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Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Keginth28, Feb 12, 2012.
I'm new at the whole fire range thing, What should I look for in a firing range?
A place that lets you shoot. That's it.
The first one I used was just by luck when shopping for my first pistol & happened to find it at a gun store that had an inside pistol range. But it was about 45 minutes from home & expensive ($20 per hour). Started asking around & found an outdoor range much closer & cheaper by asking at a local gun store.
The internet may help. I found names & addresses for two, that way, but never got around to checking them out.
As far as what to look for, depends on what kind of shooting you do. Inside ranges are good in regard to weather problems, but would normally be short range & limited to pistols. The outdoor range I go to has 11 ranges, so is not overly crowded & includes pistol, rifle & shotgun ranges. Cost is an annual membership fee with no limit to how often you can go or how long you stay except open hours are from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Of course, there are also ranges that promote competitions, such as IDPA. Again, your local gun store or the 'net would be sources to find those.
In the region I live in, we have "public" ranges, usually sponsored by the Game and Fish dept., or the local Sheriff's dept.
These places have an "old west" kind of atmosphere where anything goes. The sign that posts the rules, as well as the bathroom doors and all of the dividing walls and benches have a multitude of bullet holes. On the weekends, the beer for breakfast crew shows up at around 11:00 AM, followed by the thugs from the hood at about 3:00.
The last time I went to one of these ranges, I no more got out of the truck when some yahoo was at the bench screwing around with his rifle, like it had some sorta problem, while pointing the thing at my gut. Rather than shoot the man, I got back in the truck and left all of the fun behind. I now shoot on private property.
All the ranges I live by are about 25 mins away but they are either indoor or outdoor and the one that has both is an hour away. So I guess the outdoor one will have to do lol but thanks for the intel.
If it is a range where other people will be shooting while you are, there has got to be some safety rules that folks abide by. That usually means there is a Range Safety Officer on duty, someone totally focused on running the firing line and not shooting him/her self or over playing cards or generally fooling around. Some private club ranges with selective membership can go without an RSO, but those clubs are usually pretty expensive to join.
Designated shooting areas in national forests can be good as often you will have them to your self, but often, when someone else arrives, you'll soon decide it is time to leave.
I was suprised to see a couple in my area. I just go to family & friends land.
My FIL was complaining that there were no ranges in his area... so I googled, and not only found one, but talked to them on the phone. Great group of people!
I was talked into a local PPC pistol competition, and found a range I never even knew existed.
I go to a local place called port city pistol. It's a gun shop/indoor range. No rso, just self patrolled. Everyone there keeps their eyes open and helps out with newbies and safety.
It's been great so far. $50 a year plus $5. Every time you go. No $5 fee for a month if you buy a gun. I just buy one every month to save myself the $50-75 I would be paying in fees. Makes guns seem cheap.
the closest outdoor public range is about a 15-20 minute drive but usually when i go, isn't too busy. they have a seperate pistol, shotgun, & rifle range. the rifle range having 15 or so benches & 100 yard & 200 yard backstops. if there's quite a few people there, suprisingly everything runs real smooth & safe, it's when there's only a couple people there it gets a little iffy.
it's too bad i bought a new car recently, when i used to drive my ole' Galaxie & had longer hair, people would drive up, see my car & turn around & leave. i must've looked like someone they didn't wanna shoot around, which was fine by me
Maybe you need some more interesting bumper stickers for the new ride?
The range I use is an NRA sponsored range & does have several range officers. But, they are also responsible for the upkeep & maintenance so it's not a case of someone standing there looking over your shoulder the whole time you are there. You nevr know when one will pull up & ask to see your membership card. They have safety rules posted everywhere, even to the point of being redundant. You get a rule book when you join & before you can use the range you attend an orientation which goes over the rules & makes sure you understand them.
You may still run into the occasional "idiot" but I've been lucky enough to not have any bad experience there. When the range is relatively crowded, more range officers are on hand & don't do any maintenance or upkeep except for what is essential, such as equipment break-downs. Of course, I hedge my bets by going during the week when I expect it to be less crowded.
Thank u all for the intel. It helped
There are some coocs. At the range stay away from them, they might invite you to a meeting of some secret society LOL. If you shoot indoor make sure it has great ventilation or you'll inhale led and all sorts of other goodies. Wash your hands real good after shooting. Signed, your mom.
Tell your mom lead should be L E A D
Yeah wish I could find An outdoor one in Illinois close to Bridgeview area.
The only shooting range I found near Lyons Illinois, Midwest Sporting Goods.
Also, look at Illinois Public Shooting Ranges & Gun Clubs:
http://www.muck-boy.com/Shooting Ranges/Muckboy Illinois Shooting Range Page.htm
Yeah I go to that one once in a while. It's 20 dollars to shoot there but it's small and dingy. Sucks. Rinks is a little better just because the price is 9 dollars. But rinks has horrible ventilation.
See that's my problem, they r expensive and dingy! **** that u know
Well...I'm fortunate. After years of waiting on a list for a rifle club...I gave up on it and persued a lead on another club which took my son and myself in that day. Dues are $60 a year each. We are on our 4th year, it's outdoors with canopys, shoot just about anytime we like and it's about a 45 mile country drive away. We are quite thankful to find it.