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Old 10-24-2011, 12:15 PM   #21
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I will let people that ask, shot my firearms and I will swap fireams at the range at time so both of use get to try something different at the range. I do watch everone around me when I first get to a range and get a feel for them to see if they are comfortable with there guns and just how they handle them.

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Do you all let others shoot your firearms?
Absolutely. In fact, I started a range club at my work and I let everyone shoot my stuff.

The deal is that if they want to borrow my firearms while I'm there, they can do so a few times. But if it becomes regular than they pay me like $20 a year to put towards a replacement barrel.

But in general at the range, if someone is interested in my firearms, i see no reason not to let them try it, as long as they haven't been acting like idiots on the line.
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Maybe It's just me but I really enjoy letting others use my firearms when at the range. I can't remember a time I havn't had guys come up and ask me questions or notice older kids glancing over at my bench.

I always ask them if they want to put a few rounds down range, present arms style. Usually it's followed by a bashful, no it's alright. I respond, "are you sure?" They always accept and I hand them a PMag and a box of ammo.

It's awesome when the kids look at their dads and w/ that Christmas morning look in their eyes express their desire to own an AR of their own.

For me there is more joy in that than pulling the trigger myself.

Do you all let others shoot your firearms?
I like going to the range with friends and we share/shoot each others weapons. It just expands the fun and excitment of going to the range.
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Sharing is part of gun ownership.

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when folks I know start talking about "what gun to buy?" my simple advice to them is that there is no easy answer, and the only way to find what you like ergonomically, that fits in your budget, and meets your intended purpose...is to go to the range, pick up a bunch of different guns, shoot them, handle them, clean them, learn them. THEN make an educated choice on what your first gun should be.

I was on a competition shooting team when I was in school. between the 10 active members of the team, we had just about every handgun imaginable, and several combinations of the common ones, Beretta's in 9mm, .40, 1911s bone stock entry model to fully tricked out, glocks, sigs, H&Ks, etc. one guy I know who had his own little mini-car museum/collection (he and his wife owned 15 classic Mopar muscle cars all from 1968-1972) after taking a day and showing us his collection, I took him to the range and borrowed all my buddies hand guns. He was in the market and didn't know what to buy, so we let him "test drive" each of them so he had a good idea of what he wanted and liked. He was more than grateful, and ended up buying a gun of his own a few weeks later, and said that because of what we did for him, he was able to make an informed decision...several years later he said he was still very happy with his purchase and had no 'buyers remorse' from buying the wrong gun the first time, and having to spend money twice.

if folks like us don't share what we already have, how can we expect others interested in the hobby to just jump right in?


now, at the range with other gun owners, I don't mind swapping iron for a few rounds, particularly when it's something unique that I've never handled before. it gives me more trigger time, and broadens my horizons/experiences, and gives me more experience on everything that's out there. if it wasn't for that, I never would have had the chance to fire things like the Magnum 500, or a .454 Catsull, or a Desert Eagle .50, or a semi-auto "Tommy gun" or....

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I havent been to any ranges as my friend has his own range at his place in the country and thats were we go , There is always someone out there with something new to try , Got to shoot his new 9mm not even sure what it was but it felt really good in my hand and got to try out a 25.06 while I was out there that seems to be a go getter coyote gun , I think he has it zeroed for 200 and it only dropped about 14" at 400 yrds which was a hell of a long ways , I have never shot that far before . Always will to let others shoot , never know when I may want to try someone elses stuff out

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Maybe It's just me but I really enjoy letting others use my firearms when at the range. I can't remember a time I havn't had guys come up and ask me questions or notice older kids glancing over at my bench.

I always ask them if they want to put a few rounds down range, present arms style. Usually it's followed by a bashful, no it's alright. I respond, "are you sure?" They always accept and I hand them a PMag and a box of ammo.

It's awesome when the kids look at their dads and w/ that Christmas morning look in their eyes express their desire to own an AR of their own.

For me there is more joy in that than pulling the trigger myself.

Do you all let others shoot your firearms?
Every chance I get.

I especially like letting great looking women shoot.
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I have a group of about 6 or 7 buddies who I take down to my father;s house to spread some lead. Of those 7, only 3 of us own any guns at all and only 2 of us own more than one weapon. One guy has a Glock23 and I like it but it is the only gun he has and he only shares it with a couple of us, even if the whole group is out shooting. I bring my SR9, SKS, .22 rifle, mk3 22/45, and Remington 870 just about everytime we go so we have a variety of experiences and I love to watch my buddies squeeze a few off with each gun. We are very conscious about safety and the guys are all learning very quickly how serious I am about safe directions, empty chambers, and engaged safeties, etc. Only problem with my passion is I usually end up funding our outtings almost exclusively. Thankfully the last couple times we went out a couple of the guys pitched in a 20 here or box of shells there...

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I also like the pay it forward philosophy, I've certainly benefitted from trying out guns that friends have. And we all benefit by encouraging new gun owners.

If I feel good about the person I'll let them try out my guns. I do quiz them somewhat about their experience with guns in general and their notions on safety. I think that's the main thing, you should have a good idea who you're helping out - for safetly and liability reasons.

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Without fail, everytime I take the Mosin or the H&R Young America out, people gather. The H&R I can understand, but I'm shocked by how many have never seen a Mosin Nagant. The "BOOM" of the Mosin grabs 'em as much as the oddity of the H&R. When I empty whichever one I am shooting, they'll ask what it is, we'll chat and I'll offer to let them put a few down range. I have never not shared, whether they offer me the same or not. Last time I let some ol' boy put 3 down range with the mosin, he let my little brother empty a clip through his AR. The look on my brothers face was worth it.

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