A few days ago, I was at one of the local shooting ranges having a little fun with my AR-15, and practicing with my FNX-9 and my LC9. It moderately crowded, but not to the point that it made me uncomfortable. There were a few older regulars a couple lanes over to the left, cracking jokes and comparing groups, and there was a woman finishing up a private CCW class with an instructor to the right of me, so I was comfortable.
A little later, the woman and instructor left and two teenagers (probably 18-20) come down the stairs into the range with an AR-15 and a Walther P99. They looked like trouble, not necessarily because of the way they were dressed, but the way they were acting. Being very loud, staring everyone down, holding the gun sideways while shooting as fast as they can without any targets up, etc.
Several minutes later, I went to grab another target (had my targets/extra emmo/case etc. leaning against the back wall). I saw them out of the corner of my eye and heard them make a comment "dude thinks he's swat or something hahahahahahaha" (I assume because I was shooting with my 5.11 vest on and wearing combat boots). I shrugged it off, then walking back to my lane, I noticed they were talking about the P-99, laughing, and waving it all over the place. All over the place as in, sweeping my chest and head and the other shooters several times, and the guy had his finger resting on the trigger.
Now, I know it's a local shooting range, and normally I'll just ignore a little accidental sweeping, but this was just downright blatantly absurd. To make things worse, when they turned back to their lane, they started shooting the pistol. Meaning they sweeped everyone in the range with a hot pistol and their finger on the trigger. I decided to have a word with them. When they finished up their mags, and were reloading, I stepped over to them and politely but firmly said, "Excuse me, please keep the gun pointed downrange, waving it around is making me a little uncomfortable."
Both of them started laughing, and one of them said "Dude chill the (expletive) out, ain't nobody gonna shoot you" and waved it around again. I responded, "Seriously, stop. You're going to end up shooting one of us or yourself." The guy says "Whatever dude, (expletive) off! What are you gonna do about it?" Without saying a word, I went back upstairs to the range officer and told him about what had happened. He said he'd take care of it, and I left with a bad taste in my mouth, as normally the people who frequent this range are very safe.
Anyway, this got me to thinking; what would've happened if it had escalated a little further, and he pointed the pistol at me? If some joker did that out on the street, or heck, even out hunting, I would've responded with force. Even if I hadn't, if they had been caught they would've been in serious trouble. So why do people assume such dangerous behavior is okay on the range?
So here is the theoretical scenario: What would you do if, say, you were at the range and in my situation, politely confronted the two, and they pointed their pistol at you in a threatening manner? I think being at the shooting range this throws some very interesting variables into the equation. I can't even begin to imagine how the older gentlemen would've reacted, how the police would've reacted, how the law would apply, and how a prosecutor would react if this situation had turned into a shooting. It seems incredibly, incredibly unlikely that, even if they pointed the pistol at me on purpose, they would've shot me. Don't know about you guys, but I take having a loaded 9mm pistol pointed directly at my chest at point black range VERY, VERY seriously, regardless of where it happens.
And here are cliff notes, as I've been told I'm a little too wordy sometimes
At the shooting ranges, two younger gentleman wave a loaded gun around, sweeping everyone in the range. I confront them about it politely, and they essentially insult me and continue to sweep everyone in the range.