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Old 04-20-2009, 12:00 AM   #11
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No public ranges near here, I drive 35+/- min. to a friends place or to state land where there is a few sand pits used as unofficial target ranges(per local forest ranger)
I also have a friend with a camp in VT and the only dumbass thing to happen was a snowmobiler went past the many no tresspass signs right out on to the range and stops.Hes looking at the old fry pans,hub caps,and assorted junk we use for plinking and only realizes here he is when he (finally)looks our way and sees 5 rather large UNarmed (we went cold the moment we saw him) guys calling him every name in the book and suggesting he remove himself from the property post-haste.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:28 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by CA357 View Post
It sounds like you were surrounded by Darwin Award candidates. Was there a Stupid Festival nearby?
Must have been.

This is not the first time I have encountered 'people' of this nature. We decided we will not go shooting on saturdays anymore, and as was noted if we ever do go shooting on a saturday in the future it will be right at sunrise, as I too have observed that the idiocy peaks later in the day.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:53 PM   #13
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Before our Police pistol range closed to the public, we used to have mountain bikers appear out of nowhere riding on top of the backstop hill. Transitioning from paper punching to moving targets was a challenge, let me tell you!
(Kidding, of course)
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Last public range I went to was in 1997. Too many morons there and the RO was nowhere to be seen. Joined the Sacramento Valley Shooting Center in 1997 and have gone there ever since. They tolerate "0" stupid there and will escort individuals off the property if need be. Membership is around $150.00 per year and that includes membership to NRA if you dont already belong. Great discounts on range fees and such things as targets. Also, opens you up to clubs that sponser competition events there. Only (1) 100 yd. rifle, (1) 7 to 50 yd. pistol, (1) 100 to 300 yd. pistol, and (3) Trap, Skeet, and Sporting clays are open to public. The rest of the range facilities is only open to members which includes the same distance pistol ranges and 100 yd, 200 yd.,300 yd. and 1000 yd., rifle. Also just newly added is tactical shotgun and pistol. May be 1500 meter rifle range in the works, not sure though. Sometimes a problem to shoot at the public side of the range lately, too many poeple, but the membership side is always open and rarely crowded. Real nice place, it's sometimes is my home away from home on weekends. In this neck of the woods, there just isnt any places to shoot anymore outside of shooting ranges. Alot of residential growth and County ordances have near totally shut down discharging firearms everywhere even in rural areas. Probably good though it's really flat here and there are very few backdrops to shoot against.
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