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    Who are the most unsafe shooters at the range?

    In your experience who are the most unsafe shooters you meet at the range? How do you deal with being "flagged" by someone's muzzle?

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    I always try to get a end station so I can just keep an eye on one guy. I have no problem helping someone be safer an try to be civil when explaining how they are being unsafe. I see to many loud mouths hollering at someone instead of helping them.

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    Anyone has the propensity for doing stupid things at a range. I've seen newbies as well as what would be considered experienced shooters doing dumb things. I never hesitate to say something. Depending on what it is, I'll either be nice and thoughtful in my response or I'll yell. I shoot in a range that is open 24 hours a day and there is never a RSO. You're on your own in that type of environment. Remember it's your life you're protecting. good luck
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    Tourists (mostly flatlanders from NY, Conn, and MA) that come up to the county range and have zero clue on what to do. It is an uncontrolled range so no RSO. THough I sometimes wonder if that would make a difference LOL....
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    Like that article said, longtime informal shooters who think they know everything already, and don't take constructive criticism nicely. I'm only 22 but if anyone offered me advice I'd thank them, and apply it if it seems sensible. (Sometimes you get people giving wrong advice )

    I took my brother shooting for the first time and had to tell him only once to always remember to point it downrange /in a safe direction, even if unloaded.
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    I am there to be helpful if need be. If someone is responsive to suggestions I am up for that. That being said, some people just do not learn. Then I personally would leave. Safety first.
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    I like the " Eleven Ways to Be a Better Shooting Range Neighbor". I don't get to the range very often( it's an hour away) but I have not yet had a undesirable experience there. Most times it's only me shooting. We all should practice these. Thanks for posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    I always try to get a end station so I can just keep an eye on one guy. I have no problem helping someone be safer an try to be civil when explaining how they are being unsafe. I see to many loud mouths hollering at someone instead of helping them.
    The way I try to do it is, "Sir, you just pointed your gun at me and my friends. If the range officer saw that he would throw you off the range. Please keep the gun pointed downrange."

    The most common safety errors I've seen are:

    • Taking the gun out of the booth unholstered and uncased and flagging everyone in the room
    • Doing a reload with the muzzle pointed toward the next booth instead of downrange.
    • Putting a gun on the booth table with the muzzle not pointed downrange
    • Putting the gun on the booth table with the action closed and the ejection port not visible

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    Say someone comes to the range with a range bag. You notice a cleaning rod in it...maybe something like a staple gun to put up targets with, a spotting scope, lays his stuff out carefully, and properly, its a better than average bet that hes going to be pretty safe.

    In general, squared away people seem to be safer. I also dont care for groups of teens who like to act out "gansta" movie scenes while all lined up, and firing away, shoulder to shoulder.

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    i once seen a guy go back behine the line and sit down in a chair to un-jam his gun. I tried to nicely tell him to unjam his gun with it pointed down range and not at peoples backs
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    The people that ALWAYS scare me are the ones you hear say something to the effect; "I have been shooting for years, I know what I am doing". Complacency will get you every time.

    A couple of range visits ago we had a guy next to us that kept turning talk to his girlfriend and ending up pointing right at us. After a couple of times I went over took his pistol from his hand, unloaded it, put it in the case and told him that if he pointed it as us again, he was going to have a very bad day. He looked at me like I was crazy, mumbled some stuff to his girlfriend and left.

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    The range I use is members only, with 15 lanes. Even with that, there are usually 2 RO's on deck most of the time.

    New shooters have one of them with them until the RO is sure they will be ok on their own
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    Im fortunate enough to frequent a range that has a minimum of 4 range officers on duty at one time and they are nice and strict.
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    I've noticed it way more with pistols than long guns.

    It seems everyone gets it with long guns and is aware of where its pointing. But it seems like with pistols they just point 'em every which way and don't think about it. Odd, but I've definitely noticed it.

    That video never gets old though...I love how it was an "unloaded gun" right up until he shot himself with it.

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