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Posted: 8/22/2006 10:06:48 PM EDT
I would like to have a 'hearing protection' free day... if you can catch my drift.
Does anything like this happen near Austin?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:19:02 AM EDT
I've never heard of any.  

I mean, there haven't been any reports...  

Uh, I really have no idea.  

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:56:29 AM EDT

I've never heard of any.  

I mean, there haven't been any reports...  

Uh, I really have no idea.  

Sooooo, what did YOU have for breakfast this morning???
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:58:18 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 6:33:59 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 6:51:07 AM EDT
I would like to hear the Tactical Innovations can and the YHM can on an 11.5" SBR.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 7:56:25 AM EDT
I have the TAC-16 on a 16" Bushy... hearing safe, but I had no idea how loud the bullet crack of the 5.56 was.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 10:25:43 AM EDT
Are you happy with your TAC-16?  Who was your dealer?
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 11:34:08 AM EDT

Are you happy with your TAC-16?  Who was your dealer?

Truthfully, I’m not very happy with suppressing an AR all that much, but it looks cool!

In hindsight, I would rather have spent my money on a Clark/DPMS 20 stainless varmint upper and good BC or Miculek style comp, w/carbon fiber hand guard for light weight and accuracy.

It’s not that the TAC doesn’t work, it does… it’s just that the damned .223 is a hot round and when you factor in the gas blow-back and the noise of the action (not just the bullet flight) it is not NEARLY as rewarding as my AWC thunder trap equipped savage tactical.

If I had to do it ALL over again, there would be one, and only one, way to go NFA.
And that would be to just buy a USP tactical .45 and an SWR hems2 suppressor. It’s the most fun per dollar and quietest solution I have ever seen.

Anyway, you owe it to yourself to go see chuck, tell him that Chad you, I hung out at his house Friday night, he’s a cool guy and my exclusive dealer from here out.

Chuck Tooke
Chuck's Class 3
2105 Green Oaks Cir
Round Rock, TX 78664
email: [email protected]
phone: 512-791-6547
pager: 512-860-0343

Transfer fee: Title one: $20, NFA transfer $50, 7% over cost on new firearms orders.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 1:06:19 PM EDT

There are NO organized shoots in the immediate Austin area of any kind that involve NFA items of any kind.

I beg to differ, have you forgotten Spreadfire?  He does it on occasion.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 4:48:24 PM EDT
The closest thing that you will come to an "Organized" plublically available NFA  shoot, nowadays in or just outside of Austin is the monthly Texas Tactical Carbine Match.

While technically not an organized NFA shoot, it is probably the only time and place that you could pretty much guarantee to meet up with an Austin NFA owner or two if you wanted to shoot a SBR, Suppressor, or maybe a Machinegun.  Over the years, I have probably let a dozen+ different folks put rounds downrange through my guns after the shoot was over and I know that others have done the same.

I have lived in Austin for 6 years and to my knowledge there has only been one planned Assault Rifle / NFA type event which was hosted out at the old Tony N 183 Range approximately 4 years ago.  By "planned" I mean, advertised on this site (among others), appliances and reactive targets were brought out, range was rented out, BBQ and there were probably 35+ people in attendance with about 6 or 7 of us with NFA firearms.  If I remember correctly it was a member of this site who put the shoot together.

Over the years, I have bumped into a handful of other Austinites that own NFA (not including dealers) at the Austin gun show, Hill Country Range, and at Texas Tactical at either the former Blanco or now Hays County range.  All in all I have maybe met 10 other machinegun owners and an additional dozen more folks that had SBRs and Suppressors.

As of right now there are only two places that allow unrestricted full auto in the Austin Area (that I know of) and that is the private Texas Tactical Range and Hill Country Rifle Range.  Unfortunately, since one range is private and one is run by AKA "Crazy Richard" combined with a relatively small number of private citizen NFA owners in the area, I think the odds on getting a public NFA/MG shoot together in Austin in pretty slim.

I could also potentially see a small private NFA shoot being put together at or by Texas Tactical if they were so inclined as most NFA owners in the area seem to shoot at their range.  However, from my perspective it wouldnt make sense financially for Mke to host a NFA shoot for folks who are already existing members of the range.

The biggest NFA event in the central Texas area used to be Keiths shoot out in Leona (between Austin and Houston).  The last public MG shoot he hosted two years ago drew over 100+ folks from all over Texas with everything from a line of Beltfed 50s to suppressed 22s and everything in between. There also used to be a Quiet Line time, where the range was hot but everything had to be suppressed.  Unfortuantely, this shoot is now by invitation only as it quickly outgrew Keiths backyard.  

There has also been a annual shoot in Waco at Tiger Valley the past couple years which is billed as a Machinegun/NFA Shoot.  I have not been able to attend since its inception, however information can be had at the link below.


Sorry to be long winded but in my opinion your best places to see and publically shoot NFA in and around the Austin area are.

1. The shoot at Tiger Valley (Pros - Most Amount of NFA  Cons- 1 time a year)
2. Go to a Texas Tactical Carbine Match (Pros - Monthly Matches  Cons- small NFA selection)
3. Join the Texas Tactical Range and if you shoot out there on a regular basis you are bound to bump into afew other NFA owners. (Pros - Great Range you should join anyway  Cons - Never really know when to go to bump into somebody who has a can or MG)

I would also second Chuck Tooke for purchasing NFA in Austin.  I have been using him for going on 4+ years now every since Just Guns went out of business and have never had a problem and an extremely friendly/helpful guy at that.  However, I have also heard good things about Steve @Sreadfire and David @ GunStore.

Austin, Texas

Edited to add:  I have never seen Steve advertise hosting a public NFA shoot in the Austin area.  However, it may be that he puts together informal NFA shoots on occasion that are outside the purvey of public knowledge/open invitation.
Link Posted: 8/23/2006 9:08:22 PM EDT
Doesn't IDPA have an NFA class for it's matches?
Which would mean, if I'm thinking straight, that you could bring an MG/SBR/Suppressed carbine to the match?

Personally, I would like to have a 200 yard sniper poker match with only suppressed rifles allowed to enter.

Top 3 paid out cash, etc.

Just some random thoughts.

Link Posted: 8/23/2006 9:38:37 PM EDT
And Fuck Crazy Richard while I'm at it... all he did was give gun-owners a bad name.
I hate him.
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 4:34:04 AM EDT
I've heard a lot of people talk that way, but never heard any stories as to why.  What's the deal with that guy?  Folks have always told me to avoid that place because of him, so I have....but I'm typically the type of person that likes to give folks the benifit of the doubt, so I almost fell like I should go check it out for myself and see how it goes.

Anybody?  Details?
Link Posted: 8/24/2006 4:41:51 AM EDT
Do it but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

In fact, I think it's closed now anyway.

I was his 1st customer one morning as I wanted to see how my 1'st shot would be on a cold morning. He stood there, almost in front of the gun talking about the witches driving away his customers, and that there used to be an old hospital where they removed the tails from Jewish babies... and he also told me that the Kennedy’s are really an alien family.

He had this festering sore on his chest that looked like it was going to pop and leak on you, and would walk around with a cocked-and-locked 1911 and stop you from shooting and ask that you remove your magazine of your AR and manually insert the round. I tried to explain too him that you should not feed an AR this way because it would damage the extraction mechanism, or cause a spent cartridge to get stuck.

He belongs in a mental hospital.

Link Posted: 8/24/2006 4:48:48 AM EDT
Weeeell, I think I've heard enough.

You had me at witches...
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