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Old 01-05-2013, 07:22 AM   #16
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Indoor ranges are nice for zeroing .22s IMO. No wind to push around light bullets... Other than that, I don't like them much unless it's to rent a gun...
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:31 AM   #17
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I refuse to go to a public indoor or outdoor range. I have witnessed some of the most unsafe acts I have ever seen and two people being sent to a hospital with one dying from stupidity. You can't have a good day when you are seeing ignorant people shooting next to you. I have a private range to use and will not step foot on a public one ever.
Public ranges are unsafe and a place for some people to "show off" their guns,skills or whatever they think is cool.
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I refuse to go to a public indoor or outdoor range. I have witnessed some of the most unsafe acts I have ever seen and two people being sent to a hospital with one dying from stupidity. You can't have a good day when you are seeing ignorant people shooting next to you. I have a private range to use and will not step foot on a public one ever.
Public ranges are unsafe and a place for some people to "show off" their guns,skills or whatever they think is cool.
I agree wholeheartedly. I am a member at a private club and the other people there are the safest, most knowledgable and respectful gun owners I've met. Compare that to EVERY trip to a public range I've ever made where I've witnessed people absentmindedly pointing loaded guns at others with their finger on the trigger, handling guns while people are downrange and all sorts of other unsafe behavior. I'll gladly pay a membership fee to weed out the riff raff.
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roth, you know that bad habits can be corrected with proper instruction but mindset will be a tough one to fix.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:26 AM   #20
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I belong to Pioneer Gun Club outside of Kansas City. The club has both an indoor range and an outdoor the range. The indoor range about 15 minutes from my house is available 24/7. The outdoor range, 35 minutes from my house is available Sunup to Sundown. The outdoor range has has 2 rifle ranges, trap range, 5 or 6 pistol ranges.

One of my favorites is a plate drop range with 2 double racks (24 plates). I love shooting the plate racks! Knocking down plates with a 22 pistol (with red dot) or 22 AR is loads of fun.

Pioneer also has lots of shooting clubs/disciplines like uspsa, NRA action, benchrest etc. Just about something for everyone. They also just installed a card reader for the gates.

There's no problem bringing guests as long as you keep an eye on them and explain the rules.

Great Club!
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:36 AM   #21
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Prefer outdoor when it warm outside. But noise factor is the same as indoor since I always end up next to a .50 cal sniper practicing for army. I'm not sure which is worse: the giant kaboom every few minutes at outdoor, or shaking hot .45 case ejections down the back of my shirt from next stall in the indoor range. I spent yesterday getting rained on from hot casings for a half hour while indoor.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:53 AM   #22
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re;INDOOR RANGES

I like the feedback from the ones who answered from where they live in their part of the country. I meant no disrepect to anyone that goes to an indoor range where they live. THANKS.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:00 PM   #23
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I hate indoor ranges too. They are loud and crowded and tend to be dirty. You also never know how good the ventilation is, which puts you at risk for breathing in lead or having it settle onto your skin or clothing. And the clientele is more likely to be naively foolish or cavalierly dangerous.

Unfortunately the indoor range is less than 5 minutes from my house. The nearest outdoor range is about an hour away. Therefore, I go to the indoor range so that I can spend most of my range trip shooting rather than driving.
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On public ranges indoor or out: Let's remember how lucky we are that we live in this great nation and have these to ***** about. It has taken me 30 years to obtain the preferred shooting choices I now have. Public ranges were my and many others' only choice. During those decades, I probably was someone's "riff raff" or made unsafe mistakes in someone's eyes along the way. Fortunately I met a patient many that took the time to teach me right.

Let's remember how lucky we are and extend a little patience and instruction for those less fortunate shooters. The 2nd Amendment doesn't just apply to know-it-alls.
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I imagine most public ranges are inundated with Noobs right now shooting their new handguns and rifles. Yes we were all noobs at one time.

I mostly shoot at Pioneer as mentioned above but sometimes I shoot at a conservation range about 40 minutes away. The range officers and staff are very strict with people about the rules and keep it safe. They yell at people and even kick the worst offenders out.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #26
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I have a few choices locally and I like the options. I usually spend time shooting at Michigan State University's indoor range. Very nice and the range safety is top notch. Not to mention the ventilation system recycles all of the air in 30 seconds.

Only downside is the university only allows 22's but the trade off is incredible resources and training. It is also attached to the archery complex, which makes for a fun day.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:41 PM   #27
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If I am going to shoot just to practice, I have an indoor range literally 1/4 mile from my house. Yes it's loud, and it's not as bright in there as I'd like... But it's fun! When I go to have fun with friends, and family, I always drive the 35 minutes out to Corona to use the range!
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Indoor ranges

RANGE SNOB!!!!! I'm just kidding! I agree with you. I too am a member of an outdoor sportsman's club/gun range and also a member of an indoor range. I don't shoot competition, just enjoy a relaxing day plinking. I like the outdoor range SO much more. Even when rain hits, I am under a roof and it's not bad at all. However, being in the socialist republic of Illinois, it gets a bit nippy here in winter. So I joined an indoor range in Iowa (closest one to me) so I can still shoot in winter. Thanks for the post!
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Indoor ranges are good for bad weather. In showy states, it's not fun to go out and shoot in sub zero weather.
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I like both... The main advantage for me with the indoor range is that I can move the target closer or farther with a flip of a switch. I like outdoor ranges because i can use my long guns...
Same here plus in Ohio in January it gets darn cold outside. The indoor ranges can be warm and cozy
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