Wrong to open carry at a range?

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Franklin1995, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. Franklin1995

    Franklin1995 New Member

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    Hey guys, I've got a quick question for you. Is it wrong to open carry my pistol when I go to the shooting range? I was at a local range last weekend with my beretta m9 sitting in my thigh holster, magazine out and slide locked back. I was immediately confronted by multiple staff members telling me that it wasn't a smart idea to wear my pistol in a holster. They said it wasn't against the rules, only it was frowned upon. I don't have a case for it, and don't really feel like dishing out the money for one (i'm a poor 18 year old). Has anyone else ran into something like this, or am I just not aware of proper gun range etiquette?
     
  2. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    No magazine and slide locked back is the rule at our local range. If there is no rule against it I'm not sure why people are upset. It is a GUN range after all. Confused.
     

  3. Rick1967

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    If it is not against the rules I don't know why it would be frowned upon. If I ran a range and didn't want people doing something, I would make a rule against it. I would post the rules at the entrance of the building.
     
  4. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I don't see anything wrong here. OP, I think you should go back and ask what the SPECIFIC problem is, and report back to us.
     
  5. John_Deer

    John_Deer New Member

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    I wouldn't go back to that range. I have found when I have a bad experience from the start at a range things are not going to get better.

    You can use an old computer bag for a range bag. I have a nice leather computer bag I got at the goodwill for $5. You can get soft pistol cases for under $10 almost anywhere. I like the computer bag because it doesn't look like a gun bag sitting on the seat. With ammo and my cover garment in the computer bag it looks innocuous. All the slots in the computer bag keep my magazines, glasses and other necessities in order.
     
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  6. Byron0022

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    I joined a shooting club here in Chattanooga. Their rule is, if you carry you can carry but if you unholster you have to clear and go cold and stay that way. I never, ever go to the range without my loaded carry weapon on my person. While the other members I have met seem like nice folks, I don't know them so I don't trust em.
     
  7. cllowe

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    I always carry at the range. Call me crazy but I don't want to be down range putting targets up and some wacko start shooting. I at least want a fighting chance. But hey that stuff don't happen does it. Crime rate is at a all time low.
     
  8. Franklin1995

    Franklin1995 New Member

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    I prefer to carry at a range for similar reasons as cllowe. While I was there I had a full magazine in my back pocket that stayed there the whole time. And their RSO was open carrying. If they can open carry, shouldn't I be allowed to? And he didn't have his slide locked back either. I guess it's okay for them to feel safe and carry, but not their customers.

    John: I really don't feel like I should have to do that. The laws here in Florida allow me to open carry if I'm engaged in lawful shooting activities at a range, and on my way to and from the range. I paid abit for my holster, so why not use it? Plus I like training with it, drawing and taking the safety off and putting a couple rounds down range. I just don't understand why people that work at a gun range/store seemed so afraid of me carrying a gun on my side.
     
  9. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    While I don't go to that kind of range (mine is basically several open lanes in a field with dirt backstops and no employees on site, and yes I do open carry at it), I don't see a problem with it if it's not against the rules. Your in a place full of guns, with people actively shooting and handling guns. How could wearing an unloaded gun on your hip cause problems?
     
  10. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    As soon as they said it isn't against the rules, you should have told them to go frown somewhere else.
     
  11. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    My range rules are very clearly posted, so I follow them. With one deviation that's been clarified by the range master.

    Open carry onto the range, slide back, empty chamber is fine. Once guns get to the firing line, flag is inserted and it stays on the bench during prep time or range cold.

    When the gun leaves the firing line, such as to replace it on the firing line with another, it's shown clear to the range officer and stowed in a bag or case. If you don't have a bag or case, it just stays on the line with a flag in it.

    (The only deviation from the posted rules) Carrying a loaded gun with a round chambered OFF/FROM the range (NOT downrange) is fine. They understand that people come and shoot, and then carry on about their day. Loading on the range and holstering it there is safer than doing so at your car.

    I'm not too worried about someone going postal at the range. The range I go to is the sheriff's office range, and it's almost over staffed with deputies who volunteer their time, and regardless of the fame, it'd a small town. Plus, I shoot steel, so I have no need to go downrange, meaning my gun is always within arm's reach with a loaded mag on hand.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    partner, my suggestion isto find another range to shoot at. these people seem like class A douchebags. probably because your not in the inner circle or something.

    it's not against the rules, but is frowned upon for doing it? where is the logic in that statement? there isn't.

    personally i have not one problem with follwing rules when i am on someone else's property, but if it's frowned upon, but they don't have a rule against, tough! if they don't like it and frown upon someone doing they need to make a rule applying to it. then IMO they have a leg to stand on when they say something to someone for doing it.
     
  13. deadsp0t

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    This.
    I'd take my money and gun elsewhere, like stated there's no reason to approach you if you're not breaking any rules by their own admission.
     
  14. Byron0022

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    The club I go to had to install overhead material about 25 feet away from the firing line toward the targets. Buffering is what they called it. It was explained that the insurance company required it a few years ago to prevent stray rounds from leaving the lanes. They also explained that insurance requirement further restricted drawing from the hip on the range and shoot and move type activities. I'm not saying they don't go on there during competitions but they will put your card for doing it any other time.
     
  15. DrFootball

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    At Our range it's simple: no loaded guns un cased or un holstered. Un case at the firing line only. Full time LE's may carry their duty gun into or out of the range area.
    So whatever I'm carrying, Goes into the case with the others until I get inside.
     
  16. AR10

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    Every range has range rules. Suggest to them, to add their preference to the clearly stated rules, so everyone can follow them.
     
  17. GTX63

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    You made a point to mention that you are 18. Maybe you sense there was a little profiling going on. It wouldn't be the first time somebody got hassled over their age.
     
  18. 7point62

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    there it is. we frown on it. yeah well frown this
     
  19. Donn

    Donn New Member

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    C'mon RJ. Their range, their rules, (posted or not), and your advice is to tell them to pound sand? The young man didn't have anything to carry in but a holster? I've seen guys come to the range/LGS with their weapon in a plastic grocery bag. Not very elegent, but it worked. Or, vote with your feet. Point is, there are better ways to handle something like this than going right to Def Con 1
     
  20. SSGN_Doc

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    The range near me has a strict policy if no handling of invaded firearms at the firing line or behind it while the range is in "cold" condition which is the only time shooters are allowed down range. The range has a series of blue LED lights that are activated from any one shooting position by flipping up a switch. Any one switch will turn the lights on, but they all have to be turned off for the lights to go out. Each shooter has a badge that they hang near their switch once the range is called cold and they go down range. The range is 200 yds long with several sets of berms that could make folks down range not visible for periods of time on their way to and from the targets. Range isn't made "hot" again until all the switches are off. And all the badges are back on the shooters.

    During that whole cold range period firearms are on benches or in cases with actions open and mags out.

    That's just the way they roll there, but they don't want anyone accidentally shot. That is the rifle side of the range. Pistol side is similar, except you can holster, and draw from the holster once the range is hot. Cold range still equals all guns on the bench or in a closed case and no handling uncased firearms during a cold range.
    This is a large range, well staffed, and well monitored.

    The range I used to go to in Georgia was a public range on DNR land and had no range master. I always had a loaded, holstered pistol with me. Lots of places to dump a body for the gators and hogs out there. I didn't want to be their next meal. But the general rule was the same, that you don't actively manipulate a firearm while people are down range.