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    So I am new to guns and actually haven't had the chance to shoot a handgun yet. I'm in NWI and want to know where I can go. So far I have heard about Blythes in Valpo and Debs up in Hammond for indoor ranges. I have heard about Isak Walton outdoor range in Grifith, and from the sounds of it I guess they are open year round (I hear gun fire at my house, I guess you can figure out about where I am from now:shock: ). I have heard of a Michigan City Rifle Club that has their own indoor range for members. I saw a sign for a place called Range Masters on the way to Valpo, but the place looked like they were out of business. Is there anything else in the area?

    The reason I am looking for other options is that I only know one guy who might go out shooting with me and he refuses to go to Debs (I think he said something about the cop getting shot or something). Oh and I don't want to shoot outside in freezing weather with 6 inches of snow.

    I am also interested in a local lesson for beginners. So far I have only found one, Blythe's.

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    Deb's range has lessons... on Sundays I am pretty sure. I am going up there today, I will post for sure on here later...

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    disconnect wrote:
    Deb's range has lessons... on Sundays I am pretty sure. I am going up there today, I will post for sure on here later...
    I shoot at Deb's, and Glenwood Gun Range.

    Deb's is much better than Glenwood. The guy who runs Glenwood is an idiot to say the least. He is full of himself, rude to anyone he hasn't known for more than 10 years, and condescending to anyone not living in Illinois and having a FOID card.



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    i go to debs all the time,its ok with me,i found that the people who run it are very friendly and helpful,so i have no problem,iam just looking for a place thats not to far where i can shoot my ar15

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    Kingsbury Fish & Wildlife Area.

    The range has 37 shooting positions: 10 positions at 50 yards, 5 positions at 100 yards, 18 positions at 10, 15 or 25 yards, 4 shotgun stations.

    Not sure if they are open in winter. (219) 393-3612



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    I've been to rangemasters when it was open and recently to blythes.

    I plan on going to wilbur wright DNR or kingsbury DNR to shoot ym ar-15 at the 100yrds.

    Anyone know if debs or blythes gets pissy if you keep your own brass.? I've ehard stories of nazi ranges that think they're entitled to once used brass. (I'm thinking of reloading in the future)

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    Unoid wrote:
    I've been to rangemasters when it was open and recently to blythes.

    I plan on going to wilbur wright DNR or kingsbury DNR to shoot ym ar-15 at the 100yrds.

    Anyone know if debs or blythes gets pissy if you keep your own brass.? I've ehard stories of nazi ranges that think they're entitled to once used brass. (I'm thinking of reloading in the future)
    They want to keep any brass left from other shooters, however you FULLY entitled to your brass. Never had an issue with that.

    They can be nazi's on some of their rules... don't try shooting more than a round every 1-2 seconds or look out! -depending on which one is there.

    I usually go to Willow Slough, closest to me, been to kinsbury and winamac too.. I prefer winamac but it's a little far from me.

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    Prometheus wrote:
    Unoid wrote:
    I've been to rangemasters when it was open and recently to blythes.

    I plan on going to wilbur wright DNR or kingsbury DNR to shoot ym ar-15 at the 100yrds.

    Anyone know if debs or blythes gets pissy if you keep your own brass.? I've ehard stories of nazi ranges that think they're entitled to once used brass. (I'm thinking of reloading in the future)
    They want to keep any brass left from other shooters, however you FULLY entitled to your brass. Never had an issue with that.

    They can be nazi's on some of their rules... don't try shooting more than a round every 1-2 seconds or look out! -depending on which one is there.

    I usually go to Willow Slough, closest to me, been to kinsbury and winamac too.. I prefer winamac but it's a little far from me.
    I'm from Hobart, I wasn't aware willow slough had an outdoor public range.

    Waiting for weather to clear up so I can sight in my first ar-15

    Maybe we can get a g2g for an outdoor public range.

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    willow slough does have a nice range, you can drive right up to where you are shooting. LaSalle conservation on Rt 10 just west of 41 is gone as of December, said the state cut funds. I offered to bush hog the place once a week and do some general cleanup once in a while, but they thought it would be better to spend countless tax$$$$ and spend a weekend to bulldoz it. But that is our govt. in action....unbeleiveable ! !span.jajahWrapper { font-size:1em; color:#B11196; text-decoration:underline; } a.jajahLink { color:#000000; text-decoration:none; } span.jajahInLink:hover { background-color:#B11196; }

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    I usually go to the Izaak Walton League in Griffith.
    When it's warmer, I try and get out to Willow Slough once a month or so.
    Kingsbury is nice also.

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    Does the Izaak Walton League in Griffith allow handguns? All I can find on their website is info about rifle benches and a 25 yard sighting requirement. Also how busy does it get over there? The club info says they have something like 500 members at that club hall.

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    I shoot at the Whiting Gun Club. All you have to do is join the Whiting FOP for $20 a year and you can shoot there all year long for FREE. Its open 24/7. You go to the Whiting Police station pick up the key and the Gun Club is in whiting park. The only thing that is bad about the range is that its old. It not very nice, but it gets the job down. It also is not heated. I was thinking about inviting everybody one day in the spring to go shoot when it gets warmer. For how much I shoot it saves me a lot of money.

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    Man there are a lot of places to go. I didn't know there were that many when I started this thread. I kinda hope that Izaak Walton allows handguns, because for the 65 membership, I live nearby and would be able to stop on the way home or whatever.

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    Yes, you can shoot handguns.
    If I remember correctly, you can shoot pretty much anything except armor piercing, tracers, incendiary, and .50 BMG.
    No full auto, and only slugs with a shotgun.
    No reactive targets, paper only.

    It's a pretty small range. There's one bench at 25 yd, and another at 50yd, and you can only use one bench at a time.
    There is room for two people at a time on either bench.
    You do have to sit at the bench to shoot.

    Generaly not crowded. I think there's only been a couple times I had to share with anyone. Not a big deal really. the folks there are pretty nice. As often as not, if I have to share, I get to try whatever they're shooting.

    If you like trap, they have a trap shoot every Thursday.
    (They're actually out there as I write this, snow and all!)

    I think it's a pretty nice place, with some pretty nice people.
    The calander is on the club web page
    http://www.giwla.org
    You can always stop by on a meeting night and take a look.

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    There is also the Glen Park Ikes at Mississipi & 57th avenue in Merrillville. Trap range (trap every Wed eve and Sat AM, plus an ATA match on first Sunday of each month). Indoor pistol range has 4 stations, 50'. $ 87/annum to all comers.

    There is also a Miller Ikes group. I think they have indoor pistol. Dunno long guns.

    North Porter County Conservation Club ( http://www.npccc.net ) has a nice outdoor range. IDPA and steel plate shoots every month. 100yd rifle range. $ 100/annum plus work hours plus vetting. Go to one of the steel plate shoots, which are open to the public.

    Michigan City Rifle Club ( http://www.michigancityrifleclub.com ) Trap, pistol and rifle. Indoor pistol range has 10-12 stations. 200yd rifle range. $ 100/annum plus work hours plus vetting. Go to one of the IDPA shoots, which are open to the public.



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    I've been to Deb's and to Kingsbury. Thumbs up for both.

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    live two blocks from deb's
    yes a cop did get shot but thats in the past
    debs is my favorite indoor shooting range
    if you want to shoot out you can go to willow slough
    but thats a long drive

    DEBS- http://groups.msn.com/debsgunrange/_...pgmarket=en-us


    WILLOW SLOUGH- http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3219.htm

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    Ilike Blythes in Valpo.I bought all guns there too.

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    dosn't anyone else head down to Jasper-Pulaski's ranges?

    that is where I get together with friends to shoot.

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    squarepeg wrote:
    I have heard of a Michigan City Rifle Club that has their own indoor range for members.
    I live here in Michigan City, and shoot IDPA weekly at the MCRC indoor range.

    It is very nice, with an outdoor rifle and pistol range, shotgun skeet events, etc.


    The IDPA events are every Wednesday, at 6:30 pm, indoors, and every second Sunday of the month, on an outdoor course. They are open to the public, a five dollar fee.

    With membership in the club, you can use the facilities any time.

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    There is a new range being built, unfortunately you have to be a LEO to use it. It'll be for Griffith, Highland, Munster, & Schererville officers. Just nice knowing they are doing something to help train officers better, maybe they'll all know us OC'ers are legal. If anybody is an associate FOP member in any of those cities let us know if you can use the range.

    http://nwi.com/articles/2008/10/15/n...e2007dfc8b.txt

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    Jubbie wrote:
    There is a new range being built, unfortunately you have to be a LEO to use it. It'll be for Griffith, Highland, Munster, & Schererville officers. Just nice knowing they are doing something to help train officers better, maybe they'll all know us OC'ers are legal. If anybody is an associate FOP member in any of those cities let us know if you can use the range.

    http://nwi.com/articles/2008/10/15/n...e2007dfc8b.txt
    Taxpayers are paying for it, but can't use it. I hope the residents of those 4 towns start raising hell.

    I seriously doubt the cops will be training 24/7. Shared usage with the people paying for it is only fair.

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    has anyone had experiences at these shooting ranges without being 21? debs wont let you shoot unless your 21

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    has anyone had experiences at these shooting ranges without being 21? debs wont let you shoot unless your 21
    Are you sure about that?

    They won't rent to you or sell you ammo... but letting you shoot your own firearm? I'd be surprised if they didn't.

    If they don't, you can shoot there if you are under 18 with someone over age. If that's 18 or 21 I'm not sure, but lots of people bring their kids in.

    As for the state ranges, you will need a handgun license if asked for it. Age to use the range on your own is 18.

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    Prometheus wrote:
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    has anyone had experiences at these shooting ranges without being 21? debs wont let you shoot unless your 21
    Are you sure about that?

    They won't rent to you or sell you ammo... but letting you shoot your own firearm? I'd be surprised if they didn't.

    If they don't, you can shoot there if you are under 18 with someone over age. If that's 18 or 21 I'm not sure, but lots of people bring their kids in.

    As for the state ranges, you will need a handgun license if asked for it. Age to use the range on your own is 18.

    yes im sure, well surprise!i went there 2 weeks ago on my own and was denied because im not 21. i thought it was bull@#$%, even after payinf for everything, i brought my own ammo. according to the guy there you cannot own a gun until you're 21. that guys a dumbass. im 20 by the way.

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