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In order to appease the abutting residents, the baffles had to be put in, or the club would have likely found itself in a lengthy and expensive court battle. Even though the stray rounds were found not to originate from the ranges themselves, something had to be done. It was determined by LE that more than likely hunters were trespassing onto club property shooting in the direction of the houses on Bay Rd. I think working with the neighbors and LE might have been the only solution to keeping the club open.Place sucks. Used to be decent. Several years ago, based on a bogus accusation, they hung ridiculous baffles and went no blue sky. It’s like shooting out of a mail slot. If you shoot there and you’re a Brinks driver it could be useful but otherwise, it’s absurd. All three ranges - despite being separated by berms, share a common firing line. So, you can be in the plinking range shooting at steel inside of 25’ and some ‘good old boy’ who shoots three rounds an hour decides to grab his walker and head down range on the 300 yard range to see if he hit paper, you only need to stand there for +/-30 minutes waiting and listening to the horn blare. The guys who took over, maybe five years ago, are mostly donkeys too. They act like they’re running the WalMart board. I left the year all this nonsense went down but I know of a half dozen other guys who have since followed suit and they all say it’s no better. There are several, much better alternatives available.
My local club:<snip>
You are correct, there are alternatives close by but they don't have the same options that Ames has to offer. Three outdoor ranges, 50, 100, 300 yards, shotgun and skeet, archery, and a heated indoor range are tough to find all in one place.
My local club:
15 yard pistol
25 meter pistol
100 yard rifle
100 meter rifle
500 yard rifle
2 skeet fields, 2 more under construction
2 trap fields, 2 more under construction
Sporting clays course
5 stand clays
12 tactical pits including one set up with steel
A stocked pond with docks
Clubhouse with proshop, kitchen and bar.
We keep shooting - they keep building
I was merely responding to @LTCRN post that the amenities offered by Ames are somewhat unique, not common.Sounds like a nice range. Where and what is the name please