To the OP: will they let you draw from a holster?
My dad was a member if a range similar to how you described (in Ill-annoy)...would not allow anyone to carry or draw from a holster: "we don't even let FBI agents carry here"---um...ok
I had to walk away one day after visiting because one guy wanted to make it an argument....not that I was drawing from the holster...but after telling me their rules ordered me to take it off. I switched to a different gun (that didn't fit the holster)...and he was still all over me. For wearing a holster.
Followed by my parents who moved to the South and never a problem with anyone using holsters.
No one should go to a range where they feel unsafe. Even without a "paid" RSO a good range will police itself and shooters will have respect for each others safety first. I go to a state range in a management area and all the shooters, every time I have been there, a remarkably diligent and absolutely willing to work with each other. The fee...well it is $0.00 because it is state (there is an access fee but that fee is for the entire 5000 acres of hunting and trekking. If you buy a state hunting license for 16 bucks then the annual access permit fee of $23.00 is waived). The complex and facilities are top of the line for an outdoor state range. The target frames are taken care of by the "Friends" of the WMA. You don't need to pay a lot of money for a good quality range. I know of a range that wanted $250.00+ for an annual membership. In the fall and winter the range was only available on the weekend days for just a few hours and LEO gets priority. The range was not nearly as impressive as the state facilities. I do pay a cheap price for a pistol range to keep in practice.
they should have more rso in the club
Good luck with all your range experiences. Mine is out the back of my garage. I'm Owner, Manager, Range Officer, Rules Enforcer & singularly hold all invitation rights. As long as Mrs. Ghost Tracker, uh...isn't in the garden & says it's okay! :wink:
Hmmm, I better qualify a few things. The members are not "snots". There have been several that have been quite friendly but on the other hand, it's not an AA meeting. LOL!!! Yes, I find the two month (because you must attend two of their monthly meetings) a bit much. I will also say that old-timers have told me that you can often come there during weekdays and it will be virtually empty. Your FOB gets you in all the way till sunset, seven days a week. Frankly, for a hundred bucks a year I find it more than reasonable and my schedule often allows me time to hit it midday. Now that I'm no longer working on base, I can carry all the time except, of course, on campuses. It is open all year. There are weekend scheduled events for certain ranges but all you have to do is look them up online for a calendar of events. Many of those events are beyond cool. You are a neanderthal if you don't police your brass. There are also a group of folks there that are pretty good in their respective firearm categories and I hope to be the proverbial cat on the backdoor screen for help. April through October they throw a bbq before each meeting. All the beer you can drink. Ok, that last one was a lie.
Having said all that, we are renting this first year here and hope to build/buy next summer. My Christmas wish is to get some property that will literally allow me to go out the back door and shoot from my porch. Could be a pipe dream but I'm working on it!
Glad to hear that you found a safe place to practice. Unfortunately, the application and membership process sounds more to me like you are joining a 3-patch motorcycle club than a range club... Do they have a slogan?
Do they have a slogan?
I did a search on local ranges ,There is one in my area that has about the same rules to join up.
They do allow holster draw outdoor and indoor. No crossdraw, of course. I am surprised that you don't have to flip the range table up before drawing on the indoor range. Last range I belonged to required that.
I'm a member at a local club that has a similar system for new members, maybe not so military like. But I like it. Definitely feels safer than a public range or a 'pay your money and you're in' club. Well worth the long process.