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Public Gun Ranges After Christmas

This is a discussion on Public Gun Ranges After Christmas within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by Mike1956 I haven't been to a public range in years. I live in a rural area, and have a pistol range in ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    I haven't been to a public range in years. I live in a rural area, and have a pistol range in my back yard. I also own a farm about twenty minutes from where I live, and I have up to a thousand-yard range there.
    Same here, but sadly don’t have 1000 yards. I did just put in 385 and 500 meter berms that I can shoot from my back deck.

    Here’s a picture of my 100-300 yard bench/prone position, and my pistol range:




    I used to belong to a private club that was a great facility. Plenty of ranges/space, but when I bought my 40 acres, then added the second 40, it got harder to justify the drive. The range was keyed entry without anybody on duty, but I never had any issues. I think the board process for admission and initiation fee kept most of the chuckleheads out. Now I’ve got a 30 meter pistol range and can shoot rifle out to a little past 500 meters.

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    Usually go to the private range I belong to but even that one gets busy that time of the year. If its not to cold I go into the mountains and shoot with my boys.
    
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    I made the mistake of trying to go to the public range in the Ocala National Forest when I lived in the Orlando area. Every poster child for the Brady Bunch proudly displayed their Christmas gifts and then demonstrated the most dangerous firearm handling I've ever seen. They shot up everything that wasn't nailed down, then shot what was left. Most couldn't spell "A-R" if their lives depended on it and weren't sure which end to point down range. I waited until I could get to private land or deeper into February. That's usually when the novelty wore off (or they ran out of ammo). Stay safe everyone and Merry Christmas to my extended (forum) family!
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    Public Gun Ranges After Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by sniper58 View Post
    I made the mistake of trying to go to the public range in the Ocala National Forest when I lived in the Orlando area. Every poster child for the Brady Bunch proudly displayed their Christmas gifts and then demonstrated the most dangerous firearm handling I've ever seen. They shot up everything that wasn't nailed down, then shot what was left. Most couldn't spell "A-R" if their lives depended on it and weren't sure which end to point down range. I waited until I could get to private land or deeper into February. That's usually when the novelty wore off (or they ran out of ammo). Stay safe everyone and Merry Christmas to my extended (forum) family!
    That's the place and time to bring a 50 cal Barrett and a few cinder blocks... Put everyone to shame

    Edit: Merry Christmas to you too!
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    We are thinking about going tomorrow (Christmas day). But it is currently 0 degrees and snowing, with it getting colder tomorrow, so I figure that we will likely have the range to ourselves But we will probably need to leave the truck running so we can reload the mags..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck R. View Post
    Same here, but sadly don’t have 1000 yards. I did just put in 385 and 500 meter berms that I can shoot from my back deck.

    I used to belong to a private club that was a great facility. Plenty of ranges/space, but when I bought my 40 acres, then added the second 40, it got harder to justify the drive. The range was keyed entry without anybody on duty, but I never had any issues. I think the board process for admission and initiation fee kept most of the chuckleheads out. Now I’ve got a 30 meter pistol range and can shoot rifle out to a little past 500 meters.

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    Very nice set-up. Mine isn't nearly as refined.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ksholder View Post
    Just curious what your personal rules are about public gun ranges after Christmas. My personal rule is that I don't go to public ranges between Christmas and New Year at all and then not on weekends in January. Not only are the lines too long, there are just too many untrained people wandering around pointing guns, sometimes loaded guns, in all directions. I do go to the gun club range during that time as people who belong to the club generally have a clue and that range has a full time RSO who does a good job.

    What is your rule?
    Being a RSO myself, I would never go to a public range that DOESNT have a RSO. I've seen too many idiots out at the range while I'm working, and I'm always glad that I'm there to set them straight. It's scary how little some people know about weapons handling and safety. But instead of kicking them off at the drop of a hat, as someone mentioned will happen at their range, I believe it's better to correct and educate (to a certain extent. There's some safety violations that don't warrant a second chance, that's for sure).
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    My local range has a range "Nazi" and he isn't afraid to escort you off the range. They also have the red safety button that closes the range for unsafe acts. Last time I was there he was a foot behind a new shooter until he felt the guy could shoot safely

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigmacque View Post
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    Re: Public Gun Ranges After Christmas

    Quote Originally Posted by bigmacque View Post
    Oh my gosh that's so sad, so funny and so possibly true.
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    I don't mind going this time of year. You can generally pick up a hell of a lot of brass in a short amount of time.
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    I shoot at a local police range...lots of 'range-nazis' there. We go there so often that they greet both of us by first names. Really feel safe there.

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