I hadn't been to the range in a few weeks so I opted to go plinking for a bit tonight. I was in the last stall on the pistol side and I had just finished off a 100 pack of Wally World Winchesters. As I emptied my first mag of the new box I felt my pocket vibrating and heard a squealing sound through my ear muffs. I ejected my now empty mag and put down my M&P and grabbed my keys out of my pocket.
I looked at my pager remote and it's flashing/vibrating/sounding. At first I thought the concussions from the range must have set off the shock sensor. The car was parked less than ten feet from the outside of the range wall.
I focus on the screen expecting it to say "Shock sensor" but instead it says "Door open". What???!!! door open?
The possibilities quickly run through my mind and I think "no one would be stupid enough to break into a car parked at a gun range. Would they?"
I look down at my M&P, both the mags are empty... what do I do??? (I had a serious oh crap moment).
I holster my gun and grab a handful of bullets and start loading a mag as I make my way out of the range. Two range guys see me and ask "is that your car?" as one follows me out the front door (armed).
I get outside and see my car lights flashing like a Christmas tree but no one around (By this point I had 6 rounds in the mag and the gun was locked and loaded, but reholstered).
We survey the car, no damage, doors locked, glass not broken.
I still don't know what the hell happened, the alarm is less than a month old and it's never flaked out on me like that before.
But I learned a VERY valuable lesson tonight. Always keep an extra mag loaded at the range. You never know when you might need it.