Sh... you see at the range

RedArmy

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Went to Shoot Point Blank today to pop a few rounds in their nice airconditioned range. While plinking I noticed puffs of smoke drifting by my target, looked around and didn't see where it came from so went back to plinking. A few minutes later and lots of smoke drifting around, stopped shooting and waited. There it is, rounds hitting the concrete ceiling beam that holds the target rail. Look over and see a young guy shooting an AR, as soon as he pulls the trigger a round impacts the beam again. R.O. runs over and stops him, turns out he's a new shooter and he's shooting a flat top AR with NO sights, not even a front post.

He was just firing down range thinking he would hit something? That's a question because I just don't know what to think. If he's new to shooting and just bought his first firearm It seems like he would have at least done some research on the internet to see how to set it up. I've been seeing a ton of new shooters, mostly younger people, this is a good thing however with all of these new people that have probably never handled a firearm in their lives I think ranges should start asking questions before just allowing them on the firing line. Or am I off base? Maybe they should put up a sign that that says "We would be happy to help you with your new firearm". Heck, I would be happy to help new shooters set up their rigs, but they need to ask instead of just trying to go it alone. I felt bad for the kid, I had a a rear sight I was going to give him, but then I noticed he had no front sight post either so it would have done him no good. Anyway, watch what's going on around you when you're on the firing line, you just never know.
 

zackmars

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Went to Shoot Point Blank today to pop a few rounds in their nice airconditioned range. While plinking I noticed puffs of smoke drifting by my target, looked around and didn't see where it came from so went back to plinking. A few minutes later and lots of smoke drifting around, stopped shooting and waited. There it is, rounds hitting the concrete ceiling beam that holds the target rail. Look over and see a young guy shooting an AR, as soon as he pulls the trigger a round impacts the beam again. R.O. runs over and stops him, turns out he's a new shooter and he's shooting a flat top AR with NO sights, not even a front post.

He was just firing down range thinking he would hit something? That's a question because I just don't know what to think. If he's new to shooting and just bought his first firearm It seems like he would have at least done some research on the internet to see how to set it up. I've been seeing a ton of new shooters, mostly younger people, this is a good thing however with all of these new people that have probably never handled a firearm in their lives I think ranges should start asking questions before just allowing them on the firing line. Or am I off base? Maybe they should put up a sign that that says "We would be happy to help you with your new firearm". Heck, I would be happy to help new shooters set up their rigs, but they need to ask instead of just trying to go it alone. I felt bad for the kid, I had a a rear sight I was going to give him, but then I noticed he had no front sight post either so it would have done him no good. Anyway, watch what's going on around you when you're on the firing line, you just never know.
"Where's 200 yards?"

"Its ove- uh do you have sights for that AR?"

"No, why?"
 

RedArmy

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"Where's 200 yards?"

"Its ove- uh do you have sights for that AR?"

"No, why?"

There's truth to that, lol. I still can't wrap my head around it. This is also the second time I've seen someone hit the ceiling on this particular range. I'm glad none of those rounds ricocheted, I was busy concentrating on my shooting so I never noticed what was going on until the concrete smoke puffs appeared. Crazy stuff.
 

Aus_Schwaben

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My brother-in-law is a member of a range on the far west side of Houston. He was there one day when he heard automatic rifle fire. Full auto is never allowed on that range. Once they called cease fire, one of the RSOs advised the shooters that it was not allowed. OK, OK, was the response. Shooting resumed and, again, automatic rifle fire from the group. After the cease fire, the group was directed to leave. After a lot of cursing, the group packed up and left. The RSO realized that the weapons they were using had been modified, so he called the Sheriffs Office. The group was stopped as they hit the pavement. Everyone in the group was a convicted felon. Several had outstanding warrants. They also had four weapons modified for full auto. The deputies had a field day.
 

General Zod

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My brother-in-law is a member of a range on the far west side of Houston. He was there one day when he heard automatic rifle fire. Full auto is never allowed on that range. Once they called cease fire, one of the RSOs advised the shooters that it was not allowed. OK, OK, was the response. Shooting resumed and, again, automatic rifle fire from the group. After the cease fire, the group was directed to leave. After a lot of cursing, the group packed up and left. The RSO realized that the weapons they were using had been modified, so he called the Sheriffs Office. The group was stopped as they hit the pavement. Everyone in the group was a convicted felon. Several had outstanding warrants. They also had four weapons modified for full auto. The deputies had a field day.
A question out of curiosity, that you may or may not know the answer to. How could he tell by looking that the weapons had been illegally modified?
 
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