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Hey y’all. New to the forum. I bought a registered sear this week (NFA jail will have it for a year or more of course). Have a Dakota Tactical D54RN and recently ordered a DT MP5SD. I’m looking for other host guns in 556.
Anyway, I was wondering if there is anybody in the Austin, TX area knowledgeable in Sears and host guns that could meet up and walk me through parts I should have. Things I should watch for etc. I’ll buy lunch!
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5 posts I believe...

I’m still looking for a good place to shoot myself. Something outdoors and private would be ideal. I need to start making friends with a landowner...

For publicly available options, I think Red’s in Pflugerville is pretty no-hassle. “The Range” off 35 on the south end of town also allows autos but I’m not crazy about all the membership stuff.
 

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I'll be taking the hk setup out tomorrow in Austin at 8am. DM me if you want to hit that big indoor range south of the river.
 

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I goto Lonestar Range & Academy in Florence (outdoor range) - renting out the private training bay has been good for practicing SP5 reloads, holster drawing, 2 gun etc.

If you're in North Austin like me it's only about 30 minutes away.
 

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Congrats on the HK sear purchase.

I am in Austin and happy to chat about HK Sears and/or the HK machinegun family as well as answer any questions you may have based off what knowledge I have picked up over the years.

I have been collecting machineguns for 20ish years and have three HK sears. For German HK sear hosts I have the MP5K, MP5K-N, MP5, MP5SD, 53, 33K, 33, G3K, G3 and a 21E/23E built off a donor G3 registered machinegun receiver.

I also have a bunch of US clones of the factory HK models above as well as a hosts HK never formally made like the MP5-RS, 51, 52, 32K, 32, and a 21EK/23EK.

Most of my local shooting is done at private members only range up in Georgetown called the Firing Line. The Firing Line is one of only a handful of ranges in the Austin area that still allows full auto shooting. I usually meet up with other local machinegun owners every month or two to shoot in one of the tactical bays.

I believe there is currently a waiting list to join but contact Guns Plus in Georgetown to inquire about current availability and/or get on the waitlist for 2022 when spots open up at the end of the year. It runs about $450ish a year to join but you get unlimited access to the traditional rifle and pistol ranges as well as the multiple tactical bays.

I am currently out of town and won't be back for a few weeks but feel free to send me an email to (jbntex) at texas dot net if you want to try and meet up sometime in mid August to chat once I get back in town.
 

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Congrats on the HK sear purchase.

I am in Austin and happy to chat about HK Sears and/or the HK machinegun family as well as answer any questions you may have based off what knowledge I have picked up over the years.

I have been collecting machineguns for 20ish years and have three HK sears. For German HK sear hosts I have the MP5K, MP5K-N, MP5, MP5SD, 53, 33K, 33, G3K, G3 and a 21E/23E built off a donor G3 registered machinegun receiver.

I also have a bunch of US clones of the factory HK models above as well as a hosts HK never formally made like the MP5-RS, 51, 52, 32K, 32, and a 21EK/23EK.

Most of my local shooting is done at private members only range up in Georgetown called the Firing Line. The Firing Line is one of only a handful of ranges in the Austin area that still allows full auto shooting. I usually meet up with other local machinegun owners every month or two to shoot in one of the tactical bays.

I believe there is currently a waiting list to join but contact Guns Plus in Georgetown to inquire about current availability and/or get on the waitlist for 2022 when spots open up at the end of the year. It runs about $450ish a year to join but you get unlimited access to the traditional rifle and pistol ranges as well as the multiple tactical bays.

I am currently out of town and won't be back for a few weeks but feel free to send me an email to (jbntex) at texas dot net if you want to try and meet up sometime in mid August to chat once I get back in town.
wow. I will definitely reach out. I do most of my shooting at a family 50 acre ”ranch” in Fischer (outside of Wimberley). I’ll look into the Guns Plus range. I’m in Dripping Springs so Georgetown feels like it’s in the opposite side of the world but for a chance to talk auto I’d pay that piper :) I’ll send you an email.
 

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couldn’t get it together to make it out today. Hopefully another time?
I'm there literally every weekend with something fun 😅 Today I'm taking out the 10mm mp5 with some cans. Debating on bringing the sear but 10mm ammo is so pricy already right now.
 

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I'm there literally every weekend with something fun 😅 Today I'm taking out the 10mm mp5 with some cans. Debating on bringing the sear but 10mm ammo is so pricy already right now.
awesome. Never shot 10mm before. What cans do you use? So far I’ve been shooting my mp5 through an Obsidian 45 but I have an Omega 9K in NFA jail to run on it when it gets approved.
And it’s The Range or a different spot?
 

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awesome. Never shot 10mm before. What cans do you use? So far I’ve been shooting my mp5 through an Obsidian 45 but I have an Omega 9K in NFA jail to run on it when it gets approved.
And it’s The Range or a different spot?
Usually an Omega 45k. I've used the Obsidian before but it's a hair more gassy. I have a custom Rex can pending that should be pretty fun to play with. Yes typically I hit up 'the range' during the members only hours on Sat/Sun. Sometimes both.
 

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wow. I will definitely reach out. I do most of my shooting at a family 50 acre ”ranch” in Fischer (outside of Wimberley). I’ll look into the Guns Plus range. I’m in Dripping Springs so Georgetown feels like it’s in the opposite side of the world but for a chance to talk auto I’d pay that piper :) I’ll send you an email.
What's up neighbor, I'm just off of Nutty Brown. I can't help you with any sear info, but welcome aboard.
 

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Sounds like we have the beginnings of an Austin meet up coming together. That would be way cool!

I'm there literally every weekend with something fun 😅 Today I'm taking out the 10mm mp5 with some cans. Debating on bringing the sear but 10mm ammo is so pricy already right now.
I’ve been tempted by one of those LB Tactical MP5/10 hosts. Keep telling myself I don’t need one.

What barrel are you running? I’m curious how the reamed MP5/40 barrels do.
 

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How is that range? I've been looking for an outdoor range that allows machine guns. Choices seem slim now that best of the west is gone.
I enjoy the Firing Line and think its a good value for the cost. Is it perfect....no....but again every NFA/Machinegun friendly range I have shot at in the Austin area over the past 20+ years has always had some limitations. Even BOTW (other than the first year or two of operations when it was the wild west) you could only shoot full auto in the tac bays and it was caliber limited as the only rifle caliber allowed in the tac bays at BOTW was 5.56x45. The wait for a tac bay at BOTW on a weekend could also stretch hours, which is time I don't have.

The Firing Line's main full auto shooting limitation is that full auto fire needs to be done inside the tac bays and within ~25 yards of the berm. The tac bays are ~35 yards deep so by the time you pull your truck in, set up a table/tent, etc. you are pretty close to 25 yards from the berm anyway. I get why they have this rule as they are concerned about rounds going over the berm and full auto is a high liability activity and you are shooting in the direction of I-35 which is about 2.5 miles as the crow flies from the range. So if a rifle round escaped at the right angle it could get to the highway not to mention houses and other businesses between the range and the highway. Targets are primarily limited to paper, clays, and approved steel targets. No tannerite or shooting up an old appliance or anything like that.

Some of the folks I shoot with at the Firing Line also have memberships at the nice indoor "Range at Austin" as well.

However, myself and the main couple of guys I primarily shoot with are also all builders to varying degrees. We like to build new sear hosts, suppressors, use chronos, dial in rate of fire with shot timers, etc. and also BS while we are there. Indoor ranges are just not really conducive to that type of test and troubleshooting activity where you are taking guns apart, making changes/mods, retesting, chatting about problems/solutions, etc. I can also go at any time and never have to wait for a bay as there is pretty much always one available to use by yourself or the folks you meet up with.

The other downsides are that the traditional rifle range is limited in distance at ~125 yards, the range is all uncovered so you will need to bring your own pop up tent in the summer months, and if its super wet and rainy it can also get a bit muddy (but the owners have done a lot of work to improve drainage and put down crushed stone)

Given the distance limitations, I mainly shoot subgun and handheld rifle machineguns (M16s, etc) there and leave the bigger belt fed or 50 bmg guns for another range I have a membership a couple hours away that is more conducive to those types of larger caliber guns.

There are a limited number of outdoor ranges left that allow full auto around the Austin area. Copperhead creek does but you have to rent an RO at $50 an hour (on top of the range fees) to shoot full auto and they have some ammo limitations as well. There is also Onion Creek Gun Club but the range is much smaller (just a couple small 20ish yard tac bays) and it membership rate is ~$1000 per year.

It would be great if there was still a Hill Country Rifle Range or a BOTW (like when the first opened) where you pay a couple bucks to shoot whatever you want but all of those places have been slowly shut down over the years.
 

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I'm also a new HK owner and usually go out to shoot at Copperhead Creek out in Marble - Super quiet and private out there, tac bays are pretty legit.
 
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