Range safety and design

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by cpttango30, Jun 26, 2009.

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  2. Not safe

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  1. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Ok the range I shoot at is in the process of being rebuilt. The front of the firing line cover is so low that you can not see beyond 5 yards unless you are sitting at a bench. To me this seams like a safety hazard as I can not see and clear the range before sitting down to a rifle or kneeling down. Seeing as there is no RSO i really see this as a big safety hazard.

    The reason I was given is that we have houses within 300 yards and the president of the club doesn't want anyone shooting over the berm. The low roof line will keep people from shooting over the berm. I dunno.

    I am a little upset with the way it was built. The bench tops are not high enough and the seats are to tall. I have to bend way over to shoot which hurts my back. The benches were built with 1/2" pt plywood tops that have in a matter of 3 months all warped so that you have a hard time shooting off of them.
     
  2. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    If I cannot see the range it is not safe for me to shoot
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'd find a different range even if I had to drive farther.

    In fact, that's what I did. We have a range pretty close by, but it's a similar set up to what you describe. I couldn't even get a decent cheek weld because of the contortions necessary.

    Now I drive close to forty minutes, but the range is beautiful, well maintained and well managed.

    Pistol range, 100yd, 300yd, 500yd and 1000yd. rifle ranges, .22 silhouette, a Cowboy Town for the SASS folks, IDPA, IPSC, Three Gun ranges and competitions. All the competitions a competitive soul could want and the facilities to do it right.

    The Range shop doesn't gouge for ammunition or supplies either.

    Go elsewhere, it's not worth it and it's dangerous as well. :eek:
     
  4. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    Another reason a lot of ranges keep a low roof like that is to keep people from needing to wear sun glasses. The range I shoot at doesn't have a low roof, but about 10 feet out from the line there is a wall that starts at maybe 7-8 above the ground and goes up for maybe 6 feet to block the sun. Don't know if that is the reason at your range or not though.

    -Fred
     
  5. Minionsram

    Minionsram New Member

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    I would find another range. The one close to the house is a nice range with nice aminites, just dont have the cash right now for them:mad:
     
  6. Shotgun Shooter

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    Couldnt have said it any better myself.

    S.S.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Just for grins, here's a link for the range where I'm a member. It's one of the nicest ranges I've ever seen:

    http://www.sacvalley.org/
     
  8. Stealie

    Stealie New Member

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    It doesn't sound safe to me.
     
  9. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    I shoot at Knob Creek gun range which is 15 miles from the house and if you all with bad ranges would just move here to Radcliff Ky. then you to could use Knob Creek gun range.
     
  10. kodiak1973

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    I actually just joined the Bluegrass Sportsman's League here. Pretty awesome place actually. I'm headed there this morning. I'm going to work on my range qualifications (they require you to pass basic qualification tests before getting full access) and check out the IDPA event they're having today.

    Blue Grass Sportsmens League
     
  11. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    That is a nice range there, just a little far for me to go to just to shoot. What is the Max distance of your rifle range?
     
  12. kodiak1973

    kodiak1973 New Member

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    Currently they're at 300 yards. We allow anything up to but NOT including 50 BMG. Guests have to use tubes for shooting and members have to qualify to shoot rifles outside of the tubes. It's an insurance thing. I'm still working on my rifle qualification. Went out this morning and just kept missing it by 1 shot. Got my pistol done last week.

    I really like it out there so far. Everyone's really friendly, there's many knowledgeable range officers (mostly older guys, many retired ex-marines). One guy in particular has straightened out my pistol in about two clips. :)

    If you ever want to visit, just let me know. It's $10 dollars a day for quests.
     
  13. opaww

    opaww New Member

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    Thanks for the invite and if I ever get the money to head that way I'll give you a tell and we can do some shooting
     
  14. mrm14

    mrm14 Active Member

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    I'm a member here also. Started going there in 1994. I was just there last Saturday.
    I've been to the range in Lincon (It sucks), Been to the range in Rancho Cordova, next to Mather off Douglas Rd. and Sunrise (It really sucks)
     
  15. fapprez

    fapprez New Member

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    +1 I agree.
     
  16. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    How often do you shoot or hunt in a seated position? Sounds like a range set up for paper snipers. Find a better range.
     
  17. paganwolf

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    I belong to the Zia Gun Club. Very nice range with very strict safety rules, Not to the point that you can't enjoy yourself but you don't have to constantly watch out for idiots. We have several ranges from 10 yard "plinking" to 600 meter High Power. A much beter area than the public range. I would recomend anyone in the Albuquerque area to take the time to inroll in the orientation and safety class and become a member (must be an active NRA member but you can join during the class).
     
  18. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    My range (ANZAC rifle range) is uber-safe as far as strict rules applying. Rifles may only be carried w/o bolts to the mound etc. I can't even handle an unloaded pistol unless I'm just about to fire it, since I haven't undergone the 'Handgun safety training course' yet lol


    Rifle range goes out to 600m


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    Here from the air

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    The NSW State Govt (aka 'The Mafia') want to seize the entire range & flog it off to private property developers, being prime land worth a sh*tload of $$...and since their mismanagement has landed the state in $1bil of debt...

    As the largest range in the Southern Hemisphere, with history dating back to 1850 (my club has a 70+ year history there) well, it kinda stinks really :mad:
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2009
  19. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I voted before I fully read the post-I thought you was asking if MY range is safe.
     
  20. TelstaR

    TelstaR New Member

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    If there are houses 300 yards on the other side of the berm, I wouldnt be shooting there at all.