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Posted: 9/29/2004 6:37:06 AM EST
I have been doing research on ranges in the DFW area. And, I'm wondering if people have tried the Garland public range or Gibson's in Mesquite? The pricing is similar and they both allow rifles.

Thanks

Or, if you have better suggestions, please let me know.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:32:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 8:19:53 AM EST
Yeah, Garland does not allow FMJ.

But it is a decent outdoor range. I don't remember any range Nazis when I went there.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 8:24:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 9:08:23 AM EST
They allow FMJ for handguns, but not rifles. However, if they are "not busy" they do allow FMJ for 9mm ARs on the rifle range, and will sometimes let you use them on the handgun range (haven't actually pushed this issue yet)....
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 9:13:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/29/2004 9:15:06 AM EST by RenegadeX]

Originally Posted By TXN:
Yeah, Garland does not allow FMJ.

But it is a decent outdoor range. I don't remember any range Nazis when I went there.



I went to shoot there 1st time ten years ago, guy behind counter hands me a form to fill out. I ask, "I just want to shoot one time, not get a membership, do I still need to fill this out?". Guy rips form from my hand, and tells me to vacate property.

I know many others with similar experiences. The guy was a top-notch A-hole. Maybe it is under new management now, but I will never go back anyway.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 9:18:31 AM EST
I'm in North Dallas. Tom Bean?

Garland said you have to buy a $10 membership and then range fees are always $10.

Gibson was $6.00 membership and $10 each visit.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:10:23 AM EST
The people at gibsons are very friendly, i have known the owners since 85 or so. I have heard all sorts of stories about the guy at garland.It,s worth the drive to shoot at gibsons, i am going friday myself. W.B.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:41:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By CockedandLocked:
where are you at in Texas ?


There a public range the N/Tx crew uses for our shoots in Tom Bean

$3 per hr /per person

If you can carry it and keep it on the berm you can shoot it


Where?
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 10:49:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 1:43:14 PM EST
Another Gibson's plug. $10 for all day shooting, and it's never very crowded.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 3:03:23 PM EST

Where is Gibsons range? I live in McKinney.



Originally Posted By bigthicket:
The people at gibsons are very friendly, i have known the owners since 85 or so. I have heard all sorts of stories about the guy at garland.It,s worth the drive to shoot at gibsons, i am going friday myself. W.B.hippie.gif

Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:05:36 PM EST
Gibsons is located at 1712 Lawson Rd. in Mesquite that is between Hwy. 80 and I-20. Take 80 east from LBJ(635) to Lawson Rd and turn right onto Lawson Rd. The range is across the road from the race track. Phone number is 972-8127 or 972-222-6694. The range is open 7 days a week from 10:00AM to 5:30PM. Pistol range is 10 or 15 yds and 25 yds. Rifle range is 50yds, 100yds and 200yds.
They use to charge extra for the 200yd range and I don't know if they still do that.
Link Posted: 9/29/2004 7:10:48 PM EST
If you live in McKinney, Tom Bean is closer although you don't have the facilities you have at Gibson's....


Just an FYI...
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 8:45:52 AM EST
Frisco

Does Tom Bean allow drawing and shooting on the move, etc? I shoot quite a bit of IPSC and a bunch of ranges around here dont allow that. Thanks for the FYI. I printed the directions last night when I read the topic earlier. Sometimes I work in Mesquite, so I was thinking if I brought some gear with me, I might shoot there.

Firstar, thanks for the info. I will check it out.

BTW, I have just recently relocated to Texas from New Mexico.

Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:02:09 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:02:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By Kspeer:
Frisco

Does Tom Bean allow drawing and shooting on the move, etc? I shoot quite a bit of IPSC and a bunch of ranges around here dont allow that. Thanks for the FYI. I printed the directions last night when I read the topic earlier. Sometimes I work in Mesquite, so I was thinking if I brought some gear with me, I might shoot there.

Firstar, thanks for the info. I will check it out.

BTW, I have just recently relocated to Texas from New Mexico.




I'll defer the question to CockedandLocked since he know's Ralph better than I do.

Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:08:00 AM EST
Thats great news!

I have done many searches and never heard of the range.

I have some target stands and plan on buying some portable steel. Mostly I just want to be able to set up some mini stages and practice drawing.

Thanks for the info.

See you at the range

Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:19:01 AM EST
What are the ranges on the Tom Bean range?
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:23:52 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 9:29:25 AM EST by Kspeer]


Do you N/Tx guys have a day when you shoot, or just get together whenever you can?
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:45:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:48:42 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 5:34:39 PM EST
I now only goto Garland to test/sight in a gun or am desperate. hing
At the establishment in Tom Bean you can "have fun by slaying terroistic watermellon with rapid fire grenade launchers!!!" ht
Just my two cents.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 11:42:12 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 11:42:58 PM EST by yugosksfan]

Originally Posted By Kspeer:
Where is Gibsons range? I live in McKinney.



Originally Posted By bigthicket:
The people at gibsons are very friendly, i have known the owners since 85 or so. I have heard all sorts of stories about the guy at garland.It,s worth the drive to shoot at gibsons, i am going friday myself. W.B.




If you live in McKinney, just go to Collin County Gun Range off of 380. They allow FMJ, and have a Pistol range, 100 yard rifle range, and a tac range.

CCGR
Link Posted: 10/1/2004 11:10:12 AM EST
Yugo,
I have shot some IDPA at Collin county range. I just want to be able to show up and shoot, play with different guns.

It is a bit pricey to stay there for 2 or 3 hours.

KS

Link Posted: 10/2/2004 11:57:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By RenegadeX:

Originally Posted By TXN:
Yeah, Garland does not allow FMJ.

But it is a decent outdoor range. I don't remember any range Nazis when I went there.



I went to shoot there 1st time ten years ago, guy behind counter hands me a form to fill out. I ask, "I just want to shoot one time, not get a membership, do I still need to fill this out?". Guy rips form from my hand, and tells me to vacate property.

I know many others with similar experiences. The guy was a top-notch A-hole. Maybe it is under new management now, but I will never go back anyway.



This is consistent with the experience I had there about 2 years ago. I won't be going back.
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 1:52:06 PM EST
What ranges around DFW will allow .50 BMG?
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 1:54:53 PM EST
Is there a number for the range in Tom Bean? I have some questions about what exactly I can bring to put holes through.
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 7:15:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/2/2004 7:16:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 11:45:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By CockedandLocked:

Originally Posted By Maroonfeather:
What ranges around DFW will allow .50 BMG?



we have shot .50 at Ralphs, its only 100 yds but ............



I'd like to make it out there sometime. I'd also like to have a place to go that's a little closer to Dallas. 100 yds would be better than nothing, so that's not a deal-killer.
Link Posted: 10/3/2004 3:44:26 PM EST
There is a 300 yard range near Cumby.
Both Garland and Gipsons are good ranges. Garland is a 100 yard maximum. Gipson's has a 200 yard maximum. As mentioned before you can't shoot FMJ at Garland.
Jim Day built the Garland range back in 1963 and there was nothing out there. Now the developers have put a lot of housing out there. In Jim's defense he must be very careful because some government agencies are looking at his business very close because of his close approximity to the neighborhoods and Rowlett Creek. There are a lot of people who come out there to site in deer rifles once a year. Some of these folks are very unsafe. I have seen it. He can be rather tough on some of those guys but they won't make the same mistake again. He has had some injuries and fatalities and he is just trying to be safe. One fatality was a woman who rented a gun, bought some cartridges, and went to the range to commit suicide. The other was an Army soldier who shot himself in the stomach while putting his gun away in the truck of his car. Neither were because the range isn't safe.
He is really a nice guy who runs a good, honest and safe range. He also owns a range close to Austin.
Give Garland a try. I like it there.
The Garland membership is $10.00 for life. The Gipson's membership is yearly.

Link Posted: 10/3/2004 5:10:09 PM EST
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