I have 4 ranges within 15 minutes of me.
I have 4 ranges within 15 minutes of me.
Legally I can shoot in my backyard. I choose not to annoy other people and instead drive to an unsupervised, state run outdoor range at a WMA (Wildlife Management Area). It's 40 miles away, all 65mph highway except for one 3 stoplight town.
Around here the odd gunshot means someone's defending his livestock against predators or just got a deer.
My range is in my front yard. I can see my house, my kids play area, my firepit, my shop, and the mailbox.
We have 100 yards available with a berm at 50 yards and also at 25 yards.
I will add that I hope to annoy my neighbors and I shoot as often as I can afford to in hopes of making them miserable. I hate them and even though I can't see their house, I hope they move. My Dad who lives next door also has 100 yards at his house and he shares in my hate for them and joins me. We often pair fire so that it disturbs the peace that much more.
He will text me sometimes and we will plan our attack. LOL
Want to buy a house in my neighborhood?
But seriously... What's wrong with your neighbors?
Are they from California? New York? New (Gasp!) Jersey?
Do they keep dogs which want to eat your sheep? Children? Line laundry?
C'mon, nowó'fess up.
He is a communist....no really, he is my uncle. Its a long story...family stuff. The short of it is that he wasn't happy with how my grandma did her will because he didn't get as much as he thought he should so he drug out the whole thing for 2 years and drug it through court and ended up costing the estate thousands of dollars and all of it was just to try to hurt me because he doesn't like me and didn't like the fact that I was BUYING her house. He wanted me to pay $300,000 for it. She put it was to be sold for $75,000. It appraised at $80,000. I don't think I got that great of a deal and I don't think it was worth all the crap.
She GAVE him half of her stuff, her car, her lawn mower, her tread mill, her sewing machine and all kinds of other stuff...they got pissed with I told them they couldn't take the china without talking to my dad, who was the one in charge of the estate. They would come over when I wasn't there and take stuff. I lived with her and cared with her before she died. She wanted me to move and get rid of my stuff and 'get settled into my new house' so she didn't have to worry.
He is generally a lowlife. This is just the main reason I don't like him. The bad part is, he has a son is is just turned 18, I don't think he has done him any favors by teaching him to be greedy and lie for what you want in life.
I offer you my condolences:
It's always the worst when a close relative makes himself an enemy, rather than behaving like a friend.
My grandmother would be ashamed to know how all of it went but I can hold my head high knowing that I kept my nose clean and did what was right and what she would have wanted. I kept her in mind all along no matter my personal feelings. It was always her wishes that mattered.
I have various choices, some more expensive than others and some that stay open longer. I can shoot for free in an old sand pit that is nearby located adjacent to a river or go to indoor ranges that are across town. In Houston, we figure that everything is 30-45 minutes away from where you are currently located, so even an hour commute across town is not really considered all that far away.
For just testing loads to see if they will cycle the action on a semi-auto, I can do that in my garage. My neighbors don't seem to notice. If my neighbor starts up his Harley, they definitely won't notice my shooting. :)
I do not get why this old thread was resurrected one year later ... ???
I can get there in about 8 minutes.
I live about 7 miles from the private gun club that i belong to. We have indoor and outdoor ranges. I can access the indoor range 24/7/365. Most times i go there I am the only one there.
Everybody usually joins something. A gun club is no worse than the other choices, if you like to shoot a lot.
There is a fairly posh gun club south of our cityscape, with the county public gun ranges (several) not far from there.
So everybody gets a chance to go and shoot, whether they fancy public or private.
I don't shoot that much -- 4 classes a year to refresh my skills -- and occasionally otherwise. So it is definitely not worth joining a private gun club for me.
I do belong to a well known fraternity, but it has nothing to do with shooting. We are more into eating, and drinking, and going to sporting events like NFL and MLB games, with Superbowl parties, and so forth. Whence came you? From a hall of the Holy Saints John at Jerusalem.
There are lots of clubs to join, of many different types. So whatever floats your boat should work for you.
I live less than 15 minutes from the range(s) and the outdoor range is a city-owned unsupervised range. Can get a bit hectic, but if you go while most folks are at work it's generally mostly empty.
My range is 20 minutes away, we have 5000 members, 3000 active and 2000 social ( no range privileges ). All of our rifle and pistol ranges are shot from an enclosed shooting range house, to an outdoor target area, most are 50 to 100 yards. Some have heat and others have an air condition range office. WE have big bore, Black powder, small bore rifle, we have pistol, and air gun range, an outdoor air gun field course, 5 trap ranges, two skeet ranges, a five stand shot gun range, a shot gun pattern range, a 15 station table trap range, an archery range, and an archery field course. we have a tent camping area, and a covered picnic pavilion with barbeques, an air conditioned club house with big screen TV and a full staffed kitchen with a breakfast and lunch menu. its been there for 70 years, I've been a member for 35 years. we have 200 women shooters, and 1000 active senior shooters, we have NRA certified shooters a sophisticated safety program, we offer hunter safety courses and certifications, we sponsor regional NRA matches. WE have many family membership where the whole family gets involved in the program. WE teach boy scouts and girl scouts safety and shooting techniques to gain a merit badge. Scouts use the camping area frequently over the summer for week end adventures.
Jean and I now live in Paradise. Truly.
But since it's Paradise, of course there isn't a decent shooting range anywhere near us. One doesn't shoot, in Paradise.
For a few years, we did have friends who let us shoot on their land (which was much larger than ours), but encroaching civilization (a B&B run by other friends) ended that decisively.
Now we have to go all the way to a National Forest on the mainland to practice, which is an all-day trip. We are going to have to stay overnight.
It galls me to think of the wonderful shooting facility we left behind, back in Southern California.
There were no amenities to speak of...not even any water. But there still is a rifle range out to 1,050 yards (with pits and rising target frames), two practical-shooting pistol areas, a NRA-style pistol range with turning target stands at 25 and 50 yards, and several different "jungle" and gully walks.
Wanna see it? Go to Google Maps, and ask for the Desert Marksmen Range, near Palmdale, CA. Then zoom-in for a closeup.
I have 3 indoor ranges within 10-20 min and a huge indoor/outdoor club only 4 miles away with outdoor pistol range (25 lane) out to 50 yards and a rifle range out to 200 yards. Skeet, trap and an impressive western town (for cowboy shooting comps).
If I feel like doing some long range rifle... a 3 hour drive will get me to a 1,000+ range loaded with steel plates after 300 yards. They change the distance/location of plates every month... which force you to mil your targets for range estimation. Only 2 ranges like this in MI and the other one is on a military base (not open to public). It's a long range shooters dream.
We have a DEM range about 30 minutes away, pistols and rimfire rifles, 50 yards max. An indoors gun-store range about the same distance in the other direction, 25yds, anything goes except shot.
There are also a couple of private clubs, NRA membership required along with "this is going to be your Life, so we need to see you here every weekend working..." I don't begrudge the working, or the membership thing, but I DO have other things to do.
Lol, I know... i'm spoiled, right?.
I didn't even mention the 600 yard rifle range that's 50 min away... of course it has several 25/50/75 yard pistol/carbine bays w/barricades and is open 7 days a week from 9am to dusk. Only $100 a year too! No joke... that's it, no daily range fees above the membership.
Hey, this IS the Range Gloat thread...lol.
Michigan is a very gun friendly state full of hunting and sport shooters.