Have you ever heard anything like this while range shooting?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by Dearhunter, May 4, 2012.

  1. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Range-master on speaker.

    Ready on the left, ready on the right, (BANG)!!will the "AO" that fired that shot clear your weapon and step back from the line. A shooter cleared his weapon, stepped back and fainted.

    This actually happened at the US Naval Academy when I was a shooting range DI. I still break out laughing when I think about it today.
     
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  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Lol that's too funny.
    I was in the club gunshop a couple weeks ago paying off my Ruger 10/22 and they were in the range downstairs and I heard...
    Cease fire! Weapons down and empty ,chambers open BANG!
    Put the fu#king down down!
    Watch your muzzle! Watch your muzzle! Put the fu#king gun down and step off the fu#king line now!
    It then got very quiet.
    Not sure what happened down there but I don't think anyone got hurt. First time I've heard anything like that come from that range. Pretty entertaining from a safe area. Lol
     

  3. c3shooter

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    (Chuckle!) Memories- Night fire range, Ft Polk LA. We have been waiting several hours in blackout conditions on a DARK range, waiting for full night vision to develop- 40 shooters on line, M14 rifles. Big concern was the RO in the tower could not physically see all persons on the line, and there was a procedure to be sure that NO ONE was forward of the firing line.

    RO, on loudspeaker would ask "Is there ANYONE downrange?" Pause for 3 seconds, lsitening. Repeat, pause, listen. 3rd time, pause, then "Shooters- the line is no longer clear, LOAD one 10 round magazine, release your safeties, commence fire"

    Except one night, on the 3rd repeat, from WAY down range, we hear this faint shout " Yesssssss!!!!!" Check fire!- sent cadre down range with red lights- found 2 lost trainees from the night compass course.

    They were totally lost, over a mile from were they should have been, and were about 400 meters downrange from us.
     
  4. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    It is very sad at many public shooting ranges today. It is a like a "clusterXXXX" at many of them. Wish there was someway to have assigned range masters at least during prime hours. Or at least proper signage with rules.
     
  5. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    The club I belong to has 11 ranges in the complex & the range officer roams the area from range to range on a 4-wheeler. I personally haven't seen any mishaps, but have heard about them or have seen the results. One, on the pistol range I use, is a bullet hole in the back wall of the shed over the firing line. First rule is all weapons are ALWAYS pointed down range whether loaded or unloaded. Somebody must have forgotten that one. Luckily, no one was sitting on the bench in that spot, at least there were no blood stains!

    I always go on a weekday & most times no one else is there. :) Even when there is, no more than one or two & easy to keep an eye on them. Scariest is when some guy has someone with him & you can tell they are a novice.
     
  6. tomingreeneco

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    Joined a club in 1970 and can tell stories all night about the screw-ups that used the ranges there (It's a wonder no one got hurt). I now have my own set up at the far end of my property. No more a--holes. I invite who I want or shoot by myself.
     
  7. Tackleberry1

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    Yes, many times, and I was the one dropping the EF bombs...

    The worst was a day at the local public range. My son was 15 at the time and shooting one of my 1911's. We had two other shooters sharing a lane abbot 4 lanes to our right when one of them experienced a malfunction with his Glock and reached to rack the slide.

    2 Problems, first, his booger hooker was still on the trigger, second, rather than rotating his body to keep his muzzle down range, he crossed his body and pointed his G17 directly at my son! I pulled my son back toward me behind the firing line with my left hand and took the loaded 1911 from him with my right.

    Keeping my pistol downrange I shouted a "corrective order" to the fellow who had just flagged my son. He apologized, packed up and left.

    Got into my private club two years ago and no problems since.

    Thank God, I was getting really tired of playing Drill Sergeant.
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    As an R.O. I actually hit a guy with a clipboard.
     
  9. billt

    billt New Member

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    I've seen many stupid, (and dangerous), things happen at public shooting ranges in the past. So much so I stopped shooting at them for a few years. I joined a private club and that eliminated the problem, but opened up another one. Shooting outdoors here in Phoenix is a poor proposition in the Summer months. Temperatures can easily hit 115 in the shade in June through August. One of the bigger public indoor ranges here opened up a "branch" store and range just a few miles from me so I went to check it out. They also sell a lot of nice AR stuff at good prices, and have Mag-Pul, P-Mags as cheap as any mail order outfit.

    I started talking to one of the guys behind the counter who seemed knowledgeable, and showed a lot of common sense in his conversation. I told him about the problem of being muzzle swept several times at the other location by idiots shooting there, and more importantly how it went unchecked when I told the range officer about it. He admitted that several people had complained, and that they had addressed the issue by having the range under much closer scrutiny.

    Also, because for some reason indoor ranges have become a favorite place for many nut cases to commit suicide at by renting a gun, then blowing their brains out at the first opportunity. We have about 2 or more a year here in Phoenix at all of the various indoor ranges. One just occurred at the Scottsdale Gun Club. That guy failed at his attempt and lived. It tends to be a turn off to get spattered with blood and brains, not to mention a stray bullet from these idiots, when all you're after is a nice day of target practice.

    The Scottsdale Gun Club is starting construction on a new 100 YARD indoor range near here soon. It will be the longest indoor range in the country when completed. That will be super for getting high powered rifles dialed with zero wind conditions to effect anything. It will have a capacity up to and including .50 BMG.

    I have started going back to the new range near me, and I have to say the manager I spoke with was telling it like it is. They have someone inside the range, as well as another person monitoring several closed circuit monitors outside. I felt much safer than in the past. Especially when a car load of Mexicans show up with their over painted and perfumed girlfriends, trying to impress them with their Kel-Tec's and Hi-Points. :rolleyes:
     
  10. jjfuller1

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    think you left out a zero.



    during bootcamp night fire. you heard the usual, make ready, shoot your target when targets appear, targets. bang, bang, bang.. as i squeezed the trigger i assumed i would fire one round. after the 3rd round i turned to see the DI 2 inches from my face with his light.. my selector switch was stuck halfway between semi, and burst. it was enough so that it burst fired. my DI quickly flipped it to semi and must have saw how scared my expression was. he simply said dont do it again.. now keep shooting.
     
  11. trip286

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    Fort AP Hill, Virginia, summer, 2003...
    I was sitting in a porta John, WAY behind the firing line, doing what one does while sitting in a PJ in the hot summer sun. The firing line went hot, and suddenly three holes appeared in the front wall with extremely loud popping, with matching exit holes in the back wall. I was suddenly finished with my business.
     
  12. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    When I was in boot camp, during rifle qualifications, I did a stupid "uckup". I fired a bullseye on the target of the guy next to me. It caused me to get a "maggie's drawers", my a$$ chewed, and made me score "sharpshooter" instead of "expert", but it did have a positive side. They counted the bullseye for the other guy, which let him barely qualify as "marksman" by one point, where he would have failed to qualify if I hadn't done that. Semper Fi.
     
  13. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Once, in the middle '90s I was at an outdoor range pokin' holes in paper at 50 yards with a Ruger .45 Colt "Blackhawk", when up came a faggy young "man" in his early 20's, with a group of teenage "groupies". He got a blanket outta his wagon, threw it down, and there were about a dozen miscellaneous handguns in it. He was showing off what a "man" he was for his young recruits. He couldn't hit the broad side of a barn even if he was on the inside. He looked at me, then mumbled something to his "boys". I saw him from the corner of my eye pick up a Freedom Arms .454 Casull, then walk behind me. I knew what was coming, so I braced myself, and when he fired a shot over my shoulder with the Casull, I was ready, and showed no reaction at all. I just squeezed off another shot with my Blackhawk. Then he went back to to his harem and apparently asked them how I reacted. One of them said, "He didn't even act like he knowed you wuz shootin'". The guy got a really pouty look on his face, and I thought he was going to cry. A few minutes later I packed up my stuff and drove to the range office, and told them how this clown was acting. I hope they sent him and is harem on their way.
     
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  14. MikeJK

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    Safety is a must but some, well, most take safety and turn it into douche baggery. There's a fine line and unfortunately to many ROs and shooters have self esteem issues and go on a power trip.
     
  15. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Part of the ongoing effort to prove that you don't have to be smart to be in charge.
    :D
     
  16. Gonzilla

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    In Ft. Knoxx, KY a deer managed to run from one end of the range to the other unscathed. Minor miracle - haven't seen anything like it until a rather adventurous or suicidal squirrel decided to gather his nuts in the middle of our rifle range - on a weekend !

    In basic training, you spend the morning throwing dummy grenades in preparation for throwing a live one in the afternoon. A young female recruit, 4'10" maybe 90 lbs barely got a live one out of the hole and while no one was hurt, we all got a dirt & small rock shower. We all thought it was pretty funny as we were dusting ourselves off until somebody noticed a full bird had joined us.

    Evidently, He did Not find it as amusing as we did and the A$$ chewings flowed downhill fast & furious like...
     
  17. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Maybe he shoulda thrown himself on it so nobody else would get dirty. :D
     
  18. jjfuller1

    jjfuller1 New Member

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    we need more of theses @ss chewings in the civilian workplace. i cant tell you how many times a day i want to be in someones face!
     
  19. glibshoot

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    Only time I've ever felt in danger of being shot by some idiot while on the range is when a carload of good ol' boy white guys of Swedish descent showed up and started acting like the redneck a-holes they are.
    "Mexicans", eh? Or just people who have darker skin and happen to speak with a "Mexican" accent?
     
  20. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    I worked at an indoor range in Indy for a while, and from time to time we'd have a bunch of retardo's show up with lotsa bucks. They'd rent a full auto machine gun for plenty bucks, buy a thousand rounds or so of ammo, and spend what seemed like an eternity shooting up the range. The target hangers in their lanes would be demolished, the cables that held the hangers severed by wild shots, the ceiling and walls full of places where chips of concrete were knocked off. Then after the smoke cleared, there'd be a target lying on the floor where the hanger was knocked down, but there'd not be one hole in the target. Then we'd spend a few hundred bucks and a few hours labor rebuilding the lane. The safest place out there would have been right in front of the target. :D