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dunndeal
04-24-2011, 4:17 PM
My shoulder has sufficiently recovered from surgery that I can go shooting. Wifey and I want to compare a few different makes of 9mm and .40 cal pistols. Please advise as to the best ranges that have rentals so we can try a variety of models. Thanks.

dunndeal
04-24-2011, 4:43 PM
Thank you.

billped
04-24-2011, 5:36 PM
Reed's is low key, safe (low idiot-customer count), and has 20-30 guns to rent (IIRC). As with most ranges that rent guns, you'll need to buy and use their ammo, but it isn't ridiculously expensive. 9mm is $0.30-$0.35/round, fairly standard for a retail place.


Bill

Cyc Wid It
04-24-2011, 5:59 PM
Reed's is low key, safe (low idiot-customer count), and has 20-30 guns to rent (IIRC). As with most ranges that rent guns, you'll need to buy and use their ammo, but it isn't ridiculously expensive. 9mm is $0.30-$0.35/round, fairly standard for a retail place.


Bill

Didn't Reeds just tell someone they couldn't sell ambi safeties for 1911's for "liability reasons"? I'd say the only benefit of Reeds is that they apply rental fees towards the purchase of the gun if you buy that day.

ninjawho?
04-24-2011, 6:18 PM
You wont get muzzle flashed at reeds,safer crowd...always watching my back at targetmasters

starsnuffer
04-24-2011, 6:40 PM
Reeds doesn't have many .40 rental guns. Their rentals are also ridiculously dirty. I rented a sig226 and a sig220 there and both had 2-3 feed issues each mag, just filthy. The HK's there were filthy but fed anyway.

Hoowever, as mentioned above the company is much better and the deep booths give the illusion of safety as you can't tell when you're muzzle flashed by the guy next door.

-W

greybeard
04-24-2011, 6:56 PM
Is Jackson arms still in So SF

kazman
04-24-2011, 7:08 PM
I'd recommend Reeds

ARfiend
04-24-2011, 7:19 PM
Reed's has a pretty good selection of rentals but you should definitely expect some jams and mis-feeds as they definitely don't clean their pistols. Might be good if you are trying to teach a new shooter how to deal with different malfunctions but if you just want to shoot it can definitely get pretty annoying.

GreenAndy
04-24-2011, 8:09 PM
Reeds in San Jose. I was just there last weekend. Good place, not crazy busy like Target Masters. Rented the S&W 442 with laser grip. It shot perfect.

billped
04-24-2011, 9:03 PM
dunndeal, I shoot at Reed's every couple of weeks. If you and your spouse want to shoot my well-maintained/clean Sig P226 and Gen4 Glock19 (both in 9mm), let me know. Just PM me.


Bill

BitterOldMan
04-24-2011, 9:08 PM
Is Jackson arms still in So SF


Reeds has a larger selection of rentals than Jackson Arms. Jackson Arms is east of the South Airport Blvd exit off 101 or north of 380 eastbound, just north of Costco.

a1c
04-25-2011, 7:18 AM
Call Bullseye before you get there. They sometimes have private parties (or once I got there and it seemed like the whole Pinole PD was crowding the lanes), and they have been slow at restocking their rental counter. Last time I was there they only had a couple of 1911s, a P250, a Glock 19 (I think) and a couple of other guns, that's it.

ZX-10R
04-25-2011, 7:31 AM
Reed's is low key, safe (low idiot-customer count), and has 20-30 guns to rent (IIRC). As with most ranges that rent guns, you'll need to buy and use their ammo, but it isn't ridiculously expensive. 9mm is $0.30-$0.35/round, fairly standard for a retail place.


Bill

This. Good selection of handguns as well.

Eargasm
04-25-2011, 12:06 PM
I like "Guns, Fishing, and other stuff" in Vacaville. They have a decent collection and it's only $10/hr per handgun.

theneko
04-25-2011, 1:03 PM
Dundeal- where are you in the BA? I have a number of 9mm pistols and depending on what models you want to try you can come to my range if you supply the ammo. Much cheaper than renting. PM me if interested.

fuenstock
04-25-2011, 2:32 PM
I like "Guns, Fishing, and other stuff" in Vacaville. They have a decent collection and it's only $10/hr per handgun.

They do have a good selection of rentals. Some seem dirty, but I have rented many of them with out feed/ejection issues. You do have to buy thier ammo if renting thier guns.

Soldier415
04-26-2011, 3:43 PM
Call Bullseye before you get there. They sometimes have private parties (or once I got there and it seemed like the whole Pinole PD was crowding the lanes), and they have been slow at restocking their rental counter. Last time I was there they only had a couple of 1911s, a P250, a Glock 19 (I think) and a couple of other guns, that's it.
Two days ago we added the following to the rental case:

G19
G22
G23
Sig SP2022
Sig P226
Sig P229
Sig P232
Ruger GP100
XD40 Service

We will be adding more as we build our overstock.

scootle
04-26-2011, 8:26 PM
As long as you are a reasonable person, the staff at Reed's is great.

Sure the rental guns are a bit dirty, but I doubt anyone here would want to have 20394823049823 people use their 3 dozen guns daily and have to clean them all the time either, no? :) If anything, it's a good way to see how a given gun functions after pretty heavy (ab)use.

Plus, learning to deal with malfunctions safely and effectively is part of using these tools.

I'm often at Reed's on Mon nights for the shooting league there as well if you ever feel the urge to test drive something in 9mm (the only pistol caliber I run).