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Anyone else shoot there? Reasonable rates and friendly people.
There are better ventilated and lighted places to shoot. But, hey if you are happy then hey who can argue.
I've been there. Nice clubhouse - best part of the place. The people were friendly - except the pistol instructor who knew less about guns then my 8-year-old daughter. He was pissed when we had the nerve to enter the range while he was teaching a class. Every thing was resolved, though by range staff that told him to bugger-off and leave us alone. The ventilation system could be improved - most casinos have worse air quality, though. Did I mention the clubhouse was really nice? They even let us clean our guns (while BS'ing) there after shooting. I'd say . . . :thumbsup::thumbsup:
So where do you guys shoot? I go to Metro because it's only $4- an hour if you are a member, and it's close to my home.
I went to a really nice range in Tucson a few years ago and it was $6- for as long as you wanted to shoot.
I realize ranges are being squeezed out, but Bills in Robbinsdale charges alot and it's too close to North Mpls for me.
I personally like Dakotah at the range is getting a big make over come this fall it will be 10 stalls with 5 at 50 yds and 5 at 25yds as I understand it. The new range will be open Sept 1. Dakotah as it works now is the best ventilated and and lighted in the metro.
I do not thiink Metro's fees are that good. I mean if you buy tokens from Bills you get unlimited time for as low as 12.50 a visit. Burnsville has about similar prices, and Dakotah is about the same. So, I do not think that cost is really all that bad when you sort through the details. Bills target prices are the highest, BPR are pretty reasonable, and the same for Dakotah.
I've shot there in the past a couple of times, it's not that bad. Pretty soon the weather will warm up to go outdoors and shoot. I don't like indoor ranges anyway.......
Metro by far is the worst! Back in the early ninety's I shot there more then a times, that is when the gunsmith from magnum research used to come in with repaired Desert Eagles to function test. Man was that loud and smokey!
Metro even with membership is the same as all other.....no deal
$100 bucks plus 4 per half hr stay for 90 min averaged out on trip a month runs about 22 per visit plus any lane sharing
Burnsville has punch card for $110 and allows for lane sharing with a guest for 10 punchs with unlimited time, probably the best deal in the metro.
Bill's has $150 for 10 tokens or 15 bucks for unlimited time, or the 250 deal for 20 tokens makes it really cheaper 12.50 for one shooter
Dakotah is 35 membership and 10 for unlimited time so used once a month is about 13 bucks a trip. Plus you get to shoot free on Birthday and if you renew before expiring they throw in free range use. For one shooter.
Not sure about Inrange fees, but it is nice place for people in the west metro and those from St. Cloud.. But me thinks it is 15 per hour....
The only public accessible outdoor range is Oakdale that is from ? June 1st till end of Sept? So, that is limited access.
All the other metro ranges are clubs with waiting lists or a bit further out of the metro....
There is Westbranch Gun Club in Princeton that has open hours and Deltone in St Cloud, too. Otherwise the rest of the ranges are clubs......
Dakota County Gun Club in Rosemount, MN has waiting list 200 deep last I heard. But, they have open shooting for juniors two weekends a month in the summer on seperate 22LR range.
Minnetonka Sportsmans Club in Mound, MN has waiting list about 30 deep?
Minnetonka Game and Fish in Nowthen?
Gopher up at Harris might have?
Elk River Gun Club ?
The are open hours for using the range at the Metro Training Center in Edina on Saturday monrings?
The Sherburne County Sheriffs range was open to public use, but there was some post on www.mnguntalk.com about the sheriff closing off the range because of security concerns?
There are some clubs like Minnesota Horse and Hunt that have ranges, but very expensive membership. Then if you are veteran or your parent was you could join the Richfield VFW, and they have a range down at Elko. If you move further out of metro, there is club over near Hudson, WI - there is club out at Cokato that has nice range and reasonable memberships with no work hours required.
For the new people hit the MWCA show at the Fairgrounds in March most of the clubs have tables there, and they will be better situated to answer questions.
Get over to mnguntalk.com and look for Pat Cannon's list of ranges in google maps. He's listed most of the ranges and clubs in central Minnesota. Beaverbrook is I believe $100 to join and $1 each time you shoot, Oakdale is not taking new members at this time, applications for next year will be out in Oct. Elk River requires a member in good standing to sponsor you which can be difficult to find. I live in Eagan and work in Burnsville so I end up going to BPR most of the time in the winter. In the spring and summer there are monthly steel shoots at Gopher Campfire in Hutchinson that is usually a good time and a couple hundred rounds downrange.
Thanks, I'll check it out.
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