Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Public rifle and skeet facilities near Atlanta

We enjoyed a great morning of rifle shooting, and an early afternoon of skeet and trap shooting today at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, Georgia.  It's about an hour's drive east of Atlanta.

The rifle range has been improved in recent years, and the shotgun facilities are completely new (at least since the last time I was out there a year or two ago).

One of the  two of shotgun skeet/trap ranges at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, GA.
There is also a 5 Stand facility.

About eight to ten other shooters were using the 100-yard rifle range when my wife and I were there this morning. Only a few folks were using the 50-yard pistol range. Friends have told me this can be a very busy place on weekends. But there were shooting stations to spare when we were there today.

Charlie Elliott is among the state wildlife facilities that now requires users to have a GORP (Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass). An annual small group pass is around $35. And an individual three-day pass is only $3.50. Use of the skeet and trap facilities costs a little extra ($15 to purchase your first round of 25 clay targets and acquire the necessary debit-type card, refill rounds are only $6.25 more).

For city dwellers or suburbanites who often find their shooting choices confined to commercial indoor ranges, Charlie Elliott offers a great alternative at a reasonable price. But unlike commercial ranges, you have to provide your own firearms, targets and ammo. Charlie Elliott used to require you bring your own stands as well as targets, but the rifle and pistol ranges now provide target stands where you can post the paper targets you bring. The facilities are open Tuesday through Saturday.

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