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I went to LeeKay today for the first time to check it out as a pistol range. I liked the range supervision--I didn't feel as much that I had to keep an eye on those around me and the shooters seemed to be more experienced. The new folks there had people with them watching them. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm getting nervous at some places with the way the muzzles get swung around by people I don't know.

I didn't know that you can only get as close as 15 yards from the target--good practice though. I forgot to ask while I was there and wonder if anybody knows if they have ever considered, or tried in the past, letting you set targets at 5 and 10?
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At one time you could put your frames out at 7 yards. I understand there were instances of bounce-back from the metal frames being hit. Most likely, the frames were shot deliberately. So because of some who found fun in ignoring safe practices, the 7 yard frame holders were disabled.
 

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Having worked as a volunteer at LKC and also using it frequently for Hunter education and other courses, here are some thoughts observations and comments. When I first visited the center in the mid-80's, you could put targets at 3, 5, 7, 10, and so on out to 50 yards. Over the years the management changed, a few instances happened, accusations against certain users were lodged, and now we have the 15 yard minimum, only one shot per second rule and a few other differences. It is a state-run facility, using mostly minimally trained volunteers. Some have a great deal of experience, others, not as much. There have been very few accidents, usually due to shooter error, and it is one of the safest places to shoot. It is family and child friendly(if supervised), offers one of the few 100-plus rifle ranges open to the public and is partially funded through your Pitman-Robertson excise tax dollars. Over time, some people, including law-enforcement users(remember the shotgun blast to the ceiling??) mis-used, abused and destroyed target holders, overhead baffles and berms. I was told by one worker that the Concealed Carrry students one group brought out regularly was shooting up the overhead baffles, etc. That was about 1996. In the classes I assisted in or taught, that was never an issue as the shooters were closely supervised. Enjoy the LKC as it is one of the best buys ($4.00 for all day) around. Also, any student who completes their Hunter Education course and receives a blue card can shoot free for one year on the 50 and 100 yard ranges. What a deal! Hope that clarifies some.
 

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I have never been to Leekay, however I would like to add a note for educational purposes. Years ago I was an avid archery buff (still am if I can get somewhere safe to practice). I went to an indoor range here in Salt Lake to practice. No one from the range personnel was observing anything on the line, and this was a busy saturday. I was on the line with a dozen or so people, we fired off our arrows, and then when all was clear we called out to lay down our bows & retrieve arrows. Needless to say, while I was just finishing up with my arrow retrieval an arrow hit the target next to me. It had been fired by a very dumb woman! I say dumb because she cared nothing for anone elses safety, and only cared to "play" without worrying about safety. Needless to say I was extremely angry--afterall I was within inches of being hit! I packed up & left that place & have never returned. My life is too important to me to lose it to an idiot!
We must also be careful when we are out shooting. accidents can & do, occasionally occur. My brothers & my father & I were out shooting several years ago. We were doing some trap shooting and my brother thought he had emptied his shotgun. When he went to load it, the faulty shell exploded right next to his head. He was deafened for a few days as a result. now he is more than cautious when he shoots. Please use common sense when shooting & obey all the rules which firearms demand--in order to show respect & to be sure to live longer.
If you are shooting somewhere where it is too crowded, or where people do not seem to be cautious or concerned with where they point their weapon, tell the range master-or never go back. Find a better, alternative place to practice. Please be safe!!
 
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