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Old January 9th, 2011, 05:03 AM   #31
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I have family in Dayton and my Uncle and I always go to Vandalia or Sim Trainer. Both are nice ranges with Vandalia being the top notch in my book!

I am a member at Vandalia Range and Armory, great place clean, 15 lanes and even a indoor rifle range of 100 yards (never been downstairs to see that one) The 100 yard number is a belief no certainty. Middletown Sportsman club has a great range for both pistol and rifle. Never been to Sim Trainer as they have VERY narrow hours. I have been to Target World in Sharonville and wasn't impressed. I don't go there, a friend of mine and I were there and saw AWFUL safety violations and just plain old dangerous people. We stayed in the range itself about 10 minutes and left after we informed those at the counter (yes there was no range officer in the range that day or time) and they weren't too concerned so we left the premises and don't plan on going back. I have been to Black Wing very very nice place. Lauhorner in springfield was fine too! The old miami valley shooting range is open but, in the pistol range it seemed as if there was limited air flow and it got a bit smokey there when I was taking my NRA instructor class. Maybe it has changed but that was 3 years ago.
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Old March 3rd, 2011, 06:56 PM   #32
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Stonewall for indoor stuff and A&A for outdoor. Sucks to have to drive oven an hour to go to an outdoor range though.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 04:26 PM   #33
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Target World in Cinci. Busy range and gun store. It's the closest range for me. Indoor, with rentals. Most of the time it's wall to wall shooters.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 02:53 AM   #34
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I shoot at Stonewall (at 77 and 82) because a friend has a membership and that makes it cheaper for me and at Riverside Range in Cuyahoga falls since it is five min from my house.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #35
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Columbus / Central Ohio

We've shot at 4 different places around Columbus and have found our "go to" range. In reverse order:

#4 - Aim Hi in New Albany - http://nasr.com - Nice facility, separate short and long indoor ranges, good staff and very respected CCW courses (we'll be taking ours there soon). However, it's the most expensive range time. $22/hr per person. That's $44 for the wife and I to go shoot. That's 200 rounds of ammo I can't buy! Ouch.

#3 - Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware - http://www.blackwingsc.com - A 5-star rated shooting facility and it shows. Large facility with a large selection of items to trade those green bills in your wallet for. Very clean and knowledgeable staff. Best of the indoor ranges. Multiple outdoor ranges for long guns, shotguns and archery. Also very well respected CCW and other training courses. Slightly less expensive on the indoor range at $20/hr per person, but that's still $40 for the wife and I to go practice for an hour.

#2 - ODNR Delaware State Range - http://goo.gl/3QpkN - Decent enough "Class A, C, D" outdoor ranges, meaning it's supervised, has drive-in parking, a restroom (ahem...it's just a port-a-john sitting on the edge of the parking lot, but at least it's something), and has shooting benches. Separate long gun and hand gun ranges, as well as a separate shotgun/skeet (hand only) range. During the week it's pretty quiet (take note that it's closed Mondays and Tuesdays), but on the weekend it can be PACKED and you may find yourself waiting for range time. The ranger there (I forget his name) is quite nice and relatively knowledgeable, and keeps the area relatively respectful. The pistol range has a stagnant pond behind it that the wife didn't appreciate, but it's never really smelled when we've been out there. They have a string pulled across the far side of the range for you to hang targets on, but be sure to bring your own tape or clips to hange them. If you want your target closer you'll need to bring your own stand. But at only $5 for the entire DAY, or an annual range pass for just $24, it's a ridicously cheap practice range! Just make sure you get your ODNR range pass first before showing up -- but there's a gun & tackle shop just a couple miles down the road from the range where you can buy the pass. Or you can buy online at the ODNR - http://goo.gl/gHV4D

And our #1 choice....

#1 - Powder Room in Powell - http://www.powderrm.com - Small, locally owned shop but still very knowledgeable staff and owners. If you've never been there before you may likely pass it once or twice before seeing it. You actually have to turn onto a residential road to get back to their driveway. Once you're there, it may not look like much but it's decent enough -- for instance, the range lighting is barely passable for some, but we like it because it's more realisitic for poor lighting home defense conditions (at least, that's what we tell ourselves - LOL!) -- and the price is great! It's $20/hr ($10/half-hour) per BOOTH, NOT per person. You can have 2 people per booth so we're talking half the cost of the other indoor ranges around Columbus. Costs us only $12-15 per visit, including targets.

There you have it...a brief synopsis of a few Columbus area ranges. Maybe something here will help someone else out. :-)

For a list of ranges anywhere nationwide, I found http://www.wheretoshoot.org to be helpful.

Bonus Info -- for local ammo, weapons and accessories, don't forget to check out Vance's - http://www.vanceoutdoors.com - no ranges, just a shop, and the knowledge base of the staff can be a little inconsistent (at least in our brief experience) but they have some great deals on things all the time. It's where we ended up purchasing our M&P and all our ammo so far. For instance, Blazer Brass 9mm in 115gr or 124gr has been on sale for $11.99 for 6 weeks, and Blazer Alum in 115gr or 124gr at $9.99 - can't beat that even online and there's no shipping costs!

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Old September 25th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #36
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Very nice write up. Thanks for sharing.
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Old December 30th, 2012, 01:51 PM   #37
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Shooters in Maumee Ohio is fairly new indoor range. Very nice. Accepts calibers up to .308/30.06 etc. No time limit on lanes, stay as long as you want. Great prices as well.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 09:36 AM   #38
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I live in Dayton so I shoot with my son and a Ruger 10/22 at Spring Valley outdoor range. I shoot indoors at Vandalia Range and Armory. The folks there are great! Any time family comes into town that is where my brother, Dad and I take them. I also shoot with a bunch of friends there.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 11:17 AM   #39
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I'm in Lewis Center OH so I'm right next to the powder room. How are they about picking up brass (I reload), will they let me pick mine up or do they pick it up and sell it?
I've never been to an indoor range, all my shooting is on my farm in WV but its a long drive.
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 05:09 PM   #40
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Greene County Fish and Game.
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