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    Embarrassing question

    I'm 38 years old and I've never fired a gun in my life. Lately I've had the urge to try it out. Is there a firing range somewhere around Des Moines where I can try it out without actually buying a gun?



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    Re: Embarrassing question

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    Re: Embarrassing question

    Might try contacting one of the Issac(?) Walton leagues around Des Moines and they might be able to hook you up. There is a firing range North of Indianola located by Somerset Park. Or you could make the ultimate sacrifice and join that Army, they are looking for a few good men.



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    Re: Embarrassing question

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    He has an awesome motorcycle.



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    Re: Embarrassing question

    Tons of fun. Find a friend with some land out in the country and start shooting stuff.


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    Re: Embarrassing question

    There used to be a gun club in Waukee but I don't know if it is still open. Also Banner Pits south of Des Moines is a great place to go if you bring your own weapon.



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    Re: Embarrassing question

    I've never been to one in Iowa, but there is one in Sioux Falls if you're ever that way. I'm not sure if this one provides the guns or not, but you could call and find out:
    Luxergy - Indoor Range near Des Moines, Iowa


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    Re: Embarrassing question

    There's one on the North Side of Ames Actually
    I believe its a little west of the Pizza ranch. I've got a gun enthusiast friend that's told me about it. You can pay a pretty low rate and use whatever gun you want. Anything from rifles to pistols. He noted that quite a few of the ROTC guys go up there for some target practice. I don't know if you need a membership or anything though.


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    Re: Embarrassing question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I'm 38 years old and I've never fired a gun in my life. Lately I've had the urge to try it out. Is there a firing range somewhere around Des Moines where I can try it out without actually buying a gun?
    That's not embarrassing at all and for some reason I've been wanting to shoot lately too. The only real gun I've ever fired was a .22 and that was more like a pellet gun.

    It must be all the FPS games...


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    Re: Embarrassing question

    I used to go to a gun shop in Dubuque and they would let you try a gun at their own indoor range to see if you liked it. You might find a gunshop with a range somewhere and do the same.


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    Re: Embarrassing question

    I think I'll just ask one of my gun freak friends if I can shoot one of theirs. For some reason they've always freaked me out a little.



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    Re: Embarrassing question

    I'd be surprised if there wasn't more than a few "gun freak" friends right here on CF. Maybe see if someone can organize a weekend to do some shooting. Some bring the weapons, some bring the ammo (probably those without weapons).

    Sounds like fun!



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    Re: Embarrassing question

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    For some reason they've always freaked me out a little.
    That acts as a very good basis to begin with! If you start with that kind of respect for a weapon, you'll do fine. There is also shooting range south of Indianola at the Izaak Walton League.



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    Re: Embarrassing question

    If you haven't got this done by late May, I'm up for some range time.

    I wouldn't go to a rental place by myself, personally. I'd find someone who is professional, and has coached new shooters, before.

    It's safer, you will have a much more enjoyable experience, and won't feel pushed or pressured in the process. Let me know if you haven't been shooting by then.


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