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    outdoor or Indoor range? which do you prefer?

    Hello all,
    This is the first post I've made on Handgunforum.net, so Hello all! I love the discussion candor and passion here...

    On to my question: does anyone find they shoot better and/or prefer an indoor or outdoor range? I normally shoot in an indoor range, but the lighting I find isn't ever as good as natural light when it comes to me gaining a good sight picture. Anyone else have a similar experience?

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    Is the issue ? the ability to see the targets or lining up your pistol sights.

    Indoor ranges have been scrutinized lately about air quality concerns.
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    I have access to both at my club, I prefer outdoor whenever I can. I even shoot outdoors most of the time in the winter. I shoot indoors only when absolutely necessary!!

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    I shoot indoors about once every 65 years.
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    Outdoors in the summer unless the humidity is unbearable, but Oh, Crap indoors in the winter. Negative single digits and shooting do not spell "enjoyable"..

    Of course, that means I shoot more rifle in the summer and pistol in the winter, but the balance is fine anyway.

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    I shoot outdoors, so far without exception. There is a large indoor range being built nearby so that could change this coming winter.

    GW

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    Indoors - Texas summers suck - and the summer is like 6 months long dude!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    Indoors - Texas summers suck - and the summer is like 6 months long dude!!
    I had the pleasure of spending a couple of years in Texas. I would trade a Texas summer for a Wisconsin winter any time!

    GW

    EDIT: And there goes post 1000.
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    I prefer outdoors.Quiet,fresh air,private,safer,shoot any gun I want(pistol,shotgun)any way I want(fast/slow,etc). I have all
    the usual dislikes of indoor ranges-noise,bad air,safety concerns,
    can't shoot 00 buck,can't pick up my brass,can't mag dump,etc.
    As soon as I walk into an indoor range,my blood pressure shoots
    up! So, I drive 30 miles to shoot outdoors(even in winter),though
    there is an indoor range about 10 minutes from my home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCDUB View Post
    I prefer outdoors.Quiet,fresh air,private,safer,shoot any gun I want(pistol,shotgun)any way I want(fast/slow,etc). I have all
    the usual dislikes of indoor ranges-noise,bad air,safety concerns,
    can't shoot 00 buck,can't pick up my brass,can't mag dump,etc.
    As soon as I walk into an indoor range,my blood pressure shoots
    up! So, I drive 30 miles to shoot outdoors(even in winter),though
    there is an indoor range about 10 minutes from my home.
    Great input, be safe,
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldwing View Post
    I shoot outdoors, so far without exception. There is a large indoor range being built nearby so that could change this coming winter.

    GW
    New sounds good, safety modernization is the key. I would check it out, if it weren't to expensive . Expensive is arbitrary to ones means
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    I prefer... One that is less than 45 minutes away. Which there aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldwing View Post
    I had the pleasure of spending a couple of years in Texas. I would trade a Texas summer for a Wisconsin winter any time!

    GW

    EDIT: And there goes post 1000.
    Congrats on the 1000 posts. Learned and very informative, humor, but easy on the sensitive material. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    Congrats on the 1000 posts. Learned and very informative, humor, but easy on the sensitive material. Lol
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    Thanks Pic! I look forward to my time surfing here.

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    There are a lot of shooting ranges within a reasonable distance of my home... at least eight of them that I can think of right off the top. Only three are outdoor. I prefer indoor ranges for the type of shooting I do (I run drills instead of just punching paper targets). Two of the ranges I have used allow draw and fire exercises with live ammo. One of those is a new range, five miles away, and is one of the larges indoor ranges in the nation.

    Outdoor is fine for long range work, but for handgun defensive work, there are only two types of ranges I like to use. One is indoor, as I already mentioned, and the other is the type that is used for formal training and allows close work with berms for backstops. Those are nearly always outdoor. The range I mentioned that is five miles from my home is excellent for my purposes (no berms, of course).

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    Summer or winter?



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    Looks like north of Highway 8 to me. That is Wisconsin, right? Must have been in March.

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    I prefer to shoot outside. Ambient light is way better than indoor lighting for me.

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    Shooting is like baseball, meant to be done outside in the day time, preferably when it's warm.

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    I have access to one outdoor range and one indoor range. The outdoor range is fine, if you don't want to shoot beyond 200 yards, and if you get there at daylight to beat the crowd. The indoor range is a royal pain in the butt for an experienced shooter, because the people who run it treat everyone like a potential mass murderer, charge way too much, and don't maintain the equipment very well. I understand the need to be careful and make a profit, but it is aggravating, so I avoid it. A little bit of personality would make everything more palatable, but none of the proprietors have any. More competition would make both ranges better.

    The company I worked for, before I retired, owned an isolated tract of land that was perfect for a 300 yard shooting range, and several of us put a bench out there and pushed up some dirt mounds to catch bullets and made some target stands at various distances. It was a great place to practice, and convenient to me, because I was usually alone. But, I lost it when I retired, so now I practice a lot less at the public range, which has been closed for repairs for a month, due to storms and flooding. I avoid the indoor range, but I would probably like one for pistols, if it was well-run.

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