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Moving to TX, Yeehaw!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Roz, Sep 4, 2004.

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  1. Roz

    Roz Member

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    Ok, I've accepted a job with a company based in Houston. I'm leaving MI, which is one of the more ungunfriendly states.

    The first thing I plan on doing is picking up a Class III toy.... then a suppressor, then another one... and another... it's an addiction! Actually, it'll be a class III firearm and then a suppressor and then I'll probably have to learn to reload.

    Any tips on ranges/stores/people to meet in Houston?

    Thanks!
     
  2. WalkerTexasRanger

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    Welcome to Texas, "its like a whole other country."

    I live here in Houston and it is a great place for the shooting sports. Multiple ranges and clubs. Matter of fact, a club, Bayou Rifles has a new 1000 yard range opening today.

    We have never posted about a THR meeting at say American Shooting Centers, but this sounds like a good reason to have one.

    There many THR members from Houston, I met several, bought and sold items to several, and all are a good bunch of people.

    www.competitionshootingsports.com is based here, and the owner is the co-developer of the Grendel, and a high-power person, so lots of Grendel talk and "fun" areound here.

    Send me a PM or email if you have any questions about the city. I work for a mover, Graebel, and can hook you up with some good contacts in the RE business if you need. I can also help guide you on where to start looking for housing, you know in relation to the nearest range. :D

    Again, Welcome to Texas!!
     
  3. DigMe

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    There are nicer places you could live in TX but hey...it's a start!

    Welcome! Be sure and get your CHL ASAP. I think you have to live here 6 months first though unfortunately. I can't remember exactly but you can check the laws over at www.packing.org or you can check out the Texas DPS website.

    brad cook
     
  4. Roz

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    WalkerTexasRanger,

    I'll definitely be dropping you an e-mail. I'm looking at buying in Katy or Brookshire, since the company I work for is located at the Fry/I-10 area.

    I have a MI CHL, I wonder if I still need to live there for 6 months? Definitely at least 2 months, as I won't have a permanent address until after that. I'm in corporate housing for 60 days.
     
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    Texas has dropped the 6 month wait residency requirement, so you can get one asap!

    Welcome!
     
  6. Sylvilagus Aquaticus

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    Just remeber, plastic rusts in Houston.

    Welcome to Texas.

    Regards,
    Rabbit.
     
  7. WalkerTexasRanger

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    Roz,

    Fry road borders George Bush Park where American Shooting Centers is located, cant get much more convenient than that. www.amshootcenters.com Here is their website just to get you started.

    WTR
     
  8. boofus

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    Unfortunately ASC does not allow politically incorrect guns. No silencers or MGs allowed because it might offend some over/under totin Elmer Fudds. There's a thread on AR15.com about the range nazis there throwing someone out for shooting a suppressed 10/22. Hell they get all excited if you start doing double/triple taps there. There are definitely friendlier ranges to choose from in the Houston area.
     
  9. BobCat

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    Roz,

    Welcome to Houston! Sylvilagus Aquaticus is right - everything rusts in Houston, and if your air conditioning breaks, your books will rot on the shelf.

    With that said; you will love it here! I live just South of the Katy / Brookshire area. The new 1,000 yard range at the Bayou Rifles Juliff facility is South of the city; but the Bayou Rifles Addicks facility is near Addicks Resevior, at I-10 and Eldridge - just East of you. Disclaimer: I'm pushing Bayou Rifles since I'm the membership director, but I wouldn't be if it were not a great club. Great safety record, competition in many disciplines if you want, and casual shooting if you prefer that. Try http://www.bayourifles.org - site is rough but there are maps anyway.

    If you shoot Cowboy Action, there is a great club in Columbus, just West of you; check http://www.THSS.org

    Let us know when you get in town!

    Purrrs,
    BobCat
     
  10. Roz

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    Ugh! My carry guns are a P239, a P7M8, a P7PSP, a Kimber Ultra Shadow and a Glock 26. Time to send them all off to Virgil Tripp.

    I've never seen any rust on my guns... I guess I'd better start cleaning them more often. I have to admit I don't always clean them after a brief range session or wipe 'em down after a quick dry fire session.

    Wipe 'em down and cover them in a rust inhibitor. I'd better stock up on silicon impregnated cloths!

    Unfortunately, except for the SHR970 and a PSS700, all of my long guns are EBR. And some of them will become a bit more evil in a few days!

    1,000 yard range eh? Maybe I'll buy that .50BMG as a first in TX toy instead of a class III.

    I guess just a little pistol playing at ASC is in order. I'll take the more serious fun down to Bayou or one of the other clubs.
     
  11. Barbara

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    Hey, I don't think I even got to you meet you while you lived in Michigan!
     
  12. Roz

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    Nope you didn't. I kept trying to make it out to things, Kane kept trying to drag me out, it just didn't work out. Too much time either at school or at work.
     
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    Well, crap..maybe one of the days.

    Best wishes on the job, though..and the new toys!
     
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    welcome to the concrete jungle!!
    i use asc because it's near me.
     
  15. WalkerTexasRanger

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    EBRs are fine out at ASC, just no MGs. Nothing full auto or anything requiring a Class III (supressor etc), thats what Boofus meant by "politically correct."

    People shoot their ARs out there all the time, me included... They can be a bit strong at times, but it is a public range, on land leased by the gov't, just don't let it get to you. I shoot almost always at 200 & 300 yards, and they dont even have range officers down at that distance. Police yourselves at the longer ranges is the policy. Most days I am out there I never talk to a RO.

    Is it the best range in Houston, no. Is it close, you bet.

    I have never had a problem with rust on my guns here in Houston, as long as they are kept inside the house. Dont sweat it.. It gives you a good excuse to take the kids out frequently and clean them anyway.

    You leave anything outside, i.e. garage, it WILL eventually rust.

    WTR
     
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    Another Houstonian checking in here!! You'll love it (once you get used to the heat....:D )

    WTR, are you a member of Bayou Rifles? I've been a member for just about 6 months and can't wait to get down to the 1000yd line!!

    Any Houston members who want to join me as a visitor to BR are welcome!

    Hey, Thumper, where are you?;)
     
  17. Roz

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    That's where my wife wants to put the safe. Out in the garage. I told her I didn't like it there from a safety standpoint.

    Anyhow, I'll try ASC out. I have to transport my own firearms as the moving company will not move that. In fact, I'm not even sure they'll move the ammo I have so I may have to sell/give some of that stuff away.
     
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    Just have to add....

    DON'T PUT THE SAFE IN THE GARAGE!!!!

    Both the safe AND the guns will be rusted in months....

    If you keep them in the house, and the house has decent climate control, you should have no rust problems at all.
     
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    psstt...if you have any .22, we're collecting for the big kids shoot in May. . :)
     
  20. Stand_Watie

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    Welcome to Texas:D

    As another former Michigander (ten years ago now), I think you're going to love it here.
     
  21. WalkerTexasRanger

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    Roz,

    No safes in the garage. Period. I dont even like to leave my car out there really :D

    As I noted, I work for a mover. DOT prohibits the shipping of ammo in moving vans. Firearms, carrier's choice. We (Graebel) do move long guns, but no handguns. Does it happen, probably, is the customer liable if any damage arises from their ammo, most likely.

    No safes in the garage, did I already mention that? You will realize this about the 1st time you arrive here and get out of your car. It is humid.

    WTR
     
  22. Roz

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    I guess I'll just keep disposable tools out there. For lack of a better term.

    I thought everyone parked in their garages to keep the cars out of the sun?

    BTW, can anyone recommend a good company that does window tint?

    Stand_Watie, what brought you down to east Texas? I was looking at an opportunity in the Plano area, but ended up at Katy instead.
     
  23. BobCat

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    "Maybe I'll buy that .50BMG..."

    Roz,

    Gee, I hate to be a wet blanket, but .50 BMG and .408 Cheyanne Tactical are two calibers Bayou Rifles does not allow. Even with the 1,000 yard range, the fallout area past the impact berm is not long enough to assure stray rounds can't leave the range. The club is very conservative - no problems with EBRs or rapid fire strings, but no full-auto or belt fed. Still, come to the Highpower match - people are very friendly and helpful (nobody gives me a hard time, and I'm not one of the higher-scoring shooters at the match). And the periodic Garand matches are a hoot!

    I concur with keeping the safe in the house. In the garage, if you keep a film of LPS2 on things tey won't rust, but it *is* humid. And if you don't have a full head of hair, get a hat. Everywhere else I've lived, people had a doctor and a dentist they went to; here, they also have a dermatologist (annual check for skin cancer - especially those of us with lots of exposed scalp). By the same token, even in the summer your CHL cover garment will not raise many eyebrows - people cover up against the sun.

    BTW there is an IDPA club that just moved out to a range in the area you are talking about moving. They used to shoot at a range on the West side of town but recently moved farther West... I'm ashamed I don't recall the name right now.

    Purrrs,
    BobCat
     
  24. Stand_Watie

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    Roz, you could just say it was the way things worked out...I was finishing college up and my Uncle was living in the area, he said it was good for job opportunity at the time (1993), but I'd been hearing for years that Texas was the greatest state in the Union (of the greatest nation in the world) and from my experience so far it is:D Weather-wise I think I might like the Houston area or even the far south Texas area even better, but I've gotten my roots down pretty good here, and let's face it, how much better can it really get than a typical January or february day being 55 or 60 and sunny with an unusual (but not rare) January or February day being 80 and sunny?

    Yeah, a little better, but not that much unless you're considering moving to Miami, Key West, San Diego or Hawaii.
     
  25. CleverNickname

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    FYI, if you live in Harris County, you'll have to start an LLC. No CLEO signoffs here. If you live in one of the surrounding counties you might swing it.
     
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