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range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby Snazuolu » Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:17:49

i went there last weekend, i walk in start talking to the fella's filling out paperwork since i never been there, and one of the guys starts filling up a basket with ammo. i'm like wtf is that for? he says you cant use your own ammo here....i'm like WTF?? he said it was for insurance reasons, i said nah dood thats stupid, i already have my own ammo. so i didnt use their range. are all ranges out there like that?


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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby wheelgun6t9 » Sat, 16 Oct 2010 16:19:51

I've heard that one before and I've worked in indoor ranges. The other one you commonly hear is they don't want you to use reloads because they are "too powerful" for the wall/trap. Oh also steel core is armor pearcing and will penetrate the wall. If steel core is a concern for some reason - put a magnet to it.

Really, it's just another way to make profit with decent margin ammo sales.

Now for the other side of it... it's called capitalism and it's private property. They can set the price and rules as they see fit. And you can decide to not participate - as I have decided not to.
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Postby Snazuolu » Sat, 16 Oct 2010 20:53:36

i understand the capitalism part, but thign is, around where i'm from, they dont make you use their ammo, you can use whatever you bring. now it would be something different if i didnt have like thousands of rounds of ammo already.


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Postby ProShooter » Sun, 17 Oct 2010 08:18:38

From what I understand, Shooter's Paradise in Woodbridge burned down due to someone shooting tracer's. If that is the case, I'd make people use my ammo too.
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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby Jakeiscrazy » Sun, 17 Oct 2010 20:21:01

Yep, it is kinda of a safety thing and it's also a profit thing. If you want to bring your own ammo you can go to the Fort Lee POW range but they charge more and the charge by the hour. Dominion's range fee is pretty cheap at $8 for the whole day. So take you pick.
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Postby arkypete » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 08:25:52

When that range first opened they had memberships. I think it cost $150.00 per year and you could shoot your ammo. A group of Bullseye shooters would go there a couple nights a week during the winter to practice for the spring and summer matchs.
When the range banned the shooters own match ammo, the Bullseye shooters left.
The Bullseye guys bought gear, guns, ammo, reloading components and some firearms.
Plus they were a readily available help for novices and served as observers for unsafe range behavour. All that walked out the door, never to return.

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Postby newdovo » Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:06:27

If you're looking for an indoor range, The Smoking Gun, on the Boulevard in Colonial Heights, almost to Petersburg, will allow you to bring your own ammo. If I recall correctly, it's $10 if you buy their ammo and $20 if you bring your own. Yeah, they're gonna make their buck, too. :roll: The range is 15 or 20 yards.
I've been there a few times. If I'm going to shoot several guns, or if I plan on shooting a lot, I bring my own ammo. If I just want to put a box of 50 through my CC gun for a quick practice, I'll buy their ammo. I'll ask if I can also shoot a cylinder full of SD ammo that I've brought with me while I'm there, and they've been cool with that.


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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby ChicagoGuy » Tue, 25 Jan 2011 01:29:02

From what I can tell, Dominion still offers memberships. They also have various offers and price breaks throughout the week. No range fee if you have a CCW on Thursday works for me. None of which allow you to bring your own ammo though. Seems like your kinda stuck if you want to shoot. Drive more than 30-45 minutes one way and pay a fee with fuel $3.00 a gallon. Not to mention the time to and from, along with the fee you most likely pay @ the gun show (I'm assuming your getting reloads there). Or just pony up at Dominion. I think I'll just shoot less and shoot smaller caliber ammo.

But hey, its all about choices right? My two cents......


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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby snatale42 » Thu, 31 Mar 2011 16:35:16

Most places let you shoot your own ammo IF you join, but not the case for Dominion, but joining does get rid of the range fee (minus the membership of course) and you get 15% off ammo.
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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby VAman » Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:48:55

Yep, I've never been to a range that won't let you use their own ammo, but I know there are ones out there. There are lots that will let you shoot your own ammo.


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Postby Skeptic » Sun, 21 Aug 2011 10:21:27

VAman wrote:Yep, I've never been to a range that won't let you use their own ammo, but I know there are ones out there. There are lots that will let you shoot your own ammo.

Unfortunately not to many out towards my way :( The new one in Richmond's west end looks promising though.

I have been considering changing my defensive ammo, but since right now I have no where convenient to shoot it I haven't gone through with it. Gotta test it out to see how my gun likes it first, don't want to have a FTF when my life is on the line. The friend's place I used to go to has since moved.


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Postby Jakeiscrazy » Sun, 21 Aug 2011 11:43:10

Skeptic wrote:
VAman wrote:Yep, I've never been to a range that won't let you use their own ammo, but I know there are ones out there. There are lots that will let you shoot your own ammo.

Unfortunately not to many out towards my way :( The new one in Richmond's west end looks promising though.

I have been considering changing my defensive ammo, but since right now I have no where convenient to shoot it I haven't gone through with it. Gotta test it out to see how my gun likes it first, don't want to have a FTF when my life is on the line. The friend's place I used to go to has since moved.

I bet Dominion wouldn't mind you trying out a little defensive ammo as they don't carry it. Maybe just let them check over it first so they can may sure it won't mess up their backstop and buy a little target ammo to shoot while your at it.
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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby VAman » Sat, 27 Aug 2011 16:58:36

Skeptic wrote:
VAman wrote:Yep, I've never been to a range that won't let you use their own ammo, but I know there are ones out there. There are lots that will let you shoot your own ammo.

Unfortunately not to many out towards my way :( The new one in Richmond's west end looks promising though.

I have been considering changing my defensive ammo, but since right now I have no where convenient to shoot it I haven't gone through with it. Gotta test it out to see how my gun likes it first, don't want to have a FTF when my life is on the line. The friend's place I used to go to has since moved.
I didn't realize that many ranges in the Richmond area were like that. That's not good to hear.


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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby kjack » Tue, 30 Aug 2011 10:06:36

I'm familiar with a range near Myrtle Beach that also does not allow steel jackets, but charges $2 per box for your own ammo (if it passes the magnet check).

That encourages folks to show up and generate range fees, ammo (who shoots one box?), and other purchases - targets, cleaning gear, new toys.

$2 on a box of ammo (~$25/8 %) doesn't sound like much but is a return on something they didn't even have to put up any stocking costs for.


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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby snatale42 » Sat, 10 Dec 2011 18:08:27

Skeptic wrote:
VAman wrote:The new one in Richmond's west end looks promising though.


I THOUGHT the same thing, Over $500 a year for the crappy membership, their ammo, and can only bring a friend once a year? Screw that.
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Re: range in Richmond.. Dominion?

Postby Chasbo00 » Sat, 10 Dec 2011 18:49:50

I think the new indoor range in Richmond will be a success. Although their annual membership prices are a bit high, I don't think they require use of their ammo, and their hourly rates don't seem exorbitant.

They now have a fleshed out Web page and are signing up members:

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Postby Baer45 » Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:11:34

CSA will let you shoot your own ammo, keep your brass and members can take part in several group buys a year...plus discounts on guns

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Postby Baer45 » Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:12:11

CSA will let you shoot your own ammo, keep your brass and members can take part in several group buys a year...plus discounts on guns

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Postby Jakeiscrazy » Sun, 11 Dec 2011 01:55:48

Chasbo00 wrote:I think the new indoor range in Richmond will be a success. Although their annual membership prices are a bit high, I don't think they require use of their ammo, and their hourly rates don't seem exorbitant.

They now have a fleshed out Web page and are signing up members:

http://csa.studiocenter.com/

I doubt I even visit. I was really excited to $20 and hour is REALLY costly compared to Dominions $8 for the day. Sometimes when I go to the range I'll be there for 2 hours or more. The "tactical" Range could change my opinion on that though. I want to know more about what you can do there. What's allow and how do you do it if other shooters are there, maybe time slots?
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Postby Baer45 » Sun, 11 Dec 2011 08:59:44

I don't think you can compare what they are going to offer to any range around here...maybe Scottsdale...

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