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    Moving to Florida

    Hey all you Florida gulf coast members! In exactly 10 days I will no longer be a resident of Denver and will be living in sunny Florida. Specifically I'll be in Pasco County. Who's got the lowdown on good places to shoot both indoors and out? I've looked a at Hernando Sportsmanship Club and the Wyoming Antelope Club online. How are these ranges? pros and cons? Do any of you have any personal favorite ranges for shooting both pistol and rifle? I'm going to try and make my first Appleseed at Hernando in June.

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    From the sounds of the CO legislature, you're leaving just in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    From the sounds of the CO legislature, you're leaving just in time.
    That's not why we are leaving but the timing couldn't be better. I still will do what I can to support my brothers and sisters left in New California.

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    Welcome to the Gunshine State from orlando!


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    A good place to start is checking out the Florida Concealed Carry Forum for laws and local resources. Florida Concealed Carry Forums
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    If your going to be in Pasco county the Hernando Sportsman's Club is the closest range! They have IDPA,USPSA,3gun etc...
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    Welcome to the free republic of Florida. Many places to shoot. And more every year.
    You will like it here.

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    Not as much wide open spaces where you can shoot here, but lots of ranges. I'm from the other coast, so can't help regarding Pasco County. Welcome.
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    Welcome from the other coast of Fla
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    check out the FL Gun Forum - lots of locals to point you in the right direction for ranges. I'm in a neighboring county, so I'm not much help on which ranges are better than others where you're looking. I do know of Dade City Rod & Gun Club in N Pasco and know of quite a few people who use and like that one. I've been meaning to head over since Tenoroc in Lakeland closed but haven't gotten around to it yet. www.dcrgc.us Shooter's World in Tampa just opened - large store and large indoor range. They have a nice set up with tables and such set up just outside of the range but I made the mistake of going on a weekend and they were PACKED. www.shootersworld.com Like Shoot Straight, Shooter's World offers free shoot on Mondays for women (if you've got a Mrs heading down here too thought it was worth mentioning) Shoot Straight is a chain in FL, some complain about them but that's my go to range (thanks to free Mondays) and their prices aren't bad, usually right around MSRP but sometimes they have sales. www.shoot-straight.com
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    Thanks for the tips everybody! I'll be sure to check put the Florida gun forums. It's snowing again in Denver today! I can't wait to be in Florida!

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    Checkout IDPA.com and USPSA.org and use their club search with the zipcode. $20 to enter and shoot half a day, matches all over the place indoor and outdoor and that will be how to completely plug into the local shooting scene there. And actually become a better shooter as well. If you're not already familiar. I personally would not leap to join a specific club until I shot them for free under the IDPA matches to see how they are. Some clubs LOOK nice but the management may have lost their minds. Some clubs look humble but being a member is much more rewarding. Some clubs treat the match shooters better than their own members. I'm a member of a very nice club but I was having second thoughts renewing because of the super anal range master that almost ruins your experience there. I could shoot steel, IDPA and USPSA matches there 3 times a month and NOT pay any membership. I still have to pay the $15-20 dollar entry fees for each match regardless of my membership status. Of course if you love to constantly practice a membership makes more sense. Good luck with the move, Florida a nice place to VISIT. Be aware of their conceal carry laws and not printing there. You're going to love how well your clothes stick to you ;)
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    moving to Florida? A few tips for survival:

    1. Fire Ants suck, learn to kill them all. Digging and dynamite are not the answer.
    2. Hurricanes are real....I would suggest Intellicast - Local and National Weather Forecast, Radar, Maps and Severe Report to track the radar from June 1-Oct 31...or you wake up one morning floating in Cuba.
    3. Get used to being the only person in a restaurant that speaks English...or learn Spanish. If someone calls you Pappi, don't hit him. That's a good thing.
    4. Gatorade and Powerade are staples of life in the "summer". Keep a bottle with you always.
    5. Get you air conditioner in your home and your cars checked early....without it, you die.
    6. Sell all your heavy winter clothes....they just take up closet space and you will never wear them again.
    7. Tourists forget how to drive the second they cross into the State of Florida. Beware.
    8. Buy several very heavy duty umbrellas.....you can't run between the rain drops like you can in Denver. (I lived there for 12 years)
    During hurricane season, it rains sideways, upside down, inside out and up your nose....
    9. If you are allergic to Saw Palmetto pollen like I am, find a good ear, nose and throat specialist. Stuff is freaking growing everywhere.
    10. Learn to speak Long-Island-ese....its a form of English like no where else on the planet and sometimes takes a special interpreter.
    This dialect is usually spoken by those from the North that have a tendency to think that the slow Southern drawl of Florida natives shows a sign of
    being less than intelligent. This dialect is not terribly popular in the State of Florida, but has become more abundant since 09/11/2001.

    There you have a few Florida survival tips. If you are ever in Orlando, East Orange Shooting Sports is a great range. Oakridge Gun Range is not bad, but not my fave.
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    Zonker has some great advice! Although I disagree about selling your winter clothes...when I moved here I'd be the only one in the water at the beach besides the Canadians in the winter - fast forward 20 years and I'm shivering if its below 70 LOL!
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    Oh, there's a 4 year waiting time to vote for anyone moving from a blue state.

    (I wish)

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