Unless otherwise specified, all operations of Oklahoma Shooting Skills will be held at Wilshire Gun, 615 W. Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 1400, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73116. The management and leadership of this excellent, state of the art indoor range have been very generous and welcoming to the OSS operation. This is an excellent relationship that will support the success of both entities. Please come out to see the new (to us) facility. It features very comfortable classrooms with audio / video systems, the excellent Range Cafe, and a club room upstairs that we will be using for some of our classroom only presentations, as well as social gatherings.
August 20, 3 PM, Pistol Skills 2
September 17, 3 PM, Pistol Skills 3
October 15, 3 PM, Pistol Skills 4
November 19, 3 PM, Pistol Skills 5
December 17, 3 PM, TBA
We have many dates secured for the excellent Meadhall Range in McLoud, OK for the 2023 calendar year. We intend to take full advantage of this and offer a variety of our course offerings throughout the year. I expect we will do some 2 day classes this year, as well as our normal one day classes. While we have yet to write the schedule, I will provide a list of our available dates here:
September 10, 2023, Defensive Lever Action Carbine
October 28, 2023, Defensive Shotgun
November 12, 2023, Defensive Carbine
Meadhall range is very conveniently located between Oklahoma City and Shawnee, just North from I-40. Grand Casino Hotel and Resort is one of the nearest neighbors. If you are travelling a distance to get here, you will have very nice amenities in lodging, restaurants, and entertainment in the immediate area. This will prove to be a huge bonus to the travelling student.
Meadhall Range is a special place in comparison to most outdoor ranges. It offers real amenities. Clean, climate controlled FLUSH restrooms and nicely graveled roads are on the list. A state of the art classroom has more recently been added. This facility is quickly becoming the favorite of many nationally recognized instructors. We are truly lucky to be allowed scheduling here. Most outdoor ranges are located far from the traveled path, are in flood prone areas that offer no shade, no breeze, and porta potties that needed to be serviced sometime last year. The roads that lead to them will make you wish for 4 wheel drive and more ground clearance. This is the exception to all those rules! Come join us on the Cadillac of outdoor ranges.
Ammo pricing is at a low point right now. Availability can only be described as a glut. To take advantage of the highly available, low cost ammo, our classes will be returning to the earlier, higher round count formats where ever possible. Please bring plenty of ammo with you. This is the time to be buying ammo to back stock for later use. History tells me, this situation won’t last long, and will end in a period of high cost, low availability. If you stock up now, the next lean times won’t have such a negative affect on your training and practicing.
Well, NUTS! The above paragraph didn’t apply nearly as long as I hoped. I wish I’d heeded my own advice and laid in a deeper stock of ammo than I did. Ammo is hard to find, and expensive when you do. This is the sixth episode of this too much demand and too little supply I’ve survived in this business. While its really inconvenient, experience tells me it won’t last forever.
My guess is that supply will stabilize during the second quarter of 2021.* Pricing will find it’s new normal sometime later. I don’t know we’ll ever see the pricing of 2019 return, but I’m convinced the currently artificially inflated prices we’re seeing right now will end in the next year or so. Until then, keep training. Use your ammo wisely. Practice perfection. When we can’t shoot in quantity, shoot with quality!
*Well, as I write this on April 25, I’m thinking my estimated time frame on the ammo was WRONG. This is going to take longer than I expected. While I do sense a vague loosening up of the ammo supply, we’re not out of the woods, yet. Hang in there. Do your dry fire work. Use live ammo as a confirmation of your skills. We’re actively modifying classes to ensure maximum benefit of rounds fired. Don’t use this as an excuse to let your skills dwindle, or to procrastinate learning.