Morning spent at Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in Mesa, AZ!

Morning spent at Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in Mesa, AZ!

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    Morning spent at Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in Mesa, AZ!

    My dad, uncle, cousin and me spent the morning shooting steel and some paper targets out in east Mesa. The weather was pretty cold and windy but it was fun non the less. My uncle is a member out there so we we shot in one of the pistol shooting bays. We set up steel targets for handguns and paper targets in the back for the AR. We were shooting a Glock 19, G23, Springfield 1911, Ruger P89, Beretta 92FS, AR15, and a custom competition gun my uncle had made from STI I think. It was a 1911 style in .40 and it used double stack magazines so those mags could hold like 22 rounds or something like that. It was a fun morning and we topped it off with lunch at Red, White and Brew on Power and McDowell. Awesome morning, just wanted to share my excitement!
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    Sounds like a great time. That is a nice facility. I was there last year for "Sightless".
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    My daughter wants to go there shooting tomorrow, the coldest day in history! Great range.
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    We are blessed out here to have such a fine facility nearby!
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    I'm closer to Ben Avery, but I'll drive the extra distance to Rio Salado any day. Nowhere else have I been treated with so much respect and professionalism. Never once have I run across the typical range nazi at Rio. Even the restrooms are kept immaculate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    I'm closer to Ben Avery, but I'll drive the extra distance to Rio Salado any day. Nowhere else have I been treated with so much respect and professionalism. Never once have I run across the typical range nazi at Rio. Even the restrooms are kept immaculate.
    Agreed the range is amazing, and they have so many things to offer with all the ranges and different shoots they put on.
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    Local indoor range:

    Must buy ammo there. (They claim for insurance reasons. I don't believe it.)
    Filthy in general. (Don't think the lanes have ever been cleaned.)
    Most lights burnt/shot out.
    Target tracks busted. (Had to retract/extend target by hand.)
    Bowling pins and trash littering the shooting lanes.
    Spent cases rarely picked up ( Broom, dustpan, and buckets are there, but no one bothers or seems to care. I came home with a lot more brass!).
    NO ventilation/AC, the one fan inoperative. (Hot during most of year, came home with "smoke" residue areound nostrils.)
    Restroom dirtier than a deserted gas station WC in the worst section of Detroit.

    Used once, never again. Someone with the finances to open a nice, clean indoor range would probably do well here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Local indoor range:

    Must buy ammo there. (They claim for insurance reasons. I don't believe it.)
    Filthy in general. (Don't think the lanes have ever been cleaned.)
    Most lights burnt/shot out.
    Target tracks busted. (Had to retract/extend target by hand.)
    Bowling pins and trash littering the shooting lanes.
    Spent cases rarely picked up ( Broom, dustpan, and buckets are there, but no one bothers or seems to care. I came home with a lot more brass!).
    NO ventilation/AC, the one fan inoperative. (Hot during most of year, came home with "smoke" residue areound nostrils.)
    Restroom dirtier than a deserted gas station WC in the worst section of Detroit.

    Used once, never again. Someone with the finances to open a nice, clean indoor range would probably do well here.
    That's disappointing to here! We have a couple nice outdoor ranges(Rio Salado and Ben Avery) and a couple nice indoor ranges (Caswells and Scottsdale Gun Club). I know there are other ranges but I have not been to them! I haven't actually been to Ben Avery but I have heard it's pretty nice.
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    Sounds very nice, but I am going to stick to Shooter's World. Nice lanes and exceptional staff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Local indoor range:

    Must buy ammo there. (They claim for insurance reasons. I don't believe it.)
    Filthy in general. (Don't think the lanes have ever been cleaned.)
    Most lights burnt/shot out.
    Target tracks busted. (Had to retract/extend target by hand.)
    Bowling pins and trash littering the shooting lanes.
    Spent cases rarely picked up ( Broom, dustpan, and buckets are there, but no one bothers or seems to care. I came home with a lot more brass!).
    NO ventilation/AC, the one fan inoperative. (Hot during most of year, came home with "smoke" residue areound nostrils.)
    Restroom dirtier than a deserted gas station WC in the worst section of Detroit.

    Used once, never again. Someone with the finances to open a nice, clean indoor range would probably do well here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZDaven View Post
    Sounds very nice, but I am going to stick to Shooter's World. Nice lanes and exceptional staff.
    I noticed the other day Shooters World is opening a new place on Cactus right off the 101 on the west side. Looks to be pretty big too.
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