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    So I was bored today, driving around with absolutely no destination in mind and ended up driving by the NRA Firearms Museum. I decided to turn around and check it out.

    First I wasn't sure if you could OC there or not....seems like you'd be able to, didn't see anything on their website either way, didn't see anything on their doors but had go #1 so bad that I didn't want to risk it and left it in my truck.

    The Museum was nice. It certainly wasn't nearly as big as I had hoped, unless I missed something. But for how small it was it did have a lot of guns. Definitely pretty cool. I was hoping for something more extensive to show you different types of ammo, maybe a display case for each major make, a display case for historical guns, a display case for guns used in movies, etc. But it didn't get that in depth.

    Overall, pretty cool. Free to check out. Worth it if you ain't got much to do.

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    Why would you not be able to OC at the NRA?



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    hsmith wrote:
    Why would you not be able to OC at the NRA?

    I don't know if you could or couldn't. But I had to pee so bad that I just left it in the truck.

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    A few months ago we had an OC Field Trip to the NRA museum, before heading to Five Guys in fairfax.

    The NRA building is definately OC friendly. An NRA rep said once that it wouldn't look good if the NRA had a gun ban in their own building.

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    A few months ago, I also paid a visit to the museum. I really enjoyed it. After the museum we paid a visit to the NRA shooting range. I'll have to say, that is one of the cleanest indoor ranges I've seen in quite awhile. I especially enjoyed the ability to bring my own ammo to the range. Most ranges I've been to lately seem to make their money from the mark up on their ammo sales, when you can only use their ammo.

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    I go to the NRA range on a regular basis, best, cleanest, most well-managed indoor range I've ever used.

    They'd better keep letting me bring ammunition, because they won't sell to anyone under 21.

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    nova wrote:
    The NRA building is definately OC friendly. An NRA rep said once that it wouldn't look good if the NRA had a gun ban in their own building.
    Wow, yeah could you just imagine if the press got ahold of something like that??

    TFred


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    I go to the NRA range on a regular basis, best, cleanest, most well-managed indoor range I've ever used.

    They'd better keep letting me bring ammunition, because they won't sell to anyone under 21.
    Heck, they even let you bring your own guns! :P

    Yeah, the NRA HQ Range is the best public indoor range around, compared to Blue Ridge Arsenal (which is definitely within bicycling distance of my house) and Gilbert's Small Arms (which is 40 minutes from my house on a good day).

    It's also nice that it's on my way home from work--I go there for the MPL match on Mondays, and then practically every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the week.

    Strangely enough, though, I haven't been to the museum yet...

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    Significant other and I enjoyed our visit to the NRA museum in 2003.

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    kle wrote:
    KimberG19 wrote:
    I go to the NRA range on a regular basis, best, cleanest, most well-managed indoor range I've ever used.

    They'd better keep letting me bring ammunition, because they won't sell to anyone under 21.
    Heck, they even let you bring your own guns! :P

    Yeah, the NRA HQ Range is the best public indoor range around, compared to Blue Ridge Arsenal (which is definitely within bicycling distance of my house) and Gilbert's Small Arms (which is 40 minutes from my house on a good day).

    It's also nice that it's on my way home from work--I go there for the MPL match on Mondays, and then practically every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the week.

    Strangely enough, though, I haven't been to the museum yet...
    Does the NRA range rent out any firearms? Is there an age restriction?

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    tag wrote:
    kle wrote:
    KimberG19 wrote:
    I go to the NRA range on a regular basis, best, cleanest, most well-managed indoor range I've ever used.

    They'd better keep letting me bring ammunition, because they won't sell to anyone under 21.
    Heck, they even let you bring your own guns! :P

    Yeah, the NRA HQ Range is the best public indoor range around, compared to Blue Ridge Arsenal (which is definitely within bicycling distance of my house) and Gilbert's Small Arms (which is 40 minutes from my house on a good day).

    It's also nice that it's on my way home from work--I go there for the MPL match on Mondays, and then practically every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the week.

    Strangely enough, though, I haven't been to the museum yet...
    Does the NRA range rent out any firearms? Is there an age restriction?
    I don't know if they rent firearms (I didn't see any last time I was there) but you have to be 21 to shoot there (or be with someone 21+) and they only sell ammo to 21+ even if not for a handgun.

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    Just shot there today, I love that range. Busted out my trusty old G19 and brand new, never before shot G30SF. Both performed without a hiccup.

    The range does not rent guns, but they have everything else. Ammo, targets, stapleguns, and a decent price considering the quality of the facility. Guess a big organization like the NRA can afford to keep it under $20. Blue Ridge Arsenal, which charges more in fact, is terrible compared to the NRA range, though they do rent. But if you rent, you can only shoot their ammo in the rental gun.

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    cmbf117 wrote:
    Just shot there today, I love that range. Busted out my trusty old G19 and brand new, never before shot G30SF. Both performed without a hiccup.

    The range does not rent guns, but they have everything else. Ammo, targets, stapleguns, and a decent price considering the quality of the facility. Guess a big organization like the NRA can afford to keep it under $20. Blue Ridge Arsenal, which charges more in fact, is terrible compared to the NRA range, though they do rent. But if you rent, you can only shoot their ammo in the rental gun.
    How old do you have to be to rent/shoot?

    edit: referring to Blue Ridge Arsenal

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    tag wrote:
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    Just shot there today, I love that range. Busted out my trusty old G19 and brand new, never before shot G30SF. Both performed without a hiccup.

    The range does not rent guns, but they have everything else. Ammo, targets, stapleguns, and a decent price considering the quality of the facility. Guess a big organization like the NRA can afford to keep it under $20. Blue Ridge Arsenal, which charges more in fact, is terrible compared to the NRA range, though they do rent. But if you rent, you can only shoot their ammo in the rental gun.
    How old do you have to be to rent/shoot?

    edit: referring to Blue Ridge Arsenal
    You'll probably want to check out their rule page on their website: http://www.blueridgearsenal.com/inde...d=69&Itemid=91

    FYI, you have to be 21+ (or be with someone who is 21+) to rent.

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread guys. But I was wondering if anyone does know if one is allowed to oc/cc @ the museum? I'm thinking about taking a trip for my birthday but didn't wanna fly anywhere and there's some places I'd like to visit in VA including the museum... Also at NRA HQ is there really anything to do there? I mean besides the range? Any and all info is helpful, including other places worth visiting in your great state.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Sorry to resurrect an old thread guys. But I was wondering if anyone does know if one is allowed to oc/cc @ the museum? I'm thinking about taking a trip for my birthday but didn't wanna fly anywhere and there's some places I'd like to visit in VA including the museum... Also at NRA HQ is there really anything to do there? I mean besides the range? Any and all info is helpful, including other places worth visiting in your great state.

    Thanks in advance!
    OC or CC is fine at the museum last time I was there (a few months ago), and every time before that (5 or 6 times).

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    zer0cool wrote:
    Sorry to resurrect an old thread guys. But I was wondering if anyone does know if one is allowed to oc/cc @ the museum? I'm thinking about taking a trip for my birthday but didn't wanna fly anywhere and there's some places I'd like to visit in VA including the museum... Also at NRA HQ is there really anything to do there? I mean besides the range? Any and all info is helpful, including other places worth visiting in your great state.

    Thanks in advance!
    OC/CC is OK. Besides the Range and the Museum, there isn't much else I do at the NRA HQ.

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    NRA restricting OC would almost be as bad as restricting OC at a VA gunshow... oh wait!

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    Well the NRA isn't known to be the most supportive of open carry, as evidenced by the Virginia state forest issue.

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