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Old 02-03-2013, 04:47 AM   #1
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So this question has been burning in the back of my head lately, and now with the tragic news of Chris Kyle I have to ask. Absolutely nothing against brand new gun owners because we all can made mistakes, but I'm having a hard time going to the range on weekends now when there appears to be many brand new gun owners. I've only seen a few clowns that made me nervous where I've just sat back and watched to make sure they weren't being reckless, but I've seen plenty of people that while always pointing the barrel down-range, certainly appear a bit nervous. I'm by no means a seasoned expert, but know enough to help others out when I can or at least point them out the SO. And of course there's a thread here with some crazy and tragic range stories.

So the question is, how many of you wear body armor to the range? Am I just paranoid to consider it? If you do, what are wearing? Level II or IIIA?

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I have never even considered this. I guess I live in a small town, with few people at the range. Everyone where I live owns a gun or 3 anyways.

Ive always figured the gun range is the safest place to be.

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Range safety violations should be reported to the staff.

On the vest issue, IMO one should train as realistic as possible.
(And standing at a line, shooting paper, is not training. It is practice for shooting.)

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We were muzzle flashed by some clown yesterday at the range. He was jawjacking with two friends and holding a revolver by the frame facing backwards and parallel to the firing line. We were on our way out and there wasn't anyone else in that bay, but that's how sh!t happens. Ignorant, careless people

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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away......

I used to have the responsibility to take non-combat arms branch Lt Cols for their "familiarization" fire. They did not have to qualify- just fire 2 mags with pistol, 2 mags with rifle, and get the bullets to go in the general direction of between the range limit left and right markers.

Most were Staff Judge Advocate, Adjutant General, or similar. Most had never fired a weapon. Once in a while an Ordnance officer would creep in- THEY were good. The others?

I wore a flack jacket and a loaded 45.

My current range? Nope. We are self policing, and pretty good about range manners.

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Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away......

I used to have the responsibility to take non-combat arms branch Lt Cols for their "familiarization" fire. They did not have to qualify- just fire 2 mags with pistol, 2 mags with rifle, and get the bullets to go in the general direction of between the range limit left and right markers.

Most were Staff Judge Advocate, Adjutant General, or similar. Most had never fired a weapon. Once in a while an Ordnance officer would creep in- THEY were good. The others?

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My current range? Nope. We are self policing, and pretty good about range manners.
We you allowed to return fire?

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when I was at the AFA I spent a summer as a combat arms instructor, teaching new cadets fresh out of high school how to operate and maintain the M16. During the live fire portion of the day, we as range officers had loaded M9s on us.

However, they were not to be used in the case of an idiot shooter, but in case someone went postal on the line from all the "mental stresses" of basic training. Obviously no one ever went crazy and started shooting at anything but paper, but we did have several people who got smashed in the face by the side of their rifle as we kicked the muzzle to point back down range when they tried to turn around to us to indicate they had a jam and didn't know what to do.

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I'd rather catch a bullet in the vest,than in the chest. Being a range officer I've seen some dumb sh!t like guys shooting steel plates at 25 yards with an AR and people banging jammed guns on tables. I was muzzle swept by a woman with a .44 magnum who didn't speak english so she didn't understand any of the range commands. If I had been closer I would have disarmed her and probably hurt her in the process. She had no idea why or what I was yelling at her. By the time I closed the gap to her someone else had directed the gun down range. She could have easily killed someone and I honestly came close to drawing on her. You don't always get a second chance when it comes to an idiot with a gun. A vest is a good idea.

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hahahaa that made me laugh so hard.
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You don't always get a second chance when it comes to an idiot with a gun. A vest is a good idea.
Yeah, I'm seriously thinking about dropping $400 on a concealed IIIA vest and considering it a lifetime insurance payment on center mass protection.
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