My recommendation for the gun store with the best prices and friendliest service would be Heritage Guns, previously mentioned.

    I usually go to Eagle Peak in Leander. Although you can't shoot FMJ out of rifles, you can shoot it out of pistols and the people there are very nice. A good class of shooters go there. I would avoid Austin Skeet & Trap (the one out in Manor), as I've seen gang members shooting there when I took my CHL test, and I've heard their safety is not so good.

    Just a friendly word to the wise, to start you off on a good footing: there's an old bumpersticker around here that says something like, "Nobody around here gives a damn how anybody does anything up north." This is good advice. :)

    Have fun!
     
  11. manhattan23

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and the information. So far I'm really enjoying living here. (all of 2 weeks) My impression is that everyone seems more friendly to strangers whereas New Yorkers are somewhat indifferent. The food is great, including the produce. The weather is much better this time of year too. :)

    I would be down for an Austin shootin' meet.

    -Manhattan23
     
  12. alamo

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    Welcome!

    I want to 2nd of couple of places already mentioned -

    - Cost + 10% on Burnet Lane (not Burnet Road). Small selection but he can order for you, great prices. [Be sure to pronounce Burnet as "Burn-it" vs. "Bur-net", that way folks won't think you're from out-of-town, don't say Yo! or Geezzz either]

    - Heritage Firearms. Nice folks, good prices.

    Also, the previously mentioned Saxet (Texas backwards) Gunshow. It is MONTHLY, what a great deal. Some folks are probably lucky to see one once a year. It is 3rd weekend in every month.
     
  13. Daniel T

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    Er, ok. I've been shooting there at least a couple times a month for years and I've never seen "gang members" there. Not sure what you're refering to by "their safety is not so good" either.
     
  14. HankB

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    Welcome to Moscow on the Colorado.

    This Sunday there's going to be an IDPA match put on by Texas Tactical at Hill Country Rifle Range just down Hamilton Pool Road west of Austin. Here's a link to TT website, which includes a map: http://mywebpage.netscape.com/texastactical/tx.html

    TT also puts on carbine matches at HCRR once a month.

    There's also an IPSC club that shoots out there once a month - Austin Lone Star Practical Pistol Club.

    Both are run by good folks, safety is emphasized, and new shooters have always been welcomed.

    So if you're into competition, you can shoot practically every weekend in the Austin area.

    BTW, the actual owner of HCRR is a bit . . . eccentric . . . but you don't have to talk to him very much. There's rifle shooting available out to about 360 yards or so.

    Maybe I'll see you - or other THR-ers - at the Saxet show. (Maybe we need a secret handshake or something to recognize one another . . .
    ;) )
     
  15. Daniel T

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    I'll be the big shaved-head guy talking to Mel at the General Firearms table while fondling all of his C&R pieces... :D
     
  16. manhattan23

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    I'm already planning on going to the gun show on Saturday morning. Austin Rifle Club range orientation is Saturday afternoon. Which leaves Sunday open for the IDPA match but I've never done anything like that. Perhaps I'll just show up to check it out. I hope they allow spectators.

    Looking forward to meeting all y'all. :)

    Manhattan23
     
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    "Looking forward to meeting all y'all."

    Yer learnin'
     
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    Just wear your Molon Labe hat to the gunshow, then everyone can recognize you...
     
  19. brookstexas

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    Welcome to a free state!

    Many changes await you, I can sell you a gun with no paperwork or you can sell me one without asking permission!
    You can get started on getting your concealed carry license also if you choose and why wouldn't you? Another benefit of the CHL is no waiting when buying guns from a dealer.
    BTW Austin has great culture and food, welcome and enjoy!
    BT
     
  20. Shooterman

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    I can't let all those Austinites have all the fun. If you decide to see a liitle of Texas, drive into East Texas. See the tall pines and stately old oaks. While there, swing on down into Southeast Texas, eat some great seafood and marvelous Cajun Cuisine. While here, if on a second or third Saturday, come shoot a Service Rifle Match or a Service Bolt Action Match, qualify for the opportunity to buy a M1 Garand from the CMP. Great bunch of guys. Hotels within 2 or 3 miles of the range. Even shoot a 600 yard match if you've a mind too. Every first Saturday of the month. We'll go to an all you can eat place of Bar-b-qued crabs, fried shrimp to die for, crab balls, fried catfish. Man, that's some good eatin'. LOL. Seriously, you'll probably love Austin, but if coming to Beaumont..........
     
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    Welcome to Texas, Manhattan. I think you're going to like it.

    Bear in mind when you hear people talking about how "liberal" or "anti-gun" Austin is that they're talking about 'compared to the rest of Texas'. It's still great compared to Manhattan.
     
  23. ChickenHawk

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    Welcome to the Austin area! You're going to love Texas.

    Here's a link for a not-so-local training website in the general area. In addition to the training there, he's got a bunch of links and lists of local ranges and gun stores.

    http://www.krtraining.com

    As previously mentioned, I think Heritage Arms (183 and Anderson Mill) is one of the better gun stores around (price wise).

    There's a Saxet gun show this weekend you might want to attend. Don't expect any miracles, but it's a decent show.

    Regards,
    ChickenHawk
     
  24. manhattan23

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    I went to Red's indoor range on 290 west tonite and met some nice guys. One even let me shoot his MG.

    I found out what qualifies as liberal in Texas. This gentleman had the local Travis County Sheriff, Margo Frasier sign off on a few transfers but she refused for some new ones because "he had too many" machine guns.

    Now if thats the worst, it compares most favorably compared to New York County.

    I applied for a Florida permit before I left NY so I will probably hold off on getting a TX one until I find some kind of work down here.

    -Manhattan23
     
  25. geojap

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    Welcome to Austin! Now will everyone quit moving here please??? Heh heh, just kidding dude.

    Austin is a mixed-bag with firearms. There are lots of hippie-types that live here that don't care for firearms one bit. I don't resent them though, they are part of what makes Austin so unique. But this is Texas too, and in Texas firearms are part of our culture and we take that right very seriously here. You will find a mixed group here in Austin regarding firearms. Laws are very sensible. You can carry long weapons in your car (and on your person actually), except the usual places like a school, court house, jail, polling place, etc. You must be going to and from a sporting activity to have a handgun in your posession, and it should be unloaded with the ammo in a separate compartment (like the trunk) from the handgun itself (ie. in the cab of the car). If you don't want to do that, get a CHL and you can carry concealed. Typically, just be sensible around here using your common sense, stay within the law and you won't have any problems.

    I second what everyone has said about Heritage Firearms and Tex Guns. I shop there for the C&R's that show up on their racks. I shoot at Red's down south on Highway 290 that you mentioned because it's only 10 minutes from my place. But it's a little cramped and with so much muzzle blast so close it's hard to concentrate if you are target shooting for groups. It's also $13 per hour, which is a little high for my liking. I usually go to the Austin Skeet and Rifle Range in Manor (10 miles east on Highway 290 towards Houston). They have targets out to 100 yards and it's open, lots of room, and $6 per gun and no time limit. I have never seen gang bangers there, but since it's close to the gun show location, I have heard that newbies that know nothing about firearms will take their newly purchased SKS or AK out there and it's a little obvious they don't know much about what they are doing. I have never seen anyone acting unsafely out there though. Most of the shooters I have seen and talked to there are very responsible people. It is a relaxed environment though, so I suggest if something inappropriate is going on, go talk to the range manager and then have a word with the offender. I have yet to make it out to the Hill Country Rifle range with the nutty owner and 300 yard ranges, but it's on my list. I need to take my FAL out there and see how it does at 300 yards.


    Austin is the best city in the USA in my opinion. The best mix of people, so much to do for outdoor recreation with the greenbelts and lakes, and the music, food and other entertainment is just unbelievable. People are very friendly here. Enjoy it! South By Southwest is going on this week. There are 1,300 bands playing in town for the largest music festival in the country! Check out some of the free shows at Auditorium Shores tonight and tomorrow. Toots and the Maytals, Kris Kristofferson, Junior Brown, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Los Lonely Boys are playing for free. If you want to go PM or Email me and tag along with me and my friends. Other stuff going on this week: Willie Nelson is playing three shows in a row at a place called the Backyard and the UT women's basketball team luckily enough starts their NCAA tournament first round here at the Erwin Center on Sunday. Oh, and get ready for football. This town goes a little crazy in the Fall with highschool and college football madness. Saturday's in the Fall are like city-wide celebrations for Longhorn home games. For the past 50 years every good Texas father taught his son he will respect and never cuss: God, his mother and Darrel Royal. Hook 'em!


    If you ever want to go shooting some weekend let me know.

    I dunno if you've spent time in the south in the summer before, but get ready for July and August. 40 straight days of continual 100+ degree days are not uncommon.
     
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