Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight
to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"Everything is easy if somebody else is the one doing it." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blackwater's Pistol Range in CT

I mentioned a couple of years ago that Blackwater, er, Xe, er, Academi had bought a gun shop and pistol range in Salem, CT. The place formerly was E&B Sporting Goods. Now it goes by the name U.S. Training Center.

I went there a couple of weeks ago. I was impressed. The staff are very friendly. The range is very clean and the ventilation system works well. Their backstop will handle up to .30-30, or so I'm told. They have organized events that are open to the public on some evenings.

The bad news, sort of, is that their primary focus is providing a range for the Naval Submarine Base. I gather that the security teams from the subs stationed there use the range for their qualifying shoots. They close the range for the public when that happens, so their public hours vary. It's kind of a pain in the ass, as some weeks they're not open, some days they are open at 3PM a few days they even open at 11AM.

The other drawback is that their "pro shop" sells only holsters and Blackwater clothing. If you forget to bring your cartridges with you, or if you run out, you will be shit out of luck.

If you're in southeast CT it's worth checking the place out.

(The place would be a great site for an Appleseed shoot.)

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