For the past year I have been looking for a new range to move my company to.
Since before I was blogging I always shot at a public range and after almost 3 years trying to write the best reviews I could with the amenities that range had I was frustrated. I would be working on a review and want to make a video to show the different parts of the gun or how the gun works and when I would get back to the office I would watch the video and it would sound like *BANG* Hi, my name is Attic- *BANG BANG BANG* *ONE SHOT A SECOND!* -sofguns.com *BANG*. that just doesn’t make for quality videos.
This article is by no means a diss on that range or even public ranges in general. I know that they have their place and for most gun owners are the best place in the world.
I will give my pros and cons to public ranges
· Range officers everywhere to keep everyone safe.
· Safety rules like one shot a second to keep people from thinking they are Rambo the first time they ever pick up a MSR.
· Public ranges are relatively common in populated areas in the USA.
· Some have pro shops that can help you with basic questions about shooting and there is a good chance they have shooting clubs that meet out there if you are looking to get into that.
· For the gun owner who doesn’t get to the range but just a few times a year this is an inexpensive way to shoot.
· Typically there are experienced shooters who might be able to lend a hand if you are having problems.
· Safe for all types of shooters
(If you have a pro or con I might have missed please comment and share your thoughts)
· Gun owners who shoot a lot can get bored.
· Public ranges typically have restrictions on types of guns and ammo that can be shot there (This is for safety reasons).
· Public ranges can get crowded at anytime.
· The noise level can get intimidating for new shooters.
· If you have more than one gun, space for cases and gear can be limited.
· Some ranges have a max amount of time you can shoot.
· If you are a frequent shooter cost for the range fees get overly expensive.
· The length of the ranges may not give you the distance you are looking for.
With all of that being said I have my own cons as a gun blogger that make working from a public range rather difficult.
Space for guns, gear and crew.
Safety rules that stop us from testing triggers,holsters,over 10 rounds in a magazines, etc.
Since this has been making reviews and shooting more difficult I started looking to friends of the GEARS crew for help to see if they had a ranch we could shoot at and every time the answers were the same. No, we don’t know of a place or sure but it is a 5 hour drive out there. I googled ranges in my area before and most were unable to help me any better than my current public range and that was when I spotted TDSA.net.
For any of you who follow Colion Noir on YouTube or watch Video Tuesday here on our site you might have seen Colion shooting targets from a golf cart and thought hey that is really cool… Well the cat is out of the bag. He was at TDSA in Ferris, TX.
I had seen when he released his video what range it was and never really thought about it again until I came back across the site when I was searching for a new range again and read the amenities they offer there.
|7 Pistol Ranges:
- Roughly 25 yards by 25 yards in size.
- Rapid Fire is allowed.
- Moving while shooting is allowed.
- Drawing from holster is allowed.
- Transitioning from rifles to pistols is allowed.
- We also allow you to set up scenarios using barrels or barricades.
- ***Upon request you may park your vehicle in the bays and shoot from inside your vehicle. (Remember this is based on request and approval ONLY).
- ***We allow FULL AUTO FIRE in our pistol bays after a short Shooting Proficiency Test.
- Shooting Proficiency Test required at 100 yards.
- Full Metal Jacket is allowed
- Steel Core is allowed
- .50 and .338 caliber is allowed
- All shooting done from a bench or prone position ONLY.
- No Tracer or Incendiary rounds allowed.
- Distances: 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards, 200 yards, and 300 yards.
Other Ranges (used for training and shooting matches):
- 200 yard STREET with multiple cars lining each side.
- 40 foot shooting TOWER with 4 floors and multiple ports on each floor.
- TOWER can be used to train sniper initiated entries into STREET and CITY.
- 200+ yard CITY with multiple rooms all around to shoot into and out of.
- One large area is designed to resemble and Afghan village commonly seen by soldiers.
- The CITY can be used for live fire, force on force training, and can take up to and including .50 caliber rifle fire.
- Both CITY and STREET may be used to shoot from moving vehicles.
- Rifle range can also be used as 270 degree 300 yard assault course.
- There is a 1,300 sq. ft. classroom available upon scheduling. A white board and 60 inch TV monitor is included.
- We allow Binary Exploding targets to be shot UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
- Night Fire is allowed on a “special needs basis” and UPON REQUEST AND APPROVAL.
- Law Enforcement Discounts for Individual officers.
- Corporate Membership Discounts.
- Law Enforcement Agency Memberships.
[Taken from the TDSA website]
After reading all of that I was amazed and had to set up a meet with the Owner of TDSA, Len Baxley.
A few Mondays ago Panzer and I drove down to meet with Len and see this range. The drive is about 45 minutes from where I live and the whole time I was thinking about the new and different reviews I could post on the website.
We pulled up and met Len in the classroom/his office and we sat down and started talking and getting to know each other. After 30 or so minutes of talking with Len and reading about his range I knew this is where the GEARS Crew would be shooting from. I told him that I didn’t need to see the range that I was ready to just sign up as a member. We talked for another 30 minutes when he said we should go and at least look at the range. He gave us the introduction/safety tour. About halfway through the tour, I looked around and saw no other members were at the range. It was the most quiet and peaceful gun range I had ever been at!
Len is a no-nonsense kind of guy. He has built a range that is designed with a different kind of shooter in mind. This range is not for the gun owner who doesn’t shoot all that much or for the shooters who aren’t looking to take their shooting abilities to new levels. Len stresses that you are not going to have that range officer to keep you in check, this is the kind of place were you have to be in the mind-set that safety is your job.
I like this range because it opens new opportunities to the GEARS Crew and to the reviews we can offer.
If you live in North Texas and this sounds like the kind of range you are looking for, than CONTACT Len Baxley and tell him Atticus sent you.