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  1. Well, again, I thank you folks for the replies and advice, and the advice will NOT go unheeded, I'll go down thatta way, but will spend time looking at alternatives that make going to that area less then the current 12 hour drive that it is for me. And for those that helped me reminisce about the old Sevierville, thank you as well, just hearing a bologna sandwich from Yetts (I remember he had is guns in a back room) brought back warm memories. Without regard to what it has become these days, it was a pretty cool place to grow up in the 70's...
  2. Ah, okay, well, it's been a while I guess I've misplaced a few places. Yeah, now I remember Love Addition, if I'm right, could you drive through Love Addition, and up a winding dirt road and back down out to Allensville Rd?
  3. I've had those thick slabs of bologna and American cheese from Yetts, my God! I remember the Temple Mill fire, we lived out Allensville Road, and I could see the flames (not the glow, the flames), when it burnt. Love Addition? Was another name for that "Frog Alley"? Nights after work, hanging out at Mouses Texaco in town, sneaking beers in our Mustangs, Chevelles, GTOs... Wait, maybe that wasn't Mouses, it was right on the main drag through town, before they finished the bypass, what gas station was that??? And Johnsons Drive In...
  4. Yeah... The Fred C Atchley Bridge, I remember when it was one lane, and 66 ended in a pile of dirt several miles out of town. And the King I knew was Ronald King, my Voc Tec Teacher, carried a derringer in his boot top. I knew this because we found out early on that we were BOTH gun heads... Lathams IGA and Cas Walkers have been gone so long, I doubt most folks remember. Or a time BEFORE the Sevierville bypass. Damn. I guess you really CAN'T go home, can you?
  5. I'll do that, thanks! I really hope I can find what I'm looking for at a price I can afford to live in that area, but I know I've got to just carry my butt down there and start looking and talking to realtors. I think I'll be lucky to find an agent that actually understands what I mean when I say "I want to have a place where I can shoot in my back yard and not get complaints" (or return fire!) I mean, I'm not talking about a 600 yard range, just maybe 50 yards would be enough for the wife and I, we can go to a real range if we need distance. That's actually easy enough to do here, outside of town limits or sub divisions.
  6. Yeah, that actually could be an option, thanks! Funny, with all of this new technology, I brought up Blount County map, then followed it in to Sevierville, then out Allensville Rd and up to where we used to live. Then went to Street View. It seems the oak tree where a young sailor home on leave buried his Shepherd-Beagle is still there, right at the end of the driveway. Pretty cool...
  7. Ronald 55, that's good info, thanks. When I say "Sevierville" I suspect that may end up more being "around" Sevierville, like one of the neighboring towns, instead of right smack in the tourist zones, so to speak. Since we'll be retiring, I thought about a part time job in the service industry, just for something to do, definitely not a "feed the family" gig. I'm done with those... (I hope!). What are some nearby locations that have not been totally over run yet?
  8. You would be exactly right, shipmate! And I can say that, because my first ship was the USS Holland out of Site 4, NWS Goose Creek, SC! And we were part of R2 Division to boot! That was a little while back, like about 1986 to 1990. I got to see her one more time, while I was on AS40, USS Frank Cable, and we closed out Charleston in'96 (last major unit afloat to bail outta there) and moseyed over to Guam to relieve Holland, so I got to see my first and second ships moored along side. (Holland sat WAY up because of the offloading of "stuff")...
  9. Thanks AKVAT, that's good to know. Are there any outdoor ranges in the county?
  10. Oh yeah, NO DOUBT there! I stopped in last October, on our way back from Arkansas, and rode through town before hitting the hotel. So much has changed. I remember when Smokey Mountain Knife Works was 4-5 glass display cabinets in an Antique Barn along Rt 66.
  11. I left Sevierville for the Navy in 1983, and have been back to see the folks and on vacation several times since. It was a great place to grow up, ducking out to Ellisons to grab a burger when I was in high school, checking out the guns that were so far beyond my reach at Wynns, 'cruising Johnsons Drive In and then up to the "Burg on a Saturday night... Anyhow, I finally am "retired" retired, and the wife will soon be (1 Jan 2020), and am really thinking that if I have one more move left in me (you move around a LOT, working for Uncle Sam), I'd like to try and move back to the area. With all that said; I could use some help in figuring things out. Ideally, I'd like to find a patch of land about 2-5 acres far enough out where I could shoot in my back yard, if I were so inclined. Is that even possible in Sevier County? How are local ordinances regards shooting on your own property there? Where I live now, if you're not in town limits (or in a sub division, I suppose), you can shoot and not expect to run afoul of the law. Now I know about the incredible traffic, and I remember there were ways around a lot of it, I'll have to rediscover those though, it's been a looong time! What kind of organized shooting or clubs are in the area? Is there any High Power or IDPA? Bullseye? I'm not a big hunter anymore, but how's the deer population and season? When I saw move back to the area, that could include other places nearby, are there any you'd suggest? Demographics matter as well. They say you can't go home, but I'd like to try... Thanks to anyone from that area that can give me any advice!
  12. I'm impressed as heck with those Ameriglo sight set ups, but I swapped two of my Hackthorn sets for similar ones that had tritium vials in the rear, but no white outline around them, only the large orange or yellow/green ring around the front vial, I think they are called Spartan Operators or something. All three of the wife's M&Ps have Ameriglo sights on them, but they were a bear to install.
  13. Say, I remember the gun show scene was pretty good around that area, what with Knoxville having one once a month or so, are there any other's sprung up? Is there still a good flea market near Sevierville? Are there any organized shooting things going on? High Power or IDPA or maybe Bullseye? I wouldn't want to become a hermit, just shooting at my own home range...
  14. That's encouraging to hear. I think the Mrs & I are going to take a working vacation down there this spring, and visit some realtors (and Buds, and Smokey Mountain Knife Works!)
  15. I've been away from where I grew up in Sevierville, Tennessee since 1983, when a much younger me went and joined the Navy. I've retired from Uncle Sams canoe club back in '06, but worked at the same Navy base as a defense contractor, so that's how I ended up staying on the eastern shore of Virginia, but now I was starting to get the itch to come home to that area to retire, or semi-retire. I would like to hear from folks around the Sevierville, Seymour areas to see if the area is shooter friendly, if it's possible to buy 5-10 acres somewheres out far enough to stick a 100 yard casual range in and "shoot, or pee off of my back porch" without riling neighbors... Maybe someone on here that's in those areas and is like minded can help me decide if a fella really can come home, so ta speak... I know the place is blowed up with tourists year 'round now, not sure how to deal with that, was simpler back then when it was more seasonal.

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