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Old 05-20-2008, 10:50 AM
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I know this sounds scary but I'm starting to lose my interest in shooting. Why you might ask? The price of gas, ammo, guns, and worse of all. All of the ranges I went to have been shut down. The only places left are indoor pistol ranges (okay) and the two county run ranges (gay).

I enjoy structured shooting. A 100 yard line is fun and all but sometimes I just miss setting up some old soda cans and clay targets and blasting away safely at the berm with my AR-15 or M1 Carbine.

Sadly that's all changed. First it was the rising prices in ammo. So I stopped shooting my AR-15 and M1 Carbine and started bringing out the .22 guns. I even went and got me a Ciener Kit for my Colt. Then the price of gas started hitting me so I simply car pooled with my buddies. But the final nail in the coffin was the State and County shutting down the two ranges I went to.

The first range had a fifty yard pistol/rifle range with a good solid berm and behind it a large field for skeet shooting. I'd go, pay the $7 and shot all day. I'd do some skeet shooting. Which only cost myself and my friends about $10 for the clays and the ammo. We'd walk the field and find a bunch of clays that didn't break and thus we'd even have more to use. Then we would hit the pistol/rifle range and set up some old wooden doors and post targets on it. At the end of the day we'd clean up our brass and trash and make the place look better then when we got there. The State closed it down because Florida Wildlife Commission got a hair up their *** and decided to shut it down.

The next place that I would had the same type of pistol/rifle range but no skeet. Fine.... we'd do the same. Some classic plinking and clean up our brass and trash. Leave the place cleaner then when we got there. The County shut it down for some environmental reason.

All that's left is the indoor pistol ranges or the two county ranges. The County range is run by range nazis. You must sit down, you cannot fire more then one round every two seconds, you can only shot shotguns with slugs or use the skeet trap range. Which by the way charges $25 a round. That's right. For a standard round of skeet. You're paying a buck a clay. When at the old place we'd spend $10 and have enough clays to last five to ten rounds. Walmart and Basspro sold cases of clays dirt cheap.

In the end with the way things are going I'm just losing my interest in shooting period. I can't afford the ammunition for my firearms. There is no place for me to go to shot. And I can't even start to afford gas to get me to place.

I don't know if I'm the only one but my friends are starting to feel the same way. I really think that the idea of shooting in South Florida is coming to an end.

'Nuff Said....

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Old 05-20-2008, 11:28 AM
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I understand your pain. There is something synonomis about being young and broke. I have always enjoyed shooting and hunting. When I go married at 24 a lot of that came to and end. I was a policeman and my wife was a teacher. Talk about gluttons for punishment. Then along came the family. Some things just take priority over sports. As I got older and worked harder, money seamed to free up a little. Now that the kids are grown and own their own and most of our bills are paid, I can again afford to shoot and hunt like I did when I was single. Now I have a grandson to spend money on and take with me. The only thing that gets in my way now is old age. Most of us have been through the same experiences and felt the same way as you.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:32 AM
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I hear what you are saying, but something to keep in mind are the words of wisdom that were once passed down to me in a time of crisis: "This too shall pass"

Hold on to those guns - you never know what the future will bring and even if you give it a short break due to rising costs, there may come a day when the situation improves, simply because things never stay the same.

I'm running into some similar issues - I grew up in Southwest Nebraska where I could drive to a range my Dad set up that was 1 mile outside of town, and I could do whatever I wanted - paper targets, steel disks, bluerocks (clay pigeons) bench rest rifle, pop cans, etc. I also had the advantage of a father whose hobby was casting bullets and reloading, so ammo was never a problem. Now, I have my choice of 2 indoor ranges, neither of which are particularly good, and since I don't reload, there is the cost of ammo to consider, not to mention the cost of range time or range membership. But, I'm content with the idea that eventually things will change and I'll continue to look for options that are a bit more streamlined to my needs.

Good luck - just don't get rid of your guns!
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:36 PM
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You should move.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:21 PM
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I sure as **** ain't going to sell my firearms. In fact I still plan on buying more along with ammunition but the idea of me going shooting every weekend in a by gone era now. I guess I'll just have to suck it up and go to that crappy county range or just bring the .22 AR-15 to a indoor pistol range. It's just that going to a indoor range and shooting at a target that's twenty feet away seems like I'm just shooting to throw lead down range. As with going to the county range, seems like I can't really challenge myself. I have to sit down and shot bench. Skeet might be a one year thing now. Because the idea of spending Twenty Five Bucks for Twenty Five clays is just way to much. That's 1/3 of my gas bill right now. My truck costs $75-$80 to fill up.

As for moving.... not going to happen anytime soon. I'm stuck in Miami for a long while.
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You should move.
Him?! What about me!!!??? I live in suburban MARYLAND - land of the oppressed gun owner! Unfortunately I married into it so there is very little chance of getting my wife to move. Ever.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:21 PM
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Him?! What about me!!!??? I live in suburban MARYLAND - land of the oppressed gun owner! Unfortunately I married into it so there is very little chance of getting my wife to move. Ever.
Get divorced, then move!
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:29 PM
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I know several people that felt like quiting as well My advise was to try another venue. several went to cowboy action and some target guys went to trap or skeet, some tried assault rifle and combat shooting.
The interest was renewed and they are still having fun.
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:55 PM
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I have my own 100 yard range about 100' from my back door and a metal swinger set up that I can shoot from the backdoor and deck. If not for that I probably wouldn't shoot much.

I have pretty much given up saltwater fishing because of the expense and inconvenience, If I lived in Miami, I'd shoot about four times a year and fish every day.
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:27 PM
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My own experience enables me to appreciate your problem.
When i was in school,I could hunt and shoot all that i ever wanted to;I made enough money setting pins in a bowling alley to support my habit.
Later,came marriage and a semi drought of money and time for it.
Finely,came late middle age,and more time and money.
Last,came old age,minor infirmities,doctor visits,hospital visits,medical bills and fatigue.
I no longer hunt year'round.No longer haunt the shooting range several times a week or just prowl the forest.
The increased cost has little effect on my shooting/hunting,it's just getting more difficult to do it.
I am now an occasional shooter;an occasional hunter;an occasional hiker.
Keep the faith.You will find a way through the "money drought".It only takes time.
Keep in touch with your friends.Try reloading.Try bullet casting.Keep involved.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:00 PM
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Money is not the main issue but it's a major one. The main issue is the fact that the ranges I went to have been shut down.
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:29 PM
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Is purdy cool that you pick-up after yourself Glock23C. I think that is "big" in today's world. Keep doing that. It has a positive impact on The shooting sports(as percieved by the public).

I have several ranges here on my own land that I shoot. I clean- up after myself. Lead and all. Not hard to do. Just needs to be done!

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:06 PM
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Him?! What about me!!!??? I live in suburban MARYLAND - land of the oppressed gun owner! Unfortunately I married into it so there is very little chance of getting my wife to move. Ever.
Hopefully you are in driving distance of PA. If so you can probably still find a club to join at a reasonable price to shoot although they are shrinking in this state too.
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Old 05-20-2008, 05:36 PM
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The anti's are winning - & doing it through the back door.

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I know this sounds scary but I'm starting to lose my interest in shooting. Why you might ask? The price of gas, ammo, guns, and worse of all. All of the ranges I went to have been shut down. The only places left are indoor pistol ranges (okay) and the two county run ranges (gay).

I enjoy structured shooting. A 100 yard line is fun and all but sometimes I just miss setting up some old soda cans and clay targets and blasting away safely at the berm with my AR-15 or M1 Carbine.

Sadly that's all changed. First it was the rising prices in ammo. So I stopped shooting my AR-15 and M1 Carbine and started bringing out the .22 guns. I even went and got me a Ciener Kit for my Colt. Then the price of gas started hitting me so I simply car pooled with my buddies. But the final nail in the coffin was the State and County shutting down the two ranges I went to.

The first range had a fifty yard pistol/rifle range with a good solid berm and behind it a large field for skeet shooting. I'd go, pay the $7 and shot all day. I'd do some skeet shooting. Which only cost myself and my friends about $10 for the clays and the ammo. We'd walk the field and find a bunch of clays that didn't break and thus we'd even have more to use. Then we would hit the pistol/rifle range and set up some old wooden doors and post targets on it. At the end of the day we'd clean up our brass and trash and make the place look better then when we got there. The State closed it down because Florida Wildlife Commission got a hair up their *** and decided to shut it down.

The next place that I would had the same type of pistol/rifle range but no skeet. Fine.... we'd do the same. Some classic plinking and clean up our brass and trash. Leave the place cleaner then when we got there. The County shut it down for some environmental reason.

All that's left is the indoor pistol ranges or the two county ranges. The County range is run by range nazis. You must sit down, you cannot fire more then one round every two seconds, you can only shot shotguns with slugs or use the skeet trap range. Which by the way charges $25 a round. That's right. For a standard round of skeet. You're paying a buck a clay. When at the old place we'd spend $10 and have enough clays to last five to ten rounds. Walmart and Basspro sold cases of clays dirt cheap.

In the end with the way things are going I'm just losing my interest in shooting period. I can't afford the ammunition for my firearms. There is no place for me to go to shot. And I can't even start to afford gas to get me to place.

I don't know if I'm the only one but my friends are starting to feel the same way. I really think that the idea of shooting in South Florida is coming to an end.

'Nuff Said....

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Old 05-21-2008, 08:45 AM
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My grandma is threatening to sell the land that's been in the family for 45 years now. It's about 10 miles from the house and that were I have my 100 yard range. I also have a skeet thrower and can do that for about 10 bucks as well.

If she does sell it I guess I'll have to try and find a hunting club that doesn't mind me setting up a range (or already has one) so I can shoot. I've only been to a range once and for some reason the idea of paying someone to allow me to shoot seems ridiculous. If I find a club that'll let me do that then maybe I can find some yotes to shoot at as well

Hang in there I'm sure you can find some way to work it out.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:40 AM
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Didn't realize I have it so good. We have three outdoor ranges, all privately owned, plus a state-owned range and a commercial indoor pistol range. The nearest (15 miles) private range is completely owned by the club. Fifteen concrete benches, target berms out to 300 yards. Cost is $10 -- per year.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:13 AM
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We don't have any shooting ranges here that are open to the public. I have always shot on my own property which has a good 300 yard set-up. Unfortunately, our new neighbors moved in just a half mile away and they are anti-gun people. Last time I set up targets, the Sheriff came and told me not to bother them by shooting. So it goes. As for ammo prices, I used to fire 35xxx-50xxx rounds per year. Now that's history. Including hunting, last year I fired less than 100 shots total.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:45 PM
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I've got my own range now, but I used to shoot at a public range that was very dangerous. Now I shoot handgun with a USPSA group every monday night, $30 for the season.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:54 PM
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id just whup my neighbors.. oops just give him a whuping..or better yet get a friend to do it
and let him know he needs to mind his own buisiness.people like that think,, they run everything..but you show him cow horns still hook and he ll settle dn pretty quick..
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:12 PM
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Get the **** out of Florida!
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