May 7th, 2008 10:06 PM
I've shot at the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Dept range in FL. It was $10/day for NRs. Very nice place that is used for police training (they have a bus and a helicopter there for police training) during the week and open to the public on weekends. If you live in the county it was $5/day for residents.
No such animals in MA.
But I'd prefer the private club ranges (belong to 2 South of Boston). You get to know the people who shoot there, folks take some responsibility to clean up and take care of the place as we are all stake-holders in the range, and don't get gang-banger visitations like a few of the public ranges in MA get (and thus they also get "attention" from BATFE).
May 7th, 2008 10:23 PM
I've got two within driving distance, both of which are AG&F ranges. Both are fairly nice.
I went to one of them outside of Danville. When I got there, there were about 40 Mexicans shooting SKS's and AK's.All of them were having a hard time hitting the paper. After watching them awhile from my truck it became plain to me that none of them knew how to use the sights.
So any how, I got my stuff out of the truck and piled it on the only table left. Only a couple of them were smart enough to wear ear plugs and I figured by the time I let off my second shot they would either leave or stick something in their ears.
When they got ready to swap out targets I went to the 100 yard line and placed a black target paster on a white sheet of paper and walked back.
I noticed that they were all watching me and as I was looking through the scope they sort of gathered around to watch. I told them that it wasn't a good idea to stand where they were but I don't think any of them understood English.
No matter. I went ahead and shot, completely eliminating my little target paster on the paper. The men started talking excitedly and a few were holding their ears. As I jacked the empty case out one of them whistled. Before I could squeeze off another round, most of them were getting into their vehicles and leaving. BY the third shot, they had all left and I had the whole range to myself.
So I put that gun up and started verifying the zero on my .308.
Public ranges can be fun sometimes. If they are crowded, that .50 BMG of mine usually makes them empty out for some reason.
I always shoot it first.
I hate crowded ranges.
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May 7th, 2008 10:32 PM
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
May 10th, 2008 03:09 AM
Alabama has quite a few. They are generally funded by the Alabama Wildlife Service by hunting license purchases and such. I use one close to Gadsden,AL.
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