I received a letter in the mail a few weeks back letting me know that my local shooting range, to which I was a member, was closing its doors. They were kind enough to reimburse me for the remaining time left on my membership but nevertheless it was pretty sad to hear.
I hadn’t been going as much lately with all the changes in my life, so maybe their closing was partly my fault. Maybe it was the ammo craze that drove gun owners everywhere to hoard ammo instead of using it. Maybe it was the economy. I don’t know.
What I do know is that I will now have to travel at least 45 minutes any time I want to shoot at an actual range. My dad’s house is only 15 minutes away and I can shoot there whenever I want, but sometimes an actual range is just much better.
If you’re lucky enough to have a range in your area, get out there and show them your support. Let them know you want them to stay around and that you find what they have to offer very enriching. And spread the good word to other gun owners so that business can improve. If the ranges all close and we have nowhere to shoot out guns, how will we maintain our shooting skills? For some of us, living in isolated rural areas just isn’t an option.