Rants from the Range

Texas1911

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Here are a collection of rants from working at a gun range, and the general things that people do on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

Opening the range door and causing everyone in the range office to have their ear drums raped by 250 dB gun fire. Even though there is a giant sign on the door that says to knock first and wait, and verify that everyone has their ears covered. You'd think it was common sense, but evidently not. I also like the fact that they apologize to me, the only guy in the room with hearing protection.

Poor gun handling. Generally it's the over 40 white male crowd that has an overly lax attitude towards the 4 golden rules. Somehow holding onto a pistol behind the firing line with it waving around at everyone doesn't equate to unsafe and moronic activity. Then they usually give you some sort of dumb look when you tell them to put it down and keep it down range, or my personal favorite... "It's not loaded".

Asking stupid questions, then not listening to the answer, or just being an impatient asshole. It's not my problem that 150 people decided to go shoot at Red's South today, and no I don't care that you are 1 hr. late to your deer hunt that you waited until the last minute to get ready for. Oh, and here's a tip... don't keep tabs on every single person that walks out of the range, then run back in the range office and ask if you are up. We aren't going to skip you, but if you keep annoying the hell out of me I'm going to put you between the .300 Win Mags that are shaking the windows.

Douchebags. You know... the guys that come to an indoor range, complain about the noise from pistols, ask you to have someone else stop shooting so they can concentrate on shooting their .300 Win Mag or .416 Rigby with a 75mm field howitzer sized muzzle brake. Generally these guys are in low supply, but it takes only one to really make the day funny. Commonly found around deer season preparing themselves to vaporize bambi at 25 yards with a 7mm Rem Mag. Of particular mention is the guy that always thinks someone is shooting his target. A quick look at the target shows that it was hit by a pistol bullet sideways (about a .70 caliber hole), but he blaims the guy next to him shooting a .30-06.
 

txinvestigator

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May 28, 2008
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Guys who complain about your "no rapid fire" rule before demolishing your equipment while only firing slowly.

Guys who complain about your "no drawing from the holster" rule then proceed to break every safety rule anyway.

Folks who handle their pistols behind the firing line then talk about "range nazis" when you tell them to KEEP THEM ON THE LINE.

Give me some time, I've got a bunch.
 

kville79

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May 24, 2008
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Austin
I would say people who handle their weapons behind the firing line is one of my biggest pet peeves as well.
 

Mcoupe

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Dec 2, 2008
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I frequent a range that allows FA fire. On the rare occasion someone shows up with an FA firearm and starts shooting their target, everyone stops, watches and at least 2-3 start yapping the following loudly:

HEY!! He is firing FA!! Is that allowed??? What the helll!!! He is firing FA!!!

All in unison. Maybe in different languages, but the content is the same.

HEY!! He is firing FA!! Is that allowed??? What the helll!!! He is firing FA!!!
HEY!! He is firing FA!! Is that allowed??? What the helll!!! He is firing FA!!!
Is that allowed??!!!
Is that allowed??!!!

And they won't stop until the adrenaline in their system subsides.
 

txinvestigator

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The gang banger wannabe who takes a handgun in each hand, holds them out in front of him and twists the guns sideways and tries to shoot them both at the same time rapid fire, then wants to "kick my ass" when I tell him to get his ass off my range.

The guy who tells me any security guard who does not use a lanyard is an idiot, and we are idiots for not stocking them.
 

accordingtoome

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Oct 13, 2008
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The gang banger wannabe who takes a handgun in each hand, holds them out in front of him and twists the guns sideways and tries to shoot them both at the same time rapid fire, then wants to "kick my ass" when I tell him to get his ass off my range.

The guy who tells me any security guard who does not use a lanyard is an idiot, and we are idiots for not stocking them.
i lucked out one day and was alone at the range.. (indoor) so i took my friends XD 40 and shot mine at the same time.. It was fun. i didn't hit shit.. but it was FUN. if there was a soft place to land on the floor i would have tired it jumping through the air.
 

Hoji

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May 28, 2008
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Mustang Ridge
Alan, you know where I shoot,so this will make you go

I overheard two of LSGR's yearly pass holders bitching to each other and to anyone who would listen about Matt getting on them for 12 guaging one of his target stands.This was AFTER he politely told them that using the Mossberg was okay, but if they were going to shoot the target they had to use slugs, buckshot or birdshot fire only into the berm.

I let them know that they were welcome to go to the other range that lets you draw from the holster, train on multiple targets, shoot fast, and all for $65 per year.

They STFU.
 

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