The public range... you just can't make this stuff up...

The public range... you just can't make this stuff up...

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    The public range... you just can't make this stuff up...

    Some things that have been experienced before but some things that are just off the wall you would never think would happen....

    The following stories are 100% true...

    #1 "The sky is falling"
    At an indoor range doing some 7 yard drills. Notice two enter the range with an AK either 47 or 74 (couldn't tell); they enter a stall to the far right. I pay no mind... until they let off the first 2 shots which promptly ricochet busting one of the lights ... how this happened i dunno... the lights are protected by a triangular armored ceiling...There was a pause, then a sudden rapid fire complete with muzzle rise until 10-15 rounds rounds hit the ceiling the employees of the range announced over the PA for all shooters to maintain muzzle control somebody was hitting the ceiling.

    I thought maybe hitting the light was a fluke but the shooting the ceiling with a rifle thing prompted me to leave... I packed up and cut my time short. I also clued the employee watching the cameras in on which side of the range "someone" was shooting the ceiling.

    This is the same range that posts not to use tracer, armor piercing or incendiary rounds... they have to tell people that? This makes me think some idiot actually brought those types of rounds to practice with...



    #2 "jumpy aren't we?"
    At an indoor range sighting in and testing function of a recent repair on my S&W 29-2. Firing at a target 20 yards away. The procedure is as follows.
    fire 4 rounds,
    unload,
    check target,
    adjust as necessary,
    reload 4 rounds (repeat)
    Well about the time I was at the unload/check target part someone approaches the stall next to me. All I see is the muzzle it was an OD green frame polymer auto loader of some sort. Judging by the muzzle flash, report and target's hole size I would guess 9mm.

    Any who I went back to check the target, it was a good group and pretty well on target. I load up 6 rounds and on the first shot I hear a *KLUNK* and a gasp... I immediately cease fire, unlock the cylinder, put it down muzzle downrange and step back to see what happened. Well the guy next to me I guess wasn't expecting the muzzle flash or report he told me he thought he had a KB almost had a heart attack. I apologized, he moved a few stalls down.


    #3 "Hey that's my tango!!!!"
    This is probably the most annoying and I don't know if it was intentional or not. Practicing with my .45 at 10 yards. I am grouping pretty well. The range is pretty full and you can see targets out on almost all the stalls. I am practicing without my glasses so I can't see the groups unless it is a giant ragged hole or I use feedback type targets (which I do the 2nd).... anyway. I retract the target to see how I did and if I had any zingers (a round or two flying off target)... I find holes of a different caliber in MY target.... whiskey tango foxtrot.... Either the person was a really really really bad shot or they where intentionally shooting my target...Either way it is lucky I was shooting a larger caliber then them I could distinguish what was mine and the alien holes
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    I'm surprised they allowed an AK on an indoor range to begin with. The only one around here is only 25 yrds (maybe). Hardly AK range.

    During one of my military M-16 quals, the instructor commented that I must be one heck of a shot. He counted 75 holes in my 60-shot qual. Strangely, the guys on either side of me failed to qualify. I took my "expert" qual and ran with it! (I did qual as expert every time before and after, but never managed to get more than 60 after that.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I'm surprised they allowed an AK on an indoor range to begin with. The only one around here is only 25 yrds (maybe). Hardly AK range.

    During one of my military M-16 quals, the instructor commented that I must be one heck of a shot. He counted 75 holes in my 60-shot qual. Strangely, the guys on either side of me failed to qualify. I took my "expert" qual and ran with it! (I did qual as expert every time before and after, but never managed to get more than 60 after that.)
    Agree but I think they allow it since the backstop can handle rifle calibers. For the most part I guess you can sight in the rifle at 25 yards it would be pretty close at 100 yards.

    Mostly they allow it for hunters that want to sight in. They even sell targets with different MOA markings so you can get close.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    #3 "Hey that's my tango!!!!"
    This is probably the most annoying and I don't know if it was intentional or not. Practicing with my .45 at 10 yards. I am grouping pretty well. The range is pretty full and you can see targets out on almost all the stalls. I am practicing without my glasses so I can't see the groups unless it is a giant ragged hole or I use feedback type targets (which I do the 2nd).... anyway. I retract the target to see how I did and if I had any zingers (a round or two flying off target)... I find holes of a different caliber in MY target.... whiskey tango foxtrot.... Either the person was a really really really bad shot or they where intentionally shooting my target...Either way it is lucky I was shooting a larger caliber then them I could distinguish what was mine and the alien holes
    I was shooting my 30.06. I had just put up a fresh target and my buddy was looking thru the scope, I shot, and he said great shot. So I look at my target and while I am the guy next to me shoots....and I notice a hole appear low and to the left on my target, barely on the paper. The guy's kid says "great shot, Dad", lol. So,I ask the guy if I can talk to him for a second...I did not want to embarrass him in front of his kid. He ignores me with a grunt so, I tell him he is shooting at my target, he ignores me....I decided to have some fun. I would shoot right before he did, bulls eye, and then he would shoot, total miss. His kids looks and says "great shot". We did this 3 more shots....kid says great shot. I then let him shoot 1st... his son looks and says "Dad, I cannot see where you hit, I think you missed" I then shoot and the son tells his dad " That guy just shot your target, he shot a bulls eye" The guy turns to me and tells me 'Hey, you just shot my target!" I said..."Nope, I tried to tell you, but you would not talk with me" You are hitting low left" He looks thru the scope, looks at the number on my range and says %$#^@ and laughed, lol. He said he had not shot in years and thought "Dang, I am good" We talked for a bit and got his scope sighted in.
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    Now that's making a point while playing nice, bps3040.
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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    I find holes of a different caliber in MY target.... whiskey tango foxtrot....
    Too funny. It reminds me of how good I feel when I see a pro golfer hit a long drive onto the next fairway.

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    Sighting a rifle in at 25 yards isn't that great for zeroing in at farther ranges (close but not precise), but does a dandy job of getting you on the paper so you don't punch holes in the next guy's target!
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    Wow those are some funny stories. Some people just aren't too clever...

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    Quote Originally Posted by razor02097 View Post
    #3 "Hey that's my tango!!!!"
    This is probably the most annoying and I don't know if it was intentional or not. Practicing with my .45 at 10 yards. I am grouping pretty well. The range is pretty full and you can see targets out on almost all the stalls. I am practicing without my glasses so I can't see the groups unless it is a giant ragged hole or I use feedback type targets (which I do the 2nd).... anyway. I retract the target to see how I did and if I had any zingers (a round or two flying off target)... I find holes of a different caliber in MY target.... whiskey tango foxtrot.... Either the person was a really really really bad shot or they where intentionally shooting my target...Either way it is lucky I was shooting a larger caliber then them I could distinguish what was mine and the alien holes

    Now that's funny!

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    That reminds me of the guy in the Olympics that shot the wrong target

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    You should see some of the Federal LEO's that come to my range to shoot.....it's sad when they hit the ceiling at 5 yards during a body armor drill during quals.

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    The 1000 yd range here allows about any rifles and AR's, but no AK's.

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    When I was an LEO I was qualifying with my 9mm off duty,we shot 48 rounds to qualify,when we checked targets mine had well over 48 rounds and the guy next to me was shooting a 9mm also and didn't qualify
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    The indoor range close to me has a steady stream of security guards practicing qual drills.
    Scary & sad at the same time, couldn't hit a barn from the inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric45 View Post
    The indoor range close to me has a steady stream of security guards practicing qual drills.
    Scary & sad at the same time, couldn't hit a barn from the inside.
    We had a guy in my Trooper class that could not qualify! They made him shoot everyday during his lunch, by the end of the class he was doing very well. Practice does help, a lot of practice helps a lot!
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