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I Went to a shooting-range yesterday, near the strip in Las
Vegas ; never bin to an indoor range before. I put on my eye
protection and Earmuffs ; then walk in to be directed to my
stall .
WAY TOO LOUD !
And I Immediately turn around to go back outside , and pull
off my Earmuffs, and place these orange earplugs in my ears
and put the Earmuffs back on over them. I can't hear squat
now ; so i thought !!

All happy, after re-entering, I pull out my handgun and a few
boxes of bullets, and prepare to go kill a target ; it's a silhouette
of a human, with a Dirty Bird 12" , taped to the center.

So I detail my breathing, sense the two-stage trigger , and
wait for the end of my barrel to osculate into the target where
I want the projectile to go. Just as i'm about to pull, and send the
round off ; this AK-47 on full auto, goes off , and I jerk the gun
kinda hard , and the round misses the Dirty-Bird , and wounds
the silhouette near it's shoulder blade.
Dang --- just missed !

Lets try again .
I line her up , and i'm , ((about)) to pull the trigger, when this 50cal
or something other goes off ; it pulled the trigger for me, and I just
castrated Mr. silhouette .
Dang -- Missed again, and again, and again ... ; it didn't get any
better for the next 50 rounds . (sad) and by better , i mean the
headache, i just got, is no worst. By now, when this M-16 on full
auto goes off in the stall near me ; it sounds like a cap-gun in
comparison. Seriously --- i "Thought" i knew what loud was, when
my brother would drop the hammer on his 300-magnum Weatherby.

Should I just leave ? NO--- and the only way i'm gonna hit that
target, is to learn to turn-off the external stimuli . But by now
i'm like gun-shy , and my hands are sweating, body shaking, and
if I HAD feet -----------------------------------they'd be shaking too.

Spent a full two hours there ; never shot so bad , since I was
12. I hand the Glock 26 to the range-master, and he places
a full clip into a quarter size pattern, about 5-oclock and touching
the red part of Dirty-Birds target. SO I Know this can be done.

Remembering what VIP Member --Bad bob--said about marathon
shooting , and fatigue , (I start to leave after 100 rounds) ; but I
already know the learning curve ain't gonna be getting any better
so I decide to stay for another 100, and try to get use to this environment.

I go to check out after 2 full hours of shooting, and the girl says
that will be $15 please ; then a dude whispers in her ear, and the
price goes down to $10. I think it was because the dude I lent
the gun to, had walked up to me on the range and said even at
20 yards , you never missed the silhouette, (he was watching)
the entire time. I turned and said : " but if it was a rabbit ; i'd be
going hungry" , and he laughed his butt off !!!

So that was an AWFUL experience ; and I feel quite humble now;
but can't hardly wait to go back for More !
It was like flying my hang-glider ; I can do everything Perfect
and there is still a chance I could Die. For me -- that's what
life is all about ; if I check-out, there will be no hind-sight and
wondering what and where I went wrong, and why Me ? No
regrets ; as long as I do everything as good --- as my genetics allow.

Bille
 

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My close indoor range is really loud and busy. So, I try to go during the "off times" usually about 3:00pm on the weekends. Much better.
 

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I went to Range 702 in Vegas several years ago. Some friends wanted to shoot full-auto guns. The stalls were compact, and it was LOUD! Much louder than my indoor range here. It was fine for full-auto shooting, but I would not want to shoot there for practice or target shooting.
 

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I Went to a shooting-range yesterday, near the strip in Las
Vegas ; never bin to an indoor range before. I put on my eye
protection and Earmuffs ; then walk in to be directed to my
stall .
WAY TOO LOUD !
And I Immediately turn around to go back outside , and pull
off my Earmuffs, and place these orange earplugs in my ears
and put the Earmuffs back on over them. I can't hear squat
now ; so i thought !!

All happy, after re-entering, I pull out my handgun and a few
boxes of bullets, and prepare to go kill a target ; it's a silhouette
of a human, with a Dirty Bird 12" , taped to the center.

So I detail my breathing, sense the two-stage trigger , and
wait for the end of my barrel to osculate into the target where
I want the projectile to go. Just as i'm about to pull, and send the
round off ; this AK-47 on full auto, goes off , and I jerk the gun
kinda hard , and the round misses the Dirty-Bird , and wounds
the silhouette near it's shoulder blade.
Dang --- just missed !

Lets try again .
I line her up , and i'm , ((about)) to pull the trigger, when this 50cal
or something other goes off ; it pulled the trigger for me, and I just
castrated Mr. silhouette .
Dang -- Missed again, and again, and again ... ; it didn't get any
better for the next 50 rounds . (sad) and by better , i mean the
headache, i just got, is no worst. By now, when this M-16 on full
auto goes off in the stall near me ; it sounds like a cap-gun in
comparison. Seriously --- i "Thought" i knew what loud was, when
my brother would drop the hammer on his 300-magnum Weatherby.

Should I just leave ? NO--- and the only way i'm gonna hit that
target, is to learn to turn-off the external stimuli . But by now
i'm like gun-shy , and my hands are sweating, body shaking, and
if I HAD feet -----------------------------------they'd be shaking too.

Spent a full two hours there ; never shot so bad , since I was
12. I hand the Glock 26 to the range-master, and he places
a full clip into a quarter size pattern, about 5-oclock and touching
the red part of Dirty-Birds target. SO I Know this can be done.

Remembering what VIP Member --Bad bob--said about marathon
shooting , and fatigue , (I start to leave after 100 rounds) ; but I
already know the learning curve ain't gonna be getting any better
so I decide to stay for another 100, and try to get use to this environment.

I go to check out after 2 full hours of shooting, and the girl says
that will be $15 please ; then a dude whispers in her ear, and the
price goes down to $10. I think it was because the dude I lent
the gun to, had walked up to me on the range and said even at
20 yards , you never missed the silhouette, (he was watching)
the entire time. I turned and said : " but if it was a rabbit ; i'd be
going hungry" , and he laughed his butt off !!!

So that was an AWFUL experience ; and I feel quite humble now;
but can't hardly wait to go back for More !
It was like flying my hang-glider ; I can do everything Perfect
and there is still a chance I could Die. For me -- that's what
life is all about ; if I check-out, there will be no hind-sight and
wondering what and where I went wrong, and why Me ? No
regrets ; as long as I do everything as good --- as my genetics allow.

Bille

Yeah, indoor ranges can be loud if not set up right. The one I shoot at has great sound insulation, even full auto or large caliber guns aren't too loud. I only wear muffs, and it's plenty for me. A 500S&W may shake you pretty good, but not because it's loud, but because the pressure spike in a closed space is pretty rough.
 

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Wow. Sorry for your experience. Makes me glad my indoor range allows only pistol caliber firearms.
 
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New regular shooter and spent my first year--this past year--at an indoor range. What did I know. Joined an outdoor club in July. Wow. What a difference. Way more kinder to my ancient ears! At the indoor range, pistol is separate from rifle. But I have used the rifle range and the concussion from some of the high power rounds is incredible.
 

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Have had the same experience and know the feeling. Just about to let off a perfectly aimed shot when a guy with a 308 next to fires off. My shot? Well, as I said, I know the feeling.
 
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You have the correct attitude, learn to shoot with a lot of noise and distractions going on around you. I do hope that your next visit is more enjoyable.
 

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Right, if the noise bothered you, you need to learn to shoot through it, especially since it sounds like you were practicing with self defense in mind. Gunfights tend to be loud.
 

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I will not use an indoor range... period. Its way too loud and any silliness that occurs is always right in your face.
 

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It's good to keep that experience in mind. If you ever need to use your firearm for defensive use, there is almost NO chance that you will be wearing ear protection for that event. If the noise is paralyzing to you, it decreases the chance that you will be able to react appropriately.

I would definitely recommend finding a quieter place for regular practice but, as I said, keep this experience in mind and think about what it means if you are in a SHTF scenario.
 

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You have the correct attitude, learn to shoot with a lot of noise and distractions going on around you. I do hope that your next visit is more enjoyable.
This ^^. It's hard to find high stress situations or distracting environments when training....use this to your advantage! (As you did, well done)
 

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I just did my qualification last sunday and halfway through the guy next to me breaks out a 12 gauge right as I'm at the 25 yd portion of the test. I still hit paper but 2 out of six were just outside the silhouette. The instructor was there and patted me on the back and said he won't count those since all my other shots and positions were on target.

About a year ago I went during what is normally the off hours 8:30 pm on a tuesday night, but it was real busy for some reason. I waited and about 20 minutes later they said lane three. I put on my lenses, put in the ear plugs and entered the shooting area. Right as I opened the second sound door someone shot a 45 and blammmm! I ran out of there so fast, my earmuffs were on my head above my ears. I'll never do that again! Range master looked at me and laughed so hard, and said something to me, but all I heard was ringing for about two hours, lol! I'm lucky I had my earplugs in.

+ 1 on the orange earplugs and earmuffs, it makes it much more tolerable indoors.
 

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Indoor ranges give me a headache then its BC Powder time!:frown:
 

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If I ever have to deploy my sidearm in self defense, I hope that I will be the only one shooting. It's likely that I won't be. I do plan for plenty of distractions, though. There might be people talking, or even yelling, moving quickly... Train to scan, focus on the target, and return to scanning (OODA).
 

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After a while it won't bother you anymore. My wife and daughter lasted about 5 minutes the first time I brought them to an indoor range. My wife's first time shooting and sure enough, ak47 on one side and 12 gauge on the other. She wanted to go home immediately. My daughter did a little better the second time, but would wait to shoot until the rifles stopped for a few seconds. I asked her if someone is shooting at her, does she think it is better to wait until they are done or put some shots center mass. She lasted about 10 magazines, but had enough. I am not sure why I feel relaxed around the sound and smell of gunfire. I have probably been shooting so long that it just doesn't bother me or I have already sustained so much hearing loss that it isn't that bad anymore.
 

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Like others have said, hang in there and keep practicing. It may take a while but with enough practice you can tune out the startle reflex and it will not bother you as much.
 
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