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    Shooting in the Barn

    So a friend, my 2 teenage kids, and I were target shooting in my barn last night, something I've done for over a month now with my .40 S&W and 22's without any problems. (We're on 5 acres but housing developments have popped up everywhere around us.) Well, last night we had my buddy's AR-15 .223 and went through a couple 28-shot mags. Another friend from a couple blocks distance away called me on my cell and asked what we were shooting. I told him and he chuckled, said it didn't bother him but that I might want to know it was "pretty audible." I told him thanks and we switched to a 9mm pistol. A couple minutes later, there was a bang on the barn wall and the city LEO's identified themselves, saying to come out with our hands where they could see them. I opened the door and complied, explaining that we were actually in county, not city and that I had confirmed with the sheriff's dept that this was legal. He understood but said since the noise complaints were coming from within city limits, they were the ones investigating. The LEO's were cordial enough and were just following up on the noise complaints. I told them him that we usually didn't shoot the .223 and hadn't had any complaints before. He said well, it's kinda late, to which I pointed out it was only 7:20 but that we'd shut it down for the night. That was that. After they left, my friend and kids and I had a good chuckle. All in good fun and scaring the hell outta the neighborhood. Hey, this IS north Idaho. :-) Oh, and by the way, my 15 yr old daughter and 17yr old son now both want AR-15's. Rock on!!

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    Sounds to me like the LEO was real cool about the whole thing.

    Even though our range is in a "Rural" area, we have a rule about "not" shooting after dusk. I think it just shows respect for nearby neighbors who might not enjoy gunfire as much as we do.

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    Yeah I figure I'll stick to pistols and daylight hours. There's legal and there's being a good neighbor. ;-)

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    When you move to the country (and stay long enough)...before you know it... you're in the city again!

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    Let me understand this. You are shooting in a barn to the point where neighboring houses can complain to the city police. You have switched from handguns to an AR15. You do not even mention the possibility of a berm or some other reliable method of bullet capture. And you now are complaining because people moved in nearby and the whole thing is a good "chuckle". You're nuts. No sense in answering, I have no interest in reading this thread or any messages on this post in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    Let me understand this. You are shooting in a barn to the point where neighboring houses can complain to the city police. You have switched from handguns to an AR15. You do not even mention the possibility of a berm or some other reliable method of bullet capture. And you now are complaining because people moved in nearby and the whole thing is a good "chuckle". You're nuts. No sense in answering, I have no interest in reading this thread or any messages on this post in the future.
    Funny ... I kind of thought the same thing.

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    Thank the Good Lord I live out in the boonies. Still hunt out the back door,shoot in the pasture and my "neighbors" dont complain.
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugerfan.64 View Post
    Thank the Good Lord I live out in the boonies. Still hunt out the back door,shoot in the pasture and my "neighbors" dont complain.
    That's what we used to say... So many of the old family farms have been sub divided and are now the transplanted city folk are complaining about the smell from the one farm that is left... I'm going to have to move further out to the northwest... :whine:
    Semper Fi

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    Seems to me if the city folk didnt like the smell they shouldve stayed their happy A$$ in town. I have good neighbors,and its kind of a subdivision out here too,we just live on 100 to 400 acre lots. Thats the way I like it. Instead of those half acre postage stamps. And they think theyre living it up out in the "country" when they move out there.
    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." - Benjamin Franklin

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    Well kelcarry said he isn't coming back but I'll respond anyway. Yes I have an effective bullet trap. I'm may be nuts but I'm not stupid.:-) And no where did I complain. I was just sharing the experience. I've been on my property longer than most of the houses that were within earshot and I checked with the sheriff to make sure what I was doing was legal before ever firing a shot. My property is within county but not city limits even though the new subdivisions around me have been annexed into the city. The main complaint was the noise. The cops were fine with us shooting, just asked us not to do it so "late". (7pm)

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