Got keyed!

Discussion in 'General Firearms Discussion' started by spamassassin, Nov 24, 2016.

  1. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    I finally got my own key to the private range we do our silhouette and long range precision matches on. There's only about a hundred of those keys and the wait list is literally hundreds of years long. I only got one because I spend so much time/money/effort up there doing work and improving the facilities that it's just better logistically so I don't have to constantly wait for coach to show up or worry about him forgetting his key. The video I made recently and posted here was made there. Only 1 downside, it's 2.5 hours of driving away from where I live and work. Such is life, the range that's 1 mile from my house has a 2.5 hour wait and a 2 hour time limit so I'm still ahead.

    Do you have a private place to shoot or are you stuck on a public range or do you use public lands away from other humans?
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  2. Keith Moderator

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    The range I belong to has personal PINs for it's members for entry. It makes things more convenient for the members and tracks who is coming in.
  3. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    I like that idea. Would keep me from forgetting the key. Is that a private members only range or does it allow the public to use it at all? We let the public use the range but only for matches that happen there or when accompanied by a paid member.
  4. Keith Moderator

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    This one is members and immediate family only. That is one thing I like about the VFW range, guests are allowed for a nominal fee. But with neighbor issues, that may be coming to an end. It's a damn shame. It's about 5 minutes away even though it's a fairly basic range and it gave somewhere for the township police department to brush up their skills (a nice community service benefit). But with the noise complaints and some lead in the water issues, it looks like the range may be a thing of the past.


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  5. spamassassin Well-Known Member

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    Thankfully ours is on private land, a working barley farm in a desert so we're safe from most of the idiocy that kills gun clubs. We did just lose the Chabot Gun Club though due to noise complaints and water pollution complaints. Odd bit about that was, there are no homes close enough that the residents could ever hear the gunfire, even with a hearing aid and an ear horn. The lake at the bottom of the hill was also found to not have been contaminated by lead by 2 independent labs. Considering the EPA limit of 15ppb for lead that's pretty stunning.
  6. Keith Moderator

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    There is a bunch of old homes here, so who knows what the true source is and the range has been around since the '70s, so it was no secret. The range is in a wooded valley below most of the houses by quite a bit and chances that the range is the source of contamination is remote at best but with the environmental nazis and politics, its obviously a losing battle.

    Thank God I still have Green Valley to go to. I did make a cautionary warning to them about what the Post is experiencing. Hopefully, it never becomes an issue.


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