Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Traveling down to Norfolk for a few days...

  1. #1
    Regular Member Kotyaer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    ESVA
    Posts
    31

    Traveling down to Norfolk for a few days...

    Looking to bring my pistol down with me, for SD and possibly range time to burn free time in the afternoon after training for work.

    Kind of nervous about leaving it in the hotel, unattended (even if they have a safe), but I can't bring it to training and leave it in the car (Federal property).

    Should I just suck it up and find something else to do in the afternoons? Or just do my best to stash it in the hotel when I'm not there?

    The hotel itself is in Chesapeake, VA. What's it like down there anyway? Nice/bad neighborhood?

  2. #2
    Regular Member ProShooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    www.ProactiveShooters.com, Richmond, Va., , USA
    Posts
    4,671
    Inside the city limits, you may need 2 guns.
    James Reynolds

    NRA Certified Firearms Instructor - Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearms Safety, Refuse To Be A Victim
    Concealed Firearms Instructor for Virginia, Florida & Utah permits.
    NRA Certified Chief Range Safety Officer
    Sabre Red Pepper Spray Instructor
    Glock Certified Armorer
    Instructor Bio - http://proactiveshooters.com/about-us/

  3. #3
    Regular Member wylde007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Va Beach, Occupied VA
    Posts
    3,037
    Chesapeake is a big city. What part are you going to be in?

    Also, if you are bringing a weapon with you, consider bringing your own safe.
    The quiet war has begun, with silent weapons
    And the newest slavery is to keep the people poor, and stupid
    Novos ordo seclorum ~ Mustaine

    Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

  4. #4
    Regular Member Kotyaer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    ESVA
    Posts
    31
    Training is in Norfolk, 600 church street.

    Hotel is the red roof inn convention center, Chesapeake.

  5. #5
    Regular Member wylde007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Va Beach, Occupied VA
    Posts
    3,037

    Exclamation

    600 Church Street? USPS, eh?

    I'd rather have the gun with me in that part of town. Where you're staying is a relatively safe area, lots of hotels and adjacent to several other hotels, the Chesapeake Convention Center and several major businesses.
    The quiet war has begun, with silent weapons
    And the newest slavery is to keep the people poor, and stupid
    Novos ordo seclorum ~ Mustaine

    Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

  6. #6
    Regular Member Kotyaer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    ESVA
    Posts
    31
    I wish that was an option. Though, of the training cycle its scheduled the way I think it will be, I'll have time for the range. Any good ranges in the area? Thinking of burning through another 350 or so rounds in the afternoon/evening.

  7. #7
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Virginia Beach VA
    Posts
    24
    I haven't been there but hear mostly good things about bobs http://www.bobsnorfolk.com/ its in downtown Norfolk map

    I've been looking, unsuccessfully, for a range in the Chesapeake/Portsmouth area.

  8. #8
    Campaign Veteran skidmark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North Chesterfield VA
    Posts
    10,682
    Based on the reviews at their own web site http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Virginia.html you probably will be better off getting a room somewhere else. Show the page to whoever is paying to send you to training and ask to be allowed to find alternate lodging. If they deny your request consider that the $$ spent may be more than worth doing so.

    As for storing a gun (or other valuables) when traveling - having a portable safe (small gun safes are good) is OK, but there is a trick you can use to add to the security of your valuables. Bring a hardside suitcase that the gun safe can fit inside. The hardside case needs to have a means of attaching at least 2 padlocks. Put your safe inside the hardside case, attach the padlocks, and carry the thing to the front desk and ask them to hold it for pickup. Get a receipt for one locked <brand name and other discription>, to be released to <name of person you are sure will never show up to claim the suitcase> who must present government issued photo ID and DL, or to be returned to you upon return. Act all butt-hurt when you find out they failed to come and pick it up. Lather, rinse repeat until last day of stay, when you check out. Tell them you want them to hold it for you till after the last session.

    (Depending on just how sleazy the place is, either $10 ot $20 tip each day may keep the desk/office folks more honest than usual.)

    Paying baksheesh sucks. You used to be able to go to the bus or train station and rent a locker. Thanks to TSA Security Drama that is no longer an option.

    stay safe.
    "He'll regret it to his dying day....if ever he lives that long."----The Quiet Man

    Because stupidity isn't a race, and everybody can win.

    "No matter how much contempt you have for the media in all this, you don't have enough"
    ----Allahpundit

  9. #9
    Regular Member ocholsteroc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Virginia, Hampton Roads, NC 9 miles away
    Posts
    1,317
    Quote Originally Posted by kord View Post
    I haven't been there but hear mostly good things about bobs http://www.bobsnorfolk.com/ its in downtown Norfolk map

    I've been looking, unsuccessfully, for a range in the Chesapeake/Portsmouth area.









    Norfolk County Rifle Range
    4321 South Military Highway
    Chesapeake
    (757) 488-9861
    How come a DUI you can get your driver licence back, which it is a privilege. But if commiting a felon, even something non violent like stealing, you are denied your constitutional rights for the rest of your life?
    If you don't support the Second Amendment to the Constitution, what other parts of the Constitution do you reject?
    More restrictions on guns? how about restrictions on chainsaws and knives?

  10. #10
    Regular Member Kotyaer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    ESVA
    Posts
    31
    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Based on the reviews at their own web site http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Virginia.html you probably will be better off getting a room somewhere else. Show the page to whoever is paying to send you to training and ask to be allowed to find alternate lodging. If they deny your request consider that the $$ spent may be more than worth doing so.

    As for storing a gun (or other valuables) when traveling - having a portable safe (small gun safes are good) is OK, but there is a trick you can use to add to the security of your valuables. Bring a hardside suitcase that the gun safe can fit inside. The hardside case needs to have a means of attaching at least 2 padlocks. Put your safe inside the hardside case, attach the padlocks, and carry the thing to the front desk and ask them to hold it for pickup. Get a receipt for one locked <brand name and other discription>, to be released to <name of person you are sure will never show up to claim the suitcase> who must present government issued photo ID and DL, or to be returned to you upon return. Act all butt-hurt when you find out they failed to come and pick it up. Lather, rinse repeat until last day of stay, when you check out. Tell them you want them to hold it for you till after the last session.

    (Depending on just how sleazy the place is, either $10 ot $20 tip each day may keep the desk/office folks more honest than usual.)

    Paying baksheesh sucks. You used to be able to go to the bus or train station and rent a locker. Thanks to TSA Security Drama that is no longer an option.

    stay safe.

    Unfortunately, until I know whether or not I've got the job (Technically I'm an employee, but on probation, pending training and so on), I don't know whether or not I'll be reimbursed (or how much they would reimburse), since I may not be kept. Who knows?

    I'm thinking about heading down early the day before training, scoping out the hotel, and if necessary, dropping the reservation and finding another.

    $330(+13% tax) for 3 nights really isn't that bad, but if I'm not going to be reimbursed for it...

    Already been burned like that by MD DPSCS, when I went up to Baltimore twice for overnight stays, and ended up being dropped right before the final hire.

    Kind of wary now, about spending too much on a hotel.

    --Edit--

    Checked out some other hotels in the area... Pricing's quite a bit higher, but if I'm going to have to secure my **** there for a few days, then I'll suck it up and deal.

    Oh, and yeah, Wylde, USPS. Part time work to make ends meet, and supplement current part time work.

    One of these days, I'll have a full time job. Hopefully before my 10 year reunion at my college.
    Last edited by Kotyaer; 08-30-2012 at 01:59 AM.

  11. #11
    Campaign Veteran skidmark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    North Chesterfield VA
    Posts
    10,682
    Who picked the Red Roof Inn Convention Center for your lodging? If your potential employer did, it cannot hurt to contact them with the info on the web site and ask them if, based on that, they will pay for something less expensive. If they did not pick it, you are free to change to aother place.

    www.hotels.com
    is not the only search engine for rooms. They show rooms in Chesapeake for as low as $50/night out near the airport. That's the same price you are going to pay to be even farther away. (Why you are paying approx $100/night is wierd, given the rates hotels.com shows.)

    Sounds like you are paying your own way. Saving money for a safer room might prove to be an even wash when you add additional gas costs, but at least you will be alive.

    We talk a lot about situational awareness here on OCDO. This is another example of being aware - read the reviews both at each hotel's web site and the ones at hotels.com to get an idea of what you may be getting.

    Good luck with the job hunting.

    stay safe.
    "He'll regret it to his dying day....if ever he lives that long."----The Quiet Man

    Because stupidity isn't a race, and everybody can win.

    "No matter how much contempt you have for the media in all this, you don't have enough"
    ----Allahpundit

  12. #12
    Regular Member SouthernBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Western Prince William County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    5,849
    Motels are almost always less expensive than hotels. Why not consider a motel? Many have in-room safes where you are the only person with the key.

    Like you, I know virtually nothing about the Tidewater area (even though that area is where my father was from). I'd be like a fish out of water down there, not knowing which areas were safe and which were off limits to decent folks.
    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    America First!

  13. #13
    Activist Member Wolf_shadow's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Accomac, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    1,213
    Kotyaer Bobs has a good range on third floor. On Granby St. just north of Brambelton. Gun store on first floor is nice.

    John

  14. #14
    Regular Member Kotyaer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    ESVA
    Posts
    31
    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Who picked the Red Roof Inn Convention Center for your lodging? If your potential employer did, it cannot hurt to contact them with the info on the web site and ask them if, based on that, they will pay for something less expensive. If they did not pick it, you are free to change to aother place.

    www.hotels.com
    is not the only search engine for rooms. They show rooms in Chesapeake for as low as $50/night out near the airport. That's the same price you are going to pay to be even farther away. (Why you are paying approx $100/night is wierd, given the rates hotels.com shows.)

    Sounds like you are paying your own way. Saving money for a safer room might prove to be an even wash when you add additional gas costs, but at least you will be alive.

    We talk a lot about situational awareness here on OCDO. This is another example of being aware - read the reviews both at each hotel's web site and the ones at hotels.com to get an idea of what you may be getting.

    Good luck with the job hunting.

    stay safe.
    I chose Red Roof Inn out of reflex, literally every time I've gone to one, it's served its function as a bed and bathroom, and was usually not in the sketchy part of town. I was looking at the la quinta for $75/night, or Candlewood Suites for $72, even though it's far more room than I need, having the stove, microwave, and fridge would be nice to save on dinner.

    Motels work, but I've never seen one that doesn't look sketchy.

    Still waiting on clarification as to how much time I'm actually going to be spending in the hotel room (First hours I heard, were 7-12 for training, then free the rest of the day, for those three days.). If I'm actually going to have to spend time in the room, past sleeping, it does make a difference.

  15. #15
    Regular Member GreatDaneMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Chesapeake, Va
    Posts
    213
    Quote Originally Posted by ocholsteroc View Post
    Norfolk County Rifle Range
    4321 South Military Highway
    Chesapeake
    (757) 488-9861
    Dude, members only range. Have to have several memberships to quality, hard to get into. Everyone I talk to says they have been overbooked as far as members for ages. I have not even tried, which says alot considering they are 2-3 miles from my house.
    Mud Blood and Oil with a great dane along for the ride!

  16. #16
    Regular Member paramedic70002's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Franklin, VA, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    1,448
    If you're coming after Labor Day you might be able to pick up a deal at the oceanfront.
    "Each worker carried his sword strapped to his side." Nehemiah 4:18

    Guns Save Lives. Paramedics Save Lives. But...
    Paramedics With Guns Scare People!

  17. #17
    Regular Member 45acpForMe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Yorktown, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    2,803
    When I travel with my pistol I use a pelican case and some abloy locks. If I have to leave my gun in my hotel room it is secured inside that setup. If you want to go further you can buy a cable lock and secure it to something in the room.

    I usually turn the locks facing a wall and stack some dirty laundry ontop of the case and haven't had a problem. I would guess that most hotel maids are honest and just clean the room.

    I have a similar setup (safe & cable lock) for my car but if I know I will have to use it I don't carry an uber-expensive gun that day.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •