First full day working at the range- report.
Today was my first full day working at the range. What a great time I had.
Now, I am not getting paid for this job. I am a Range Assistant. An unpaid position at RangeUSA (http://www.rangeusa.com) and it entails helping get students where they need to be (on the range, in the class rooms, whatever) grading tests, assisting with the range portion of the course (setting up targets, assisting with student range problems like jammed guns and stuff) setting up teaching materials for the instructor, and any thing else the instructor needs. We also help out on the floor as needed in the gun shop itself.
I was there for 10 ours today and it honestly felt like I was there maybe an hour or two. We were very busy. 29 people in the TN Permit to carry class that lasted 8 hours, and just 2 students in the Street Handgun Level III class that lasted 4 hours.
One funny, but sad at the same time, story from today. There is no live ammo allowed in the class room for the Permit class. We ask the students for any live ammo to be left behind the counter when they check in out front for the class. Then, one of us stands at the entrance to the class room and reminds them that no live ammo is allowed in the class room and asks if they have any. Then, the instructor is in the class room and reminds them again that no live ammo is allowed in the class room and asks, again, if any of them have any. All the students said no, they had no live ammo.
Then the instructor started class and explained that live ammo was any ammunition that if you put it in the gun and pulled the trigger, the gun would go BANG!
A woman in the front row raised her hand and asked "Would practice ammo be considered live?" The instructor answered "Yes". So she says "OH, well I have some of that." and proceeds to pull out 3, 50 round boxes of ammo and place them on the table in front of her.
She just stared at the ammo with a look on her face like a monkey doing a math problem and couldn't understand why the instructor, myself and the other range assistant was so dumbfounded about her bringing the ammo into the class room. The instructor had to explain to her that even though it was "practice ammo" if she shot someone with it, accidentally or on purpose, they would not be "practicing" being dead. It was in fact real ammo. She appologized and seemed to understand but only just barely.
She passed the written test and the shooting qualification by the way. She did have the lowest score on the shooting part of the course however. But she did pass.
All in all, I had a great time and I can not wait to do it again. I get a pretty sweet discount on merchandise too. I bought a $60 Don Hume holster for $34.00! And I bought a nice Sigarms T-shirt that usually sells for $15.00 for $6.60. I get to buy 2 guns at cost per year and I will be taking advantage of that perk as soon as Christmas is over and paid for. And I get to shoot for free (no lane fees) and I can take any class offered there for free. I will be taking advantage of that like crazy very soon!
I am really loving this gig.