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Travels with Charlie January 28, 2008

Posted by Pupster in Ducks, Economics, Personal Experiences, Travel, Women Ranting.
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Instead of his usual Sunday afternoon Jeep wash and vacuum party, Charlie Wrangler and I went to The Powder Room, site of the soon to be held Innocent Bystanders Pistol Party. I wanted to see how busy they were around 1:00 on a typical Sunday. Charlie and I were somewhat surprised to see the parking lot very full.

I didn’t have to wait for a shooting lane, someone was just checking out at the counter in front of me. The 10 position range was all full when I took up my station. I shot 100 rounds through my Bersa .380, and 50 with my .38 special. I was terrible. There was a lady in the lane next to me raining down hot .40 shell casings over the partition.  She was very good.  I was nervous.

I (again) talked to the owners about the Pistol Match on Superbowl Sunday. They suggested that I call before we arrive, and they will start grouping the shooters to one side of the range. They won’t reserve any lanes in advance, but I was assured that most of the time, Superbowl Sunday is not busy. We’ll see.

I asked about ammunition, and was told that the main rules are no magnum loads, and full metal jacket.  You can read some of their additional range rules and fees here.  I stopped by a Walmart on the way home, and compared ammunition prices:

100 rounds           Powder Rm            Walmart

.380                           $31.00                       $26.00

.38special                    33.00                         26.00

.45ACP                        41.00                         29.00

9MM                            24.00                         16.00

I plan on a Walmart run on Saturday before the party, so if any of you shooters want me to pick up some ammo, let me know.  I would also echo Russ’ suggestion that you bring ear protection and eye protection if you have it, to save the rental fees.