Dexter Filming Locations: Firing Range

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The location: Firing Range

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A firing range.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere outside of Miami, near the airport.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 9, of Season 7, "Helter Skelter".

    Isaak is on the run from two assassins sent by his own mob to kill him.

    So he kidnaps Hannah to force Dexter to help him eliminate the men.

    In this scene, Dexter goes after the first one: Oleg Mickic, an ex-military assassin who prefers to use high-powered rifles, and always tries them out first at a firing range.

    Dexter assumes that if he's using a sniper rifle, it will have to be an outdoor range, and one that sells the kind of ammo that weapon takes.

    There are only two local ranges that fit that description, so Dexter goes to the one nearest the airport.

    As the scene opens, we see Dexter at the range, dressed like a yokel, firing a pistol at a target (and missing badly).

    He shrugs goofily at the guy next to him, who is, of course, Oleg Mickic.

    The assassin lies down as he takes aim the target with his sniper rifle, and calibrates the sights.

    Suddenly, he looks down, and there is a large, bloody knife protruding from the center of his chest.  It is Dexter, who puts his gloved hand over Mickic's mouth to silence him.

    Then he casually walks away.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A firing range.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This is the pistol range at the Long Beach Police Academy's shooting range, in El Dorado Park, in Long Beach.

The official address appears to be 7390 E. Carson Street, but that is a bit deceptive.

It's located right behind the Lowe's store in the large Long Beach Towne Center, in the far upper northwest corner of the huge El Dorado park.

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  And here is a map link.

They have filmed quite a few scenes at El Dorado Park over the years, including:

  •  a scene of Dexter in a hoodie, stalking a young victim at Flamingo Park in the first season.

  •  the car accident when a sleep-deprived Dexter fell asleep at the wheel (in Season 4).

  •  a Florida rest stop when he & Trinity stopped when they were on a road trip to Tampa.

  •  the night scene where he finally caught the Trinity Killer,

  •  the Tourist Center where Dexter initially imprisoned Lumen (in Season 5).

  • the boat scene of Travis & Gellar catching snakes (in Season 6)

  • the Visitors Center in Davie where the police went to try to catch Travis Marshall (in Season 6),

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Elaine, Mia, Joel, Susan, Eric, Jeff, Kerry & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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