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Airgun range, in Hudson MA

I wish we had an indoor range here in Roswell, but we don't. Rats!

If you don't have a back yard you need one in Massachusetts. As far as I know, no public areas to shoot outside, and the gun clubs require you to have an FID or CCW. I don't think they are overall airgun friendly, I know the one my friend belongs to bans steel bbs. MA is NOT an airgun friendly state, but it is not as bad as NJ which classifies airguns as firearms.

As I drive around my town I keep my eyes peeled for long narrow buildings that might be good to have an indoor range. There is an archery range I need to check out and maybe see if they might consider an Airgun night. Could be fun.

Other issues.

EPA rules make it darn difficult to build a public, indoor shooting range. Lead dust issues, don't you know? Yet, I did do some serious investigation with the purpose of investing in an indoor range as a new venture. The first question... Is there a need? And if so, who is the targeted audience? Will said audience pay the necessary fees to cover the investments costs? I keep coming up with negative numbers for the Roswell, NM area. If you plug in the same data but select say Kerrville, TX, the numbers are barely positive. Select Phoenix, and the positive numbers go through the roof. No wonder there are three, very busy, indoor ranges, in the Phoenix, area.

To comment on Steve's post... Arrows are one thing, pellets are an altogether different beast when it comes to trapping them. This of course, is an aside to the lead and/or alloy dust issues. We know about the toxicity of lead. But tungsten? Inhalation of tungsten carbide dust, can lead to fibrosis. Add cobalt, used in alloys of tungsten, and you get a know human carcinogen! It is a complex issue, and in too many cases, you're butting heads with the EPA. Sort of like pushing a rope!

Allow me to add one more thing. There is a recent EPA study, which indicates that steel, tungsten alloys, bismuth alloys, and copper alloys, are almost as dangerous to waterfowl as lead. I'd bet we never see the results of that study. Any takers?


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