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Old August 11th, 2019, 05:41 PM #1
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Free State's Range

My wife loves to shoot her guns and wants to look for another range to shoot at. We have been going to the same range for a long time, but the last few times we have gone there she has felt uncomfortable. There have been groups coming in shooting in a very unconventional way (Thug Style). I would think that the Range Master would say something, but has not yet.

She would like to go shooting next weekend and I am thinking about trying out Free State's range. What are peoples thoughts of their range? I only know one other person that goes there and they said it is a friendly atmosphere. We are not looking for a hang out, but looking for a place that she will feel comfortable to put some .357 sized holes in some paper. We don't want to feel like we need watch over our shoulders. We have an extra long weekend coming, so which day would be best to go?
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Old August 11th, 2019, 05:49 PM #2
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I’ve been a member since it was just a concrete building with a folding table to take credit card payments and at first it was a blessing to have somewhere so close to home with a friendly staff that always made their customers feel welcomed.

Unfortunately over the years it has gotten progressively worse. They seem to care about money over safety. I have seen them allow groups of questionable looking people shoot while they reek of marijuana. I have seen them allow people to rent ARs and AKs with no experience using them not to mention their pants hanging off their backside. There is never a staff member that is permanently assigned to monitor the shooters and at anytime someone could be lasering you with a weapon and you would have no idea.

It’s a real shame, because it’s a beautiful range and I love going when it’s not crowded. I have personally addressed my concerns with the managers and nothing really seems to change.

Hope you find a good place to shoot!
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Old August 11th, 2019, 07:34 PM #3
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Iíve been a member since it was just a concrete building with a folding table to take credit card payments and at first it was a blessing to have somewhere so close to home with a friendly staff that always made their customers feel welcomed.

Unfortunately over the years it has gotten progressively worse. They seem to care about money over safety. I have seen them allow groups of questionable looking people shoot while they reek of marijuana. I have seen them allow people to rent ARs and AKs with no experience using them not to mention their pants hanging off their backside. There is never a staff member that is permanently assigned to monitor the shooters and at anytime someone could be lasering you with a weapon and you would have no idea.

Itís a real shame, because itís a beautiful range and I love going when itís not crowded. I have personally addressed my concerns with the managers and nothing really seems to change.

Hope you find a good place to shoot!
Agree. I stopped going to FS when the hot doggers with girlfriends to impress started coming in. Cameras out, posing, all fun and games yet I caught grief for using one of those photograph targets of Osama Bin Laden AFTER he was dead because it may bother some people
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Old August 11th, 2019, 07:49 PM #4
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Darn! That's sad I haven't been in a long time (probably 5+ years). My only complaint (from that time) was that it could be kinda crowded sometimes. I prefer to shoot outside anyway, but with two still unfired new pistols, I was really tempted to go there sometime rather than trek out to AGC. I guess I'm glad I didn't.

This place seems to have mixed reviews after its new ownership:
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=226833

If you don't mind shooting outside, SLCFSA might not be too much of a drive. They only take new members in the beginning of the year though. https://www.slcfsa.org
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I was a member for years there, since not long after they opened.... I LOVED going there and loved when it was mostly Mark at the counter, Candice was tehre, Randy was always goofin in the showroom.. It just felt liek home.. now, the business has expanded, you have to or you become irrelevant. I havent witness the thug life in there, however, I do see a lot of training by agencies going on, and thats cool.. I just hate getting moved mid shooting because they need my lane, so pppaaccckk up my stuff and move aand start again, kinda kills the vibes. That being said, Its a great place to shoot and its clean. Say something to the owners Mark and Randy..... if there is an issue, they will address it.. especially a safety one.....
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Darn! That's sad I haven't been in a long time (probably 5+ years). My only complaint (from that time) was that it could be kinda crowded sometimes. I prefer to shoot outside anyway, but with two still unfired new pistols, I was really tempted to go there sometime rather than trek out to AGC. I guess I'm glad I didn't.

This place seems to have mixed reviews after its new ownership:
https://www.mdshooters.com/showthread.php?t=226833

If you don't mind shooting outside, SLCFSA might not be too much of a drive. They only take new members in the beginning of the year though. https://www.slcfsa.org


SLCFSA is not to far at all. Actually closer to me
then Free State and where we were going. May have to try this out.
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I have friends that go to TSS in Avondale that like it alot. I haven't been there myself though. There is also Alexander's I think it is called in the Galena area. Alexander's is an outdoor range and I believe that you have to buy a membership. I usually go to elk neck range but just during the week when I can sneak out of work to avoid the crowds. I'm only 2 miles from there.
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What”s your definition of “thug style “ if you don’t me asking?
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WhatĒs your definition of ďthug style ď if you donít me asking?
Gun turned sideways, Other hand holding the crotch area?
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