Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by bratch, Apr 8, 2006.
You counted me twice.
Are the long ranges long range only?
e.g. If we grab a long range, can some folks shoot at 100 yards, and some folks shoot at 1000? That may be a better option than using just a 100 yard range.
If I make it my wife and son will be with me.
My wife may not shoot, but my son will.
That makes 47 or 48, I guess.
That's a good idea. It's about a fifteen minute drive from Whittington to any restaurant in Raton, and the pickings are pretty slim there. Eating at the range would be fine. I think they've got a BBQ there, but don't know if that's only for staff use, or if anyone can use it.
There's a sight-in range where you can set up targets from fairy close (25 yards or so?) out to, I think 200, with animal-shaped gongs out beyond that. There's also the silhouette range.
Do we want to set up any sort of competitions or instructional stuff, or is it going to be just informal plinking? (I wouldn't mind doing some shooting on the Team Challenge targets.)
I think there definately needs to be a schedule of events. Otherwise we will have 200 people shooting for 3 or 4 hours, and everyone will be out of ammo.
Also, Poor Dave and Steve won't be able to leave the darn trap and skeet ranges the whole time, unless we specify that Shotgun stuff is, for instance, Thursday afternoon only.
I would also like to play on the Team Challenge courses.
As far as rifle shooting goes, 100 - 200 - 300 - yard ranges would be fine with me.
I guess i need to look at what this place has to offer, sounds pretty comprehensive.
I would hope most of the moderators here would make an appearance. Maybe Rich from TFL could be extended an invitation, & Eric from Glocktalk also?
Insurance: For some 50 or 60 shooters, the premium for a full year--the only deal they offer--is $800, give or take a bit as a function of final numbers. Cheap! Since we're talking a year from now, we have plenty of time to work out any bugs.
I'll be receiving an information packet before long, with all the grimy details.
This could work out for "The High Road Shooting Club" to have events elsewhere at other ranges, with this insurance covering similar-sized gatherings. At this stage, though, it's a play-by-ear.
I agree, Art, cheap, less than $15 per person.
Sandy was going to call Mr. Armacost today, since Mr. "You can't even fold towels, how're you going to organize this? " couldn't be trusted to ask the right questions. We'll see what she has to say tonight.
IIRC, both the Hunter Silhouette and the Rifle silhouette ranges have at least forty shooting positions. They would require multiple ROs though. The sight-in range I think only had eight or ten benches.
Schedule of events: Yes, there definately has to be one, otherwise, we might end up with a chaotic, unsafe mess.
I suppose I could drive out for a few days. Nah, sounds like I should take 3 weeks or so and do some sightseeing. I work too much; that's why I have 10 weeks of paid leave eating a hole in my pocket.
It's not THAT far, is it?
I'd most definitely like to see something along those lines. Especially the instructional portion. I'm entirely self-taught with both pistols and rifles and I'm sure I have some bad habits that need be beaten out of me. And I have essentially no knowledge or experience with shotguns, and that needs to be remedied.
JohnBT, this is the time of year to wander west. Take I-70 to I-44 to I-40 and peel off down to Las Cruces, Noo Messico. Then work your way north, making "lazy esses" until you get to Billings, Montana. That'll use up about three weeks.
Then do it again next year.
The southern US is better from October through April.
I'm too busy to do it this year, but I've already penciled it in for next year. That route looks like a pretty drive.
I'm back guys.
The shed behind my house got hit by lightning last Tuesday and I lost my computer which was easily replaced but he surge also fried the main internet line running into my house so I just got that repaired.
As soon as we get ready let me know and I'll open a THR account.
Would we want to do it at a national chain such as BOA or WF and let other THR get togethers use it in the future as well? I'll put myself on the account and could add people in the future perhaps if they were setting something up.
I'm guessing that we'd be better off for each THR group to do its own thing, regarding money and bank accounts.
You could use a national chain bank, just because of the ease of using the account when away from the home town branch. I didn't check out what banks are in Raton, but that can be googled, I imagine. THR Whit-Cen, as a name on the account, for example. Or THR 2007; whatever.
I'll bring the beer.
Kegs or cans?
hmm......six or eight kegs in the back of my F250, fill with ice......would it melt between Phoenix and NM?
Better pick up the ice in Flagstaff.....it's already over 100 degrees in Phoenix.
Just got back from a vacation which included Raton & NRA WC. The ranges are impressive, just 4 shooters total on all ranges when I was there on a Wed! I obtained some documents while I was there and have scanned them onto my harddrive. I have the following:
1. NRA-WC range map
2. NRA-WC Housing information brochure- pics of various housing buildings
3. Dining info in Raton
4. Lodging info in Raton
For those who are interested, I will gladly sent you a PDF of any/all of the above documents. Please send me an EMAIL specifying which documents you want and I'll send it via return EMAIL, no private messages please.
For those who read my previous post, I did not stay at the El Portal hotel, I ended up in the Super 8 which was decent, I can provide further info for those interested. I also spoke with Super 8 management and we can get a group rate for the event depending on numbers and date. I paid $75.39 per day including taxes with the NRA discount.
Best regards to all!
Down on the south side I've Raton, I've stayed at the Oasis Motel and eaten at the Oasis Cafe a couple of times. Around $40/night, roughly. Plenty okay but not fancy food. Seems to be a local hangout.
Please add me to the list. PM sent
Well now it looks as if I will not be able to attend anything next year. As I type this I am currently attending a SRP to prepare to deploy to Iraq later this year.
1. We gotta have a Gun Club name as an NRA affiliate club to get the NRA endorsed insurance. To register the club itself with NRA is $35/yr.
2. Their rules require that at least 50% of the members of our club be NRA members.
The starting point, then, is for all who are NRA members PM me. I'll go back and edit the list. Those who aren't, please consider joining.
I also joined.
Art, I am a member, Sandy isn't. That can be remedied though.
Sandy and I, Justin and Smoke Rizen are going down (up?) there this Saturday. We'll get some questions answered if we can.
We would like this first one to be very well organized, right down to sleeping arrangements and meals.
The $50 deposit is almost mandatory. We need Bratch to come back online and take care of that. We figure that money could be used for getting reservations for housing, insurance and lunch for the first day. Any deposit money not used will go back to the members.
Since this thread is pushing nine pages, I thought of condensing the FAQ's into one stickied thread. There are questions being asked on page 5 that were answered on page 1. I'll work on that after we get back Sunday.
I found a Bank of America in Raton as well as close to my house. If there is no reason to not use them BOA will be our branch. Does anybody have any opinions about BOA?
Well, you've got one more NRA member who's interested in coming along!
I'd suggest banking with Wells Fargo, but that's just because I work for them. Also, the Cowboy Shooters might appreciate Wells Fargo. I know nothing about Bank of America's business practices.
I have one suggestion, which could wait until next spring to be implemented: start a separate thread where participants could list the guns they intend to bring, or which they would like the opportunity to shoot. That way, those members coming from further away could avoid having to drag along too many redundant guns; I've been to a couple of informal meets where, through lack of prior coordination and communication, I wound up leaving some of my more interesting guns at home and bringing what turned out to be one of three M1 Garands that showed up. If anyone is thinking about bringing out Class III goodies, this could be helpful to their prior planning.
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