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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Ali, Feb 25, 2013.

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  1. Ali

    Ali TS Member

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    Hi everyone. It's been a while! In fact, I was shocked that I still remembered my log in information. Anywho, I used to shoot trap in PA with my family and my team in high school. I stopped when I went to college, and then after college I moved to the DC area for law school. I have been toying with the idea of starting again as a hobby because there's a good chance my horse riding barn might close before 2014, and there's really nowhere great to ride that isn't ridiculously expensive (about $300 per month). It is likely that I'll be in need of a replacement hobby.

    Where is a good, friendly place to shoot in the area? I'm not necessarily looking for registered shoots or anything super competitive. We are still not really sure what is happening with the barn or when we will be forced to leave, so I also do not even know if or when I would start. (Miracles happen, right?) I'm just curious!

    Thanks for the help!
    Allison
     
  2. ckVA

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    PG County Trap and Skeet

    You can PM me if you cant find the info you need on it from the webpage


    Charles
     
  3. Hotrod67

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    If you want to shoot trap PG is the place to go. They always have 3 to 4 trap fields open. I was at Bull Run a few weeks ago and they only had one trap field open and that one was broken. Not slamming them, it's a nice place I just like PG better. D Smith.
     
  4. Jerry944t

    Jerry944t Well-Known Member

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    Hey Bill, you should be saying "Go West Young Women" since Ali is a female.
     
  5. crusha

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    Great to have you back in the fold. And if you can keep it significantly under $300 a month, in the DC area, even after the rude surprise of ammo increases since you last participated, more power to you! I couldn't even do that in Indiana.
     
  6. Ali

    Ali TS Member

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    This website really needs a "Like" button...

    Thanks guys! I live between 30 and 45 minutes away from both of those, so I can check them both out when the time comes. I'm not planning on shooting nearly as much as I used to, mostly because I just don't have the time anymore. Law school seems to leave very little free time (whoodathunkit?). But this would be a great stress reliever again!

    Allison
     
  7. yakimaman

    yakimaman Well-Known Member

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    You can board or lease a horse in the DC area for $300 a month? More than that here in Columbus,OH.
     
  8. eightbore

    eightbore Well-Known Member

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    Tell us exactly where you live and we'll tell you where you can shoot. I live in the DC area but can't think about Northern Virginia to shoot. You can't get there from here.
     
  9. oskerspap12

    oskerspap12 Active Member

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    Howdy Allison,

    There are lots of places in Md.,and Va. to shoot clay birds.

    Md.............Go west....ect.ect..Open to public......Tuscarora(Wed,Sat),Mt. Airy(Thursday),Carroll Co.(?),North Carroll(?),Thurmont(Tuesday)Carney(Balt-Wed),and P.G.

    Va............Bull Run(?),Winchester just to name a few.

    Hope this helps

    Smoke 'em all.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  10. Ali

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    @yakimaman - I don't lease or board (that's about $500 per month). I just take lessons, but I get to request a specific lesson horse every week. I never have a hard time getting to ride him because, for some reason, no one seems to like him very much, so it's practically a lease. Poor guy! It costs less than $150 per month.

    I live just south of DC in NOVA (Arlington area).
     
  11. sernv99

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    Allison:


    With respect to Public clubs, your best bet would be either Bull Run (VA) or Prince George's Country Trap and Skeet range (MD). I shoot at Bull Run (sporting clays) and the trap and skeet fields are "ok". Most people who shoot the trap and skeet at Bull Run are casual shooters. Most of the people who shoot competitive trap and skeet shoot up at PG County.


    If you ever get hooked on sporting clays, Bull Run's sporting clay's course changes target settings more frequently than PG County. And the targets are harder/more challenging, in my opinion, at Bull Run.


    If you want to try Bunker trap, PG County has dedicated bunker traps. Bull Run does not (the closest you will get is the Wobble trap that they have). Quantico Shooting Club, down in Stafford County, VA (obviously on Marine Corp Base Quantico) is the only northern VA shooting range that has bunker trap. But you need to have a member invite you to shoot if you are not a current member already. So PG County would be your best bet for bunker targets.


    If you ever get some more free time during the summer months, you should plan a trip out to the Eastern Shore, MD and shoot at some of the clubs there if you get hooked on sporting clays. Pintail Point is a very popular club. They have a very good sporting clays course. From Arlington, you are looking at anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. It's best to go during the weekdays (and not on a Friday) to avoid the beach weekend traffic jam to and from the Eastern Shore.
     
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