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New range in Columbus.

Postby shooterwolf » Wed Jan 30, 2013 8:06 am

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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Sevens » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:50 pm

Interesting. I've got some likes and some dislikes.

Very much like that there will be another place to shoot in town. Even if I never have the chance to use the place, it expands the places where people can shoot. That's so many kinds of GOOD, I can't keep track. Very, very happy about that. They also mention things like gun rental, gun sales, transfers and even consignment guns. Man, I love a case full of consignment guns. That alone will get me to make a visit. Another place for locals to do FFL transfers is a welcome thing, too, IMO.

First time I've ever seen it mentioned in any posting of rules or FAQ that folks who lose "specialty brass forward of the firing line" may be able to retrieve it with the assistance of staff. That's very cool. I'm sure a few places would help you in this regard depending on who is working and their mood, but I've never seen a place that actually takes a moment to spell it out. They mention this in a paragraph that encourages folks to claim their own brass if they wish. I also like this -- which (I'm sure most of us would agree) is how most ranges typically work, or we expect them to work, but I've certainly been to my share of places where some range nazi is dang near running you down with his huge brass squeegee, gathering up all your still warm and freshly ejected empties and doing it, of course, in the name of a tripping/falling hazard on the range floor. :roll:

The rules also mention specifically the banning of steel core, tracer/incendiary and the like, but it does NOT address cast lead bullets. It says they reserve the right to inspect and ammo that wasn't purchased there, but doesn't included cast lead with the prohibited ammo. This is encouraging... but were I a betting man, I'd say this was an oversight - or is likely to be changed in the future, or maybe it's just something they will deny at the counter. Indoor ranges that allow cast lead are going the way of the dodo bird.

On my list of "not so great", front and center is that it's an hourly rate system. Which I do understand, especially these days, but this setup truly keeps me away. I just don't care to shoot somewhere for 30 or 60 minutes. I'm the guy that brings one bagful of handguns and one tool box full of ammo. And sure, I realize that I'm -NOT- the guy that indoor ranges are looking for in a customer because I take up space for a long time...space they could be renting. But in my own little world (the one that revolves around me!), I see 90% of the patrons pop in for one box of ammo and pop out, and very few folks that set up for a long session. And I make it part of my routine to buy things I want from the place after my shooting, even though I might find it cheaper elsewhere. I like to patronize the store of places where I shoot...always have. I also direct other people to shoot there, and I come back a few times a year. None of which I'm likely to do if I can't justify the $60 to $80 it would literally cost me in range fees for one day of the kind of shooting I enjoy. :(

They show on the website that gun rental will be $10 -- but they also spell out in plain language that nobody who arrives by themselves without another guest with them will be allowed to rent a handgun. :?: :o Can anyone conjure up another reason for this rule? Because the only one that occurs to me is that this is some kind of preemptive rule to (hopefully?) keep the suicidal from renting a gun and doing the deed on their range... as has (unfortunately) happened multiple times here in our city. :(

Their membership options don't impress me a whole lot. I harken back to a day when a membership made you a part of something...not just a discounted patron. With this place, you don't shoot for free with the exception of Tuesdays. Your membership gives you discounts on range time and discounts for family or guests. I can't get too bothered by this, I do understand the concept of a business. The membership also gives you small discounts on items in the store...but dangit, not on consignment items.

Allright, this post went on far too long. :oops: Sorry. Just my thoughts. And yeah, I'm already quite sure that they built the place for business, not to cater to me, I just wanted to say my bit. :P
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Sevens » Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:53 pm

Hey bonus points for LEPD: they have a clickable link showing their rental fleet. Niiiiice for the folks who chase down specifics to rent.

Just don't forget to bring a buddy if you want to be allowed to rent one! :P
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Klingon00 » Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:29 pm

I am very excited about this place. I'm not crazy about the prices either but the convenience factor alone may make it worth getting a membership. I used to have a Blackwing membership but it was just too inconvenient to try and get out there on a tuesday for the members only range time to make it worth it for me. I also shop at Microcenter which is almost next door so my wife probably will not be happy with me with all that temptation to spend money in one place. :)

I figure this place will be very busy. With all the panic gun buying going on, people will need someplace to shoot. :)
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby captainstormy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:02 pm

I'm just hoping that it will take some of the load out of new Albany's range myself.

I'm in general very uninterested. The membership options aren't very good (not that any places are these days) and I don't like the hourly rate. I also highly doubt that their gun sales could get me a better price than Vance's (which is closer to me then their location) and I can already get transfer fees of less than $30 as well, I'd hate to know what their non member transfer fees are.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby BobK » Wed Jan 30, 2013 10:18 pm

Hmm, 2.5 miles from my old home. Wish it had been around back then. Heck of a lot closer than Powder Room.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby BornLib » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:28 pm

Sevens wrote:They show on the website that gun rental will be $10 -- but they also spell out in plain language that nobody who arrives by themselves without another guest with them will be allowed to rent a handgun. :?: :o Can anyone conjure up another reason for this rule? Because the only one that occurs to me is that this is some kind of preemptive rule to (hopefully?) keep the suicidal from renting a gun and doing the deed on their range... as has (unfortunately) happened multiple times here in our city. :(


That is the reason Blackwing has the same rule about not renting to people who come alone, with the caveat that if you bring at least one firearm that you own you can rent by yourself. Makes sense, you won't rent a gun to commit suicide with if you already own a gun. I haven't been there in a while but I assume this rule is still in place.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Lysander » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:11 am

I'm very excited because this place is right down the road from me.

Now if only I was willing to part with any of my ammo hoard.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby techguy85 » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:04 pm

I live 2 miles down the street from this place. Will be interested to see what it is like once open.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby JedCooper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:44 pm

You can shoot steel cased ammo! Hallelujah!
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Mikado613 » Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:30 pm

I am also excited to see this place is opening soon. It's about two miles from me. Right now if I want to shoot I have to drive to New Albany or some place else way out of town. That means I sort of need to plan my day around target practice. With this place being so close, I can stop by after work or even on a whim and fire off a box or two.
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby FlyinCedar » Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:51 pm

Had a nice chat with one of the owners today, seems like a good guy, and they are planning to be open within a week. Not everyrhing they wanted to do will be immediate upon opening, but sounds a if things will progress as they go along, including FA rental
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Re: New range in Columbus.

Postby Lysander » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:15 pm

Mikado613 wrote:I am also excited to see this place is opening soon. It's about two miles from me. Right now if I want to shoot I have to drive to New Albany or some place else way out of town. That means I sort of need to plan my day around target practice. With this place being so close, I can stop by after work or even on a whim and fire off a box or two.




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