Ever left a gun range in a hurry?


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Yohan
January 6, 2003, 07:05 PM
Fortunately, I've never had to leave a range in a hurry, but hearing all those stories inspired me to create another topic. Have you ever had to leave the gun range in a hurry and for what reasons? If it was the staff's or the range's fault, which one was it? (So I never goto them) :D

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El Tejon
January 6, 2003, 07:09 PM
Does a hotel room count?:D

TheeBadOne
January 6, 2003, 07:09 PM
I left a small rifle range where I was sighting in my deer rifle. The only other fella there wasn't too concerned with his muzzle, but I was. I left and came back 3 hrs later.

Redlg155
January 6, 2003, 07:15 PM
I always leave in a hurry. I shoot until the last minute and then have to pack up in haste because the wife is calling me on the cell phone reminding me of neglected domestic duties.

I've learned one thing..ALWAYS take an inventory of your rifles and equipment. It's surprising how easy a handgun or rifle can be left at the range.

Good SHooting
RED

MLH
January 6, 2003, 07:21 PM
LOL:D

cslinger
January 6, 2003, 07:22 PM
Lets just say I have seen darwin in action on a couple of occassions.

Actually watched somebody looked down the barrel of a loaded gun that had malf. or misfired to see if the bullet was still in there, finger on trigger and all. :what: Not to mention sweeping all of us. He looked like your typical idiot gangbanger.

We got the hell out of dodge and told the range people.

Dan Shapiro
January 6, 2003, 07:27 PM
Yup, several times. On one occasion three gang bangers came into my local indoor range and rented the chrome plated pistol grip pump shotgun (the most interesting people rent this thing :rolleyes: ). One then proceeds to load it outside of the booth, rack it vertically one-handed (terminator 2?) and jump into the booth yelling, "I'm going to kill ya mother-f!"

Yeah, it was time to go. I skipped the lecture on gun safety and let the owner handle these guys.

Unsafe gun handling is my number one reason for leaving most often. Number two would be the liberal use of hyphenated phrases starting with m-f.

El Tejon
January 6, 2003, 07:31 PM
Kidding aside, just once. Secretary called my cell phone, "Kirk, your 6 o'clock is here waiting for you." When I got back downtown from the range, the client asked me if I had been smoking a cigar.:D

Greybeard
January 6, 2003, 07:33 PM
Yep, a big "wet" hurry a couple of summers ago. With thunderclouds, high winds and hail moving in, I was bending over locking up storage shed when I heard a "bzzzzzzt" just an instant before big lightening stike on cell phone tower less than 50' away. Had to get home quickly to change more than my shirt. :uhoh: And schedule an appointment with chiropractor. :(

sm
January 6, 2003, 07:33 PM
El Tejon: Same here ( is there club for folks like us?) :D
Tornado
Lightening
Range Idiots

Cost me 2 guns on 2 occaisons leaving the competion early and not present for drawing--see #1

coonan357
January 6, 2003, 07:46 PM
does bad food count???? and the porta pot was a ways a away :what: :what: :what:

HS/LD
January 6, 2003, 07:51 PM
I never left a range in a hurry but I told another guy (with no muzzle control) that he had too.

Regards,
HS/LD

Deuce
January 6, 2003, 07:52 PM
A few weeks ago my buddy and I were at a local indoor range which rents full-auto rifles. I'm not familiar with the "evil" guns, so I'm not sure what model it was. But, just as we were finishing up, this guy sits next to me and fires a mag downrange. While firing, his bullets run up the target, mangle the hanger, and I could see debris falling from the ceiling for several rounds before he either stopped or ran out of ammo. I didn't feel overly in danger, but jeez. All the same, I was glad I was ready to leave anyway.

telewinz
January 6, 2003, 08:00 PM
Went back in a hurry when I left my carbine on the shooting bench, 20 minutes later it was still there. Guess shooters are an honest sort.:)

Gewehr98
January 6, 2003, 09:11 PM
I left the hotel room as soon as she whipped out the handcuffs from her luggage. :what:

Indoor range got smaller in my rear-view mirror real quick one evening when a fellow a couple firing lanes over ripped some buckshot downrange. He then walked up the firing line with the muzzle of the still-loaded Benelli M3 all excited, covering those who weren't quick enough to make themselves real small, finger in the triggerguard. He wanted to show his buddy on the far end station what he had done to his target, not bothering to look at what he was doing with the shotgun. :(

standingbear
January 6, 2003, 10:47 PM
yes,the ventilation was so bad my eyes began burning and watering(not to mention coughing every minute)after about 3 minutes of this,i was ready for an fire fighter air tank and mask setup but a nudge and grimace from the guys that i was shooting with hurried us all out to get breathable air.

PATH
January 6, 2003, 11:33 PM
I never leave in a hurry! I walk calmly and stay to the right.:neener:

thebaldguy
January 6, 2003, 11:45 PM
I have never had to leave for safety reasons, but we did leave due to a lack of heat and ventilation.

Groups increase when you shiver.

We left.

WonderNine
January 6, 2003, 11:50 PM
One then proceeds to load it outside of the booth, rack it vertically one-handed (terminator 2?) and jump into the booth yelling, "I'm going to kill ya mother-f!"

LoL!! :D

Blackhawk
January 7, 2003, 12:19 AM
neglected domestic duties Red, you don't mean it...? :rolleyes:

bpisler
January 7, 2003, 07:52 AM
I was at a local outdoor range with a buddy.The rangmaster came up and said we had to leave now,turns out the range had its insurance cancelled.

foghornl
January 7, 2003, 08:18 AM
I was at the range, came off the line to buy more targets. While at the counter, a guy comes in, buys a new Ruger P97 (I think), says "this is my first automatic, always shot revolvers" buys ammo & targets, and heads toward the line. Along the way, open box, grabs all the papers inside, and tosses the docs in trash can.

Figured it was late and I was finished shooting anyway.:fire:

Sleeping Dog
January 7, 2003, 08:36 AM
I'd guess that buyer of the new Ruger P97 came back to dig in the trash and get the documents. Field stripping and re-assembly is not exactly "obvious".

The only time I left in a hurry was when I discovered I brought ammo and a gun, but not the ammo for THAT gun. Doh!

Regards.

Don Gwinn
January 7, 2003, 02:55 PM
At Gunslinger's first End of Summer Meet, we'd only been married not quite a year, and my wife was getting to be a pretty good shooter. I was in one lane and she was in the next on Saturday morning when I heard a shriek over the Garand. I safed it and came out to find Missy wobbling over with blood on her hands and shoes. She'd had a forgetful moment and put her left thumb over her right hand while shooting dad's little Remington .32. She still has the scar, but she doesn't do that anymore.
We left in a bit of a hurry; it took ten stitches to close that one.

Skunkabilly
January 7, 2003, 03:07 PM
I was on my way out of a range when some guy on probation (can't own or touch a firearm) walks into the range. An off-duty cop is cleaning his gun behind the counter and knows the guy and said if he touched a gun he'd write him up or arrest him or some cop thing.

The guy had all his friends with him, not sure what happened but I was on my way out anyway. No one was in the parking lot, but some guys were loitering near the entrance.

Time to get my CCW. If someone tried to steal Grace Kim....:fire:

yorec
January 7, 2003, 03:09 PM
Too many times to remember comfortably. Department qualificatoins are often done on duty and when a call comes in...

Remember one day it took three different range sessions cause the on duty guys kept getting called out.

bogie
January 7, 2003, 03:33 PM
Once I was at an indoor range, and a group of 'banger types walked in and started milling around in preparation meow going into the range area and bustin' some caps in some targets... Another customer and I looked at each other, went into a classroom, and locked and loaded, then walked back out and did a bit of loitering...

igor
January 7, 2003, 04:11 PM
:rolleyes: a friend let me try his Jatimatic... let's say I wasn't expecting that kind of a rate of fire, having only shot Sako assault rifle full-auto before... and not really having a clue as to proper stance or grip for it either, not to mention the awkward "full throttle" trigger function... and the Jatimatic is considered easy to handle :confused: I could still hear them laughing across the street, and the range was on _second_ basement floor. But that's a long time ago and I've learned since ;)

MR.G
January 7, 2003, 04:43 PM
Was ordered to leave a range one day for "shooting too fast". The guy in charge that day said that he had been watching me shoot, and that there was not enough time between my shots. I got really P. O. since I shot there often, and I have seen that guy shoot rapid fire. Told him, and the management, what I thought about their rules and left immediately. Joined a different range, and havn't been to the old one since.

capbuster
January 7, 2003, 05:11 PM
A few years back I was participating in a NRA hunter pistol match at a club near Birmingham, Alabama. If memory serves me, it was during January and it began to snow. Snow is not a big deal in some regions but in the South, it has an awesome effect on the locals. We finished the match and made a hasty retreat from the club. It was a good snow and I was glad that I made it back home without any problems.

MarineTech
January 7, 2003, 08:34 PM
I once developed a bad case of the "running water 2 step" thanks to mild food poisoning on an outdoor public range that caused me to vacate in a hurry. With a number of other shooters out there, no restrooms on the range, and no convenient hiding spot, I was forced to drive to the gas station about 2 miles down the road. That was a race with the devil.

In Boot Camp on Parris Island, we were forced to vacate the range area on prequal day thanks to an oncoming storm and reports of ball lightning on the adjacent firing line. Route stepped us off the range in one heck of a hurry.

H&K Fan
January 10, 2003, 03:23 AM
Only when too many of the local in-breds show up at one time. Did start to leave once when about 5 or so Mexicans were taking turns shooting a S&W clone at a 3 liter coke bottle..... from about 6 feet away. Missed it with most of their shots, btw.

Ledbetter
January 10, 2003, 03:40 PM
Was at one shooting at other prople's trash they had left. Pick up pulls up with three loud guys. Still no problem.

Until one guy opened a beer. I never left anyplace that fast in my life.

charlie d
January 10, 2003, 03:49 PM
Just once.
I was shooting my .45 cal. flintlock at my "in the sticks" shooting club and was the only one there. A scroungy looking old coot showed up saying that the distinctive sound of my smoke pole had drawn him there. We had a nice conversation about old guns, but in the course of the conversation he mentioned that he had tuberculosis. He was coughing and spitting.

Luckily when he got there I was already in the midst of packing up, so I left quickly.

Average Guy
January 10, 2003, 04:14 PM
Listen up meow. If you're going to do the "meow" thing, at least try to substitute it for a similar-sounding word, huh? I mean, you can't just throw it in all nimbly-bimbly, anywhere you want. There are rules. Meow carry on. :D

Bainx
January 10, 2003, 06:01 PM
When I used to shoot in Knoxville, I would have to hurry off to beat the darn 5:00 traffic. Ten minutes is absolutely critical in that town.

rick458
January 10, 2003, 06:25 PM
I was at an indoor range and a nice man with an Ingram Mac 10
started firing three lanes down after he fired a string I was picking jacket material from my arm
I took a break for a while

jsalcedo
January 10, 2003, 07:45 PM
I was at a south Texas outdoor range where you could
back your car right up to the table.

I was shooting a 45cal muzzle loading pistol when all of the sudden a tricked out jacked up Ford pickup whips in and skids
into the postion next to me with the radio blasting. The guy
falls out of the passenger side door onto the ground followed by a pile of beer cans. He and the driver reach into the back of the
pickup bed and grab a couple of folding stock AKMs and begin to
spray my backstop simultaneously. These guys could barely stand up!

I immediately grabbed up my stuff and started to leave the scene but before I could start my car the drunken dudes literally threw the AKs back in the pickup bed and peeled out back onto the main highway.

I am a full auto fan and I like my beer but never the two shall meet.

Carbon_15
January 10, 2003, 07:47 PM
Was ordered to leave a range one day for "shooting too fast". The guy in charge that day said that he had been watching me shoot, and that there was not enough time between my shots. I got really P. O. since I shot there often, and I have seen that guy shoot rapid fire. Told him, and the management, what I thought about their rules and left immediately. Joined a different range, and havn't been to the old one since.

I had that exact same experiance at Shooters Choice here in Columbia. Speed limits:rolleyes:

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