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For those who don't know it I made a decision to let my membership at the shooting range expire. It's been a month and here's what I've discovered. The time and effort spent trying to find...And afford ammo is now a thing of the past!! While I still shoot my pistols ( Went out twice this month ) its no longer something I do two or more times a week. The time I've saved not chasing around finding ammo or going to the range is amazing. The money I've saved is incredible!!

I have more time to do things with the family, while still taking time to keep my skill level sharp with my handguns, I really thought I'd miss the range more but I don't. Call me paranoid but I always worried that the person on either side of me when at the range could make a mistake that could injure me or others. Shooting alone or with a trusted partner always made more sense to me than being on the firing line with people who may not have the skill level or understand (Muzzle control) is a cause for concern.

I guess I never realized just how much time and money I devoted to being a member at a indoor range. Will I ever renew my membership? I really don't know, even though it has some great benefits... In bad weather there's nothing better than indoor shooting! But I now ask myself if I weren't a member would I drag myself out to shoot in bad weather....Probably not.
 

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You do what is best for you. It seems like there is never enough time or money to do everything we want to do. That is why we make choices.

Personally, I usually shoot once a week. That session is almost always focused training. I have never really understood the idea of just ripping off 50-100 rounds as fast as I can. Any yahoo with a dexterous trigger finger can do that. The way I look at it, every round I fire has a purpose. Keep that purpose in mind as you shoot and you will become a more proficient shooter as well as save time and money.
 

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I would likely join my local range if I could afford the ammo needed for regular trips. As of right now, I have a boat load of .22, which is great since my wife carries an SR22, but finding and affording 9mm and .45 is still a dicey situation for me. The time I do spend at the range, I find it hard to leave. I always want to buy one more box, at an inflated price. Spent almost $150 one afternoon and thought my wife was going to kill me.

I too prefer to shoot with a purpose now. My first few trips to the range were more about blasting rounds at the target and less about being accurate. Now I shoot no more than five rounds per target, taking time to adjust my behavior and learn what I did right or wrong. I even take pictures of my targets to keep track of my progress.
 
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Hey, whatever works for you. Glad you were able to find a good balance. Fortunately, I don't have to leave my property to get range time in but now that I'm on a 9mm kick and adding 9mm guns, I'm now pretty much just spending the membership fees I would be saving on 9mm ammo instead.
 
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The money saved on ammo just can't be denied!! The problem with a range membership at least for me was I didn't stop at a few magazines. I would usually fire 75 to 100rds. on each visit, all my fun money was spent in one hour! Then I would search high & low to replace the ammo I had used. Just a revolving door!! :aargh4::aargh4:
 

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Compared to what? Think of what people spend on golf?! A day at the salon getting your hair cut/colored (mostly ladies) would cost you as much as a day at the range. You can spend a day at the range for the price of riding around on a Sunday afternoon watching grass grow in the country with the price of gas. As long as you are not obsessed and spending money foolishly with your hobby what is wrong with it being guns any more than banjo lessons?

A family friendly hobby is a healthy habit! :fal:
 

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I need to get to the range. :smile:
 

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I go to the range weekly or bi-weekly. Not only is it very important to me for training and keeping proficient and used to live fire - but it is MY time. No work, no family, no cell phone - just an hour escape into some quality time with my guns. Its something to look forward to, something I still get excited about - also helps me release stress, take my mind off things, SLOW DOWN and just think about shooting. I'm glad you have found what works for you. For me, range time is extremely important and worth the cost and hassle with ammo - I wouldn't trade it for much.
 

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ive never been a member at a range, but i guess im lucky i have family farm land to go shooting on. ammo is always a booger, one of those why did i shoot so much, lol. good luck and hope you find what you want to do.
 
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The money saved on ammo just can't be denied!! The problem with a range membership at least for me was I didn't stop at a few magazines. I would usually fire 75 to 100rds. on each visit, all my fun money was spent in one hour! Then I would search high & low to replace the ammo I had used. Just a revolving door!! :aargh4::aargh4:
Why don't you take up reloading. I'm shooting .45 and .40's for about $6.00 a box.
 

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I would much rather shoot at race cars. Do ya have to lead them much??:blink:
 

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Expensive hobby, guns.
Compared to what? Think of what people spend on golf?! A day at the salon getting your hair cut/colored (mostly ladies) would cost you as much as a day at the range. You can spend a day at the range for the price of riding around on a Sunday afternoon watching grass grow in the country with the price of gas. As long as you are not obsessed and spending money foolishly with your hobby what is wrong with it being guns any more than banjo lessons?

A family friendly hobby is a healthy habit! :fal:
Okay then.....Hobbies sure are expensive!
 

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If it works for you, then do it. I, on the other hand, enjoy my range membership and wouldn't want to give it up. As for saving money, shooting is an expensive hobby, as someone mentioned. That's why I reload. My shooting habits are very simple. I like to shoot often, but I don't shoot very much. I can drop by the range a couple of times a week and pop off a few rounds, just enough to keep me familiar and comfortable with my guns. good luck
 

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Sometimes a step back gives you some useful perspective. I've done the same recently. Guns and ammo went from affordable to expensive over the last 7 years or so. Trying to keep up was leaving me with less money and less time which started to kill the overall experience of being a gun enthusiast. I've saved a lot of money because I couldn't go to Wal-mart and buy $40 of ammo every week, and quit buying altogether because of prices.

This made me focus on getting my CPL, a decent holster, belt and a .22lr pistol to practice on the cheap once prices and availability return to normal.
 

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I guess if I lived in a big city I would have kept my membership, the range is only 5mi. from my house. But the place I go to shoot now is only 10mi. away and unless I were a security officer training every week makes little sense for most people. The police have their own shooting ranges where they train. I'm happy to shoot twice a month now and keep my skills sharp and my aim true. The big plus for me is the money I'm saving! I reload shotshells but by the time I would get set up for metallic reloading it would take some time to see any real savings. not only that I really don't want to weigh each powder charge, as most every manual for metallic advises. I like using powder bushings for shotshells much faster and while double charges could happen the reloader I use makes it nearly impossible.
 

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Family time at the range is time well spent. The discipline I require of the family at the range requires focus, and that focus naturally extends to the conversation and the time spent -- it's not just enjoyable time, it's time with a different level of intensity that is truly bonding. As for the money, I gave up golf years ago because I was spending an inordinate amount of money playing a game I was never going to be better than a mediocre player, and hours at a time away from my family to play it. Now two hours at the range together costs me not that much more and gives us family time.

Glad you found some balance or rationalization and certainly to each his own, but I cherish my family time at the range.
 
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