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Postby Jakor » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:01 pm

So, I went to get a range membership today at a local range. It's outdoor, covered, one rifle area, maybe 6-8 lanes and two pistol areas about 6-8 lanes each. It's nicely set up, but nothing to write home about.

They want $150 a year for a single membership. No guests, ever.

$250 for a family and two guests per month or

$400 for a group, which is basically a family with more guest priviledges.

Does that strike anyone as expensive, or is that just what it costs to be a member of a range?
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Re: Range Costs

Postby captainstormy » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:37 pm

Range fee's have gotten pretty crazy over the past few years. I remember when New Albany / Aim Hi first opened it was something like $100 for a membership and 12.95 for a range if you weren't a member.

Last time I looked it was basically double that, and it's probably gone up since then. These days I just drive down to some of my family members property in Waynesville in the middle of nowhere to shoot. It's cheaper and a lot more fun then using the ranges in the Columbus area.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby JediSkipdogg » Fri Jan 04, 2013 5:38 pm

Prices are all over the place. Here's just an example from the ons I know in Southwest Ohio....

Miami Rifle and Pistol Club (Outdoor) - $200 first year/$80 renewal, spouse $20, children $20
Point Blank (Indoor) - $300 single, $480 family (Monday-Thursday only, discount other days)
Fairfield Sportsmen's Association (Outdoor) - $250 first year/$100 renewal
Indian Hill Shooting Club (Outdoor) - $350 first year/$200 renewal
Target World (Indoor) - $200 single/$225 family


So prices are all over the place on rates for ranges.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby medmandan » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:01 pm

New gunshop in town is $295 I think for yearly membership.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Curzyk » Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:05 pm

Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware, OH is pretty reasonable. The more I hear about other ranges' fees, the more satisfied I am with Black Wing's rates:
http://www.blackwingsc.com/membership/

I paid $175 for a year and can take up to two guests at a time at the member rate. On Tuesdays, that's $0 for indoor range use, but the rest of the week it is $10 per person. I really like the facility, but I will honestly say that it is the only one I have been to, so I don't have a proper comparison to go on.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jakor » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:44 pm

I'm going across the River tomorrow to try out a range run by West Virginia DNR.

Downside - could be crowded, weedy, broken down and nasty

Upside - it appears to be free!

I'll post a full report tomorrow, for the three of four people who maybe impacted.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby 10seadog98 » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:52 pm

Ive been looking around my area and they seem to be on the expensive side,however,I still have the " Outdoor " range behind my barn! Its not pretty,but,it works,is safe and the neighbors usually join me when its nice out.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jake » Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:37 pm

My club's membership costs are very reasonable.

$25 initiation fee
$50 annual fee for you (that includes your family * you have to be with them)
10 work hours/yr or $7.50 for every non worked hour

Rifle Range (covered shooting benches) - backstops @ 25, 50, 100 and 200 yds.
Pistol Range max distance 25 yds (covered)
Trap Range

Heck of a deal IMO.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby OhioPaints » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:25 pm

IIRC, that was the same price at Target World ($200/225) a dozen years ago when we lived down that way.

If anyone is not aware of it, some of the ODNR ranges are free and the supervised ranges are pretty inexpensive.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jakor » Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:29 pm

Jake wrote:My club's membership costs are very reasonable.

$25 initiation fee
$50 annual fee for you (that includes your family * you have to be with them)
10 work hours/yr or $7.50 for every non worked hour

Rifle Range (covered shooting benches) - backstops @ 25, 50, 100 and 200 yds.
Pistol Range max distance 25 yds (covered)
Trap Range

Heck of a deal IMO.


My folks live up near the PA border and pay even less than that in range membership, including an indoor range. That's why I feel like I"m getting hosed.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jakor » Sat Jan 05, 2013 8:57 pm

So, we hit up the Chief Cornstalk WMA in Mason County, WV today.

It was exactly what I expected. Used brass and shotshells, shot up plastic bottles, cans, and paper EVERYWHERE. It was full, but not crowded. There were 8 benches. From left to right there is a 200 yard rifle backstop, a 100 yard rifle backstop, and a short, maybe 30 yard pistol back stop.

People were polite and range safety was observed. It wasn't a bad trip other than the trash.

. . . and then . . .

Right as we were finishing up a bunch of yutes with some heavy ordinance (a couple of ARs, a Saiga, black powder, numerous handguns) arrived. There was nothing objectionable about WHAT they had. They were just total idiots with it. I left after being muzzle swept with the Saiga.

That was a concern.

We will probably go again. It was free, after all.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jake » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:00 pm

We will probably go again. It was free, after all.


Are there any range officers on hand?
Who handles issues like being swept?
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Jakor » Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:18 pm

No. There was nobody.

I don't know. Maybe I was supposed to say "Hey, that's my liver you are pointing that shotgun toward." But I opted to just go home. The range is not a place wherein I wish to confront and correct strangers. Maybe if we were planning to stay longer, I might have delicately suggested. The other folks who were there seemed to practively deal with safety. Everyone repeated commands and double checked for each other. I don't mind a user-policed range so long as the users police each other. Nobody in that group had a clue about safety and they certainly weren't policing each other. There was a finger twirled pistol that we saw as we were driving off.

I'd say in the time were were there 15 - 20 folks came and went. Those four or five were first and only problem.
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Re: Range Costs

Postby Imcrazy » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:58 am

Jake wrote:My club's membership costs are very reasonable.

$25 initiation fee
$50 annual fee for you (that includes your family * you have to be with them)
10 work hours/yr or $7.50 for every non worked hour

Rifle Range (covered shooting benches) - backstops @ 25, 50, 100 and 200 yds.
Pistol Range max distance 25 yds (covered)
Trap Range

Heck of a deal IMO.


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Re: Range Costs

Postby Imcrazy » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:02 am

I pay $125 a year to belong to Erie County Conservation League.

25, 50 100, 200 & 300 yrd ranges, with about 15 shooting positions at each except the 2/300 yrd line which is combined. Trap and skeet fields. I can bring one guest per visit, my wife can join at a reduced rate if she decides she wants to go frequently.
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