Stupid things you've seen or done at the range.......

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by winds-of-change, May 10, 2011.

  1. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    MobileMarine's "Huh? What?" thread reminded me of something stupid I did my first time at the range and I thought I'd share it.

    I have very little experience with guns and a friend got me hooked on shooting. I bought myself a revolver and when I felt ready, I took it to the range. I went to a very small indoor range and I was there alone. I'm excited as I could be........I was shooting my very own gun for the very first time. As I'm unpacking my gun and ammo, I'm running all the rules through my head......keep it pointed downrange, don't put my finger on the trigger until I'm ready to shoot, open the cylinder when setting it down, etc.

    So, I'm excited beyond belief, I lay the gun on the bench, open my very first box of .38 ammo and load 6 rounds into the cylinder. I lift the gun, mindful of my stance and where my hands are on the gun. Steady the gun, pushing forward with the strong hand, pulling back with the support hand, etc.

    I FIRE OFF THE FIRST ROUND EVER FROM MY VERY OWN GUN!!! I am stunned and after freezing for a moment, I set the gun down and take a few steps back. In all my excitement, I forgot to put my eyes and ears on. I am totally but temporarily deaf in my left ear and the right one is ringing like crazy. I am embarrassed and afraid for my hearing health at the same time. I gather my wits about me, put my eyes and ears on and have a wonderful shooting experience for the rest of the time at the range.

    Let me guarantee anyone who may not know. A GP100 is a very loud gun. :eek:

    Anyone else want to share a story?
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I was at an indoor range a couple of months ago and 3 English tourists rented a 9mm pistol. The range employee showed them how the pistol operated and left. I was wary of newbies shooting next to me so I watched. The 1st one up placed his thumb over the strong hand so I stopped them and ended up giving a basic lesson. This was the 1st time these guys had ever touched a firearm. I was kind of mad at the employee for not showing them at least the proper grip. The shooter would have gashed his thumb. At least these guys were willing to listen and were pretty nice. They ended up buying a couple more boxes of ammo and had a lot of fun. Sadly they will probably never touch a handgun again unless they come back to the US. They were totally amazed that I could carry a handgun and the guns I was shooting were mine.
     

  3. AusLach

    AusLach New Member

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    Not at the range but while out shooting...

    My brothers and I went for a drive in the ute with my .223 and the .25-06 to get some roos for dog meat. Out of the passenger's side window I spotted a mob so we pulled up the vehicle and from inside the cab I rested my rifle on the door frame to get a steady shot. Little did I know, my brother had set up the bipod of the .25-06 out across the bonnet. I drew a bead and fired, and an instant later there was a massive crack as my brother fired too.

    I immediately fell into the footwell, the quarter-bore's muzzle had been about a foot away from my head. After the ringing had subsided and I had finished yelling at my idiot brother, I could only begin to laugh as he had cracked his windscreen from the centre all the way over to the A-pillar!
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I saw a joung man with expensive "grill" work showing his girl how to shoot.
    Her grip needed a little work and as a NRA Instructor, I was more than willing to assist.

    I explained how a semi-auto has a slide and the thumb of the left hand should not go over the knuckle of the right hand (and with an unloaded semi-auto pistol that I had the slide back on, I demonstrated the proper hold.)

    She shot a couple of rounds and was very pleased with herself. Then the boyfriend wanted to try (his new gun). Long story short, I'm glad I had bandaids with. His thumb was a little torn up. He thought he knew all about guns and was not going to listen to a cracker.
     
  5. JonM

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    When my wife and i first met she was fascinated by my desert eagle 50ae. She begged and begged to go shoot it. So finally we set aside a weekend and went to an outdoor range.

    My wife being a little better endowed than the norm decided to wear a lower cut top to the range. We get there get setup i touch off a few so she can see it in action. The desert eagle 50ae has a LOT of torque rotating the barrel violently to the left and smacking the shooter squarely in the forehead with a smoking hot piece of brass if your grip is the slightest bit weak.

    So i hand her a ball cap and jacket. Telling her its a good idea to wear some protection by pulling the cap down an wear the jacket. She refused and wanted to just try it out. There is no denying her she is the sort that has to learn. The first shot went off the case pinged her right above the shooting glasses in the forhead and came to rest snuggled in her bra to cool off. She had her shirt above her head and her assests out for one and all.

    To this day she does whatever i tell her when it comes to gun safety :)
     
  6. wmille01

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    I was out hunting with my dad (muskrat) so basically target practice, it was a small pond probably only 100yrds x 75yrds. He was standing on the edge of the pond looking for barrow marks. Completely ignoring what I was doing he was about 3 feet from the waters edge and I was up hill of him looking down on the pond. As my old man was sitting there looking at the bank I saw the target pop up. I unleashed two rounds out of my 22 and they hit only about 10 or 15 feet from the old man. He jumped backwards and landed on the ground. After about 10 minutes of yelling at me he realized I'd killed the muskrat. This happened when I was only 14.
     
  7. BlindOldMan

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    Back around '82 or so, a bunch of us went out to a range in Miami, FL. It was a cold range.. We'd there about an hour and had gone through a few cycles of "Cease fire" to "all clear".. So my buddy, very eager to see how well he'd done, hears the "Cease fire", unloads, makes safe, then starts walking downrange while everyone steps back behind the line. You should have heard the RO..

    "Hey, you dumb &*!@#@ in eight! Hey, dumb @#$%!@!! Everybody, take a look at the dumb @#@$!*." He went on for another minute before he let my buddy come back to the line.

    Most recently, about two months ago, had a couple idiots in the lane next to me in an indoor range just south of Ft. Lauderdale. I kid you not, the wife actually put the gun to her head. At one point, the husband took the brass sweep and leaned over the barrier to sweep up brass. He was pushing the barriers into my lane as I was firing. I called the RO and they gave them a warning, but the idiots were PO'd at me because I'd made a fuss. Sorry, but I don't care how much you think I'm an a**hole, don't play around on the range.
     
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  8. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Hey anyone have a Aussie dictionary??


    Scubie :D
     
  9. orangello

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    When i first picked up my XD45, i took it directly to the shooting pit along with a few boxes of Federal. I didn't have ear plugs for anybody, and we spent the ride home yelling "what?" and "do you hear that bell?". Now there are foamy plugs in the range bag, the pistol cases, the gun safe, the car, by the ammo, etc.
     
  10. dunerunner

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    Our range is self controlled, no range master; which is OK since you are generally alone. This day, I was not and my shooting buddy and I arrived while the safe lite was lit and folks were down range.

    Instead of waiting for them to return, I got my rifles out and placed them (unloaded, bolts open) into the gun racks behind the safe line and waited for the three shooters down range to return.

    When they got back one took exception to my handling weapons while shooters were down range and although I thought he was way off base at the time, I can see how it might make one a little nervous having folks drive up and be handling weapons while I'm 100 yards down range.

    Let me say that at no time were weapons pointed down range. Muzzles were always up, until the rifles were placed into the rack behind the firing line.
     
  11. c3shooter

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    From a late friend- in between getting recalled to active duty, he was a cowboy, and, in season, a hunting guide in Arizona. Had some tenderfeet on a packing trip- riding in on horses. Enroute a deer ran out about 150 yards ahead of them. One of his tenderfeet decided to take a shot at it. WHILE STILL SITTING IN THE SADDLE- he pulled his rifle out of the scabbard, leaned forward, LAID THE BARREL IN BETWEEN THE EARS OF HIS HORSE, and touched off a round. Scared old Bessie out of 3 years growth, temporarily deafensed her, gave her a flash burn , and sent her into bucking the IDIOT on her back into the next county. Don quietly demanded all firearms and ammo from him- he spent the next 3 days of the trip riding, no guns. Not on horseback, not on foot. When the idiot complained, Don produced his credentials as a deputy- offered to charge him with felony animal cruely. He shut up.
     
  12. smokinbunta

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    Originally Posted by AusLach
    Not at the range but while out shooting...

    My brothers and I went for a drive in the ute (what the hell is a ute?)with my .223 and the .25-06 to get some roos for dog meat. Out of the passenger's side window I spotted a mob (mob? bunch of people rioting?) so we pulled up the vehicle and from inside the cab I rested my rifle on the door frame to get a steady shot. Little did I know, my brother had set up the bipod of the .25-06 out across the bonnet. (bonnet? A hat? I know this one but could not resist) I drew a bead and fired, and an instant later there was a massive crack as my brother fired too.

    I immediately fell into the footwell, (what the hell is a footwell?)the quarter-bore's muzzle had been about a foot away from my head. After the ringing had subsided and I had finished yelling at my idiot brother, I could only begin to laugh as he had cracked his windscreen (I asume windshield?)from the centre all the way over to the A-pillar! What is a A-pillar?)



    UTE: ???
    Mob: i assume is like a Group??

    Foot well = Floor board of a car
    and the A-pillar is the first pillar on the side of the windshield, then as u go behind the front seats is the B-pillar, and the ones on the side of the rear window would be the C-pillar... we also call it the same in American...
     
  13. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    What an ass. Poor horse.
     
  14. dnthmn2004

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    My recent skeet trip with my buddy, I was getting used to the new "baseball bat" style thrower. I threw one that curved back towards him, and he led the thing almost past the imaginary line between us.

    Red line represents path of clay, blue line represents where my friend was aiming. I damn near **** myself. Thank goodness he didn't shoot. I would only throw trap for him after that ****.:rolleyes:
     

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  15. Jesse17

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    When I was in high school, a buddy and I were out in the woods shooting whatever we found or brought. We decide to go for a walk. We come around a corner in the trail and there is a pile of cement pieces someone dumped with a glass bottle sitting in the pile. The second we see it, my buddy blasts it with his 12 ga. We were about 10 feet from the pile, and something??? glass? cement? bb? comes back and cuts me right over the eye. :mad:
     
  16. Dzscubie

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    UTE: ???
    Mob: i assume is like a Group??

    Foot well = Floor board of a car
    and the A-pillar is the first pillar on the side of the windshield, then as u go behind the front seats is the B-pillar, and the ones on the side of the rear window would be the C-pillar... we also call it the same in American...[/QUOTE]


    Sorry brother don't know where in America you live but in my State (West ..By God.. Texas) we call a pillar what you fluff up on a bed. :D


    Scubie
     
  17. AusLach

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    AusLach's Aussie Terms Dictionary

    Ute:
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    Mob of kangaroos:
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    Footwell:
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    A-Pillar:
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  19. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    He's lucky he wasn't killed. I have a similar story of a woman who claimed to be an experienced rider and asked for the most "spirited" horse to ride.

    The horse got spooked by a truck going over a cattle guard. The "experienced" rider put on the brakes full-bore, the horse came to a complete stop, and the rider went flying over the horse's head.

    The horse decided to run again and hit her in the head with a hoof. Peeled her scalp completely over the back of her head.
     
  20. FaTmAn

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    My partner and i got a call to a apartment that was suppose to be empty was not. Another resident said she heard noise's in the apartment. So my partner and me go to search the unit front door was unlocked my partner was going in first. I had only worked with the guy a few times and he had told me had LE exp and military exp and had been doing security for awhile. So as he draw's his pistol a springfield xd 40 s&w, I hear a loud bang i see my partner going down and i sweep the area thinking he has been shot from somebody in the apartment i pull him out of the door way calling for police, emt and back up and start checking him for wounds as i'm watching the front door from behind a tree. My partner decides to tell me damn i shot myself in the foot. I look and ill be damned if he didnt shoot himself in the foot. Shot his big toe off. Back up arrived and we surrounded the apartment waited for police when they arrived they cleared the apartment found a cat and no sign of nobody else in the apartment. He was let go shortly after
     
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