It’s those loud clothes they wear

The interests of NRA members (which include me) and AANR members (which include me) would not seem to clash. But there’s a first time for everything:

One of the groups trying to stop Snohomish County from building a shooting range near Sultan [Washington] isn’t a gun safety or environmental group; it’s a nudist club.

The multi-million dollar gun range would be a mile away from the 72-year-old Lake Bronson Club and its 200 nudist members, who say that’s too close to bare, so to speak.

Although guns themselves are not the issue, said Club president Earl Calkins:

“It would be disruptive to our members and guests to have that constant bombardment of noise. That’s not why people come to the club.”

Several shooters come by here occasionally, so I ask them: How likely is it that they’ll be able to hear what’s going on at the range at a distance of one mile? It’s fairly hilly through there, though not quite mountainous.


  1. McGehee »

    6 December 2010 · 4:18 pm

    I don’t know from hilly, but a mile of forest will absorb a lot more noise than a mile of pasture land. And of course rifles, which are most likely to require an outdoor range as opposed to handguns (unless they fire handgun cartridges, as some Western-style carbines do), are extra-special loud.

  2. Jeffro »

    6 December 2010 · 8:43 pm

    Of course, where I am is wide open spaces, not hilly or woody by any stretch of the imagination, but I can hear the skeet and trap club south of town (and I live NE) on weekends if the wind is still. Probably ten or so miles as the crow flies.

    But it has to be almost perfectly still. Pretty rare. And I have to be outside.

  3. Jan »

    7 December 2010 · 7:46 pm

    Lake Bronson is up in the foothills of the Cascades, not far from where I live, and it’s pretty hilly and heavily forested. I go out to Spada reservoir a lot (a little further out than Bronson), and unless shooters are right along the roadway, you can’t hear them at all.

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