This is a discussion on Public Gun Ranges After Christmas within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I avoid public ranges year round, but especially right after Christmas; same with gym after New Years. Weight room is down right dangerous, and it's ...
I avoid public ranges year round, but especially right after Christmas; same with gym after New Years. Weight room is down right dangerous, and it's impossible to get a treadmill or eliptical. Two weeks go by and they're all back to eating from the feed bags handed to them through a little window and I get my gym back.
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I too will stay away from my public indoor range until the new gun owners/Christmas gift getters have shot their guns once and put them away in the drawer because now they think they know what they're doing.
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I understand there can be problems at ranges. There are always those that don't follow safety procedures but this can happen with new gun owners as well as seasoned gun owners. I have only shot at public ranges. I watch what is going on around me when I can. There was a time I was a spanking brand new gun owner. I didn't know a darn thing about guns except to not point the thing at anyone I didn't want to shoot lol. I have thought about staying away for a few weeks because there may be a great many new gun owners there at one time. I go on ladies night and I am sure we have a great many ladies getting new guns for Christmas. Maybe it isn't a good idea to stay away. The more people at the range that know what they are doing the less likely new owners are going to develop bad habits. Someone saying, " Are you out of your mind." Is better than those who practice unsafe gun handling to have no one to tell them what they are doing wrong. Never hurts to help someone who doesn't know as much as you do.. I am still thinking on this.
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Luckily I have a co-worker that lives on a nice private land lot out in rural like 20 mins from me. It's a shorter drive there than to the public range. And I can shoot at night or day. I don't mind public ranges. I understand the rules of being safe and having people at public ranges that don't have alot of experience, why not ask if they want some help or something? Would it take that much out of your day to educate someone in further gun safety?
I quit going to public gun ranges years ago...the last time several guy pointed guns at me tainted my desire to be there.
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I haven't had any issues at public ranges honestly. Most people have been pretty aware of their surroundings. Even some teenagers that have been there seem to be on the ball with whats goin on and respect everyone else. Maybe I've just been on decent days.
I don't like organized ranges, public or private for many of the reason already stated. I do go once in a while, but luckily I have access to a friends property for private shooting, though it is about a 30 minute drive.
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Why do we worry. Guns go off by themselves and as such do not need the practice. Just ask the great O and he will tell you how dangerous that they are. As such they should be locked up and not let out as they cannot be trusted.