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Old January 18th, 2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Going to my first indoor range this week at Bass Pro.

Can you tell me what to expect. Any tips?? Thanks
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Old January 19th, 2016, 04:37 PM   #2
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I have yet to try out my local indoor range yet But from what I know they have rule you must follow to a T. They should be posted but pretty basic. SAFTY #1 . Weapon's un loaded till your ready to shoot! CCW to stay holstered till your ready to shoot! Listen to your range officer! When you hear Stop firing STOP! Basic I know but it is what I remember reading on the LGS web site that has the range,, So see if your range has a web site, they may post rules, I am sure someone who knows more will chime in soon! Have fun

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Old January 19th, 2016, 11:59 PM   #3
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The indoor range that I go to has about 10 safety rules to follow. They are pretty basic, but fail to follow them and the Range Officer will ask you to leave. They also have a few rules I don't care for, such as no head shots and no rapid fire.
The range you go to is worth checking out. Some indoor ranges have rules about things like only brass cased ammo etc. It's worth checking ahead to find out. Otherwise have a good time!

P.S. Indoor ranges are louder than outdoor, so I use two forms of hearing protection. I'll use in ears and then put on shooters muffs. Some also require eye protection. Also use common courtesy, police your brass before you leave. Hope this helps!

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Old January 20th, 2016, 02:47 AM   #4
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Most important rule at all ranges:

Keep weapon pointed down range at all times!
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Old January 20th, 2016, 05:20 AM   #5
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BP doesn't allow holster draws, or rapid firing. 1 second between shots. Other than that is pretty cool. Have fun !
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Don't go on a Fri. or Sat. night. That's when the young guys take their dates to show off their masculinity. Young guys can't think about safety rules and the other thing at the same time!!!!!!!
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I'm a range safety officer here: Everything we do revolves around 4 key things? your individual safety our agreement with our insurance our agreement with the city make money
You can check out their rules.
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Don't go on a Fri. or Sat. night. That's when the young guys take their dates to show off their masculinity. Young guys can't think about safety rules and the other thing at the same time!!!!!!!
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Old January 24th, 2016, 03:44 PM   #9
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Reading these rules makes me really appreciate the freedom we have at one of our indoor ranges here in Raleigh, NC (Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center)...

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Old June 11th, 2016, 01:42 PM   #10
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Indoor ranges are good till someone comes in with a rifle then it gets very loud. When it gets too loud I'll break out a mag or 2 of my reloads { nice smokey lead projectiles } that usually sends everyone back to the tables to reload and check targets.
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Old June 11th, 2016, 03:58 PM   #11
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Lol...a .500 magnum usually clears the line too


But seriously...Indoor Range

Aside from the obvious safety rules....be sure to check their rules IE no quick shots, holster draws, etc

...I find it to be a magnitude of 10 times louder than your outdoor range. I also wear double protection just so I can think straight. It can rattle your brains if your not ready for it....dont ask me how I know

....find out if you can bring ammo or have to buy theirs.

....also watch out for yourself. Dont let anybody sweep you! I also step back if some big rounds are being shot or some wild shotty or rifle comes out. Fun to watch but I stand clear.

....take your time. clear the floor so your footing is sure. the brass piles up fast.

...look carefully at the rental gun section and find out the "deal" on them. Some ranges its like 10.95 a gun. At my range in dallas its 15 bucks and you can trade out guns all day long. Be advised...on rentals you WILL have to buy their ammo.

....pay close attention to the rangemaster.

WORDS OF WARNING TO THE WISE....I went to a little chicken sh** indoor range one day and they had a 30 ft rear wall (maybe 40) and I took a round in the chest that ricocheted from about 6 or 7 stalls down. Hit my ribs and stopped there but broke the skin and I peeled it out with my fingers. As I was doubled over I took two more to my hipbone area and the bluejeans did ok slowing them up but I peeled shrapnel out of my clothing as I took cover.
When they were alerted to what happened all they cared about was that their back wall was ok....didnt give a rats ass about me.

MORAL OF THE STORY....always go to a NICE range with a DEEP (100' plus) wall. I have NEVER had or seen any such issue at places like that. Might cost a few xtra bucks but well worth it.


Oh yea......shoot the .500 Magnum if you get the chance!

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I avoid indoor as much as I can.
To loud and too close to others.
Also they only allow brass ammo no reloads and they require it be inspected prior or buy theirs.
No shotguns also.
I prefer outdoor range somI can use steel brass or alum case and not be on top of the next guy.



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Old June 12th, 2016, 03:47 PM   #13
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The Bass Pro we went to was very well run and it was a great experience.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #14
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Excellent!

Old fart here, and a story... The first indoor range I ever went to was 40+ years ago in Cranford, NJ and the ventilation was just horrible. My gf at the time, wife today, came with me once and that was the last time for us both. It was a busy night and we both coughed up black crap for a day afterwards. She still married me despite that. FWIW, it was also the first time she'd ever fired a gun of any sort.
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I go to mostly indoor ranges, gets too hot in S.E. Texas to spend to much time at an outdoor range during the summer. It's close to me and I know most of the folks who work there, so I like to be on the far end away from the door and the accommodate me when they can. Price is right as they charge by the hour, but usually I get to shoot as long as I want during the week and they only charge me for the single hour.

I'm always a little nervous though when it fills up. Not to long ago I was watching a guy behind me with a Glock, slide closed, mag in the frame, who actually belonged on the other end of the range. He was doing something with it way behind the line. I decided it was time to leave and let the range master know upon my departure. Next time in I asked about it and was told the guy lied to the range master about even having the gun in his hand. Fortunately, they had the guy on camera.

Also, there are bullet holes in the safety glass behind the shooter's line, so it becomes a good place for me to practice situational awareness.
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