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Any GTer's stationed at Hurlburt or Eglin?

Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by finz50, May 13, 2008.

  1. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    Just got informed I'll be PCSing to Hurlburt with a RNLTD of 30 November. Trying to find fellow gun enthusiasts in the area for some intel on good gun shops, ranges, hunting info, etc.


    Aug 19, 2006
    NW FLA.
    Sorry for the invasion of the AF forum by retired Navy but thought that I could help.

    I live in the Pensacola area and am familiar with the area in question.

    Some really great hunting is on Eglin AFB. They have closed some area's of the base in the last several years but there is still a bunch(couple hundred thousand acres)that is open to hunt.

    You can obtain a license from Jackson Guard for $20. This will allow you to hunt everything in the base. You will have to obtain a state license also but being active mil it will only cost you another $20. Be sure to ask for the Military Gold license.

    I hunt Eglin every year so PM me and I will be glad to elaborate on where to go inside Eglin. I primarily hunt hogs but have ran across some mighty nice deer in my trips around the base.

    There are several gunshops in the area however one of them is strictly MSRP or better. I go in there every now and then just to look. The staff is knowledgeable and they have a bunch of the black guns,ammo,and some milsurp stuff. I look,feel,then buy somewhere else. I will be happy to give you the name in a PM.

    Good luck with your PCS move. I did it a bunch of times in my 22 years.

  3. What will you be doing at Hurlbert?

    Say hellow to the ROMAD studs while you are there. Good base that was really starting to develop good support functions (BX, Commisary, etc.) when I was there last for training in 1992.

    Nice country but too flat for me. I need to see mountains to orient myself. And what they call trees there we call shrubs here.

    But have a good tour!
  4. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    I'm going to be the Maintenance Ops Officer for the 1st Special Ops Helicopter Maintenance Squadron in October/November. I just heard that Eglin offer hunting on base so I was getting excited about it being so close. When I was stationed in GA, my old Chief kept wanting me to go hunt hogs with him, but it never worked out, although we hunted deer plenty! I'm looking forward to the move and getting back into SpecOps again. I haven't deployed in 2 years due to my present job and i'm ready to go. When it gets time to head that way, I'll definitely PM you and maybe we can meet up.


    Aug 19, 2006
    NW FLA.
    finz, if it's hogs on Eglin your after, I got quite a bit of expierance with that.

    Lemme know when you get here and I will point you in the right direction to get huntin',or maybe we can "outflank 'em. There are definately some area's of Eglin that are much better than others.

    ASAP after ariveing,a good pair of snake boots is mandentory.

    Best of luck with the PCS.
  6. itsnitro

    itsnitro Got Sig?

    Jun 22, 2006
    Funny.....friend's husband was denied a move to Eglin AFB...they told him no openings....he's commo.... Oh well...good luck, be safe!
  7. Hawgs on Eglin. Boy, that brings back some harrowing memories. Nothing like hearing the freight train of a sow crashing through the palmettos to make you forget patrol tactics and scramble for what Florida laughingly passes off as trees. I remember one night the instructors took a radio call from a kid screaming into the radio that they "were eating (him)." He took some pokes in the legs too.

    They have some big ones out there, east of Duke.

    Congrats on the position. Support is the key to a HSLD unit, not the tip of the spear types.
  8. hicksdm


    Dec 7, 2002
    Crestview, Florida
    I am at Eglin. PM me if you have any questions. Not alot of good gun shops but some are ok.
  9. Mike5560


    Mar 6, 2005
    Its been about 2.5 years ago....but on hurlburt theres a shooting club down the street from the catm was right next to my old work. They have a 25 yard pistol range and a ~300 yard rifle range...
    theres a decent gun/pawn shop (big selection of guns) called Jimmy's off of Mary esther blvd, near 98....I bought my G30 there :supergrin:
    There's another class III gun shop in crestview with a big selection...

    There used to be a big gunshow at the fairgrounds like once a month, not sure if they still have them.

    If you dont have a ccw, and want one.....get it in Florida. I beleive a florida ccw is the best because it is the one where it has the most states where you can transfer it to. Talk to the guys at the hurlburt rifle/pistol club about it
  10. TCmofo


    May 5, 2008
    Head to Jimmy's Pawn Shop on Eglin Boulevard....they have the Glock military/LEO discount and plenty of other guns to boot...the staff is also very friendly.
  11. dewidmt

    dewidmt Gunaholic

    May 25, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Biggest thing I used to hunt on Eglin was squirrels and rattlesnakes! Stationed at Hurlburt 1985-1989...only gun shop I remember that is still in business is Gulf Breeze firearms. They were just starting out back then, I bought my first Glock and an SKS from them. I was at the Louisville gun show a few months ago and ran into a dealer from the shop at one of the tables, seems they are "upscale" now, sellin Dakota rifles and such. Now, if you want any info on Kays Body Shop or the Green Frog, let me know....LOL
  12. finz50


    Dec 11, 2007
    Middle TN
    Sawman, thanks for the invite....I'll definitely take you up on it when I get there......already got the snake boots....3 yearsstationed at Moody will do that to ya!
  13. SAWMAN


    Aug 19, 2006
    NW FLA.
    .....I killed a Eastern Dimondback that hung off both sides of the tailgate of my truck.............on the 7th of Jan.

    Mornings are ok but when it warms up early afternoon they are in the sun and extremely cranky. This one struck at me when I was still 10-15 feet away.

    The plus for Eglin is the hogs take care of most of them. They will circle it,quickly grab it up and shake it like a boxer dog shakes and old sock. The snake is torn in half almost instantly.

    From what I hear,Gulf Breeze Firearms is out of buisness. Jimmy's is still on Eglin Blvd and DOES still give the LEO/Mil discount. Call Glock and they will tell you exactly what an authorized dealer should be charging you for a Glock on this program. That is what you will be charged at Jimmy's. (Glock will tell you Jimmy's is a authorized dealer)

    There is a place downtown Crestview that claims to be a LEO/Mil authorized dealer but is not. They will give you a small discount but you will still save $40-$70 at Jimmy's. If you want the name of the ripoff dealer,PM me and I will most gladly give it to you. They have a store in Pensacola that is also a MSRP and above store and they claim to be a LEO/Mil Glock dealer also. People have complained to Glock about these stores but I feel that they sell so many Glocks that Glock looks the other way. VERY SAD !!

    Best of luck on your PCS.
  14. USAF_Hk


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wallingford, PA
    No kidding, I know a bunch of folks in the CV-22 side of the 1st SOHMS.

    I'm stationed at the Boeing factory in PA where they build the Osprey.

    I'll have to look you up the next time I get down to Hurlburt.

  15. MDLibertarian

    MDLibertarian NRA Life Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Columbia, MD
    I think they prefer to be called JTACs as ROMAD is, from what I understand from a friend who's a JTAC, is that a ROMAD is essentially a stepdown in the foodchain or what JTACs are called if they get decertified.

    What's really strange is that my friend ended up being the supervisor of one of the guys I both shipped to basic from San Diego with and was in the same flight with while there while these guys were stationed at Hickam AFB. When my friend took me to his squadron's headquarter's at Wheeler Army Airfield while on vacation in Hawaii I ran into the guy from BMT and said, "DUDE!, I know you!" He was as shocked as I was and even more so when my friend said he was the guy's supervisor. The AF sure is a small world.
  16. ks farmboy

    ks farmboy

    Nov 1, 2007
    THE BEST GUN SHOP IN THE AREA IS JIMMY'S GUN AND PAWN. (on eglin blvd.) they have cheap rates on guns, and a huge selection. they also have the glock discounts for military. 409 for a standard model--and up from there. they are great guys. i miss going in there and bs-ing all the time. DO NOT!!!!! DO NOT GO TO JAY'S. waaaaay to damn expensive and they are pricks. there is a shooting club on hurlbert that meets on saturdays. its pretty fun.
  17. lucksthename

    lucksthename USAF enlisted

    Sep 8, 2008
    Sumter SC
    only NCOs are JTACs e-1 - e-4 are romads, RADIO Operater Maintainer And Driver. under most circumstances only NCOs can become JTACs. Joint Terminal Air Controller
  18. pisc1024

    pisc1024 AASG

    Oct 9, 2005
    I just moved to Eglin and am interested in hunting hogs too... Would you guy's with a little experience be willing to impart some wizdom to me??? I know you can go on post, but have no clue as to where. I have a roommate who is dying to do a little hunting too!!!
  19. eodcole


    Jun 7, 2007
    Hershey, PA
    I think the place you are referring to is (removed for discretion saw the above pm message in the quote) right in the center of Crestview. I peaked in there once and that was IT. I bought my G23 from Jimmy's Pawn like everyone else has mentioned. The were friendly and I got the discount no questions asked. I recommend them hightly. They even used to have a Barrett M82 with the CQB length barrel. LOL I can't believe they even call it a CQB Barrett. God I love shooting those things though.

    While I was at Eglin I always meant to go hog hunting and I saw them very frequently while running around on the range. At times I wish they'd at least have let me pack a M9 on my hip while I was doing ordnance sweeping. I surprised way too many sleeping hog families while carrying an ordnance detector and a shovel. Just mind where you step while out there I had to respond out to hunting areas about 10 times over my four years for unexploded ordnance. Hell, sometimes I'd even fine two or three on the way to the one that was called in. Nothing like killing multiple birds with one boom. In order to get your pass you'll have to watch a UXO video and you'll get a map telling you where you'll be more likely to run into one.

    Lucky for you the houses in the area got way cheaper than when I was there. I couldn't touch a house for $150k when I was there. Now those are selling for about $30K less at least.
  20. SAWMAN


    Aug 19, 2006
    NW FLA.
    pisc1024, I have quite a bit of expierance hunting on Eglin. I will try to help as much as possible. There are plenty of hogs(and deer) to go around.

    What are your questions ??