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Old 04-28-2008, 01:04 PM
 
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I like to shoot as a hobby, and I'm looking for local spots or clubs for pistol, IDPA type shoots. I don't mind a little drive, just nice facilities without range Nazis breathing down your neck critiquing your style.

I'm giving up a beautiful abandoned gravel quarry in Youngstown. You know, the kind where you can drive an old car back into the pit and leave it there with some extra holes.

I'm afraid that the local police in PA won't be as open to the idea.
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Old 04-28-2008, 02:49 PM
 
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Ah yeh they won't like that.....There are still some spots out in the woods that you can go shooting at but they are local knowledge.......There are a few state ranges in the area. Hawley. Gouldsboro and Archbald are the ones that I know about. There also is the Factoryville Sportsman Club which is private.
I'm not sure about range Nazis but there are rules on the state ranges and they are not that bad. No more then 6 rounds in a psitol and 3 for shotguns and rifles. Full-auto is a no no no unless you have the proper paperwork. The rounds in the gun rule is the one they enforce and love to do it. Its their money maker...Initial fine is $150 +$50 for each round over.

Archbald is the range that I like, its clean and maintained. The regular shooters do their part to help keep it that way.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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Hubby goes to the State Gameland shooting range on 6, I guess it's Hawley?, pretty much every weekend usually around dinnertime. He said it's not crowded at that time of day. He did say that they are going to be closed for "deleading" but he wasn't sure when or for how long. He got that from a park ranger who was there one weekend.
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Old 04-28-2008, 08:07 PM
 
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No more then 6 rounds in a psitol and 3 for shotguns and rifles. Full-auto is a no no no unless you have the proper paperwork. The rounds in the gun rule is the one they enforce and love to do it. Its their money maker...Initial fine is $150 +$50 for each round over.
You know, I'm not much of a gun fan.

But what's the rationale behind the "rounds in the gun" rule? Is it possible to put more than 6 rounds in a pistol and 3 for shotguns and rifles? What does a rounds-limitation actually do? (or what is "intended" to do for that matter?)
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Old 04-28-2008, 09:55 PM
 
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I would tend to think that it is for safety reasons. A pistol can hold as many as 15+ rounds with some up to 30(machine pistol) and a shotgun can hold up to 9. Rifles depending on whether they are bolt action or magazine fed semi-auto can hold as many as 30 and 50 rounds.

They don't care how many clips you have as long as there is only 6 per clip.
Its really not that bothersome for those that shot but the "I just turned 21 and bought a glock" kids have a problem with it and are usually the ones getting wacked by the warden.
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Old 04-28-2008, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC. (Ogden)
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Ah yeh they won't like that.....There are still some spots out in the woods that you can go shooting at but they are local knowledge.......There are a few state ranges in the area. Hawley. Gouldsboro and Archbald are the ones that I know about. There also is the Factoryville Sportsman Club which is private.
I'm not sure about range Nazis but there are rules on the state ranges and they are not that bad. No more then 6 rounds in a psitol and 3 for shotguns and rifles. Full-auto is a no no no unless you have the proper paperwork. The rounds in the gun rule is the one they enforce and love to do it. Its their money maker...Initial fine is $150 +$50 for each round over.

Archbald is the range that I like, its clean and maintained. The regular shooters do their part to help keep it that way.
the limit on rounds must be a pa thing. The range i go to here in arizona will rent you about any type of gun, and most their rental pistols hold 15 rounds. i'm not sure about the rifles they have.

they also have classes in gun safety, which it sounds like the OP needs.

Caswells .:. Shooting Range Facility
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Old 04-29-2008, 03:30 AM
 
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the round rule applys at most ranges i have been to even in new york. the idea is to cut down on the amount of rapid fire some one can do. aside from wear and tear on the back walls of the indoor ranges, the amount of lead that can be sprayed in the air with everyone unloading 15-30 round magazines every second is alot of lead. im not sure if it makes sense but non the less its very popular.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:01 AM
 
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Ah yeh they won't like that.....There are still some spots out in the woods that you can go shooting at but they are local knowledge.......There are a few state ranges in the area. Hawley. Gouldsboro and Archbald are the ones that I know about. There also is the Factoryville Sportsman Club which is private.
I'm not sure about range Nazis but there are rules on the state ranges and they are not that bad. No more then 6 rounds in a psitol and 3 for shotguns and rifles. Full-auto is a no no no unless you have the proper paperwork. The rounds in the gun rule is the one they enforce and love to do it. Its their money maker...Initial fine is $150 +$50 for each round over.

Archbald is the range that I like, its clean and maintained. The regular shooters do their part to help keep it that way.
The six round rule is for state ranges only, right?

Is there an indoor range in town for those days I'm feeling extra frisky?

As far as the state range facilities go, I'm looking for a place that will allow me to set up my own cardboard target stands for IDPA, and possibly some barrels or door frames for cover. Most of our courses of fire involve walking towards the targets and retreating to cover. I just hate to drive out and set up only to find people *gasp* that are terrified when you set up human silhouettes.

"You're shooting at PEOPLE!?!" - Shrew
"Ummm, yeah, it's a DEFENSIVE pistol course" - Me
"Why can't you just shoot bulls eyes and animal targets?" - Shrew
"I've never been robbed by a deer." - Me
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:07 AM
 
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the limit on rounds must be a pa thing. The range i go to here in arizona will rent you about any type of gun, and most their rental pistols hold 15 rounds. i'm not sure about the rifles they have.

they also have classes in gun safety, which it sounds like the OP needs.

Caswells .:. Shooting Range Facility

I miss Texas, much more lenient towards pistol ownership. The closer you get to each coast the worse it gets.

I tried taking my father in law to a range in Rhode Island, and they are all old money private ranges. The nearest public range didn't offer rental guns, and since we flew there.....

We golfed instead, which is what I think most non-gun lovers wished we all took up as a hobby.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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Scout thats obviously a private range. Brian there are no indoor ranges in my area that I am aware of for the general public.

You cannot set up anything at the state ranges, period....Paper targets only and only on the backer boards provided. The shotgun range is clay bird only. I set up a silhouette w/frame for my tactical shotgun and it did not go over well.

The problem is that there really is nowhere to go thats not a state range anymore. I grew up out in the woods and now I live in the city and I have a hard time finding places to go to shot +6 rounds or semi auto upto 30+. Its definitely not the west but PA pistol laws are some of the best around.
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