I vaguely recall it being covered... maybe in junior high? In a math class? My point was, it's barely covered at all. And not all parents are as good as yours (and mine). Except for my mortgage, like you... I pretty much operate debt-free. I don't even keep a credit card, just a debit card. Older, paid off car. It's lower stress, I find.
Went today for the first time to the "new" range.
First off, it was PACKED. There are 5? marked spaces (2 handicapped). I parked behind my friend who was in the far right space, and I had 2 cars behind me. At one point, there was a car next to me, plus cars parked along the edge of the lot - 11 or 12 cars I can remember, plus people coming and seeing how busy it was and leaving.
There are 6 tables and 10 seats (at least one table has no seats for HC access). However, since most of us are right handed, there are really only 6 spots for most shooters. Yes, you can adapt and use the benches for lefties, but it is not in any way ideal. Not sure how that could have been changed/improved while in the design phase, since the new setup is FAR superior to the previous single wooden bench, where a single person fidgeting around 20 ft away would screw you up at the other end (I've watched my crosshairs bounce 4" on target from that). However, fewer spaces for shooters is kinda annoying. ESPECIALLY since it would not have taken more than a few minutes of work with a bulldozer to clear up space for 2-3 more shooting tables (imo, one to the left, 1-2 to the right, with a tiny bit of effort would have still left maintenance access on the right side) - even if they were not under the roof. I suppose the biggest issue would have been the baffle, but again, I think it was a bit short sighted to only have 6 tables.
I want to make some kind of support to temporarily attach to a table so a 2nd shooter can use the same table - thinking plywood with legs and clamps to attach it to the cement table so as to allow more trigger time without taking up two spots if it is busy.
I'd say 50% of shooters were using centerfire rifles there today.
The same rules I still don't understand about spinner type target placement only at the 25yd berm are still in effect. Guess golf balls are more fun anyway.
I may have to pick up a small brush and dustpan, since there is no easy way to clean the ground, it is gonna get bad there quickly. I'm curious how many tons of .22 brass they took out from under the old wooden structure. There IS a dumpster, but no garbage cans like there used to be. Probably for the better as some asshole woulda used it as a target stand anyway.
Oh, and at least one old fudd who grumbled at the audacity of having to have his action open when calling the line cold. So that is still the same...
I dunno if it was so busy because of allowing centerfire, a "warm" day for the month, a holiday, or a combination of all the above, but I was still impressed by the numbers today. I only hope it isn't too busy all the time. All the WMAs should have a 100yd rifle range as far as I'm concerned
I didn't learn "personal financial management" in school, it was instilled in me by my parents. Today, my house is paid for, no student loan debt, an auto loan that will be paid in one year, and no credit card debt (I pay it off at the end of the billing cycle, if I can't afford it, I don't buy it). I didn't know it was taught in schools today.