What is a Postal Match?

Before the internet, if friendly target shooters wanted to compete against one another they could either meet together and exchange targets, or they would participate in a Postal Match. Typically these contests were a standard course of fire that the participants shot, then mailed to the contest organizer for tally. Since the internet can provide us with nearly instant feedback, and we can trade many different targets, it seems to be an ideal format for the "Modern Postal Match".

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Gun Range Review #2

Gun City USA
573 Murfreesboro Road  Nashville, TN 37210
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm
Range Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 5:30pm

The Range
I think this is the oldest indoor range in the Nashville area, perhaps in the state of Tennessee. The range was once a state of the art facility (in the early 60's) but it is really showing it's age and wear. If you look at the photos, and listen to anyone on the local forums, you will understand why people refer to this range as "the DUNGEON".

In the basement of the store, the range has 8 shooting stations and is 50' long. The ventilation system has apparently been replaced in the last year or two, so the air is pretty good. Unfortunately being in the basement, it is usually pretty warm. While the target positioning system is manual and archaeic in its appearance, it works. Each shooting station is actually quite spacious.

The lighting, however is TERRIBLE. I find it very difficult to see the targets well, especially if they are dark. Eye and ear protection is available at no charge. Lane fees are $15 for as long as you want to shoot. You must use their sillouette targets which hang on a coat hanger to their pulley system. You are strictly limited to only shooting at 50' - no closer. Rapid fire is allowed. Policing your brass is expected. They do have a small collection of rental guns.

The Store
While many people have purchased their firearms from Gun City USA throughout history, I think their selection looks pretty sparse. They have a relatively small handgun collection, a little bigger long gun selection. Supplies are also lacking. Prices have reportedly crept up over the years. They do have CCW classes for $150 for the 8 hour course. Ol' Larry behind the counter (with the cross draw 1911) is really a nice fellow once you get to talking to him. Terry, the guy with the prosthetic arm is also affable. Ammo is fairly plentiful, including some oddball calibers, but prices are on the higher end.

The Bottom Line
I would go to the range for a quick fix since it is close to the office and the only one near downtown Nashville, but there are far better facilities out there.

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