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Old 01-24-2013, 07:36 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by STG79 View Post
Ok. It wasn't the best idea.

I took a gun safety course about 15 years ago; it may be time for a refresher.

What about private property? I don't see the problem shooting outside the city limits on private property.

The closest gun range is in St Joseph, IL. I believe it is a members only range.
Where are some public ranges, and what do you need to bring to shoot ( FOID, Drivers license, etc.)? Any ideas of the costs, can you bring your own ammo?
There is no problem with private property AS LONG AS YOU HAVE PERMISSION FROM THE LANDOWNER. Without permission, you risk having the county sheriff's dept called on you. Then you will be explaining why you are trespassing and shooting a firearm on someone's land. And who knows what other consequences you might face.

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Shoot. The way I see it. In Illinois I would.never shoot outdoors unless at a range. They would love to nail your balls to the books if they caught you shooting a gun.outside a.range. that's how I

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Old 01-24-2013, 09:53 PM   #13
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Here some government land is legal to shoot on unless posted otherwise. Tree growth lots a certain number of miles outside of city limits. Best views ever too!

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One other key safety point just to have it stated. Obviously this is just a handgun so your range will be limited, but if you're going to shoot outdoors, don't just look at where you are shooting - look BEYOND where you are shooting. Bullets travel well beyond your target unless it's solid. Make sure nothing else is back there.

Also check here to see if there is a club nearby (even if it's just rifle or trap/skeet). They may be able to guide you better, or offer to have you come out to a private area and offer you some mentoring or refresher training.
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