April 11th, 2013 08:29 AM
Funny or satisfying range experiences? Share them!
I was reading a post by 10thmtn about him schooling people with expensive equipment at the range. It got me thinking of a funny range experience.
A while back I went shooting at a friends farm. A few of the guys there came equipped like they were at a 3 gun match. My initial thought "Man, those guys have some nice equipment! I bet I could learn a lot from them!" (Ya know, GSSF t-shirts and hats, the whole look) I assumed they were skilled shooters.
I set up a metal target with 3 inch plates at a fairly far distance and was putting the first shots out of a Glock 17. I hit the plates 6 out of ten times. I didn't feel to bad given the distance, new gun, and lack of shooting handguns for nearly 6 months (military service). I invited my wife to shoot, she was nervous, having only fired a handgun less than a dozen times. she hit the same target 8 times (out of 10 rounds)! I was so proud of her!
Then the two guys with race guns came up to the firing line. The first guy fired, made 1 hit out of 10 . He started making excuses as the other guy laughed and proceeded to step up to the firing line..... He hit 0!
I was so proud of my wife! The two guys were very embarrassed in front of the group, it was obvious she was just a beginner (with no bad habits to break like the rest of us) and she schooled all of us! It was pretty satisfying range experience.
What are some of your experiences?
April 11th, 2013 08:50 AM
When I was a young man living in Memphis there was a public shooting range run by the Shelby county sheriff's department. It was out Walnut Grove not far from the Penal farm. I think it cost 50 cents to shoot all day long. There was always a range officer on duty. A little fellow that looked a lot like Barney Fife. I'm at my staion and the line is hot, there must have been 30 people at the range shooting. Out of the corner of my eye I see a man moving forward of the firing line walking out to his target, while bullets are whizzing down range. Of course, as he was seen by shooters, they stopped firing. Then I heard over the loud speaker "CEASE FIRE...". The range officer came running towards the fellow, still standing out in the range and I heard him say "What the hell do you think you're doing? No cease fire had been called. You could have been killed". The man pointed at his target, that had fallen off the stand and said "I was going to fix my target. It's okay because I was just going to walk in my lane." The range officer had some interesting, but non-repeatable comments to the fellow's explanation. Forrest Gump said it best...stupid is as stupid does.
April 11th, 2013 09:08 AM
So what you are really saying is that your wife shots 20% better than you.
Tactical cool is just that - cool looking. It doesn't make anyone a better shooter.
I don't have any stories as there is only a few guys that I will shoot with and most of the guys at the FOP range are well behaved when I am there. Plus I like to shoot real early before the range gets busy.
April 11th, 2013 09:09 AM
There is a public range just outside of town by the airport where I was shooting my Marlin 336 at a 100 yards. There is only one shooting bench on this range and I had my gun bag and rifle (unloaded) sitting on the bench. As I was the only one using the range at the time, I went downrange to put up a fresh target. On the way back to the bench I see a man sitting behind a scoped rifle looking at me through the scope. Kinda made me a little nervous looking at someone I didn't know pointing a rifle at me to say the least! When I asked him to put the gun down he said "That's ok, it's not loaded" I told him I couldn't tell that looking down the barrel...Had to bite my tongue to stay civil with him.
April 11th, 2013 09:20 AM
Watched a guy ride a bike between ranges at the national matches for hi power rifle one year. You would think two ranges side by side with 100+ firing stations both firing would be a clue to him.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
Nemo Me Impune Lacesset
April 11th, 2013 09:39 AM
Some years ago we were at our local public range and there was not one other person except for me and my wife. It is in a WV State Park way out in the country with woods one three sides and a lake on the other.
I had brought my cheap Universal Arms M1 Carbine to pop off a few. I racked the first round and pointed it at my target when I heard my wife yell "DON'T SHOOT!"
I stopped put the muzzle of the rifle down just as a big doe walked right in my line of fire. She was crossing in front of all the benches as if nothing was happening. Had my wife not yelled at me, I would have accidentally shot her dead center.
I can imagine explaining that to the DNR Warden pointing to a dead doe out of season.
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April 11th, 2013 10:16 AM
Also watched a buddy slap a mag in his AR with 3 more mags taped together " jungle clip " style . He started shooting and the mag dropped out in the snow. A few times cycling the action , then he realized the mag was on the ground.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson
Nemo Me Impune Lacesset
April 11th, 2013 10:34 AM
One time at my local indoor range, some local LEO's were shooting their new AR. The chief comes in and they hand the rifle to him to shoot, they were using a target 20 feet down range. First shot he shoots so high he hits the pulley carrier for the target, it comes down cable and all. I about crapped my pants laughing. So did the other LEO's.
I'd rather be lucky than good any day
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April 11th, 2013 01:35 PM
I remember taking my daughter to our local indoor 100 yard range (Reds, in Austin Texas) she was about 8 at the time. She had only fired .22 revolvers and rifles, so she wanted to try a semi-auto pistol. The range officer knew us both (myself and my 2 daughters where fairly regular customers), so we choose a hand gun, the officer explained how to handle and shoot the gun and the safety catch, then let us walk to our booth and start shooting. A really nice guy in the booth next to us, turns around and asks if she has ever fired a semi-auto before. We said no, so the guy (nothing to do with the range, just a shooter trying to help out) explained the correct grip telling her to keep her hand clear of the slide, he tells her to hold it in a strange 2 handed grip (with overlapping thumbs) that I have not seen before (And didn't like) and then demonstrates the grip to her, aims at the target and pulls the trigger, then gently puts the gun down and starts hoping around, we didn't know what had happened. Eventually he stops and shows us his hand and there are two lovely straight lines, bleeding quite well between his thumb and the first finger, the range officer had come over to see what was wrong and tells the guy to go and clean the wounds and put a plaster on the cuts. My daughter in a lovely loud voice, turns to me and says, "is that why you told me to keep my hand low on the grip?", the range officer turns around with a lovely smile and says, "keep listening to your dad, he didn't get this old without knowing what he was talking about!!" and leaves.. She had a great day shooting and I felt so proud.. She still likes revolvers, but now prefers semi-autos because of the lighter trigger pull, but always watches out that her hand is clear of the slide, so that other guy made a positive lasting impression on her.. When we take her friends shooting, she always tells them to watch for the slide, only now, it sounds like the guys thumb was torn off, not just a few cuts!! The story gets embellished every time it is told..
April 11th, 2013 03:05 PM
5 'very loosly unsupervised' US Marines, 1 US Navy Grade A+ Corpsman, 15,000 .556 rounds, several cases of 40 MM HE, several cases of 40 MM Shot Canisters, a little bit of smoke and CS, two dozen sorties of Close Air Support (to include a P-3 Orion dropping a MK-81 = really) a still yet to be agreed on quanity of beer consumed and I owned the G6 Training Area for 3 days in U.S. Naval Installations Map, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
What more to life is there?
Oh, forgot to add, we jumped into the LZ at Camp Garcia - Thank you US NAVY SeeBees for feeding us! Needless to say, they got our ammo leftovers :-)
Edit add: Forgot to add that the USS John Rodgers and another two South American ships cycled through to shoot some 5 inch/54 for us. That was a fun week.
April 11th, 2013 03:09 PM
This sounds fun, but a lesson I learned real quick; being the highest ranking one there means you get screwed if something goes wrong.
Originally Posted by ANGLICO
April 11th, 2013 04:00 PM
I was the only person on the firing line one day late at the Texas City, Texas outdoor Municpal Shooting Range that sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. All by myself on a beautiful day overlooking the Gulf. Life was good that day.
Then there was a seagull diving and flying over the range while I was shooting and paid no attention to the gun fire from my various pistols I was shooting. He assumed I had food, and he was gonna make sure I gave it up. Well, the little feathered devil was getting on my nerves and I decided one of us was going down....and it was not gonna be me. As he made last fateful Kama Kazi nose dive towards me I just pointed my Taurus Model 94 .22 revolver in his direction and pulled the trigger....BANG!!
and the little feathered Devil came crashing down right in front of me in a cloud of feathers. I had shot down my first flying Sea Gull without really trying. All I could think of at the time
is that I needed to join the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show with shooting like that and then my moment of triumph was interrupted by.............
....the Range Officer was not amused, and I received a message over the loud speaker to report immediately to his office. I received a verbal warning that included several
nasty threats including being banned from the Range. And then he smiled and said, "that was an amazing shot".
The subject never came up again.
Kimbers are the guns you show your friends....Glocks are the ones you show your enemies.
April 11th, 2013 04:02 PM
Yep! You speak the truth! I was very stuppidly lucky. LOL. Welcome to the Forum.
Originally Posted by Will1848
April 11th, 2013 04:16 PM
Back in the 70's I was a youth camp councilor at my Boy Scout summer camp. Primarily on the rifle range. Each week I re-sighted the 22's for the range and cleaned them 3 times a week. I remember one week we had a boy in for the merit badge and he was tooting his horn for 2 days about how easy it was going to be for him to qualify (first 2 days was safety and handling training before live fire). He barely paid attention to the instructor. He simply thought he knew it all. His dad was in the Rangers yadda blah blah been around guns all his life blah blah. Ok, well, maybe, my dad was USAF and I had been around guns, and bee taught alot about them and I shot pretty well. I went to the range with dad 3 times a week and by 16 I could handle an M16 and 45 pretty decently. I mean to the point I would hear my dad yelling at the trainees "Hell boy, my 16yr old son can shoot better than you!". And I could. I just wasn't cocky about it nor did I flaunt it. I just figured it was this boy's personality.
So first day of shooting was prone. The other boys in the class did reasonably well considering none had ever shot a gun before. All putting holes in paper 5 out of 5 for the most part. Some not so close to black others decently centered but they at least hit the paper somewhere. Well except for our illustrious Ranger's boy. 25 rounds down range. 4 or 5 holes in paper. Rofl. The other boys were laughing at him. And of course we were a bit too, just not up front about it. I remember I had to go get a drink of water so I wouldn't openly laugh at him. I was about 4 years older than he was, and my dad was the lead SAMTU (Small Arms and Munitions Training Unit) instructor at the local USAF base, I already had my 25 of 25 and 50 of 50 skeet patches as well as lots of rifle and pistol firing by the time I was his age so I had a few rounds under by belt which is why I was working the range. The boy started blaming the rifle. It wasn't sighted properly. It was misfiring. Bad ammo. Get this, he even said the target was crooked once. Should have heard the laughter from the other boys! I almost peed my shorts on that one. Of course none of it was true, he simply failed to pay attention in the classes on how to hold, breathe and aim the damn thing and assumed that hearing his dad talk about it and seeing tv shows was enough. We tried to correct him but he would have none of it. He demanded another rifle. So we obliged him. Another 25 rounds and another 4 or 5 holes in paper. He barely could hit the paper, let alone the actual rings. Again he blamed the rifle. Well, I had had enough. I picked up his rifle. I put a dime sized group at about 4 o'clock and about 1/2" from center. Standing. "Yep, the sights are a little off. But only by a half inch. Maybe we should get an archery target for you to shoot at." I remember one of the other boys say something about basket weaving merit badge being just down the trail to the left. The whole group got a big chuckle out of it.
We didn't see him for the rest of the week, and of course he failed the MB. We figured thats the last we would see of him. Au contraire.
The following week we got a couple visitors to the range. The boy with his father in tow. His dad wanted to know why he had failed his MB. We told him. Or tried to as the boy kept interrupting us and blaming the guns and ammo. He even tried to say they were bad reloads. Um, rimfire. Yea. Reloads. He asked if his son could shoot again so he could see. We said sure. He asked when the guns were last sighted and cleaned. I told him that they had been done that morning. He smiled and gave me a nod as I picked one up at random and put a nice group in the black again. I was a bit nervous as he inspected the weapon but he just gave me a nice simile as he laid it down on the mat for his son. His son laid down on the mat and began shooting at the target (at the backstop actually, thank goodness it was big). After the second round his son had fired, the man said he had seen enough, we were done here. I thought we were going to get a complaint and yelled at, I mean this guy was a side of beef. You could ricochet a 30-06 off his chest. Instead his father picked up the rifle put the last 3 rounds through the X. He looked at his son and said "Shut up, its your fault, absolutely nothing wrong with the guns, ammo or the people running the range. We need to talk." He grinned and nodded to us and walked away carrying his son by the scruff of the neck, the boy whining all the way out of earshot.
I got the distinct impression someone was going to get quality time with a paddle or belt when they got home. The man was clearly embarrassed at how his son had acted.
Thinking that was the end of it we enjoyed the rest of the summer. During the cleanup week, a runner was sent to us from the office. We had visitors. We both were confused as we weren't expecting anyone and the camp was closed for the season. Guess who was back. Yep, the boy and his father were back. This time his father asked if his son could still qualify. We told him he could as it was still within the time but we were cleaning up for the summer. He said thats exactly why they were there. As punishment, his son was going to clean the rifles, clean the target area and rake the berm for loose lead. And if we had any other duties, he would do those as well. If he could try to qualify. We agreed, heck, we had nothing to loose. He shot well. No complaining, no whining, and no attitude. He qualified. And he spent the rest of the week with us closing down the range for the season. Guess his father the kybosh on his son's attitude at home and clearly got him some training too. Its really refreshing when you see someone get their hat handed to them and they learn from it.
April 11th, 2013 04:29 PM
Hmmmm? Satisfying day at the range? Let's see; went to range shot 200 rounds of 9mm through 2 different pistols. Hit the target every time (not always in the center) - other people were around me doing much the same thing. At end of 200 rounds I packed up and went home. No one got hurt, no one got angry, no one threw anything anywhere. Yep! A pretty satisfying day at the range.
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