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#6238301 - 03/27/16 05:16 PM Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened?
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I've been going to the 500 yd range in Leonard (North of McKinney) for several years now. Message on answering machine says they are permanently closed? It was such a great place to practice for those long range hunting shots.

Anybody know what happened?
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#6238360 - 03/27/16 06:30 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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I was there a couple of weeks ago ..

what happened?
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#6238373 - 03/27/16 06:44 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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Their website says, closed for renovations starting March 17th.

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#6239864 - 03/28/16 10:21 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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Heard a guy was building a house behind them, and wants it shut down.
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#6242150 - 03/30/16 06:29 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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Building a new water plant right down the street too.

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#6242161 - 03/30/16 06:37 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Heard a guy was building a house behind them, and wants it shut down.

I'd tell him build a big berm...we were here first....
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#6242381 - 03/30/16 08:59 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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not nearly as remote as their customers from rich suburbs believed. 500 yd range on 501 yd piece of land. Many families in the area, and They were there first, not TG. ... and all day Sunday?.... that day is for rest and Church, not 7 hrs of large caliber, small berms and no soundproofing.

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#6242536 - 03/30/16 11:16 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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#6242882 - 03/31/16 10:31 AM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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I spoke to Top Gun about this. There are multiple items in play.
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#6242924 - 03/31/16 10:59 AM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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I spoke to Top Gun about this. There are multiple items in play.

So will they reopen ?

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#6243103 - 03/31/16 01:54 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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#6243107 - 03/31/16 02:00 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: jimbob]
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Originally Posted By: jimbob
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I spoke to Top Gun about this. There are multiple items in play.

So will they reopen ?

They are considering all options right now. For the next few weeks (3-4 weeks), they will be closed. I was asked not to disclose the details, so I'll honor that.
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#6243935 - 04/01/16 07:47 AM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: SheepHunter]
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Originally Posted By: SheepHunter
Some people move next to a landfill then start complaining about the smell. violin


The same as idiots who move near an airport and whine about the aircraft noise.

This happened to one of my former agencies in the Bee Caves area of Austin. Our agency's gun range had been out there for years. Then people (probably liberals) started building houses nearby and complained about the range noise. My first FTO (1987) told me the secret of life: "People are just stupid."
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#6245830 - 04/02/16 07:47 PM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: Beckett]
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Too bad, great place and really nice people.
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#6246115 - 04/03/16 08:21 AM Re: Top Gun Shooting Range Permanently Closed? What Happened? [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Heard a guy was building a house behind them, and wants it shut down.

I'd tell him build a big berm...we were here first....


North Texas Shooters Association had a similar problem and as a result curtailed all their early morning and late hour shooting. The range was there first.

The gun range in McKinney was shut down by the city, ostensibly because they wanted to expand the airport. The gun range was in place before the airport's planned expansion.

This range in Kaufman has had repeated issues. http://www.terrelltribune.com/community/article_a20554a6-098b-11e5-8884-ab2007bc683e.html The range was the late comer, but that really isn't the issue. The issue is that valid and legal lawsuits can be brought against the range and harm operations while being very expensive. Just looking at the picture of the range, I would say that the neighbors have a lot of reason to be concerned about safety. It certainly does not meet NRA standards for range construction. http://www.northeasttexastactical.com/

You can google 'texas gun range shut down' and find all sorts of examples where gun ranges are getting shut down, mostly due to safety issues. It doesn't matter who came first.
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