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  1. Freezebyte

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    Sup all, gotta question for you range members. Going to be joining a pretty nice range in my area at the end of the week and shoot my new XD(m)9mm for the first time.

    Been to the range a few times with my friend and it seems pretty easy going and well laid out. It seems the rules are pretty straightforward on their website
    http://www.wmfg.org/

    One of the great stress relievers and fun things I like to do is just *plink* and shoot the crap outa random objects. In my case, I love to vent my IT fustration on old computers and what not.

    I'm aware the rules state that *No breakable targets* which I assume they mean like glass bottles and what not. But I wonder if I promise to clean up throughly after myself, will it be that big of an issue? The range has plenty of nearby garbage bins, so I can easily choose a handgun spot nearby, do my thing and I can just throw my trash into a plastic bag and dispose of it when im done.

    What have you encountered at your local ranges in regards to this? Any of them been semi flexible?

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    Well, I just got off the phone with the manager/owner of the range and stated my questions about this. He kinda laughed and said he himself is somewhat of a computer geek and has been known to take IT parts that have fustrated him and blast the crap outa them. HE's also the trainer for the CCW course, is a member of the wildlife/forest service as well trainer for handgun defense with over 25 years experience and 2000+ people trained.

    Basically, he's had SOME issues with people bringing TV's and monitors and not cleaning them up, so glass targets are not allowed for clean up purposes. Also strictly enforce is no "people" siloette targets or pictures. Beyond that, he just asks members to clean up after themselvse as the've provided ample garbage bins to do so.

    Looks like i'm all set for this weekend after I sign up, can't wait!
     
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  2. grimjaw

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    I've seen the odd range that will allow spinners and pistol gongs, but rarely if ever more than that.

    jm
     
  3. pdowg881

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    Follow the rules of the range.
     
  4. hso

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    Some yes and some no. The only restrictions I've seen have been explosive targets, photos and junk.
     
  5. Jim K

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    You are going to join a range and use it for the first time. You are glad to have a nice place to shoot.

    So the first thing you do is wonder how you can break or evade their range rules?

    You may not have intended it that way, but you don't sound like a very nice guy.

    Jim
     
  6. misANTHrope

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    That depends on whether or not the range will let you bring your own targets.
     
  7. taliv

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    i've found it really depends on how the range views itself. if it's a sporting club, where organized competitions trump everything else, then the rules about targets are typically beyond ridiculous. you'll just have to live with it.
    if it's a recreational range, they usually let you get away with just about anything.
     
  8. Freezebyte

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    From what i've seen, its pretty recreational though I know they have events/competitions sometimes.
     
  9. chris in va

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    Depends on the range. The one I went to in VA was pretty much a junkyard and we could bring anything. Someone drove a car up there one year.

    Knob Creek is pretty lax, only been there twice but I saw someone brought an oven.:p

    Personally I *love* Tannerite. Especially in a pumpkin.
     
  10. TimRB

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    "What have you encountered at your local ranges in regards to this? Any of them been semi flexible?"

    The ranges I've been to that have "no breakable stuff" rules are pretty inflexible. Reason being, they know that while *you* are a nice guy who will clean up after himself, the three yahoos who see you shooting the breakable stuff are not and won't.

    Tim
     
  11. Freezebyte

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    EDIT: Moved to first post
     
  12. Duke of Doubt

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    No "people" silhouettes is wrongheaded and denies proper training to pistol marksmen. Still, I sympathize with the general sentiment. I was shooting at my range one day when some full auto guys set up some manniquins and realistic wig stands and masks -- they looked like human females impaled on stakes. They sprayed them with full auto while laughing. That creeped me out.

    I've been known to scarf up cheap cameras and cell phones at thrift shops and set them up at the 200 yard berm. But I clean up my messes.
     
  13. expvideo

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    Depends on the range. Washing machines and beat up Oldsmobiles probably won't fly, but your own paper targets or maybe spinners would probably be fine.
     
  14. Mikee Loxxer

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    I can understand why they disallow this. Ever shoot a television? It is disintegrates into thousands of small pieces. It is impossible to recover all of them.

    The public range in my hometown has literally decades worth of debris driven into the ground from all of the garbage people have brought to destroy. It makes the place look like a dump and shooters like thoughtless rubes.
     
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    My range allows any paper targets you want. I usually bring paper plates with colored center 2" circle that I make.
     
  16. IndianaBoy

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    Don't shoot trash....
     
  17. shooting4life

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    I like to shot empty propane tanks. they are always easy to pick up.
     
  18. Freezebyte

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    ^ Damn, wish I could do that
     
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    last time I was at my local range, we had a old car that the Nat'l Guard had drug out there for their training exercises :D
     
  20. deadin

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    I used to love shooting at things that blew up, flew to pieces, etc.
    A few of my favorites were model cars, airplanes and toy soldiers. It was really great fun.


    Then I outgrew it when I was about 18.
     
  21. Mike OTDP

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    Yup. I had it pounded into me that every shot was for score. Anything else is for duffers.
     
  22. Hoppy590

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    you can shoot what ever ( no glass) you want at my range, so long as you clean it up.

    shoot some old bowling pins. even if you leave them behind, no ones going to complain
     
  23. rscalzo

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    Why waste the money. A paper plate or 8 x 11 piece of paper works just as well.
     
  24. John828

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    Book 'em Dano
     
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