October 27th, 2007 11:40 PM
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.
October 27th, 2007 11:45 PM
Sounds like a great time. You get to do something you enjoy, help others and receive a few perks as well. As far as the lady and the practice ammo, I'm sure that won't be the strangest thing you will see.
We will be much better off when we learn to deal with things as they really are, instead of how we wish them to be!
October 28th, 2007 12:36 AM
Sounds like a great deal...so you already have the two guns picked out?
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October 28th, 2007 01:05 AM
Yes I do. I am going to order an intermediate size XD in either .40 or 9mm. I am leaning towards 9mm right now due to cost of ammo and magazine capacity as I want to use it for IDPA.
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And I would really like to get a Glock 26.
October 28th, 2007 02:46 AM
Perhaps it would be better stated 'no ammunition' instead of 'no live ammunition'.
Yes, I know, eventually someone will wonder if that empty brass in their bag is 'ammunition', but...
October 28th, 2007 03:03 AM
Great Job for you Mike. Time sure will fly on by when you're doing what you love doing.
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October 28th, 2007 07:01 AM
Sounds like a great opportunity...I would jump on something like that...enjoy your time...(get the G-26)...
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October 28th, 2007 08:24 AM
October 28th, 2007 09:35 AM
When I took the class in Jackson (Tn.), we got to the range part of the exam and one of the students brought 500 rds 22 LR.
Looked really confussed when the instructor pointed out that they would not work well in that 38 snub she had in her hand.
October 28th, 2007 11:59 AM
Good stuff Mike - certainly time goes fast on such things. My limitation to that length of time these days is the standing involved.
Rather liked the response - funny tho serious matter. Hard to imagine someone being quite so dense regarding the ammo - standard deal of course for classroom.
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.
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October 28th, 2007 12:02 PM
Get out now! Never go back! You will soon be hooked, and your list of guns you want will far exceed the two per year cost discount, and you will be stuck there forever! Wait a minute, let me think about this. Never mind.
Great job Mike, I envy you; besides, you're already hooked..
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