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Old July 21st, 2021, 11:08 AM #1
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Shooting in the range is kinda boring

Just got back into owning a few guns this past year. Finished a couple 80% (AR and Glock style)

Shooting at the range is useful but kinda boring and super expensive.

Anyone know of/ have a place where you could plink at various targets outside?

I used to have a buddy years ago who had a farm where we could set up exploding targets, soda bottles, etc lol... That was fun.
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Old July 21st, 2021, 11:19 AM #2
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I couldn't agree more. It has been frustrating to me over the years I've lived here in Central Maryland because I grew up in rural SW Nebraska. Although you can't do this anymore, when I was a kid finding a place to shoot was as easy as going to the local landfill. Not only was it safe due to all of the pits and backstops literally everywhere, but finding fun things to shoot at was easy.

Another place I did a lot of shooting was the piece of ground a relative of mine had just outside of town. Me and a friend would grab our .22s, a few boxes of shells, and then we'd ride our bikes to it, spending the afternoon plinking.

By the time I was a young adult, my Dad, who was the chief of police in the town, had the town set up a range for "the police department" (I'm pretty sure the only one who used it was him) right at the edge of the south side of town. When he retired, he set up a personal shooting range on the same plot of ground I mentioned earlier owned by his cousin. We NEVER paid for range time, and never had to worry about getting flagged by some idiot with no awareness of muzzle safety.

In March I went on a winter camping trip with my brother-in-law to a piece of private property in West VA - the whole point was to have a guy's weekend of shooting. That was a good time, but it's not something that can be done on the regular.

I think that if you live in less populated areas of the state, a person can probably set something up on their own private property provided that it meets the guidelines of what you have to do in order to have a personal range. That's actually a goal of mine for my retirement years - it would be awesome to be able to step outside and do my own thing with shooting without having to drive to the range, wait around waiting for a lane to open up, and then being limited to have to pay for shooting paper hanging from a clip. It can keep the skills going, but it's not a lot of fun compared to how I grew up.
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Old July 21st, 2021, 11:27 AM #3
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Where do you live?
If you find it boring, you need to rotate what you bring to the range from your 20+ firearms you have.
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A friend of mine stayed at an Aibnb in PA, the house had a range in the back yard!)
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Growing up, I did not have it quite as good as you Trickg but it was pretty good. Ranges are indeed boring. Indoor ranges all the more so. PA has a bunch of outdoor ranges open to the public including out of staters. Fee is ~ $30 for the year. A bit of a drive but it's a relatively nice drive and if items that are verboten to purchase in Merryland are needed that's bonus.
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Look up your old buddy ?

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But seriously , this comes up every couple of months , and the desire for this is exponentially larger than the availability .

Most of Maryland is densely populated , frequently has local regulations , and usually have disapproving neighbors . So unless you already have a good friend with suitable location , your next step involves a Realtor .
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A friend of mine stayed at an Aibnb in PA, the house had a range in the back yard!)
Where may I ask? Planning on a road trip with the Wifey to do some land/location scouting and that area might make for a good destination.
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Where do you live?
If you find it boring, you need to rotate what you bring to the range from your 20+ firearms you have.
20? i'm not a millionaire! only got a couple
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20? i'm not a millionaire! only got a couple
I must be a multi-millionaire! But I'm not. Guns and ammo instead of some other things. Making friends and swapping favors with shootable land instead of friends with boats or airplanes. Buying more steel targets, less pizza and beer.
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20 is a probably a rookie large number around here. Lots of unfortunate boating accidents. Should be renamed MD Boaters and Shooters.

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