- Jan 27, 2009
Mike, my personal level of comfort is based on my personal experiences. I can count the number of times I've shot on the public side of a pay range on probably 2 hands. I always shoot on private land, at my gun club, or have shot at places like S&W during IDPA matches.Then I guess you won't be shooting at most indoor pay ranges in america.
In no cases where I did go to pay ranges, did the range rent guns. In that case, I knew that the guy next to me was either licensed or was with someone who was licensed. Its a small comfort but it is some comfort.
I've seen a lot of unsafe gun handling in my life, and a lot of it was at public ranges, whether the person was licensed or not. I prefer not to go to these kinds of places. With that said, I'm not in any way saying others shouldn't go.
But with the cost of membership at some of the clubs in MA (often not much more than $100/yr) I can't imagine why anyone would want to go to a public range for anything other than competition or instruction.