Where to shoot around Las Vegas?

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  1. hkp2000

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    Hi,

    I'm introducing a few new shooters and would like to know where is a good place to shoot. We'll be shooting rifles/pistols in 9mm, and .40 S&W. I'd also like to introduce them to tactical shotguns on paper targets to give them an idea of shotgun as a means of SD.

    This is not important for this range trip; but if the range has good facilities, I'd also like for them to shoot .22lr pistols/rifles and 5.56mm rifles (let's face it, shooting is also a fun thing to do too). Plinking on metal spinners on a .22lr is lots of fun, for example. And man-on-man type .22lr targets are also fun. (I can supply my own targets.)

    I did some Internet searching and found these 2 candidate ranges:

    1. https://discountfirearmsusa.com/range/

    2. https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/government/departments/parks___recreation/shooting_complex/index.php

    What do you think about them?
    Any other recommendations for places I should check out?

    WRT shotguns, I'd really prefer a moveable target. It can be a patterning board where the shooter can move too. I'd prefer sending buckshots down range (but for patterning boards, I don't mind birdshots). I want them to see the expansion of the shots vs distance.

    This range trip is training for new shooters for home defense; so I'm hoping to set them up for further training and range facilities (so that they can feel comfortable practicing on their own). I want them to demo the various guns I have so them can pick the ones most suitable for their home defense needs.

    Thanks.
     
  2. HankC

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    I thought you guys in Vegas area just drive out to the desert and blast!
     
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  3. hkp2000

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    Is that so?
    I don't mind using a minimal facilities range as long as it is safe. If we can get a shooting bay, that's certainly can fill all my desires.

    I'm actually not very familiar with Las Vegas in terms of shooting.
     
  4. hemiram

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    I shot at "The Gun Store" on Tropicana hundreds of times from 1977 until '82. It was called "Target Alley" back then. A huge tourist spot now to shoot machine guns at.
    Looks like the range is closed until the ammo nonsense is done with..

    https://thegunstorelasvegas.com/

    The "about" link says it was started in 1988. Must be when it changed hands or something. I lived very close by and was in there shooting at least once a week, usually twice.
     
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    BLV

    Battlefield Las Vegas.

    If I lived anywhere out SW west, I wouldn't care if it was a day drive, I'd go there at least once. You can shoot anything you could possibly dream of, full auto too. If I was looking for a range or just a place to shoot I'd Google "ranges near me".
     
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  6. hkp2000

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    Yes, I saw The Gun Store and Battlefield Las Vegas. I didn't see any pricing info on range fees, just package deals of gun/ammo types. I'm just not really into that sort of thing; and I don't think my new shooters are into that.

    Anyway, I'll be in LV tomorrow; so I guess I'll take a look at the shooting options. Thanks.
     
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    Any place that has full auto guns available has tons of people wanting to do it, even the most anti-gunners have a blast shooting them. Even my sister admitted she would do a Thompson.
     
  8. JCooperfan1911

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    Most legal desert shooting spots around Vegas are packed with people and can be very sketchy, and often there’s a ton of jagged metal, nails, and garbage to pop your tires driving down the narrow dirt lanes. Avoid them.
     
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    While it can be done, you definitely need to have your radar active. Makes for a good way to conclude a Vegas business trip before flying home.
     
  10. JCooperfan1911

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    Go to Battlefield Vegas.

    If your so well heeled to be conducting raucous business trips to Las Vegas, you’re well heeled enough to attend Battlefield. Life changing experience.
     
  11. 1KPerDay

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    Just please pick up your garbage. Please.
     
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  12. JCooperfan1911

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    Clearly you’ve never been to the shooting spots outside Vegas.

    It’s nothing BUT garbage. An above ground landfill more or less.
     
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    Good thing I was not drinking because I would have sprayed all-over my computer.

    My business trips to Vegas usually consist of a coach plane ticket, cheap compact rental car, staying at Circus Circus because they match per diem, client meetings in the morning, client meetings in the afternoon, maybe meeting a client for dinner at a normal restaurant, client meeting the next morning, and maybe the afternoon off before a return evening coach flight. If I am lucky, I can blow a hour or two at one of the BLM shooting areas practicing with a couple carry guns I bought on the trip.
     
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  14. 1KPerDay

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    Are you saying I therefore shouldn't urge people to pick up their garbage?
     
  15. JCooperfan1911

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    I’m not saying that at all mister.
     
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    Okeedoke mister. Feel free to avoid responding to my posts.
     
  17. JCooperfan1911

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    Oh I will Mr. Insecurities.
     
  18. 1KPerDay

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    I guess we'll see if you're a man of your word or not.
     
  19. hkp2000

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    My oh my; didn't think my LV shooting question would spark a debate like this!

    Anyway, I just got back from Las Vegas. Finished training my dad on some basic home defense strategies and shooting improvement techniques (I also showed him how to reimage Windows 10, repair sprinkles, and replace a toilet supply line). This actually concludes my gun adventures and the reason I re-joined THR:

    https://www.thehighroad.org/index.php?threads/new-member-introduce-yourself-here-just-intros-questions-get-answered-elsewhere.233018/page-457#post-11834279

    Ok, enough about toilets.
    I feel I should post a range report to help the next person.
    As it turns out, the Clark Shooting Complex is only 20 minutes from my parents' house. So that's where we went.

    I'll give a quick summary: The Clark Shooting Complex pistol/rifle range is an excellent range; go and you will not be disappointed.
    Pros: big and clean, friendly staff, good shooting benches, cheap prices, A/C building with clean bathrooms, moveable target frames.
    Cons: windy, no partitions between shooters.

    I've only used their pistol/rifle range; and, because I didn't think that I'm going to write this range report, I didn't pay too much attention to the range besides teaching my dad how to shoot. So, some of my numbers may be incorrect. Please call to confirm if specific details are important (BTW, the range office staff is very polite and responsive on the phone).

    We visited the complex's pistol/rifle range 2 times: Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon. On both days, the range is pretty busy but never full.

    This range is large: there are 60 shooting slots, each with a cement bench, cement chair, and folding chair. I stress the cement bench/table and chair; they are excellent for sighting in guns because they are super stable. The range provides plastic shooting rests, but they are pretty useless (you really want to bring your own sandbags). The folding chair is good for waiting out the cease fire. Below is a picture of a shooter slot:

    cement-tables.jpg


    (Oh, no, that's not my dad. That's my son. This is also his first time shooting; so he was super excited. His favorite was the Beretta 96 pistol, .40S&W; here, he's shooting its counterpart the CX4 Storm carbine.)

    This has to be one of the cleanest ranges I've ever been to (and I've been to a lot of ranges in many states). Look at that picture above; this was taken during the late afternoon. Notice anything? No brass. Absolutely none on the floor. This is because the RSOs are constantly sweeping. Oh, that reminds me, if you want to save your brass, best bring a brass catcher. There are trash cans (never full too, excellent) at every 4 or so tables.

    You are able to shoot pistol, rifle, and shotgun (slug) at the shooter slots. 30 of the slots (I don't want to call them stalls or bays because this range isn't set up, or at least didn't appear to be, for partitions between shooters) go out to 50 yards; 30 go out to 100 yards (some of these go to 150 yards). Hey, these numbers are just what I'm not trying to estimate from my mental image (and I've not shot in years). You are able to shoot birdshot at paper at 2 or 3 slots next to the range master's housing (maybe slot #30-32). The birdshot targets looks to be 20/25 yards and appear to be movable (and you must fire from the firing line).

    Sunday afternoon was a bit busier than Saturday morning, but we were able to get 2 adjacent slots within a few minutes (basically as soon as the guy next to us leave, I went and requested it). Because we were shooting a rifle (in addition to pistol), we had to use certain slots; otherwise, we could have gotten adjacent slots when we signed in.

    The RSOs are very friendly and professional. Safety is always number 1 in my books; and the RSOs here definitely meet my expectations. On both days, there are many (seemingly) first-time shooters who'd hang around in the "danger zone" (i.e. the area between the shooting benches and the line you are supposed to be behind) during a cease fire. I observed the RSOs caught them quickly and firmly but politely informed those violators. It looks like this range is well staffed (maybe 1 RSO per 8 slots, plus the range master and maybe 1 more RSO).

    For an outdoor range, this range has good moveable targets. You can place the target stands at various distances by inserting the target stands into steel holes in the ground. (There may even be mechanisms to turn the targets since there appear to be more holes then what the target needs, but I didn't pay much attention). Having the ability to move target distances means you don't have to change slots to shoot targets of different distances; a real convenience and major a safety improvement (because it avoid moving firearms between slots by inexperienced shooters). Speaking of safety, there may be a possibility of ricochet because the steel holes in the ground where the target stands go in appear have a cement block/base and at 3/5/7 yards (very close distance) I can image a perfectly struck bullet just bounce right back.

    A simple improvement for this range would be to have the option of partitions between the shooters. Like drilling some holes in the floor to fit screens between the shooters when a partition is desired. This would make the slots more competition friendly (if there's going to be competitions here) and decrease getting hit by brass from your next-slot neighbor.

    The "club house" has AC; and it has clean bathroom facilities. However, on the 2 days I was there, its water fountains where out of order. It has a training room where a range safety video is played (new range users are required to watch the 10 minute safety video). This club house is also where you pay your range fees and can buy some supplies. BTW, it's target prices are the cheapest I've seen; it's like me traveling back in time to 1995. So, if you don't have targets, you can probably buy them here cheaper than mail order. The staffers here are very friendly too.

    Spartan Arms. Ok, I'll just add a quick review of this store here since it is located right near the range entrance. I needed snap caps to train my dad but nobody has any in stock (around LV). The range recommended that I check Spartan Arms. This store isn't big but it's got snap caps (and looks like ammo too). Although these are the most expensive snap caps I've ever bought (I think 5 for $18?, can't remember), they were available and was extremely helpful to my dad. The store was busy; but a clerk noticed me in line at another register and called me over. Quick, friendly service; not much more I can ask for. This is definitely a convenient store to pick up anything you forgot to bring to the range.

    Next time I go to LV (I still need to train my dad at least 1 more time), I'll try the clay courses at this range and introduce my dad to the fun part of shooting.
     
  20. JCooperfan1911

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    Clark is a solid range. It can be extremely windy so make sure to keep an eye on the weather as the line will close down once the targets start flying around down range. Bring a stapler and tape to ensure this doesn’t happen.
     
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