Here's From Conway...

Discussion in 'Arkansas Gun Forum' started by ransom63, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. ransom63

    ransom63 New Member

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    Hello All,

    I'm a transplanted Missourian. I've been down here now for 10 years & I guess I'm staying...we just closed on our house this past week. I guess being a property owner here makes me an Arkansan. What's best is I'm only 10 miles from the shooting range down on 286 & 2 miles from the Shoothouse over on 64. Hope to see some of you out shooting.

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  2. kryptar19

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    At last someone else from Arkansas!!! I'm from Searcy
     

  3. ARhillbilly

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    What's the range like on 286? And, what is the Shoothouse? My daughter and her family live in Conway - we visit the Conway area fairly frequently - sometimes just on our way to LRAFB.
     
  4. downsouth

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    Hey, your close to toad lick park. Always wondered how a park got a name like that.
     
  5. ransom63

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    The range on 286 is State operated. It has facilities for handgun ( about 20 stalls) with target setups @15, 25 & 50 yards. The rifle range has ( I think ) 15 stalls with target setups from 25 out to 200 yards. It's pretty cheap too. $3.00 & you can stay all day if you want. It's a nice place, BUT you cannot rapid fire- one shot per second is a rule, No loaded firearms are to be brought onto the property- when you go there, be SURE all guns are unloaded. They will check your firearms when you get there. If anything is loaded, you won't shoot that day. They also have a range for trap shooting. The arkansas Game & Fishing commision has a website & you can access info on the range there, with times opened & range rules & phone #. They are closed on Mon & Tues.
    The Shoothouse also has a website. This is an indoor facility for handguns only. They are located about 3 miles east of I-40 on Hwy. 64. It's on the right side of the highway & sneaks up pretty quick as you aproach it. It's a blue colored steel building- don't turn into the first steel building you see on the right. Shoothouse is the next one on the right & is in a tight dip off the highway- their parking lot (if you want to call it that) has a bit to be desired of it! Tom DuPriest is the owner- NRA certified instuctor who teaches self defense classes AND classes for certification for your concealed carry permit. There are also classes exclusively for women.This is a nice place to spend an afternoon. LOTS more on their website.
    Toad Suck got it's name from rivermen who used to stop there back in the 19th century, when the place was a haven for taverns & LOTS of drinking. Men would stumble out & sleep it off on the shore of the river. One guy mention how they looked like bloated toads lying around after sucking on their alcohol.....hence the name, Toad Suck.
     
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  6. downsouth

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    Thanks for the answer. We pass the sign on 40 going to hwy65n. That lake looks real fishy with the cypress trees and boat docks.
     
  7. RonPaul2012

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    Howdy! I also live in Conway :) over on Meadowlake. I went to that range the other day with my new .40.. Was pretty fun although I have a lot of practice to do :p
     
  8. griffin81

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    I'm in heber springs and have family in Conway.
     
  9. ransom63

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    Yeah, they reopened the pistol range this week & I was there Weds. Morning. The place looks pretty different with all the beamed walls between each target distance. I think I'm going to shoot all my lead bullets there & my jacketed ones at the indoor range over on 64. If you want to practice your tight groups & rapid trigger finger, the Shoothouse is the only place you're allowed to fire in rapid succession.
     
  10. DaTexanBoy

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    Shoothouse is nice, owner is great, but its too expensive. I personally like shooting outdoors much more any way. One thing I do like about it, is its only like 5 minutes away. Another thing I'm not a big fan of, is Shoothouse doesn't give military discounts unless your Active Duty, which to mean is kind of discrimination against disabled veterans or retired military, but that's just me. Being a disabled vet I wasn't a big fan of this.
     
  11. Griffworks

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    Are you Retired .Mil? They give card holding Mil a discount - AD or Retired. Same to Active Guard and Reserves. I've been a member there since they opened, it's a great place, but if you're not AD or Retired, do you have an I.D.? Pretty sure not unless you have a VA I.D. Card. That means no way to prove you're a Vet.

    The cost at Shoothouse is $15 for ALL DAY shooting, in case you didn't know. It's $10 for AD/Retired Mil and LEO. I've taken a few if their classes and highly recommend them. Linky: http://www.shoothouseusa.com/

    BTW, a new range opened the end if September in Sherwood.
    It's called Arkansas Armory and they rent firearms. Linky: http://www.arkansasarmory.com/
     
  12. DaTexanBoy

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    I'm neither retired or active duty, but I do have a VA card since I am a disabled vet. See I dislocated both my knees and had 4 knee surgeries while I was in, so they would not let me reenlist at my 4 year mark. However, when I asked about it, I was told no I couldn't get the military discount.
     
  13. DaTexanBoy

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    Oh and it's $3 out at AGFC range for ALL DAY as well.
     
  14. Griffworks

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    Right, the $3 price for the Mayflower Range was already mentioned, so I didn't bother repeating it. They also give you two targets included w/that price, as well as Pro-Gear. While Jerry and the crew are pretty easy to get along with - for me, at lest - the range limitations are something of which I'm not real fond. No loaded magazines are just in the firearm or the case in which it's stored, as you can have loaded magazines in a separate bag and they don't make a fuss. You also can't shoot at sillhouette targets - no human or critters are allowed. I also don't like not being able to take a shot faster than one per second as there are some shooting drills I like which are banned there. I take students to the Mayflower Range to qualify when the weathers nice and that's the preference of the students, but I otherwise take them to Shoothouse for the more ideal, controlled conditions.

    Sorry to hear that they're not giving a discount to you. I know the stated discount that they've had since their grand opening is as I mentioned previously - AD/Retired Mil and LEO/Retired LEO. Have you talked directly to Tom about maybe changing that? It might have to do with the thinking that not every VA Card Carrier is necessarily an honorable discharge - I have an uncle who was US Army and given a BCD due to drugs, yet has a VA Card.

    Regardless, to each their own. I like Mayflower just fine, but like that I can do more at Shoothouse, particularly when there's incliment weather and/or just too danged hot or cold to shoot outdoors.
     
  15. DaTexanBoy

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    But like I said in my original post, Shoothouse has real nice facilities, real clean, great friendly owner. I just choose not to use them, because my VA card is not accepted as military, so I choose not to shoot there is all. Didn't mean to ruffle any feathers.
     
  16. DaTexanBoy

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    Yeah, I do use them if the weather is just horrible, but if its that bad then I'm normally not out and about anyway since I have to get around with a cane. I haven't spoken with
     
  17. DaTexanBoy

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    I haven't spoken with Tom about it, I just assumed that's what he wanted for his business so I don't like to question a persons business choices but maybe I should.
     
  18. Griffworks

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    That's your choice and no feathers ruffled here. :)
     
  19. jammersavage44

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    Welcome to Conway! We live about 15-20 minutes from the range just off Pickles Gap Rd. It's not bad for sighting in scopes and such but pretty limited in other ways. There are also free ranges down by Brady Mountain that you can shoot any type of target you want!