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Commercial Gun Ranges Are All the Rage

Bob Rogers

Weekend, June 2-3, 2018 – There was a day not so long ago when gun ranges were little more than a few benches and well-worn trails between the bench and the 100 yard target generally made up of hammering a couple of sticks in the ground and stapling paper pie plates to them. Finding  a commercial gun range was nearly futile; there was little capital incentive to get someone to take shooting ranges seriously. Over several years enough interest built up to where a land owner with a few acres of scrub – primarily dirt and weeds – would erect a hard canopy over maybe a half dozen benches made from scrap lumber and call it good. Interest from serious shooters was minimal.  Still, the gunners had to sight in their rifles before opening day of deer season.  When that activity began to blossom profitably, others noticed and more – and better – facilities began to be built.

Today, commercial gun ranges can be found nearly anywhere shooters live, town or country, with some going to extremes with indoor and outdoor facilities coupled with retail gun shops and even gourmet restaurants for the high rollers for the wine and cigar set. The result is not only something for every income status but a plethora of shooting facilities for any discipline. As an example, our local Sportsman’s Club boasts some pretty huge acreage dedicated just for shooters. There’s indoor and outdoor pistol ranges with the outdoor portion featuring target backstops at from 50 yards to 600 yards. There’s an archery range, a black powder range, trap and skeet ranges and really l-o-n-g range areas that have upset a fair accumulation of diamondback rattlers living out in the sagebrush.

Thus, there’s no excuse for not sighting in your rifles, your pistols or your shotgun eyeballs anywhere, some or all of which you’ll find waiting at this edition of…

How To Sight In Your Riflescope 5:50 min.

Gun featured is the Forbes Model 24, chambered in .308

Short Range Zero For Long Range Accuracy – Gunsite Academy Firearms Training 3:45 min.

Bob Whaley instructor at Gunsite shares their method for zeroing the AR-15 Platform and why they prefer a 50/200-yard zero.

How NOT to shoot a semi-automatic Pistol 3:03 min.

This is a “Basics” video for those very, very new to firearms. Hopefully, you didn’t learn this the hard way! If so, you might still have scars on your thumb to prove it.

How to Improve Handgun Shooting Accuracy 5:57 min.

Here are a few steps that will improve your accuracy when shooting a handgun.

Crimson Trace – Sighting In Your Laser 2:43 min.

Discussion and instructions on how to sight in a Crimson Trace Laser Sight.

Red Dot – Holographic Sights and Tactical Scopes: Understanding the Difference Gun Review 4:04 min.

What is the story with Red Dot sites? Are they better than other kinds of optics? Do they have any drawbacks, advantages or disadvantages?

The Secret to Breaking More Targets, The Eyes Have It! – Sporting Clays Tip 4:11 min.

Gil Ash of OSP Shooting School explains “Retinal Processing” and how with the right training our eyes can communicate directly with the subconscious mind leading to more broken clays.

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