OK, so I go to the range today so that my wife can shoot the new XD(M) 4.5" and so that I can rent the XD(M) 5.25" (which is currently only available to rent - more on that later).
So, the majority of this is second-hand, as my wife saw it all and I saw none of it. We were sharing a lane and when she was shooting I was focusing on her, but when I was shooting, she was focusing on those around us.
It started when we were getting ready to go in. A group of 3 really appeared to not know the muzzle from the trigger. The gun shop employee made one of the group prove that he knew his way around a gun by making him do some basic stuff. He assigns them lane 14. We were up next, and when he was assigning us a lane, I said "as far away from lane 14 as possible". We had a little chuckle about it, but little did I know those were the safest people on the range that we could have been around that day.
So, after we leave, my wife lets me know about all that was going on around me. (I suggested that next time she tell me of any unsafe behavior while it's going on and not after the fact... but nonetheless)...
In the lane right next to us is what appears to be a father and adult son sharing a lane. The father was having failure to fire and failure to ejects and other "jams". What does he do? He turns his muzzle 90 degrees to the left (now pointing at me on the other side of the barrier) and stares at his gun inquizitively.
At one point he has his gun upside-down and is shaking it violently to get his double feeds out. He's sweeping me and my wife, who's standing 5 feet behind me.
Cue dummy number 2 who's working with an instructor. Here's another guy who points his muzzle 90 degrees to the left, but this idiot did it with his finger in the trigger. His instructor yells at him to get his finger out of the trigger and only to have it in there when he is on target. At some point, the instruction portion is over and genius number 2 walks back to his lane with is finger firmly on the trigger. (I guess he didn't learn the lesson!)
Made it out alive, but brings up a point that I made to my Basic Handgun instructor the 1st time I shot. I said that I recognize that at some level, I'm putting myself in danger by even being in here!
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