Which sentence is correct in this context?

..."missiles fired by pirates too cowardly to close to within turret range!"
..."missiles fired by pirates too cowardly to close in to within turret range!"

Current complete sentence is:

If it seems pointless to you to sacrifice the firepower of an entire turret just for limited protection against missiles, you may think differently the next time you find your ship being bombarded by missiles fired by pirates too cowardly to close to within turret range!

Thank you

  • It sounds more natural to me to say "to come within turret range." Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 23:20
  • Is there a specific reason why you need "close" as your verb? It's one of those multiple-meaning words that require context to parse. I found both sentences required me to read the end twice to get what was meant. (Yes, I'm a native speaker.) I think @TonyDiRienzo was on the mark suggesting "come within turret range." It's unambiguous on the first reading. Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 1:11

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The former is (subjectively?) better, the latter is still fine, though I assume your "to" and "turrent" are typos.


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