I joined a shooting club once that was located near the southern tip of Texas.
The club president took my money and then gave me a key. He had a warning about the range, which had thick mesquite on two sides.
"If you're ever down here alone", he said, "be sure to take a gun with you when you go downrange, to change or look at your targets."
"Folks will pop out of the brush and shoot you with your own rifle while you are down there, and then sell your stuff for drug money."
I guess that was the most dangerous range that I ever shot at and yes, I did carry a gun with me while checking or replacing my targets, at that range. Nine times out of ten, I was the only one shooting there as I tend to shoot most often on weekdays, early in the morning.
When I moved to a more civilized part of the state, I had to give up the habit. - It would have been out of place, and I would have been embarrassed if somebody came in and saw me down there at the target butts with a rifle.
The standard drill that I grew up with was that your gun sits on the bench - open, unloaded, and untouched - while any kind of downrange activity is going on.
I feel a lot more comfortable with that, and was glad to get back to it.
Kind Regards, Salvo
When you are dead, you won't even know that you are dead... It's a pain only felt by others.
- Same thing when you are stupid.
Last edited by Salvo; 04-17-2013 at 06:23 PM.