Painted lines at the range

Painted lines at the range

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    Painted lines at the range

    I pride myself on knowing the rules when i go to the range . I read the signs if i don't know i ask. Well this morning i went to a range to fire off about 200 rounds. 50 with a 38 snub i set the target to the first line i got to where i had about 8 rounds or so left and the range kid came to me and said i can't fire from the first line . The line was about 15 foot out does anyone know why they put a line on the floor and you cannot shoot from it. Just asking
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    why didn't you ask them at the range?
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    I had my ears in and guns were going off . And by the time i was done i had forgot to ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kukla View Post
    why didn't you ask them at the range?
    I gotta go with this. Hours later you're asking us what the lines on their floor are for. That's akin to asking us why a cop gave you a speeding ticket.
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    Seems odd... Could there be some odd angles caused by being so close? At my range, you can only shoot from a rest if the target is out beyond 20 yards or so. Any closer, and a poor shot might drift up to the ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I gotta go with this. Hours later you're asking us what the lines on their floor are for. That's akin to asking us why a cop gave you a speeding ticket.
    How did you know i got a ticket .........I was not overly worried about the issue but i thought i would come in here and see if someone knew about the line system or lay out. On a scale of 1 to 10 this is not on the scale .
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    I'm trying to visualize what you're saying but your question is very confusing and vague. Are you in a booth with a target on a chain drive that sends the target out to the shooting area? Usually they paint the lines on the floor so shooters can gauge the distance. Twenty-five feet is about the standard distance, 8-10 yards. But if the range is laid out so that shooting too close to the booth gives an unfavorable angle to the backstop, then they'd want you to put it out farther.

    So, it's about the angle to the backstop so that the rounds are going downrange safely. All ranges are different. Perhaps they have a website and you can look at the range rules. If you have a phone number you can call them and ask.

    You said 'shooting from the line' and it seems like you're shooting -to- the line 15 feet from the booth, but since we don't know what your range looks like, if there is a motorized drive or how the targets are set up, it's hard to give you a definitive answer.

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    The first line was about 15 foot out , the other ranges i have gone to have signs about the shooting line not to shoot before the first line .I was shooting at about 15 feet out with a 38 snub
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    The range I shoot at, certain large targets have to be run back at least 50 ft. I think it has to do with the possible angles you can get near the edge of the target up close.
    granted, it you can't shoot straight it's going to be dangerous no matter the target size.

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    If you're talking about a limit on how close you can have your target, it is done so there is less hidden by the target. If a target is 3 feet in front of you, you can't see much of anything behind or around it. When it's 25 feet away, you can see a lot more around it. It's for safety. The private range I have a membership with has a similar setup and rules on the pistol and rifle ranges. No closer than 25 yards on the rifle range and no closer than 7 yards on the pistol range.

    As to why they even have a line there? I don't know. Maybe it's competition or measurement related.

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    I recently went to an indoor range,in another town.The range fees are free on tuesday for females,so i figured i would see what kind of place it is.
    It's nice.They set me up on a lane.The range master,showed me how to use the little computer to send the target out,for the distance i wanted.I don't remember seeing any mark on the floor,and,he didn't say anything else,so far as any other rules.I started out at 5 yrds,then 8,then 10.They keep one person,inside the range,to watch the people shooting,but,they were friendly people.
    He did make contact,with a guy beside me,who started rapid firing.Evidently that's a no no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    i set the target to the first line i got to ... the range kid came to me and said i can't fire from the first line . The line was about 15 foot out ...

    does anyone know why they put a line on the floor and you cannot shoot from it.
    Seems strange that the first barrier or line you come to at a given lane isn't considered the hot/cold line. At most ranges I've been to, there is a strictly and absolutely clear dividing line between the "cold" zone of the range and the "hot" area. If at the "line" (tables, spots to place your rug/tripod, whatever), it has always been clearly obvious that the given line is the one in question, with no real way to flub that decision.

    From what you describe, I'm betting things aren't well-labeled at that range and they presume people "just know" these things. Bad way to go, in terms of safety, easily gotten wrong by those not in-the-know.

    Well, thanks to the range kid, now you know.

    Of course, you've got to wonder if you end up firing from a couple lines further toward the targets whether you'll get someone at some point who, like you did, will set up at the line further back from you and start blasting away, putting you at risk of being shot. Bad juju, that arrangement, to make it so unclear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandpgrl View Post
    I recently went to an indoor range,in another town.The range fees are free on tuesday for females,so i figured i would see what kind of place it is.
    It's nice.They set me up on a lane.The range master,showed me how to use the little computer to send the target out,for the distance i wanted.I don't remember seeing any mark on the floor,and,he didn't say anything else,so far as any other rules.I started out at 5 yrds,then 8,then 10.They keep one person,inside the range,to watch the people shooting,but,they were friendly people.
    He did make contact,with a guy beside me,who started rapid firing.Evidently that's a no no.
    I'd love both things here: Free range time and a way to set approximate distance at the range consistently (without buying a rangefinder).
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    ItalianSteel,that one,i went to,is about 35 miles from me.A friend, in the town it's in,told me about it.I went on a tuesday,since it was free,and she met me there.This one has a little computer,you punch in your distance for target,it's there.It was just a different place to shoot a little,but,a bit far.

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