Unsupervised range sought in DFW area

kaarnij

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Oct 24, 2013
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I am amazed that there are no places to go to shoot. Growing up in California we always had areas within the County that discharging firearms was legal. It was fantastic, you would drive into the canyon, find a place where you were comfortable that you could conduct your activity safely, drop the tailgate, strap up like it was WWIII and run tactical drills, run and gun, speed drawing, transition drills etc. Truly unsupervised, and this was in Los Angeles which obviously is less accepting of its fire arms owning citizens.

I just find it hard to believe such a place does does not exist. I am so off put by these poorly managed and overly regulated ranges and how they treat the general public. I do not want some pimple faced range officer challenging me on if my target practice is rapid fire, which it is not! Discharging my weapon at a rate of 1 round every 5 seconds is not rapid fire, it is good controlled practice.

So how does a responsible citizen and CHL master competency of technics or unusual position firing, fast draw and reloads when the ranges wont allow you to do anything of the sort. Unless of course you want to dump 500 dollars into their overcrowded watered down classes that accomplish very little in terms of real time individual training or advancement. And when the class is over, where does one practice what has been learned?

Someone help me.....I need somewhere to shoot within an hour of DFW airport!!!!!!!!!!!
 

codygjohnson

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TDSA in Ferris is pretty good. I shoot 3 gun and USPSA matches out there pretty often. While I'm not sure of all of the range rules, I'm pretty sure you can do anything you want as long as you do it safely. It's probably worth a tour of the facility if it isn't too far. (972) 217-1182.
 

dustycorgill

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Jan 28, 2013
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Garland, Texas
TDSA in Ferris is pretty good. I shoot 3 gun and USPSA matches out there pretty often. While I'm not sure of all of the range rules, I'm pretty sure you can do anything you want as long as you do it safely. It's probably worth a tour of the facility if it isn't too far. (972) 217-1182.
I am a member at TDSA and yes, everything you are looking to do can be done there. Rules are basically....eye protection is a must, dont let a round go over the birm, dont shoot the steel targets with rifles, and dont pick up brass you didnt shoot. That about covers it. Nothing will be said to you outside of those things unless you are just being stupid and unsafe.
 

Leper

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You should look into idpa matches or practices. That is a way to track your progress in a controlled enviornment. The range in Paris is asking the lines of what you are looking for also.
 

A.Texas.Yankee

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Mar 21, 2012
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I am amazed that there are no places to go to shoot. Growing up in California we always had areas within the County that discharging firearms was legal. It was fantastic, you would drive into the canyon, find a place where you were comfortable that you could conduct your activity safely, drop the tailgate, strap up like it was WWIII and run tactical drills, run and gun, speed drawing, transition drills etc. Truly unsupervised, and this was in Los Angeles which obviously is less accepting of its fire arms owning citizens.

I just find it hard to believe such a place does does not exist. I am so off put by these poorly managed and overly regulated ranges and how they treat the general public. I do not want some pimple faced range officer challenging me on if my target practice is rapid fire, which it is not! Discharging my weapon at a rate of 1 round every 5 seconds is not rapid fire, it is good controlled practice.

So how does a responsible citizen and CHL master competency of technics or unusual position firing, fast draw and reloads when the ranges wont allow you to do anything of the sort. Unless of course you want to dump 500 dollars into their overcrowded watered down classes that accomplish very little in terms of real time individual training or advancement. And when the class is over, where does one practice what has been learned?

Someone help me.....I need somewhere to shoot within an hour of DFW airport!!!!!!!!!!!
Problem Texas has is there is LITTLE state land. Most of Texas is privately owned, so you don't have that luxury unless you own or know someone who has that amount of land. The closest thing I've had is Parker County Sportsman Club. About 90 minutes from DFW.

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Andy

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Sep 13, 2013
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Dallas, TX
So how does a responsible citizen and CHL master competency of technics or unusual position firing, fast draw and reloads when the ranges wont allow you to do anything of the sort.

Someone help me.....I need somewhere to shoot within an hour of DFW airport!!!!!!!!!!!
Welcome to Texas, where almost all land is owned by someone.

Land is expensive here, especially within reasonable driving distance of the city - so every bit of land nearby cost someone a BUNDLE, and they darned well want to see a return on that investment if they're going to allow someone to shoot on it. Those are the facts - you can whine about them or work with them.

You want no restrictions? Then you buy your own land; you're not expecting anyone else to do it, are you?

Other than Dallas Pistol Club (whose waiting-list I believe is running a few years long at the moment), there's Mickey's lease west of Wilmer down I45 on the Trinity River. Cost you $300 or so for the year - shoot full-auto there too, if you like.

Discharging my weapon at a rate of 1 round every 5 seconds is not rapid fire, it is good controlled practice.
Agreed. Actually, I'd consider that slow fire - who was the ignoramus who called that "rapid-fire"?
 
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