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Old January 14th, 2008, 06:48 AM
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Greetings,

I'm looking for a decent rifle range in southeast PA where I can shoot at least 100 yards. I've been using the public range at French Creek, but I don't find it a very pleasant experience. I don't mind paying a membership fee for something nice and not too crowded.

I'm also looking for a nice pistol range around the Philadelphia and suburban metro area. I have been going to Philadelphia Archery & Gun Club, but they don't have a parking lot and I always feel very uneasy walking through that area, especially lugging firearms and range bags. The range also gets very crowded.

Thanks in advance. Hopefully I can find some nice places nearby.
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Try Wicens, here is the link
http://www.wicenshootingrange.com/
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LanghorneRodandGunClub.org

Just east of Philla in lower bucks county.

200 Yard rifle, 50 yard pistol....

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LanghorneRodandGunClub.org

Just east of Philla in lower bucks county.

200 Yard rifle, 50 yard pistol....

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+1, i was just there. It's a bit of a hike but it's nice. Most likely will be giving them my membership dollars.
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Lower Providence Rod and Gun Club. I haven't checked out the rifle range in a few months but the 100 rifle range should be opening soon. Next time I go shooting I'll check it out. Last I saw this past summer they had to finish the new baffles and build some shooting benches.

EDIT:: I forgot to add that they also have an indoor pistol range.
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Default Re: looking for rifle & pistol range in SE PA

I appreciate these and further suggestions. I'll have to look into these options.

Are these places open to people who just want to pay for a day of range use (or through a range membership), or do they require club membership? I just don't have the time to take on any more social obligations right now, so I'm really looking for a place that will just let me go and shoot at will, without having to participate in any events or meetings.
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Are these places open to people who just want to pay for a day of range use (or through a range membership), or do they require club membership? I just don't have the time to take on any more social obligations right now, so I'm really looking for a place that will just let me go and shoot at will, without having to participate in any events or meetings.
Wicen's is a pay-for-the-one-day rifle range, hence it's a good deal for the "couple times a year" rifle shooter.

Most pistol ranges allow walk-in shooters for the day. Most rifle ranges don't.
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I appreciate these and further suggestions. I'll have to look into these options.

Are these places open to people who just want to pay for a day of range use (or through a range membership), or do they require club membership? I just don't have the time to take on any more social obligations right now, so I'm really looking for a place that will just let me go and shoot at will, without having to participate in any events or meetings.
Lower Providence requires membership.

100 Yard range is officially open as of the last meeting.
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It'll be more than twice a year, but certainly not very often. I estimate a range trip every 4-8 weeks, depending on available time. My best option is to pay per visit, unless I can make up the cost in 4-5 trips. In that case, I don't mind paying for a yearly membership to use the range whenever. I just don't want club obligations. Prefer to walk in, shoot, clean up & leave at my own pace-- maybe with a shooting buddy or two. Wicens sounds like such a place so far if I'm not mistaken. I'll have to call them.
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It'll be more than twice a year, but certainly not very often. I estimate a range trip every 4-8 weeks, depending on available time. My best option is to pay per visit, unless I can make up the cost in 4-5 trips. In that case, I don't mind paying for a yearly membership to use the range whenever. I just don't want club obligations. Prefer to walk in, shoot, clean up & leave at my own pace-- maybe with a shooting buddy or two. Wicens sounds like such a place so far if I'm not mistaken. I'll have to call them.
It sounds like a public range may better be suited for your needs.

From my experience, most clubs have some sort of obligation... a meeting or two..etc.

Usually it is for the first year...sometimes the club requires an ongoing few hours of cleanup for a few years...or an additional $$ (usually nominal) to waive additional years of service to the club.
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