August 24th, 2007 10:59 AM
"There's something wrong with these sights."
I'm on range duty (which I seem to be on a lot when I collect all of the fun stories) and a guy comes to the counter and tells me--emphatically--that he wants to rent a .45.
I tell him to go back to the gun department and tell any employee working over there what he wants and they will help him out.
Sure enough, a few minutes later, one of my fellow employees brings over an HK USP in .45 and is being followed by an eager young man determined to try his "man power" with the .45.
I knew right then that this was going to be a show worth watching so I put him on the lane directly in front of the window so I wouldn't miss a thing.
I ring him up, go over the weapon with him as well as safety and send him in the range with his box of .45 and a pack of targets.
One of our instructors comes up to check the calendar for any appointments that day and as we are talking our friend is putting up his targets and running them down to about five yards.
He loads the gun, takes his stance (if you could call it a stance), cocks his head to the side and starts pulling the trigger.
Out of nine rounds, he hit the paper once.
Now, we have a rule: If a patron cannot hit the paper, we, as range officers, are required to enter the range, give pointers and a warning that next time he misses the paper he is outta-there.
I look at our instructor, he looks at me. I say, "Do you want to take it?"
He says, "Nope. It will embarrass him more if you do it. Go for it!"
I grab my ear-protection, enter the range and approach a very confused looking young man. He's looking at the gun and his target like both had conspired against him.
We go over stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger control, all that stuff.
I load up one round in the magazine, chamber it, and tell him to apply all of the things we've just talked about and try one more time while I'm watching.
He takes a stance, grips the gun, aligns his sights, squeezes the trigger and cuts a .45 sized hole dead-center of the target.
His eyes get the size of quarters and a funny, satisfied grin stretches across his face.
I smile at him and give him a thumbs up and tell him to keep that up.
He thanks me and I go back to other waiting customers.
Because of the rush of customers I couldn't watch him like I'd hoped I could, but the glances I could take proved he was at least keeping it on the paper even though it was starting to look like the USP was loaded with shot instead of FMJs.
Finally, I hear a faint tapping on the glass and turn around to see the young man waving me into the range.
I excuse myself, put on my ear-protection, enter the range and ask him what the problem is.
"It's the sights!" He exclaims. "There's something wrong with these sights. I've shot guns before and I've never been all over like this. I aim for the middle and I hit the bottom. I aim for the top, I start to hit the center. I'm telling you, it's the sights."
Before I can say a word of protest he says, "You try it. I swear you'll hit the bottom too, because it's the sights... I'm serious. Take a couple of shots."
I load only two rounds into the magazine and in mere seconds there are two holes in the x-ring of a bulls-eye target.
I turn to his astonished face and say, "There's nothing wrong with these sights."
He collects his things and informs me that he's done shooting for the day.
August 24th, 2007 11:12 AM
I am surprised he didn't hold it sideways and shoot "gangsta style"
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August 24th, 2007 11:19 AM
Bwhahaha - love that!!!
It will embarrass him more if you do it. Go for it!"
As ever Lima - you paint a very vivid picture of the events - classic stuff. I wonder if his jaw touched the floor when you put in your two demo' shots!!!
There seem to be two essential types on the range with regard to noobs or inexperienced shooters. The ones that are willing to learn - they are rewarding usually ........ then the ones that are so darned arrogant that they shut their ears to any advice.
Guess which ones I enjoy teaching!
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August 24th, 2007 11:23 AM
What would be really funny is if he was able to read your account on what happened at the range. That coupled with all the comments that are going to follow.
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August 24th, 2007 11:27 AM
I've often wondered if that would ever happen. So far so good.
Originally Posted by rabywk
August 24th, 2007 11:35 AM
August 24th, 2007 11:38 AM
Funny stuff, Lima...
"I surrounded 'em"- Alvin York
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August 24th, 2007 11:44 AM
Lima - you ought to steer him towards an IDPA club; it sounds as though he is a closet gun fanatic; he just needs guidance in the "right" direction.....
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined". - Patrick Henry
August 24th, 2007 12:37 PM
Reminds me of my old signature line:
"To make up for my lack of accuracy, I miss as fast as I can."
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
August 24th, 2007 12:53 PM
It's too bad he wasn't smart enough to ask you for some pointers.
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August 24th, 2007 03:12 PM
You have to love Lima's range reports. They're always good for a few laughs ...especially when you're stuck on a con-call on a friday afternoon.
One piece of advice though....make sure the phone's on mute before you start ROFL'ing while reading the reports..
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"Sure, As long as the machines are workin' and you can call 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, and you scare the crap out of them; no more rules...You'll see how primitive they can get."
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August 25th, 2007 12:06 AM
Damn! That was cruel! Surely you know how fragile the male ego is.
Deliver us from the democratic party!
August 25th, 2007 12:29 AM
Remind me to never have a bad day shooting at your range!
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August 25th, 2007 01:12 AM
That's the funniest part of the whole thing...
Originally Posted by limatunes
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