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Frustrated and Angry at the Range

Discussion in 'Tactics and Training' started by YtownGlock, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

    Feb 2, 2000
    No one would get away with covering me with their muzzle without a severe tongue lashing! If they were the guest of a more experienced person, that individual would also be the recipient of my stern advice.
  2. Rally Vincent

    Rally Vincent Bipolar

    Feb 16, 2003
    The Bar.
    Glad I don't have to worry about that here. You flag someone at the range with a loaded firearm, you're going to be wishing you didn't real quick.

  3. Mr Spock

    Mr Spock Vulcan

    Jan 6, 2008
    I've had situations similar in the past, and I wi usually, in a polite but firm tone, explain to the person what they did and that it is a serious safety issue. If they don't correct the behavior I notify a RO immediately. I care too much about myself to let some Dbag at a range shoot me!

    Before I take a new shooter to the range I sit down at home with them and every gun we will be shooting. We verify they are unloaded and go over controls, grip, sites, but above all safety. Don't have time to sit through my instruction and I don't have time to take you to the range. I consider that for their benefit and everyone's safety. I do it this way so we can speak in depth without the distractions and ear pro and really go over the safety rules.
  4. Infinity23


    Aug 31, 2009
    Simple rule of life I've followed:

    Ask 'em, Tell 'em, Make 'em.

    When they walked onto the range, there were signs with the safety rules, right?
    (Asked them)

    First time she flagged you, say something. Use it as a "learning" experience for her. Explain the rules of safety and SHOW her how to unload and show clear before walking off the line.
    (Told them)

    Second time she flagged you, unload and show clear that weapon FOR her and escort them to the RSO or better yet...the parking lot.
    (Made them)

    Gun safety is everyone's responsiblity...anyone can call "Cease Fire".

    Just my opinion...
  5. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    You got that damn right.
  6. LApm9

    LApm9 Silver Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    South Louisiana
    "A soft answer turneth away wrath." That could also be an opportunity make a teachable moment, beginning with "Hi miss. Is this your first visit here?"

    In this political world, it is best if we can convince as many newbies as possible comfortable with us gun-lovers.

    If they are resistant to safety training, then call in the RSO.
  7. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    That's true but it would piss me off if someone still did that to me. Of course that doesn't give me the right to lash out at them. I know.
  8. I used to go to a range when I lived in a resort area. It was during a time when many New Workers would buy vacation homes and pretend they lived there. For many, it meant they could buy guns and play cowboy.

    Eventually, the range I visited was frequented by these weekenders. Many had no idea on how guns operated and would try to guess at the range. Many times, I would remind these people to keep their weapons aimed down range.. that is where the targets are.

    The last time I went to the range, several vacationers were trying to figure out how to load and operate their automatic. One of the guys held the gun sideways, and tried to slowly pull the slide back and slowly ease it forward, with fingers all over the trigger area. Though the gun was aimed right at me, I simply moved out of his line of fire and reminded the group about what gun safety meant. I actually remained calm, but I never went back to a public range for years. Instead, I practiced on private property.

    I live in Kansas now and go to a range in Missouri. It is state run and range control is extremely tight. The shooting positions make it tough to shoot other shooters and no rapid fire is permitted. Additionally, it is all regimented and controlled. I like it for basic marksmanship and it is very inexpensive. The place gets very crowded when the weather is nice and all sorts of people show up. So far, I have not seen anything unsafe there. If you are in the KC area, it is Parma Woods.

    Lately, I have been looking for a place where some combat tactics can be practiced. Finding something at a reasonable cost would be nice. Though I can legally shoot on my property, I prefer not to alarm neighbors who are not far away.

    Another issue I face is that I do not have a great deal of free time, with a house full of kids. I prefer not to have a long drive to the range, only to find it packed full with a waiting line. I guess the crowds come along with the large numbers supporing the 2nd amendment.
  9. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    My last trip to a public range before joining my club was a bit tense.

    Guy with a new Beretta Storm kept loading it by turning it sideways - pointing it right at me and racking the slide repeatedly, with his finger in the trigger guard. :faint:

    He was having some trouble figuring it out. I helped him with that and gently coached him to keep it pointed "thataway" at all times.

    Then he proceeds to shoot at rocks and crap on the ground about 10 feet out from the line. WTF? I packed up my stuff, called a cease fire and hung up some paper for him on the target boards. His girlfriend said "This is his first pistol..." Really?

    Thankfully at my private club I haven't encountered too much nonsense. I rarely use the indoor pistol range. I prefer the outdoor range where the firing pits are separated from each other by concrete walls.

    Honestly, and I know it will never happen, I wish basic gun safety / air rifle class or something was a part of every high school gym curriculum for a couple of weeks.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  10. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    A "severe tongue lashing" does not get your point across & teaches them nothing. It only distracts by putting people in a defensive mode & they don't really hear what you're saying.
  11. Rumbler_G20


    Dec 5, 2011
    N. Florida
    IF it appears due to simple unfamiliarity the first time I may have something nice to say.

    The second time, point out firmly but calmly that pointing a weapon at someone is often considered a direct threat to life.

    The third time is a charm. I've found an elixir that leaves an indelible impression and stops future violations cold.

    It is whatever that stuff is that leaves a black .45 caliber ring on the tip of their nose once I have screwed my 1911 on it.:upeyes:
  12. YtownGlock

    YtownGlock Rookie

    Jan 2, 2012
    I have to agree, the last thing you ever want to do is yell at someone who is holding a firearm and putting even more stress and pressure on them than there already is, especially if it is their first time.

    When I went through the police academy, nothing bad happened, but if something were to happen, someone would yell Code Red and the instructor would walk over, have the person who is being unsafe unload and hand their weapon over and be asked to leave.

    The only time we got a sever tongue lashing is when we were all sitting down, guns unloaded and holstered, and one of the instructors chewed us all out for a mistake one person in our group made earlier.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  13. 100MMFan


    May 7, 2011
    Round Rock, Texas
    There are a lot of gun owners out there who have never had proper firearm training. I'd even say the majority. You can only get it from a good civilian class, hunting or shooting with a parent or grandparent who can kick your ass, or professional police/military trainers who will kya. A lot of gun accidents happen just from not knowing what can always happen with carelessness.

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  14. Rumbler_G20


    Dec 5, 2011
    N. Florida

    I think that the $64 question is: "And who's problem should that be?"

    The threat, or the one being threatened?

    Seems pretty obvious in those simple terms doesn't it? Makes me wonder what those "have a nice sweet gentle talk with them - it is not their fault they are ignorant" folks are smoking.

    . . hopefully it is something that makes them highly bullet resistant. ;):rofl::wow:
  15. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles

    [ame=""]The Range Idiot Song (Don't Shoot) - YouTube[/ame]
  16. And what will you feel if next month you read in the paper where these fools accidentally kill some kid on that range?

    Look, you don't have to flip out but you can give them a serious talking to.

    I would.

  17. YtownGlock

    YtownGlock Rookie

    Jan 2, 2012
    To be honest, I wouldn't feel anything. Most times I try to tell people how to do something right because they were doing it wrong or unsafely they just tell me to go F%$K myself or just F%^K off. It seems every time I am presented with the opportunity to have a "serious talking to" with someone it ends being that person who is the "No, I'm always right, everyone else is wrong" type. So I just don't bother anymore.

    I used to have a job in high school and in my early years in college that required me to correct people's mistakes and behavior in the name of safety. After almost 4 years I resigned. And when asked why I did it I replied, "I got tired of coming up with impossible solutions to problems created by other *******ing people."
  18. vram74


    Feb 21, 2010
    You should've performed several mag dumps downrange while cussing as loud as possible. Probably would've spooked them enough to leave. :rofl:
  19. The_man


    Jan 22, 2012
    Yeah this guy should be banned from the range for at least a year. If someone repeatedly points a gun at me after I've warned them not to I'd probably point one back.
  20. jprj


    Aug 5, 2001
    The knowing everything and doing nothing, leave the range and report it to their management.