Can we do this?

Discussion in 'Illinois Gun Forum' started by winds-of-change, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I would love to organize a "Meet and Greet" for us Illinoisans. I don't know of a range that will let us hold a get together. Does anyone here have a private range or a chunk of land and would be willing to host a "Meet and Greet"? I would be willing to supply food and do the cooking if someone can supply a place to shoot.

    What do you all say?
     
  2. krisko09

    krisko09 New Member

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    That would be awesome, but I think finding a place we could go would be difficult as it is. Not to mention somehwere that is even somewhat in the middle of us all. The ranges I go to are a small private range for a gun club and a police handgun range. But the idea sounds fun.
     

  3. Gert999

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    That would be cool, though it seems most of IL members are up north i'm sure i could work something out with the range i go to. Darnells just outside of bloomington-normal it's basically in the middle of the state :) so theres that but as i said most members are up north so i don't know if people would be willing to come down here. LMK guys and i can talk to the range and see whats up they got an indoor, an outdoor, range and a trap and skeet shooting area. Not the biggest place but enough room for a good chunck of people
     
  4. krisko09

    krisko09 New Member

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    What range is this you're talking about? I recently moved to the C/U area and have been looking for a range, but the only one I can find is the tiny little Sadorus Gun Club.. Bloomington isn't too far, if the range is quality, I could probably make it work.
     
  5. Gert999

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  6. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I have no problem driving a ways. I go visit Stalkingbear twice a year and it's a 6 hour drive and I don't mind it one bit.

    Gert, the ranges look nice but will they let a bunch of us "non members" shoot there for an afternoon?

    What would be ideal is if someone owns some land we could shoot on.
     
  7. krisko09

    krisko09 New Member

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    doesn't look too bad. looks like a pretty well-kept range. any complaints?
     
  8. Gert999

    Gert999 New Member

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    no pretty good range and i'm sure i could talk to em bout it, see if we can just reserve the whole range for a day. The ventalation in the indoor range could be better but it's not that bad. I got a friend whose place we shoot at but it's not big enough for lots of people and rifles are limited to one direction really. I'lll call them when i get off and see whats up i'm sure they'll at least try and work with me they're nice people. Oh and what time frame?? Month helps week helps more specific weekend would be the best but i'll talk to em first to see if they'll do it for us.
     
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  9. Gert999

    Gert999 New Member

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    Heya just called em still gotta talk to the owner about the outdoor range as it's mostly a member area though guy said since it'll be a group event should be to big of a problem. the indoor and skeet shooting wouldn't be a problem it's just all in the cost. Would prefer some land so we can do it for free but i think if i can talk him into lettin us use the outdoor range and we can keep it from a whole ton of people prolly under 15 we could get a deal on the outdoor for the day it's free for me and friend who are members. When owner gets in and i get more infor will let you know. As for scheduleing 3rd weekend of the month is they're cowboy shoots so that would be a bad time. other then that i'll check the classes schedule and we should be able to work something out.
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Usually Spring or Fall is the best time. Not too hot, not too cold. Typically not more than 5 people or so show up, in my past experience, though 15 would be incredibly awesome.
     
  11. JD1969

    JD1969 New Member

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    I'd be in, and driving is not really an issue for me. A place that allows black powder would be cool, most indoor ranges do not.
     
  12. trip286

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    Y'all go for it. We're also planning a North Mississippi round up this coming spring.
    Wieners, burgers, and bullets. A combo that can't be beat. Maybe some beer after the toys are put away.
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Can out-of-staters attend if they can get themselves there? I LOVE Meet and Greets. I like meeting new people. I need to broaden my horizons. I've lived too many years raising kids and now I need to go out and have some FUN!!!
     
  14. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Of course! We'd love to have you! Anyone who is near north Mississippi at the time can show up and you'll be welcomed with open arms! After all, we are the hospitality state!

    Right now it's looking as if a nearby private range is the preferred meeting place, but I think it may still be up in the air a bit. If we have a good amount of people we may need to find another place altogether.
     
  15. GrkGod454

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    Even though I am new to forum (mostly read threads) I would like to attend. My only concern is ample time to schedule in a weekend. Working two jobs gets pretty hectic.
     
  16. Gert999

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    I'm new myself man don't see why you couldn't come:D hell i read prolly out post replys 1 outta 20 thread i read. and as for time we'll try to get it planned enough in advance to let people know i was thinking may what bout you guys????
     
  17. purehavoc

    purehavoc New Member

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    Im game for mostly any time Im only about 25 min away from Darnalls
     
  18. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    Welcome to the C/U area. I too live here. I've been to Darnell's, not to shot just to take a look. They were busy so u wasnt able to ask questions or look around the range much. The store part was very dirty and it looked like out dated gear.

    I went there with some buddies last weekend after we left the ECA Gun Show. One buddy who has been the Bullet Express (BX) in Springfield said the BX was sooo much better.

    Sent from my SCH-I500 using FirearmsTalk
     
  19. krisko09

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    Yeah I had heard about the BX in Springfield, but that's also a bit of a drive; might be worth taking a look at though. Is it public?

    And as far as the date for the meet-n-greet, I'll need to know a decent length in advance so I can try to avoid conflicts with my drill schedule. And if we could find some private land that would be awesome too. Show off the toys, grill up some food, drink some beer..
     
  20. SmokyMtnHiker

    SmokyMtnHiker New Member

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    Yes, i believe its more 'public' than Darnells is. Bigger too, from what my buddy was saying.