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Why is TCGC Conventional Pistol Range Closed for a month?

Discussion in 'Outdoor Shooting Areas' started by zippygaloo, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    Anyone know why the TCGC Conventional Pistol Range Closed for a month? The monthly newsletter/calendar didn't mention it. The online calendar shows it being closed for a month?
     
  2. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I believe there was a fire.
     
  3. yskippy

    yskippy Tigard Life Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The official story:

    "A fire attributed to unburned powder on the ground scorched part of the Conventional Pistol range on May 12. Fortunately the damage was limited to the mats and boards forward of shooting benches, and to some grassy areas beyond. There was no structural damage to the shed, the fence, or the baffles on the range. But the fire certainly provided all the excitement anybody needed that day.


    The fire was put out as quickly as possible by the three pistol shooters present at the range and the RSO on duty that day, J.R. Kirkbride. The pistol range’s fire extinguisher helped suppress the fire initially, and Kirkbride had several buckets in his truck. He and the shooters ran a bucket brigade to bring water to the burn area. They brought the fire under control and then found a hose to finish the job. A good soaking extinguished all remaining sparks. All in all, a span of about 30’ along the firing line was affected. The good news is that no firing positions were damaged and the pistol range remains open for normal use. A search for solutions that will prevent similar incidents in the future has already begun."
     
  4. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    But the pistol range is not open for normal use.
     
  5. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I recommend calling/emailing one of the club officers and asking.

    Or their web site http://tcgc.org/ which says that it's closed to repair one of the overhead baffles.


    elsie
     
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  6. smithksor

    smithksor Aloha Member

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    I thought the newsletter said that there is a support beam that is damaged and needs replaced. Has to do with the bullets being able to exit the range until they get it replaced. I'm paraphrasing from what I can remember from the newsletter. If you still have it, read it through again, I recycled mine already.
     
  7. corvus

    corvus Portland, OR Member

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    There are 8 lanes open at the pistol range, using a temporary raised platform so shooters can't shoot high (off the range). I was there 6/30.
     
  8. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    Now that the Conventional Pistol Range is being repaired...does this mean we will now be able to place targets closer than 25 yards (i.e. self defense distances)?
     
  9. zippygaloo

    zippygaloo Oregon Member

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    Anyone able to answer my question on the pistol range?
     
  10. Phrank

    Phrank Forest Grove Active Member

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    No, the configuration remains the same with 25 and 50 yard stations.
     
  11. IXFE

    IXFE Portland, OR Member

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    That pistol range is one of the reasons I stopped going to Tri County. It's silly to think that 25 and 50 yards are appropriate distances to shoot pistols.

    I once suggested they remodel the range to be like the steel pistol range at Oak Tree Gun Club in Southern California (see pic below). It's the best pistol range I've ever been too. There are a variety of targets and different distances, you get immediate feedback (visual and audible), and it's FUN! The answer I got was... "that's not safe."
    How is it not safe? If anything it's safer since you never have to walk out on the range to retrieve your targets.

    Honestly, I'd rather shoot the targets I choose at the distances I choose out in the woods.

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  12. Rem725

    Rem725 Tracktown, OR Member

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