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Posted: 9/21/2004 6:04:26 AM EDT
Hi all. I'm new here to this group and to the Adams/York county area. I have been having trouble finding a place to shoot my guns. I live outside of Hanover. Any suggestions?
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 11:26:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 1:33:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/21/2004 6:26:35 PM EDT
There is an indoor range in York- West York Sporting Goods- for pistol caliber weps. There is an outdoor public range in Calidonia State Park, with the typical socialist range rules. Used to be a great informal range near there but people were having fun there and the State shut it down.
Link Posted: 9/22/2004 2:40:17 AM EDT
Thanks for the heads up. I was looking for something other than a gun club. There is a large amount of private ranges out here, you need to know someone to get in and since I'm new I'm in a catch 22 so to speak. I will check out the park though....if I can find it. Thanks for the responces
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 2:43:11 AM EDT
I can think of two public ranges right off the bat. One is just north of you around Spring Grove. The other is on route 74, but pretty close to Dillsburg. Dillsburg is pretty straight forward, but the one closer to you is full of twists and turns and back roads. If you know where Greybill Road is I can give you directions.

Failing that I might see if we can meet and I can drive you to the two public ranges some Saturday. IM me first.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 4:47:51 PM EDT
I will probaly be at the graybill range friday if anyone needs a shooting partner. That or I'm going to the Dover fish and game club range if my buddies don't come out.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 5:24:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 6:59:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/23/2004 7:00:40 PM EDT by gus]
I'm in southern York County - I usually do my target shooting at Peach Bottom Fish & Game. They are a little restrictive though, no rapid fire, no full auto. I'd just love to find a place close by to shoot my M16! But for sighting in a rifle, or general target shooting, it's not bad. It costs $35 per year for a membership, and they have a 25yd pistol range, 100 yard rifle range (both ranges have covered firing lines), various archery ranges, and a nice club house big enough to have indoor archery, as well as air rifle matches in winter months. They also have a bunch of other matches including several CMP matches per year (and they are a CMP affiliated club if you're looking to qualify to buy a CMP Garand). I see black rifle types there all the time, although it is predominately a bunch of old bolt action/hunter types. It's located just outside Delta, Pa.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 8:02:54 PM EDT
Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers permit Full-Auto.

The big catch is that you are restricted to 5 round bursts.
I can do that with my M16, but problematic with my Mac. It’s possible, just not probable.
Link Posted: 9/24/2004 6:43:35 AM EDT
I just went and checked it out. It's only 20 minutes away from meI'll IM you with my cell number. call me when you want to go
Link Posted: 9/25/2004 7:26:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/25/2004 7:27:54 PM EDT by billclo]
I live a few miles SE of Hanover.

Around Hanover, there isn't a whole lot. Greenspring Rod and Gun (?) has become VERY Politically Correct as of late. The range in McSherrystown, when I visited, was a bunch of old codgers sitting around ,drinking beer and playing cards. Not a shooter in sight, and they were not friendly.

I belong to Jefferson Sportsmen, website: www.jeffersonsportsmen.org/jsa/index.htm It's a nice facility, but they are getting somewhat PC now too. Biggest hassle is a new 5-rd max in the mag rule, ostensibly to prevent people from shooting up the backboards too much But they have a nice 200/300 yard 4-position rifle range in addition to the usual 25/50/100 range. (if you are alone on the range, just shoot 5 rds, and pause a bit, then carry on. If there are alot of semi-auto shooters on the line, the rule is sometimes just ignored, due to inadequate range officer numbers).

There is also a range called Jefferson Rifle club, which is nearby, but I haven't checked it out. They have a 200-yard rifle range, and are a much smaller club.

There is a small range in Littlestown, and I was a member from '95-'97, and it was alright. They started to get a little PC, so I can't say how bad they are now. (I moved further away, and the Jefferson range was only 12 mins away, so...).

If you don't mind a 1 hour drive towards Harrisburg, check out West Shore Sportsmen. They are black-gun friendly, and have IPSC/IDPA/NTI/combat related competitions. Website: www.westshoresportsmen.org/ Because of the fair drive, I tend to make a day of it.

Hope that helps somewhat.
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