Every year, on the first weekend of June, all the major firearms manufacturers head down to a little patch of dirt in Corona California to be a part of an annual shooting fair. The host of this magnificent shootapalooza is Mike Raahauge's Shooter Enterprises. Year round, Raahauges is a standard outdoor shooting range, same kind you'd visit anywhere else with ranges for shotguns, pistols, and rifles, but one weekend a year, it comes to life.
I ended up going with two buddies this year and here are some of the pics from that day.After driving through a good chunk of farmland
followed by cow farms (that smell amazing)
You see this wonderful sign which lets you know you've arrived
Once you pay the admission fee you arrive to this.... a dirt road with tents on either side trying to sell you stuff that ranges from memberships to gun clubs, homemade jams and jellys, and even the accessories for your firearms can be bought in one of these tents
Once you make it though the gauntlet you arrive to the shotgun range where you can test your luck at sporting clays
They even set up some decoy birds which creep me out because they look so damn real.
After all that we finally arrived to the firing line. Its basically a row of tents. Each manufacturer has their own tent and display the guns you can shoot. All you need to pay for is ammo, which is reasonably priced.
As you can see, the lines are crazy but they move pretty fast
Once you buy the ammo, they give you a small tutorial on how to use the firearm and you all set
They give you two options for targets. You can either shoot at clay pigeons they launch into the air
Or you can shoot at stationary clay pigeons or bowling pins
If you happen to get bored you can check out the Safari club trailer which is basically a giant truck full of dead animals
Or go back to shopping the gauntlet. My favorite booth there btw was for something called a gun stroller
I know people baby their guns but this is a bit excessive
Oh and if you have the cash, you can shoot some amazing guns...like, a CANON, a 50CAL sniper rifle, or even a 1883 COLT GATLING GUN.... the prices are below, if you're interestedSo ya, we went, we saw, we shot the crap out of it and came back. It was a fun day and you'll probably see me there this year too. Charles DarWizard