Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by pvtbohn, May 12, 2012.
The last time I went to a sand pit it had old freezers and junk everywhere. That was 6 years ago tho. The land owner was made to go outta pocket and clean it up and thats why you will find them chained or blocked off.
Unfortunately I've found these to be mutually exclusive. I'm in York County and joined a club. I still shoot at a pit about 1/4 of the time, but the last time I went there were 30ish other people (big pit, so no issues there) - I would have left if I felt truly unsafe, but I felt like the proverbial long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs - too much going on to really keep an eye on everyone.
If you know someone who owns private land or a pit that's closed to the general public, that's probably the best bet.
Sanford Springvale Fish & Game Association is a great place to become a member. They have a Sanford and a Berwick range, the Berwick range goes out to 200 yds and has a skeet range/launchers. No range officers, very friendly.
On 35? I've shot there twice with a friend. They have a 100 yard rifle range, a pistol range (might have been 10 or 25 yards, I honestly don't remember) and I think they have a fairly impressive skeet/trap setup, but we never shot that.
Everything I know is second hand so I won't repeat it, but I can tell you my friend is no longer a member.
That being said, with most "clubs", you can go to a meeting or two before joining and can usually get a feel for how the membership is, and probably more importantly, the officers.
We were talking about Sanford and North Berwick tonight, coincidentally. Sanford is $100 plus an NRA membership ($10) if you don't have one. I think North Berwick is still $40. North Berwick requires you to attend a meeting (and range orientation) but Sanford does not. I wouldn't say that either requires you to stand on one foot and jump through hoops.
I did also confirm with a member of North Berwick that they're going to install a new pistol range so that the range isn't tied up when they do an organized shoot.
This is why i made my own range out back, on my property and father and laws. nothing but trees and hills for like 36(his)-60(neighbors) acres (all dense woods). it is still work in progress but its going good. I have 4 lanes for pistols and one lane for 22lr with shooting gallery. Since id rather spend my money on ammo, guns, and targets.
A good club is worth every penny
I belong to Scarborough and before that, Falmouth, two of the most expensive clubs in Maine. When it comes time to pay dues I don't like shelling out all that cash but it is still the least expensive part of my hobby. A box of 45 shells costs more than an entire months dues. Belonging to Scarborough I have access to 5 utility ranges, a 600 yard rifle range and much more. I also don't have to worry about breaking any laws. Pick a club and join. Dick, the annual dues at Scarborough are $175. Rod and gun clubs need money not only for improving facilities but also for defending against those who would try to shut them down.
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