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 open area shooting places around Reno/Sparks area - Patrick is closed...
bwiese  [Member]
10/9/2006 3:01:09 PM
Hi, Guys...

In the early part of this decade, when I'd go up to Reno, I'd go out to a casual shooting area in Patrick - 12mi NE on Hwy 80 as measured from the Nugget. The shooting area was west of the highway, you went in on a short dirt road. There were some concrete pads out there. Sometimes construction equipment (CAT dozers, etc.) were stored by the frontage road going in. There was a gate for the road entering this area but it was always open (and maybe even chained open.)

This is desert scrub land with not much vegetation except weeds & sagebrush kinda stuff....

I liked this area because it was safe, never more than 1 or 2 people there, and we could pre-agree on lines of fire, etc. Usually I was the only one out there myself or maybe a couple of old birds scroughing for ammo. I've seen several benchrest types with their 'shooting desk' stands too. It was a pleasant place and I was first referred there by the nice lady at Gun Trader on Plumb Ln in Reno.

The hilly area to the northwest served as a good backstop. It was an excellent way for me to break in & debug new ARs, and observe their function in rapid fire in various positions - something you can't do in California's blow-the-whistle structured non-rapid-fire ranges.

Nowdays, it's 'posted' with No Shooting signs, and the gate is chained closed. Various stories exist as to why, but the one I've heard repeated most is that cattle run thru their occasionally and the shooting debris would get clogged in their hooves - something I find difficult to believe (not the clogging, buy that cattle would be run thru there given overall land quality...) There were some old TV sets folks shot, and an old Pontiac that served as blasting fodder, but overal (except for brass) it wasn't bad. I always picked up my stuff as I was often just using cardboard boxes w/Shoot-N-C targets on 'em.

Does anyone have a similar area that's still open to shoot within a 15mi radius of Reno/Sparks? That is, open area, scrub land, safe background, not too many shooters at any one time, not too far from the road and accessible with ordinary 2WD vehicle.


Thanks in advance...





Bill Wiese
San Jose, CA



Barrelburner  [Team Member]
10/10/2006 6:08:07 PM
Well I live in Fernley (~30-35 miles east of Reno) and I frequently see cattle on poor-looking land between Fernley and Reno.

Around Fernley we just go shooting most anywhere within reason outside of town. I usually go north of town near the dry lakebed.

I know someone in Reno that goes north on 395 from 80 about 8 miles to the Red Rock exit, turns west, and goes up in the hills there and shoots.
Deadmeat99  [Team Member]
10/11/2006 1:07:02 AM
I'm looking for a place to go in the Reno area as well. I've only been to the Carson City range (by the dump) but it's so hit or miss there as to whether you can get an empty spot. What about the area in the hills between Dayton and Fernley?
bwiese  [Member]
10/11/2006 4:00:46 PM

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
Well I live in Fernley (~30-35 miles east of Reno) and I frequently see cattle on poor-looking land between Fernley and Reno. Around Fernley we just go shooting most anywhere within reason outside of town. I usually go north of town near the dry lakebed.

I know someone in Reno that goes north on 395 from 80 about 8 miles to the Red Rock exit, turns west, and goes up in the hills there and shoots.


Thank you, I will look into that Red Rock exit area...

I hope you guys enjoy living in a free state!


Bill Wiese
San Jose, CA
Barrelburner  [Team Member]
10/12/2006 11:32:53 AM

Originally Posted By bwiese:

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
Well I live in Fernley (~30-35 miles east of Reno) and I frequently see cattle on poor-looking land between Fernley and Reno. Around Fernley we just go shooting most anywhere within reason outside of town. I usually go north of town near the dry lakebed.

I know someone in Reno that goes north on 395 from 80 about 8 miles to the Red Rock exit, turns west, and goes up in the hills there and shoots.


Thank you, I will look into that Red Rock exit area...

I hope you guys enjoy living in a free state!


Bill Wiese
San Jose, CA
Sure do..I moved here from Woodland, CA a couple of years ago...it doesn't get old
Hiwathl  [Team Member]
10/12/2006 12:22:19 PM
I could'nt resist good for over 700 yds. North of Antelope Valley trying to enjoy it while it last the area's been annexed,,,,,losin' ground Quick






ScottyS  [Member]
10/12/2006 10:10:35 PM
That place as of a year ago was still being used by The Gun Trader for once-a-week shoots for themselves and clients, some weekday night --- they got permission and a key. Give them a call...

...or...

...go a few exits past Tracy down the canyon - there's a couple places with open space that are protected from the highway on the north side of the road. Not sure on land status, as it's not posted, but one gravel pit area offers some decent range with a good backstop. On weekdays it should be devoid of people, I always went to test stuff then. Weekends there are just too many 4WD and ATV clowns bashing around to be safe. Alternative is to drive another 15min past Fernley.
velvetant  [Team Member]
10/12/2006 10:16:22 PM
you could drive to the Carson City range, Flint drive off hwy 50 by the dump.
I live in west Reno and it only takes 35 minutes to get there. I go there during the week days and have no problem with it being over crowded
codyXdeath  [Team Member]
10/13/2006 9:25:04 AM
I have either been going out Pyramid Hwy to a spot just past the range (usually 1 or 2 other people on weekdays), or up North Virginia and left on Old 395... then I'll find a dirt road off the to the left and start looking for places. I know they are starting to post a lot of the Stead area as no discharge areas, but I haven't seen any signs up that way yet.

So much open desert... so much heavy/thick sagebrush. Kinda makes it a pain sometimes.
jimlostt  [Member]
10/14/2006 6:45:33 AM
careful going out on red rock. many ares are getting posted. Plus the restiction of vehicles is key. Shame but that is the way it is. What is wrong with going to the Washoe county shooting facility? or are you after just blasting not marksmanship. From the nugget it is 20 minutes. Great range for target shooting and zeroing. After the old rangemaster left they have 2 new guys who work there and the level of saftery is truly very high. i go there quite a bit for my very basic stuff like setting up the chrony zeroing etc. If I am doing heavy drills and some more serious training Ihave a spot that is nice and secluded.

Just be careful. the no shoot areas are growing fast.

Jim
Southern_Raider  [Member]
10/14/2006 1:17:57 PM

Originally Posted By jimlostt:
What is wrong with going to the Washoe county shooting facility? or are you after just blasting not marksmanship.

I will not shoot from a bench, and that's all that is there. And yes, I am after marksmanship, I just want it from field supported positions. I've never stumbled across a bench in the field...

Add in the fact I can change targets when I want to, shoot at my own pace, etc. only adds to the reasons to not use the range. I moved to NV to use the public lands.
bwiese  [Member]
10/15/2006 2:55:07 AM
I generally agree with SouthernRaider... here in CA Bay Area I can shoot at a controlled range in CA anytime I want. That's fine for benchrest, and there's even a controlled 'Tin Can Alley', and plenty of indoor ranges. All nice and safe and indeed even useful.

However, if you're debugging an AR or two or wanna shoot informal target materials at a variety of distances and wanna do more rapid fire than 1 shot per second, or make sure your ARs are feeding at a wide variety of operational angles, such formal ranges are out of question.

That's why informal desert shooting is useful. I'm not really talking 'happy blasting', either: my desert shoots have valid (I feel) goals - I'm not just out noisemaking.

Yes, I am gonna use care seeing where I can shoot. (And I'll clean up afterwards, esp target debris, and haul it back out.)



Bill Wiese
San Jose CA
MikeSearson  [Member]
10/22/2006 2:39:50 PM
This might help:

ted_bell  [Member]
10/22/2006 11:27:23 PM
Go East on 80 From Reno about 10 miles to the derby dam exit. Cross over the highway to the shooting area which lies North of the highway. I shoot there all the time. During the weekend you might find a couple other folks out there, but its a large area with plenty of room for everyone. Try to take some extra crap out with you since people tend to leave a lot out there. Probably one of closest places to go. I think I gave the lat/lon for this area once before I knew the exit ID.

TB