Safe at an Unsafe Range
by Derek Odom: Remington
1100: A Massively Tough Shotgun
Have you ever
been at a shooting range where other people are acting in an unsafe
manner? What did you do? Was it something youd do again today
or do you think you could have handled it better? Unsafe practices
happen more often at shooting ranges than some of you may think
A while back
a piece about knowing your gun before going to the range. The
incident that inspired the article involved two couples who didnt
seem to know anything about the guns they were shooting, and on
top of that they didnt seem to want any help either. Needless
to say it was a somewhat freightening situation, and ultimately
my wife and I left.
sparked a little debate about individual responsibility and the
appropriate reaction. Today we hope to explore appropriate avenues
for dealing with potentially dangerous situations at a range.
its always within your rights to just pack up and get out
of Dodge if you feel something is unsafe at the range. Some outdoor
ranges have little or no supervision or staff available to stop
potential tomfoolery. If you feel the best thing to do is just to
remove yourself from the situation, then do so, because theres
no reason to stick around and risk injury. After all, we arent
dealing with someone holding a pool cue incorrectly at the next
table; we are dealing with someone who is potentially misusing a
If you want
to educate people about what they are doing dangerously wrong, you
of course have that option, too, but keep in mind that they might
not want it. In a situation with no range master, it could be up
to all of us to step in and help. If approached correctly, a receptive
person will likely listen to a more experienced shooter. The reality,
though, is that it may embarrass them and cause unnecessary problems
on top of the already obvious ones.
tone and attitude go along way when giving instruction this
goes back to the Golden Rule. Try to respond appropriately and a
person will be receptive to the information.
If you find
yourself at a range with staff present, I would consider immediately
dropping whatever you were doing and notifying appropriate personnel
of a potentially dangerous situation. It isnt considered tattletale
behavior if people can reasonably be killed due to someones
neglect. Dont think twice about notifying those in charge
if you see something outrageous at the shooting range.
to that, the rules at every single professional range that Ive
been to prefers that the staff help instead of a fellow patron.
In their house, its their responsibility to enforce safety.
Your job is just to be safe.
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