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Discussion in 'Texas Gun Ranges' started by benenglish, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    The last thread I can find about SGA died over a year ago so I suppose it's good manners to start a new one rather than resurrect the old one.

    I've been there a lot but I was surprised to see the large number of Google reviews the place has gotten in the relatively short period of time it's been operating. (See http://maps.google.com/maps/place?c...lt&ct=placepage-link&resnum=1&ved=0CEAQ4gkwAA )

    What's interesting is the high standard deviation in ratings. People seem to either love or hate the place.

    Personally, I go there a lot, mostly on weekdays, and find it to be a good range to shoot. Heavy-traffic times with long wait lists for a lane don't suit me so I avoid the place on the weekends and evenings.

    BIG PLUS - They recently reorganized the floor and things flow much better now.

    Minor plus - Some interesting stuff turns up in the used case and I haven't had any problems buying from/through them, used, new, or transfers.

    Downsides? Like *all* gun stores, staff knowledge is highly variable and customer service seems impacted by variables I can't readily ascertain.

    IMO, then: As a shooting range, they're well above average bordering on great. As a gun shop, they're about average. As a service depot, I have no experience.

    What opinions do y'all have of the place?
     


  2. SgtBrummy

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    I like going there. Usually have a great experience. I like the new setup with the new Counter for the range and the original counter for sales. Makes for quick checkin and less confusion of who is next in line.

    Also you can get some good deals on range prices through groupon or daily deals type websites. I picked up 5 range hours for $25.
     
  3. leftyonly

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    I was there last night for the first time. Everybody seemed friendly, I will likely be a repeat customer.

    There was a CHL renewal that had reserved and closed half the range, so I had to wait a bit. I was informed of this when I called prior to visiting, so no foul on that one. I am glad I called first though, because I would have been less happy if I had drove there and then discovered it. They indicated that this was an infrequent situation.

    Richard
     
  4. coachrick

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    Spring Guns and Ammo

    I thought you were going to unveil some new colors and styles for the up-coming season! :)
     
  5. ShiftD40

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    My girlfriend and I go there all the time. If you want to go shoot during the weekend get there before 11 or you'll have to wait at least an hour. Overall the service is good and the range is always kept clean.
     
  6. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    Re: Spring Guns and Ammo - Changes since the fire?

    Has anybody noticed any changes in procedures/attitudes/atmosphere since the recent fire?
     
  7. SgtBrummy

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    I didn't know there was a fire. From what I read about the fire, I'm thinking they are going to be checking ammo a lot more.
     
  8. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    The only thing I've been told was that some nimrod loaded up an AR with tracers and dumped them all downrange pretty quickly, catching the backstop on fire before anyone noticed or had a chance to stop him. Yeah, I figure they'll be checking ammo a lot more, too.

    http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/spring/news/spring-gun-range-fire-ruled-accidental-fire-department-officials-say/article_5fbc6ee6-4ed6-5fca-bc9d-850aff7bcdff.html

    The thing I've always liked about SGA as a shooting range is that they basically treat you like an adult and expect you to act like one. Some ranges are dangerous. Some micro-manage customer behavior so much you never want to go back. SGA generally struck a workable compromise between the two and was a pleasant place to shoot. I hope they stay that way, i.e. I hope they don't overreact.
     
  9. Glockster69

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    I was there yesterday. Didn't know about the fire but I certainly noticed the ample 'no tracer round' signs throughout. Also a sign at the counter saying essentially 'we check your ammo'.

    Also found out they do IDPA on both Mon & Tues evenings so plan your shooting accordingly.
     
  10. benenglish

    benenglish Lifetime Supporter Staff Member Lifetime Member Admin

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    A couple of days ago I talked to one of the counter guys who was present when the fire started. I had some details wrong.

    It seems the numb-nuts who started the fire was there showing off his FN SCAR to his girlfriend by loading it up with a magazine of tracers and sending them all downrange as quickly as possible. When he started the fire, he immediately realized what he had done. Apparently, he put down the rifle, grabbed his girl, and they were the first two to run out the door. They left; as in - they got in their car and drove off, abandoning the rifle, range bag, 4 boxes of tracers, and lots of other gear.

    Apparently, the dollar value of all that abandoned equipment (I looked it up; dadgum, those rifles are expensive - list price $3K and street prices always well over $2K) overcame his embarrassment and fear and within a half-hour or so he returned to the range to claim his equipment. Information was exchanged and the culprit is known.

    No idea what the outcome will be but I sure wouldn't want to be the one who sets a range on fire when the range is owned by an attorney. :-)
     


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