Anybody have any horror stories from the range?


March 16, 2003, 12:00 AM
On my latest trip I saw:

1. A guy dressed head to toe in every piece of tacticality he could find room on his body for who would also point his gun down the firing line while he would reload and release the slide stop.

2. A guy who would keep holding his rifle and looking thru the scope while people were on the range.(I didn't go anywhere near his line of fire)

3. A guy beside me who, before he realized the safety was on, was passing his gun back and forth to a friend while pointing the pistol at each other!

I need my own private indoor range.:rolleyes:

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Kenneth Lew
March 16, 2003, 12:40 AM
1. An idiot almost shot my hand off with a 38 super (bullet passed within 3 inches from my hand.
2. Getting followed home from the range.

Kenneth Lew

March 16, 2003, 01:17 AM
A few months ago a fellow participating in a 3-Gun match at my local outdoor gunclub was having a "bad gun" day; he was known to be an arrogant braggart. Anyway, he couldn't hit anything that day. He stormed over to the "safe" area with his shotgun and, gripping it by the barrel, slammed the stock into some railroad ties repeatedly, all the while screaming obscenities(!) until the RO finally saw what was going on and told him to leave. He was kicked-out of the club, thank goodness!

March 16, 2003, 01:23 AM
The most "horrifying" thing that has happend to me is the range owners 13 year old grandson out shooting me by a lot.
Dang kid.:cuss:

March 16, 2003, 02:15 AM
mine ...grabbing a magazine slamming it home rack the slide and click , rack again , click... I ran out of ammo !!!!! how can that be ??I only brought 5000 rounds and have been shooting for 6 hours ....:rolleyes:

March 16, 2003, 02:27 AM

OMG ok- So I was like ALL dressed up in my gun range cause my dad was like "son- we're going to a GUN RANGE!" so I was all like "HOLY COW! YAY!!!!!" and I was like so excited and then-and then I think I packed the pistol and then we went, and then omg- ok- so like I'm hanging up the paper target and then like "BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!" this guy next to me was like TOTALLY shooting a loud gun, and it scared me! lol- but it's ok- so like I was all ready and then I loaded the magazines (lol- my hands were all cold by now, but it's ok) and then like ok- I insert the magazine, lol (the gun magazine, not a book magazine LMAO!!!!!!! :o) )- and then before I press the trigger, but I'm all like "Dad- I'm ready? ready? ready?" but he's like not there lol- so I turn around (with the gun pointing towards the front, lol- I'm not like THAT DUMB) and he's like giving me the thumbs up- LOL!! he was giving me the thumbs up when I was looking towards the gun- ok- so like omg- I press the trigger and the gun was like "CLICCCCCCCCCCCK" and I kept on pressing the trigger, but it kept on goin g"CLICKITTYCLICKY"- lol- So, I like put the pistol down cause I thought it jammed. LOL!!!!!! OMG- So then my dad came and he was all like "You have to load the chamber" and then I did and I pressed the trigger and it went "PCCCK" and then the shell like LANDED ON MY FOREHEAD LOL!!! It was hot!!!!! That's my horror story


//I blame- orange juice. And a fast typing speed. :uhoh: I apoligize for anyone who had to endure this. Atticus, my mom DOES let me stay up late :evil:

March 16, 2003, 02:33 AM
Yohan , the doctors bill is in the mail .. thank god it wasn't mountain dew !!!:what:

March 16, 2003, 02:56 AM
Not really a horror story, but, today I took my daughter to the range. She was doing pretty good at ten meters, her shots were a little low. I tried to help her correct and aim a little higher. Next thing I knew was she must have hit a steel brace or something in the ceiling, a florescent bulb came crashing down and shattered on the floor. A little embarasing but no harm done.

March 16, 2003, 03:03 AM
I let a friend of mine shoow my Rem 700 .30-06 at an indoor range. He shot the target clip off the carrier. A little embarassing.


March 16, 2003, 03:04 AM
Does a range officer (behind the firing line) getting shot by a shooter on the line, count? He was dropped by a ricochet off the walkway when a novice turned and swept the entire firing line; "the gun went off" and the bullet caught him in the leg and dropped him. At least, that's the way the tale is told.

March 16, 2003, 03:15 AM

I had a bad day today, as I posted in a thread below. Keep your heads on a swivel folks. The world is fulla crazy people, and some of them go shooting. 'Course some of them drive the freeways too. ;)

March 16, 2003, 04:34 AM
Cool9mm and Kenneth:

1) Find a new range.


2) NEVER shoot all your ammo at the range.

CCW to the range, as you would anywhere else.

Even and probably especially, going back and forth between the range, you NEED a loaded, ready-to-go weapon.

Stay safe.

March 16, 2003, 04:34 AM
Not at the range but at a gun show........
A friend of mine got shot at a gun show by some idiot. Actually it was the fault of two idiots; the idiot that ran the booth that had a loaded gun on the table and the idiot customer that handled a gun without checking to see if it was loaded.

It's been several years ago and I can't remember the details (I wasn't there) but it made the Memphis paper.

Matt G
March 16, 2003, 07:05 AM
While I have seen rudeness and the occasional safety faux pas, I've seen far more courtesy, safety, concern, and upbeat expressions at a range than in any other sport. Certainly it's safer to shoot at the worst shooting range reagularly than to attend European soccer matches. :)

I see little point in detailing "horror stories" here publicly, however, which do little for our cohesiveness, and do much to fuel the attacks of the antis. ("Look! Even the shooters agree that it's dangerous, even in their carefully-controlled and monitored environments!")

Can this thread die quietly? :(

March 16, 2003, 08:14 AM
Went shooting yesterday for the first time this year.

Was shooting my AR-10 at 100 yards.Plinking at 4X4X12 inch square "bowling pins". Six misses in a row. Wiggled the scope thinking maybe it was ready to fall off or something. Twelve more shots with only three hits.

To my utter horror, there were witnesses.:scrutiny:

Things got better after that.

March 16, 2003, 08:31 AM
Im with others here. CCW to the range is a must IMO. Its sad it must be that way, but it is. I always go to the range with my brother so he and I both CCW there. If we are the only ones there, we each watch the area while the other shoots. Call me paranoid but I keep thinking of 1980's Miami? Where ever Platt and his fellow scumbag used to off people and take their stuff when they were shooting by themselves.:(
I too have had people attemp to follow me home from the range! I thought I was being paranoid, but when he is with me for more than 2 turns in a row something is wrong. Most people would never even pick up on that, that is sad as well. I dont even have what many would consider a great collection either. I guess that doesnt matter though. I was only followed once though. The range is a good distance from my house, with one road that leads to and from it,when you get close to it, which bothers me.
This gives you a chance to spot anyone who might follow you. Since they no where for them to go either;) Stay safe out there guys.

March 16, 2003, 12:38 PM
This story isn't quite a horror story, but it could have been.

About 8 of us got together for a shoot (met on another BB) and as we started to set up, three guys showed up and made their way up the hill. ( keep in mind that this isn't a 'range' but more an open area in the woods. We call it 'the dump') The proceed to set up about 50yds to our right, and begin firing. No big deal, they weren't in the way or anything so we just went about our shooting. As we set up to leave, so did they. we all stood in the parking area talking for a while, then left.

Getting home, went online to post a report for the days shoot. Only to find that our pictures were posted all over the BB. What had happened was three guys from the board (who had some ongoing flame war with part of our group) followed us to our shoot and took pictures of us! And continued posting them to draw us into more flaming. The end result was most of us leaving, and some banned. The clincher was that one of the 3 intruders was also a moderator on that board.

I felt that bringing some petty internet argument to a shoot in reality was pretty foolish. Needless to say that I am happy to have found this site.


March 16, 2003, 01:45 PM
DrJones: Darn good advice! I realize my little experience is nothing compared to the others I've read (sorry Matt) but it was enough to head me in another direction. My Beretta is loaded with JHPs on the way to the range. I leave this clip full and reinsert it afterwards so I always have it ready to go. I used to shoot it empty and leave like that but realized it was defeating the purpose of CCW.

March 16, 2003, 02:02 PM
Schwebo, are these the folks with the Krinkov? :D I didn't quite follow the story, I've heard those people were out of towners?

Maybe, I should visit "the dump" to shoot my Polytech AK, last time I took my AK to the range was a couple months ago.

Tom C.
March 16, 2003, 02:16 PM
1. While in the service, qualifying with a S&W Model 10, the guy next to me shaved a piece of jacket due to cylinder misalignment and hit me in the tendon of my index finger of my right hand. Had to have it cut out.
2. Loaned a S&W Model 25-2 to a friend. He was shooting .45 ACP ball. He had a squib. As he was cocking the gun to shoot again, I grabbed it across the cylinder blocking the hammer. When I looked at it, the bullet was in the bore about .25” from the breach end. If he had fired again, not only would he have destroyed my lovely Model 25-2, he would have sprayed me with shrapnel.
3. I was an RO at an IPSC match when a shooter had a squib with a 9mm Beretta. He was reaching to cycle the slide as I was grabbing the gun to prevent him from jacking a fresh round in the gun and blowing it up. He lost points for the stage, but we pounded out the bullet and he was able to continue.

March 16, 2003, 10:29 PM
Schwebo, are these the folks with the Krinkov? I didn't quite follow the story, I've heard those people were out of towners?

Yeah, I believe so. I just think its inappropriate to bring that kind of stuff to the range, should stay on the internet.

Not to mention they way they all acted about it. I didn't appreciate being dragged into their dispute, as did about 8 others.

I haven't been up to the dump since that day, I just haven't had time to get out there and commit a full day to shooting. I am trying to set up a westside 'dump' shoot. Still up in the air though.


Kenneth Lew
March 16, 2003, 11:18 PM
Dr Jones,

The problem is the anyone could be followed home from anywhere. A few years ago, there was a rash of robberies on the rich side of town where the predators would seek their prey in the grocery stores looking for "sheeple". When I go to the range, I'm the last to leave with the employees. In a matter of fact, I even help them clean up the range of the lead traps and empty shell casings. We all leave together and watch each other back. Call me paranoid, but I got some expensive toys.

Hell in my side of town, a Catholic Priest carrys a 1911 cocked and locked.

Kenneth Lew

March 16, 2003, 11:50 PM
The problem is the anyone could be followed home from anywhere.

Well I know.

Its just that I seem to read often of people getting followed home from the range. :(

Stay safe.

March 17, 2003, 12:34 AM
civilian range: it's the second day of the NRA personal protection course and we've got the students out on the range - for significant number of them it is the first time they have ever fired on a range, and for some of them it's the first time they've actually fired a handgun. one of the females a few stations to my left, firing a .38 spl revolver hits dead center 10X with her first shot, and while holding the modified weaver stance pivots 145 degrees before her instructor gets the barrel of the weapon up in the air, while student is shouting "I hit it! I hit it!".

military range: I'm supervising a bunch of ROTC cadets who are firing M16's (in semi) on a 100 meter range that is also used for LAW subcaliber training. I'm an LT at this time, and technically in charge of the range, but the range NCO's know I'm a former SGT and since I'm only there for a day I let them do the training with the understanding that I'll stand there and be 'the officer' whenever neccessary. (this means I know they know their business and I'm doing my best to stay out of their way and let them do *their* best). All instructors are supposed to be wearing frag vests but it's hot so I just put one on, since we've been warned there's a major in the AO who may stop by, and it's my job (as the ossifer) to pacify him when he shows up. That's the ONLY reason I'm wearing the vest. Off to one side of the range is the old (1960's) command track with three inches of battleship plate bolted to one side, that is used as the target for the LAW subcaliber devices (basically a small rocket that fits inside the LAW launcher and makes a big "poof" of white smoke when it hits a hard target). We have given the kaydets strict instructions that they WILL not fire at the command track since it's only 100 meters away and 5.56mm ball ammo WILL ricochet at that range. Second or third firing order is firing, I've checked the other concurrent training ongoing and am walking up to the firing line to do my "once down the firing line so the LT can legitimately say he's supervising marksmanship training". I'm walking next to the range NCOIC and we're discussing various points I should make to that major we're expecting to show up any minute. As we're doing this I hear that distinctive 'whirrrrr' of a round going by a bit to my left, the NCOIC and I look at each other just as we hear another 'whirrrrump' that impacts just below my left pectoral muscle. I look down and there's a flattened 5.56 ball round embedded in my flak vest. The range NCOIC and two of the instructors are all looking at one 18 or 19 year old cadet who seems slightly puzzled and appears to be aiming a third shot at the :cuss: command track. What's going through my mind at that point is a debate - either I'm dead and don't know it yet, or it didn't penetrate the vest for some reason but in any case I'm slowly coming around to the perspective that I'd really like to prevent a repeat performance in any case, when one of the range instructors lands in the middle of the kaydet's back while the other one wrenches the M16 from his hot little hands, and the Range NCOIC is shouting "cease fire, cease fire!". I look down and discover no blood but some hot lead and jacketting, and am so glad that's all, that I tell the NCOIC "SFC ____ carry on with training" and wander back to the range shack where I can sit down and shake for a couple of minutes unobserved. The major showed up half an hour later and dinged me for having a vest in need of repair. He never did figure out why I just acknowledged it and let it go...
that's not actually the worst one, but the worst one sounds like a "war story" so I don't generally tell that one at all.

March 17, 2003, 12:44 AM
I got hit in the chest with a .45 ACP that some guy's wife had AD'd. Luckily it was a ricochet off the roof so it had no energy and was flat as a nickel when it got me. No damage done.

Another time, a guy was handing me his class 3 m-16 and showing me how to hold it safely. He touched the trigger and had an AD downrange. He had been drinking beer all day which I was unaware of until then. BOOZE and guns NEVER ever go together!!!

I think those are my only 2 close calls at the range. I've had a kid sweep me once in a while though and I always tell the dad to take his kid home until he can learn to take shooting seriously. If he doesn't then I have them thrown out.

March 17, 2003, 12:57 AM
The problem is the anyone could be followed home from anywhere.

When they follow you home from the range, they know you're armed. Obviously, this makes things a whole lot more dangerous.


Why did you post info about your range visit on the net, rather than round up the participants via PM or e-mail?

Possible that thieves and worse cruise gun boards looking for scores.

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