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    If you enter through the East Gate Road you do not need to check in. The range is $5 for non military.

    Sportsman Rifle/Pistol Range - 253-967-9803
    Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm
    Fridays (July to Oct) 10am to 4pm

    Pistols 10 & 20 yards, specialty targets avail.
    Rifles 25, 50, 100, 200, 300 yards, specialty targets avail.

    Ammo & Shooting accessories available for purchase.

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    If you plan on shooting rifle get there early. The range fills up quick.

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    Anyone been here yet? What are some of the rules? Particularly, can you load more than one round into the magazine? Renton Fish and Game club only allows single round loading at any time, which is very frustrating when trying to achieve any consistancy in your aiming.
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    Wish Fairchild had something like this available on this side.

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    Thanks for the info Gunr!



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    You can load as many rounds your gun will hold. As far as rules: one round a sec, there are 10 min of fire followed by time to change your target. Their is a range master on duty at all times. This is not a bad place to shoot.

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    I wonder if they have any ranges measured in meters instead of yards. Would be great to zero the AR using the TM on a 25M range.

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    spike89 wrote:
    I wonder if they have any ranges measured in meters instead of yards. Would be great to zero the AR using the TM on a 25M range.
    25yds = 75 feet
    25m - 82 feet

    Does 8 feet make that much of a difference when you are firing a 5.56 or 7.62 ?



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    M1Gunr wrote:
    spike89 wrote:
    I wonder if they have any ranges measured in meters instead of yards. Would be great to zero the AR using the TM on a 25M range.
    25yds = 75 feet
    25m - 82 feet

    Does 8 feet make that much of a difference when you are firing a 5.56 or 7.62 ?

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    i shoot there sometimes. it's one of the better ranges to shoot at if you ask me. they allow human silhouette targets, and even clay pigeons at 50 yards or more. the shooting benches are a little hokey but they work. they have cheap targets and good prices on ammo. they usually have wolf .223 and several other calibers. no rapid fire and the normal safety rules. no mag restrictions. plus it's the only 300 yard range that i know of in the area.

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    gsx1138 wrote:
    M1Gunr wrote:
    spike89 wrote:
    I wonder if they have any ranges measured in meters instead of yards. Would be great to zero the AR using the TM on a 25M range.
    25yds = 75 feet
    25m - 82 feet

    Does 8 feet make that much of a difference when you are firing a 5.56 or 7.62 ?

    Who knows, maybe I'll have to shoot at zombie midgets.
    Careful now, don't you mean zombie "little people"?

    And I'm not sure about what kind of difference a zero based on 25yards makes, but it might add up considerably at 300M+. 8ft in 82ft is around 10% difference. Probably much less difference than I could ever shoot at those distances though!

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    Is this range really open to civilians? I called them last fall to get directions, and the range person said that unless I was military or the guest of a military person I could not use the range.

    Clarity please since I need to test fire some new rifles.

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    M1Gunr wrote:
    spike89 wrote:
    I wonder if they have any ranges measured in meters instead of yards. Would be great to zero the AR using the TM on a 25M range.
    25yds = 75 feet
    25m - 82 feet

    Does 8 feet make that much of a difference when you are firing a 5.56 or 7.62 ?
    Or more simply just adjust for the bullet drop over that distance.

    For example. Say you wanted a 50yard/200meter sight in but you only had a 100 yard range. With the 50y/200m, the projectile will be 1.5 inches high at 100 yards. So just sight in 1.5 inches above the bulls.

    Just use an internet ballistic software to plot whatever sight in distance you want and make the adjustment.

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    Krink,

    yes, Range 15 IS open to the public. anyone can shoot there, military or not.

    Bobby

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    Bobarino wrote:
    Krink,

    yes, Range 15 IS open to the public. anyone can shoot there, military or not.

    Bobby
    If you are NOT military (or retired) it costs you $0.50 more.



    Military ranges HAVE to be made available to the "Public" subject to availability of RSO's.




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    amlevin wrote:
    Bobarino wrote:
    Krink,

    yes, Range 15 IS open to the public. anyone can shoot there, military or not.

    Bobby
    If you are NOT military (or retired) it costs you $0.50 more.



    Military ranges HAVE to be made available to the "Public" subject to availability of RSO's.



    It would be a good thing if someone were able to give directions to range 15 that do not include going onto Ft. Lewis property. Range 15 is just outside the fenced area, but I can't remember how to get there without going through post. A side note; DO NOT CARRY LOADED WEAPONS OF ANY KIND ONTO MILITARY PROPERTY, YOU WILL NOT LIKE THE RESULTS IF CAUGHT.
    The east gate road is not well known to most people, can there be a link posted to show this?
    I used to go to range 15 with a Coastie friend of mine, good range, John (the usual RSO) is a hell of a nice guy.
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    Take highway 7 south until you get to the roy y. Take a right onto highway 507. Not sure how far it is but you'll see a sign that says east gate road. Take a right. Follow it until you see range 15 on the right. If you get to the gate you went to far.

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    It would be a good thing if someone were able to give directions to range 15 that do not include going onto Ft. Lewis property.
    I-5 to HWY 512 (South of Tacoma). Head East on Hwy 512 (1.8mi) to the Pacific Ave exit. Head South on Pacific Ave to the Roy Y split (HWY 507 / 5.1mi). Head South on HWY 507 for approx 4 miles to the only paved road on the right (There will be a right turn lane available) which will be the East Gate road. Go another 3-4 miles it will be on your right hand side (Range 15).

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    I mainly go to Bullseye in Tacoma. Is that a good range? Is it expensive? are there any other good ones in the area? It's kind of annoying pay $5 if you bring your own ammo + $7.50 range fee.



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    Kildars wrote:
    I mainly go to Bullseye in Tacoma. Is that a good range? Is it expensive? are there any other good ones in the area? It's kind of annoying pay $5 if you bring your own ammo + $7.50 range fee.

    $12.50 per range visit is a lot better than what most private ranges charge.

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    david.car,

    Not sure if your military or not. If you are call LE and ask if they open the range on base. I know some bases open the military range on the weekends.

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    David.Car wrote:
    Kildars wrote:
    I mainly go to Bullseye in Tacoma. Is that a good range? Is it expensive? are there any other good ones in the area? It's kind of annoying pay $5 if you bring your own ammo + $7.50 range fee.

    $12.50 per range visit is a lot better than what most private ranges charge.
    Also, no indoor range offers distances over 25 yards, indoor ranges often restrict rifles to 7.62x39 or smaller (if they allow rifles at all). Not all ourdoor ranges offer distances up to 300yards.
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    M1Gunr wrote:
    It would be a good thing if someone were able to give directions to range 15 that do not include going onto Ft. Lewis property.
    I-5 to HWY 512 (South of Tacoma). Head East on Hwy 512 (1.8mi) to the Pacific Ave exit. Head South on Pacific Ave to the Roy Y split (HWY 507 / 5.1mi). Head South on HWY 507 for approx 4 miles to the only paved road on the right (There will be a right turn lane available) which will be the East Gate road. Go another 3-4 miles it will be on your right hand side (Range 15).
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    The Marksman, 512 and Cannon, only charges $8.00 for military members. It's an indoor range. They also allow you to try their handguns for 7.00, unlimited trials.

    http://www.themarksman.net/







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