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Old January 27, 2011, 02:03 AM   #1
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PA tristate area: any renegade ranges?

I envy these guys you see on youtube, doing fun stuff they won't let you do on public ranges, such as practicing their draw / shoot techniques, tests with waterjugs and melons, splatter tests with soup cans, etc.
Does anyone know any private land ranges where they let you have all this fun in the Pennsylvania / Delaware / Maryland tristate vicinity?
Thanks!!
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Old January 27, 2011, 02:07 AM   #2
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I like the "renegade ranges" statement.

We had much more fun shooting when I was a kid.

You need to find a friend with a farm or large private acreage, my friend.

Good luck, and be safe.
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Old January 27, 2011, 08:51 AM   #3
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Unfortunately my renegade range shut down a few months ago with the death of my friend's Mother and the sale of the family farm.

We used to tick the neighbors off something fierce with tannerite...
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Old January 27, 2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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Ft Dix in NJ lets you shoot anything not metal or wood... as long as you clean up afterwards. Soda cans are ok... soup cans probably ok too. I typically shoot up 12oz seltzer cans and water jugs with colored water. You can shoot steel plates at 200 yards. Fruit, veggies, etc, can be left on the range for the deer and coons.
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Old January 27, 2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Yeah you need to find a friend. My parents have some land so im spoiled. What about clubs? Do they all have minimum mag restrictions?
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Old January 27, 2011, 01:59 PM   #6
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doing fun stuff they won't let you do on public ranges, such as practicing their draw / shoot techniques
wait, is it common for public ranges to disallow holster work?
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Old January 27, 2011, 03:05 PM   #7
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is it common for public ranges to disallow holster work?
Down here it is, at least at the ranges I frequent. They don't even allow "rapid fire", defined as more than one round every 2 seconds. Drawing from a holster would get you kicked out quickly. They want to make sure the gun stays pointed downrange if you are not moving it back and forth to the bench (and then the muzzle is pointed up).
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Old January 27, 2011, 04:37 PM   #8
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Join a gun club. These private clubs tend to allow more "renegade" shooting, as long as it is safe. My club allows pretty much anything except for full auto.
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Old January 27, 2011, 06:09 PM   #9
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wait, is it common for public ranges to disallow holster work?
Yup. Even the world famous Knob Creek doesn't allow draw from a holster. I saw an LEO at the end working on his draw and he got an earful from the range officer.

Has to be pointed downrange at all times, or in a case.
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Old January 27, 2011, 07:17 PM   #10
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Delmarva Sporting Clays on MD's eastern shore.

Great handgun and rifle ranges out to 300 yards.

You bring it, you shoot it, you clean it up.

Food items should be done only in cold weather for obvious reasons....andthe flies there will KILL you in the hot months anyway.

http://www.dscfff.com/serv02.htm

We hold 2 or 3 BIG events there every year with up to about 125 people, but they aren't normally busy at all.

Search youtube for "mdshooters" and "delmarva" and see what you get.
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Old January 28, 2011, 12:09 PM   #11
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I think Targetmaster in PA (Rt. 202) allows holster drawing. I saw some guys in there doing holster drills a while back.
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Old January 28, 2011, 12:15 PM   #12
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at the public range a couple of miles from me there is no one there most of the time so you can do what you want..

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Old January 29, 2011, 03:49 PM   #13
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As much as I love Delmarva, I have seen some very scary unsafe practices there. They do have a truly great sporting clays range, and the people could not be any friendlier, they really make you feel like you are at home. Love the gun room too. But as a former Certified Range Officer I have seen things done by shooters there that made my blood run cold. Having said that, it may be just me in part, I am lucky enough to be able to have my 100 yard range off my back deck and have not used many public ranges in the last twenty years or so except for competition, where we followed the rules of the match very strictly. Maybe I am just being a little paranoid, but still...
Anyway, if you get down to the Vienna, Md. area, go to Delmarva, at least if you like shooting clays, the range is tops in my book. And the Rifle/pistol range is very good too, Just keep your eyes open
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Old January 29, 2011, 06:00 PM   #14
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Thanks so much for the leads... Please keep em comming!
Ps- no, targetmaster does not allow drawing from holster...
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Old January 30, 2011, 06:39 PM   #15
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Maybe the guys were LEOs, but I saw 3 guys doing it about 6 months ago.
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Old January 30, 2011, 08:53 PM   #16
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Try the Greater Pittsburgh gun club. I'm not sure if its open or not. I hear its closed, I hear its not, I hear its closed....

I was told by members that there was a lot of freedom as far as what to shoot and how, etc.
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Old January 30, 2011, 09:14 PM   #17
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A realtor could help.
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Old January 30, 2011, 09:32 PM   #18
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Look for NFA ranges. They seem more likely to allow this sort of thing generally, and are usually better set-up for it.
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Old January 30, 2011, 09:46 PM   #19
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im sorry man. sometimes our geography can create our ignorance. for me it's a 35 min drive up into the national forest. up there i can do whatever i want, as long as i'm 1/2 mile off the road and i don't shoot over a body of water. i have just assumed most people could do the same. i hope you find a place.
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Old February 2, 2011, 05:01 PM   #20
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Check your local area for hunting clubs. They need places to shoot, too and they know all the farmers.

Get some buddies together and pay a landowner for the use and keep it nice and clean. Don't shoot the animals.

Lots of empty farm land sitting around empty these days as well - that an owner wouldn't mind making a few bucks a month from for nothing.

Use your imagination and ask around. Ads in small local papers. Well worth the effort.
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