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    Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    I took the nearly 18 year old out to the Pit on the Lubbock county line line today and our portable target stands. The pit we have been going to for years, had the roads in blocked with mounds of dirt set there with a front end loader. The road we normally go in on had tracks around the mound to the road and we could get in in my fancy suburban without any problem.

    We got down in the pit and set up the target stands, the metal targets and our portable shooting table. The kid began shooting the metal flip up paddles at 40 yards, and the 4" diameter paddles would clink about every 5 shots, the .22 being too weak to reset from the .22. I told him he was pretty ambitious setting them up that far away, but he shoots pretty good, a lot better than the old man.

    I broke out the Academy Rossi 3" .38 special and took 5 shots at the steel and hit on the 3rd lucky shot.

    We then got on to more serious business of 8" paper targets at 13 yards with the .38 special, managed to get one in the bull with 15 shots, the kid got two in the bull with 15 shots. All in all we shot about 75 rounds of .38 special, and I shot a couple of cylinders thru the 4" Model 66 Smith. We both shot a couple of cylinders from the Rossi double action, kept them all on the target.

    We then took turns with the .22 which is a Bersa Sport with a 6" barrel and put quite a few in the bull with it. I'm really glad I didn't sell that little pistol, it shoots great and field stripping is easy.

    Next came the PT145 which I shot, and the recoil was more than I remembered, but we had been shooting the lighter calibers. With carefully aimed shots, I was satisfied I could still do what I needed.

    Next, we set up the B-29 Target, and did our shoot while moving drills with the PT145 first and the 1911 next. The kid always manages to put one more round on target than me.

    We had a pretty good time, burned about 100 .45's and a couple hundred .22's, and started gathering things up when Keenan spots a silver pickup with red and blue lights making it's way to the pit.

    If it was a game warden, I was in hopes it was a friendly one I'd met a couple of years earlier. Turned out it was a deputy sheriff from the adjacent county. I continued putting stuff up and gathering .45 brass and said Howdy. He said howdy back and asked if we had permission to be on the place. I told him no, that we had been coming to the pit for over 10 years, riding dirt bikes and shooting, and it was my understanding that an out of state estate owned the place.

    I asked what he was carrying, which was a .40 S & W Glock, found out how long he had been in the county with the Sherriff's dept, found out he was from my hometown and cousins to a friend I'd grown up with, shot the general bull, talked guns, and after about 30 minutes asked him if he planned to take us in. He laughed and said no, he didn't have room even if he wanted to, which I took to mean in his pick-up and Keenan took to mean in his jail.

    Anyhow, I told him we needed to get back to town, and I wouldn't let him catch me back out there. He just said to call first if I was headed out to shoot and let them know. The problem wasn't with the owners, just that there have been some shenanigans going on that had caused the County some problems. As we drove away, Keenan told me I sure kissed ---, and I reminded him I wasn't the one going to see a J.P. tomorrow for having a crappie in my basket that was 1/2 inch too short. In the last 4 years, I've lost 4 free places to shoot. I guess I may just have to sell my guns!
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    You don't have to sell your guns. Just join a local gun club, usually for a small annual fee, and you can shoot all you want. I know what you mean about not being able to go and shoot out in the tulies wherever and whenever you want, but it's a sign of the times and joining a local gun club is about the best option left to those of us who like to do a little recreational shooting.
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    You don't have to sell your guns. I've got plenty of room in my safe!
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    Dang Jake wish you weren't so far away from me. YOu and your son would be welcome on my 60 acres anytime. Keep spending time with your boy they grow up way to fast.

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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    Up north any gravel pit was fare game or state property but down here everything is owned by someone that says no shooting hunting or living.

    I can take a hint.

    The outdoor range original owner died and the president got into it with the daughter. As I have too I did not think it would be long.

    So now you pay the family and they let you shoot maybe. I don't trust her one bit.
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    sounds like a good time was had jake!

    florida used to have lots of places to shoot. i remember dad used to take us about 10 minutes outside of town to the gravel pits an he used to shoot all he wanted while i plinked soda cans with my BB gun. there are no places to shoot in south FL unless you go to a range. even where i live now i would be afriad to shoot on state land. i dont think you can just go out and plink, and even during hunting season you cant fire a round unless you are shooting at game, at least i think thats the rules. im sure there are places up north FL some wheres. wished i owned some acres out in the sticks, then it would be no problem.
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    We still have an outdoor public range, and it is reasonable at $5 an hour, but is about a 40 mile round trip as was the pit. Cost wasn't the prime factor. Privacy to be able to set up our own combat course and choice of types of targets, move and shoot drills etc was the reason I liked the place. Also, if I was introducing someone to shooting, I had plenty of privacy and quiet, to take the hearing protection off and explain things before and after we started shooting, at any point I thought necessary without having to wait for the range master to announce a cease fire, at which point you have to clear your weapon and back away from it. I may have wanted to get the shooter to try somthing different with his grip or sighting which is neccessary to have them hold the gun or me hold the gun to demonstrate, and you can not do that on a public range until the all clear is given and everyone begins firing again.
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    Yeah Jake, I miss living on the outskirts of town and picking places to shoot like that. Houses invaded them all. Even the local range I grew up shooting at had to put in boards you have to keep your rifle barrel under so you can't elevate enough to shoot into a neighborhood that is about 2 miles away.

    If it wasn't for indoor pistol ranges, I'd go bonkers on the 1 to 3 second rule between shots that outdoor ranges have now. Still, I can't have near as much fun with my old Marlin 39 .22 lever because of that rule. I swear I'm just gonna set up a range in the house and shoot .22 shorts out of that Marlin.

    Sounds like you had fun though, Jake. Hopefully, that deputy will really let you go shooting again in the future.
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    I guess I and the rest of the local club members are spoiled. We have a piece of property surounded by gravel pits and a swamp where we can shoot outdoors nearly anytime we want and the club membership is only ten dollars a year for NRA members Non-NRA members pay fifteen bucks a year.

    Matter of fact we have a "Turtle Feed" (soup) coming on July 9th in conjunction with the local towns Wild Rice Festival, which we use as one of our fundraisers. Yes it is open to the public and everybody raves about the turtle soup!
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    Re: Range trip...Bad News....Good News.....Bad News.....Good News

    I pay 30 bucks a year for a place to shoot, though I also own land on which I can shoot. But, the range is only about 4 miles from my house. I guess I sorta take it for granted, but I remember when I had no place to shoot. It was miserable.
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