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I recently joined the Milan Rifle Club as a new shooter (since January 2016) and I am ecstatic about having a place to shoot indoors and outdoors at my leisure.  The price is $175/yr for a full membership, but there are discounts for family members, military, seniors, and college students.  They have two indoor ranges and quite a few outdoor ranges (conventional pistol, bench rest, walled ranges, long range rifle, and competition ranges).

As a new shooter just learning, my favorite is the walled ranges, where you basically have an entire area to yourself with walls on both sides and a plywood target stand to set up targets.  I believe there are six of these walled ranges, and most days there's always one open.  There's a picnic table at each one to put your stuff, and it's just a nice way to practice alone or with a couple of buddies.

Another thing I really like is that they are open 24/7, so you can come whenever you like.  You can't shoot anything higher powered than a .22 before 8am or after sunset, but you can use the indoor ranges 24/7.  There's also an area you can set up camp with a tent if you like.  There's no monitoring or hand-holding here - every member must be responsible and look out for each other.  As a new shooter, it's a little intimidating, but I appreciate the freedom.

I'd love to discuss the place with those who are more experienced than I, or if anyone has any questions I can answer.   I really hope this forum gets going!

http://www.milanrifle.club/

@Shooter (Travis)


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So I checked out the website. As a gun owner I am pro NRA, but I think it is a little ridiculous that they require you to be a member. So you pay the $175 to be a member, but wait there's more!! You must pay $100 to be an NRA member. Doesn't anyone else realize how stupid this is. Alright, I'll cut them a little slack, they have the freedom since there is a membership fee, but come on now! Obviously they're not trying to appeal to the "less fortunate" or "not nearly as wealthy" community. It's a good thing Princeton's range is free (even if it is outside and I have to brave the elements), and the Davenport Guns range is considerably cheap. Sorry, but I'm not sorry, I won't be joining this "club" anytime soon.
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So I checked out the website. As a gun owner I am pro NRA, but I think it is a little ridiculous that they require you to be a member. So you pay the $175 to be a member, but wait there's more!! You must pay $100 to be an NRA member. Doesn't anyone else realize how stupid this is. Alright, I'll cut them a little slack, they have the freedom since there is a membership fee, but come on now! Obviously they're not trying to appeal to the "less fortunate" or "not nearly as wealthy" community. It's a good thing Princeton's range is free (even if it is outside and I have to brave the elements), and the Davenport Guns range is considerably cheap. Sorry, but I'm not sorry, I won't be joining this "club" anytime soon.


Options are good, so if the MRC isn't a good option for you, then enjoy what you prefer.  I am by no means trying to persuade anyone that the MRC is right for everyone, and I have nothing to gain by telling people about it, other than the possibility of making shooting friends.

Not sure how you are figuring $100 for an NRA membership?  A yearly membership to the NRA is only $25, so just consider that in the price of the MRC membership.  Or better yet, become a lifetime NRA member like I did, even before I joined the MRC, and then it's a moot point.  Many rifle clubs require NRA membership, but if you are philosophically opposed to that, I can respect that.

I joined the club for two main reasons:  1) I was paying an hourly range rate before, and now I do not have to pay by the hour.  I've already spent enough time just in the first few months of the year to make it economical for me.  2)  They have a variety of indoor and outdoor ranges, which gives me much more flexibility.  I've probably spent at least 20 hours there already this year, shooting both at the indoor range and at the walled range where I can just enjoy an area all to myself outdoors.  I can also come and go any time of day, as long as there isn't anything going on in the range I wish to shoot in.  I've also been bring my dueling tree and steel targets and stand with me to the walled range, which makes for great practice.

Well anyway, I'm glad you have a decent free option there in Princeton.  I haven't been there myself, but it's about twice as far for me as the MRC. 


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It's $35 for NRA and reason. We ask is because NRA supports us and any gun user should have NRA it's cost $100 the year after if u help with 10 hrs of work. And u don't know how much free items we give club members. At the year meeting we give 4 free ar a way a year ect it cost us 9500 a month to run that place we have insh gas mowers to run ply wood targets to buy ect ect you have your facts all wrong we have over 2500 members. I help run milan any thing we can do please ask
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Indoor rifle?
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