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Old 02-18-2013, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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This is not a discussion regarding guns or gun control. I only put this here as it's located in NOVA. I normally use the PD range from where I retired but they were closed today due to the holiday. I arrived at the NRA range at 0725 for its 0800 opening. There were already a large number of people waiting. Fortunately most were doubled up per lane so I got a lane on the first round but the place filled up with people waiting in no time. No doubt the wait time was at least two hours for many of them. Besides Clarks Brothers in Warrenton what ranges do others use? I've never used the one in Chantilly (Blue Ridge I believe) and was wondering what ranges others use.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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Husband uses Blue Ridge-senior citizen discount membership.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Husband uses Blue Ridge-senior citizen discount membership.
Is it crowded like the NRA range?
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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Not if you are there when it opens. We usually go right when it opens and haven't had to wait. I took an NRA class that ended with range time at Blue Ridge. We got there around 4 on a Saturday afternoon and had to wait about 20 minutes or so.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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If you don't mind shooting outdoors you can do so at Izaac Walton in Centreville but I don't know what's involved in getting access to it. You may need to join. One of my kids shot in high school competitive matches there and I saw folks shooting what sounded ike large bore stuff on one of the other ranges. Here's some info on it:

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:53 AM
 
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Never used Blue Ridge, but I do work in the area and the place is always full of cars and people, especially after normal working hours
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Izaak Walton League of America (ILWA). The Arlington-Fairfax Chapter is on Mt Olive Rd in Centreville. It's a private club but if you shoot often enough, the ROI on annual dues outweigh hourly rates at the various indoor ranges in NVa.

Also check out the Bull Run Shooting Center for shotgun skeet, trap, wobble and sporting clays.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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We used Silver Eagle in Ashburn once. Seemed pretty good. Not crowded. I would only use the NRA range if I got to shoot at NRA members, with paintballs. (Oh, I'm just kidding, so save the whining.)

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Old 02-18-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Seems like a good business opportunity for someone to pen a range, particularly on my side of NoVA where there isn't one and we have a lot of current and retired military folk. However, they may have access to their own facilities.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I've used Sharpshooters in Lorton once. However, their website has been down for several weeks so I don't know if that's a bad sign. It's a decent range. Crowded.

I had considered using the Quantico Gun Club (I'm military but don't think you have to be military to join). Quantico Shooting Club

From the looks of it, the down side to their ranges are the reliance on volunteers to acts as RSOs. But if they are up and running, it looks like they have plenty of facilities to offer between pistols and long guns.
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