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time to find a new range

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by conan32120, Mar 18, 2023.

  1. WrongHanded

    WrongHanded Contributing Member

    Jul 6, 2017
    I have found I would rather drive 1hr+ one way, to an unoccupied piece of National Forest and take my time all alone, than go to a range and have to consider the needs and hazards of others.
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  2. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Feb 1, 2014
    Middle Tn
    What brass was it? I’m missing some 10mm and 32acp that may have finally re-entered the atmosphere

    I have never been to a range with a proper RSO. It does sound like time for a new addition to the range though, a simple sign that indicates that the range is safe or not. They can be made a number of ways, I like a plywood sign with a hang-on cover. Slide the cover to either say DO NOT SHOOT! PEOPLE ARE DOWNRANGE or FIRE AWAY. Then there are the flippers, spinners, arrows, raised chains, train bars etc… but the simple one is easiest and best.
  3. kmw1954

    kmw1954 Member

    Jun 24, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    Don't check-in to this sub-forum much so a late reply.

    I am now on my 3rd year working as an RO on a daily fee public range. The land is owned by the State, controlled by the DNR and leased to a private management company. We have 4 separate ranges with covered houses.
    1. is the 25yd range that has 22 lanes with benches and these targets are moveable from 7yds to 30yds..
    2. is the 100yd range which has 44 lanes with benches, minus 10 lanes that have been rest to 50yds. These target stands are all stationary.
    3. is the 300yd range which has 12 lanes with benches and again stationary target stands at 200yds and 300yds.
    4. is the 50yd range which also contains a 6 lane 22LR plinking range only the 50 yd range is only opened on the weekends.

    The first three ranges listed are always staffed with an RO on the range. Each range also has red flashing lights and a PA system. The range is run in 15 minute firing cycles and during the cease fires no one is allowed to be at their bench or handling any firearm or ammunition's. Also during the cease fire all firearms are to be unloaded with magazines removed, actions open and chamber flags in place. On the weekends the busy 25 and 100yd ranges are covered by 2 RO's.

    Customer reactions are mostly positive yet we still see the cowboys that get puffed up egos and childish attitudes. Always love the Range Nazi comments. To which we tell them they can always go down the road to the other public range if they do not like the way we run ours. Then from what I have been told there has not been a accidental or intentional shooting on this range since 198? and that was a suicide in the parking lot.

    So after 3 years of working 2 to 3 days every week, year around and seeing some of the things that people do and the way they act with their attitudes and disregard for basic safety rules, I just can't picture myself ever again shooting at an unattended range. I can come here and rest assured that I won't be going home with any extra openings.
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  4. JDeere

    JDeere Member

    May 31, 2020
    Local range here shut down due to progress a couple of years ago. I could shoot on my property but I have neighbors kinda of close and we respect each other. I drive 50 miles now to the closest controlled range. I just don't like retrieving targets down range without some rules in place. Just make a morning of it. Not a bad drive and I get some good tacos on the way home.
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  5. ParallelCode

    ParallelCode Member

    Aug 19, 2019
    I'd love to have a block of land like that.
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