Do you get angry when the shooter next to you has a bigger BOOM than you?


May 11, 2007, 02:48 PM
Maybe it's just me, but while I was at the indoor range last I am happily shooting my Glock in .40S&W caliber with 180 grain training my point shooting drills and bull's eye drills, then comes these dudes.

Two guys showing off their 10mm, .44mag and other nice noise makers laughing it off and clowning around saying things like:

I'm bringing my big gun!!!

That's one loud mother flower!!!


Now I know the 10mm was a bit louder than my .40S&W caliber, but I was slightly annoyed.

Do you guys do that or feel the way I do? Maybe it's a testosterone thing.

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May 11, 2007, 02:54 PM
Let them make noise, it does not bother me at all. While they're making all sorts of racket I'm making a nice ragged hole in the center of the bull.

May 11, 2007, 02:57 PM
It's good for training. If you can concentrate while some one is shooting something really loud, then you can do it anywhere.

May 11, 2007, 03:02 PM
Doesn't annoy me. After all, it's a gun range.
I like it!

May 11, 2007, 03:02 PM
I wouldn't worry about it, I am often the big noise maker at my local range too. At first I worried about other people being offended by my loud guns too, but then I realized that they have no more right to tell me to stop shooting because of the sound of my gun makes than a politician has to ban my gun because they are offended with the way it looks.

If they're really THAT bothered by the noise, they either need to get better hearing protection or leave. I won't limit my firearm usage at a range because other people can't use adequate protection.

Plugs AND headphones are the way to go if you ask me.

May 11, 2007, 03:03 PM
What hearing protection are you using, Count?

May 11, 2007, 03:03 PM
The NOISE doesn't bother me, but the type of people you're describing seem to have a habit of pointing loaded guns in almost any direction BUT downrange...

May 11, 2007, 03:06 PM


May 11, 2007, 03:10 PM
Any fool can make a lot of noise. But, can they literally drive a tack at 50 yards with a .22LR? Can they un-cap a pop bottle at 100 yards? :neener:

I had to laugh one summer day a few years back, when I was shooting a .22LR MATCH Contender pistol. This fella walks past and says, "Oh...I thought you was shootin' a real gun. Hahaha!"

The Rangemaster and I smiled and I asked him if he wanted to see if he could repeat my target. I sat down and shot a very detailed smiley face at 50 yards with my .22LR MATCH Contender.

The Rangemaster came over, signed & dated the target and hung it up. Then, we waited for nosie-maker to shoot. He packed up his boomer and left...scoofing the whole way out. I never even got to see what he was firing! How rude!!!

I am being serious. He literally walked off, pouting and mumbling! :confused:

May 11, 2007, 03:10 PM
I try to wear good hearing protection.

I shoot at an indoor 100 yard rifle range sometimes -- sighting in, generally. What gets really obnoxious is when someone has a 26" barrel uber-magnum with a big muzzlebrake on it. You not only hear it, you feel the shockwave, then the air blowing past you from it.

But hey, I'm glad we CAN shoot that stuff indoors. It is really nice for sighting in!

They did forbid .50 BMG rifles from the indoor range, because it pushes the limits of the backstops.

Now if you really want to have fun in an indoor pistol range, though, bring a .44 caliber black powder revolver. Shoot all six chambers, and nobody can see a damn thing for a minute or two, or breathe without coughing. Bring one of those next time. I have. They're inexpensive and available mail-order, too!:)

May 11, 2007, 03:15 PM
Boom Envy:d

May 11, 2007, 03:17 PM
Hope no insult intended, but it is a firing range. The ONLY thing that bothers me at a gun range is proper gun handling and range ettiquette. Blast away with what ever you brung, that's within the guidlines and we're fine.

Once I've confirmed that I'm safe around the gentleman next to me knowing he is a safe gun handler, I hardly notice they're there.

May 11, 2007, 03:23 PM
I like to make the big booms, and flash, sometimes plinking with the 22 gets old and I like to bust out something obnoxious, I am a conciderate shooter and often let people at the range try it out if they seem responsible enough, and stay way at the far side. (still saving up for a 460S&W:) )

Ohio Rifleman
May 11, 2007, 03:33 PM
Really, if you can't handle loud noises, you need to invest in some better hearing protection or find a new hobby. I go to an outdoor range, so the noise disperses a bit. I personally enjoy going there not just for the shooting, but to see all kinds of different firearms. I think the loudest gun I ever saw there was a blackpowder rifle! :what:

My SKS makes a pretty big boom, but not as much as a Mosin or some of those big ol' hunting rifles in 30-06 or some such.

Once I've confirmed that I'm safe around the gentleman next to me knowing he is a safe gun handler, I hardly notice they're there.

Bingo. When I'm shooting, my entire world becomes that sight or scope picture. I hardly notice the other shooters unless their hardware or behavior catches my eye.

May 11, 2007, 03:33 PM
I like to be the guy with the loud bang at the indoor range. :evil:

That said, I try not to open up when someone else is in the middle of a magazine and shooting for precision.;)

Now if they're obnoxious and rude, then I time my shots and try to get the blastwave to hit them just as they're squeezing the trigger.:neener:

May 11, 2007, 03:34 PM
torpid What hearing protection are you using, Count?

Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

Yes, especially for indoor, I have plugs AND ear muffs.

May 11, 2007, 03:37 PM
Heh. Maybe it was the first time they'd shot anything larger than a .22.

Not sure why you'd get annoyed at that -- unless your hearing protection wasn't up to the task, or they were being unsafe in some way. Seems a little silly to get upset that their gun was louder than yours.


Jorg Nysgerrig
May 11, 2007, 03:42 PM
Even though I know it comes with the territory, I certainly don't enjoy being on a smaller indoor range next to the guy shooting his hot .44 mag handloads. If I can feel in it my teeth when he fires (and some of you no doubt know what I'm talking about), it really detracts from my enjoyment.

Shanghai McCoy
May 11, 2007, 03:43 PM
Nope,don't bother me a bit.It has been my experiance that the loudest noise is from those guys with the shortest barrels...:rolleyes:

May 11, 2007, 03:43 PM
Yes, especially for indoor, I have plugs AND ear muffs.

Your ears thank you! :)

Rick O'Shea
May 11, 2007, 03:48 PM
I was inadvertantly guilty of "big-boom" rudeness last week.

I was focusing on trying out reloads on my new .44 magnum, and did not notice that the people one lane over were shooting at 5 yards, and there was a lot of conversation between shots.

Apparently it was a young man teaching a young lady the fundamentals of shooting for the first time :o .

I didn't realize what I'd done until I noticed that they had moved to the other shooting bay.

And yes, I felt like an ass :( .

Ben Shepherd
May 11, 2007, 03:56 PM
I'm usually the guy with the cannon. HOWEVER:

Before I light it/them off I let others know that what I'm going to shoot will be very loud.

It's a courtesy thing. And I DON'T do it when someone is in the middle of some serious benchwork. Doing it for the *look at me factor* doesn't help others see you in a positive light.

You want loud? Any rifle caliber in a 10" contender barrel will do it. Heck with pistol calibers.

Joe Gunns
May 11, 2007, 03:56 PM
Yeah, I gotta admit that in my old age I do find it irritating if I'm shooting a .22 or .38 and somebody opens up in the next lane with a hand-cannon in the middle of a string. The initial noise and blast causes flyers. However, that is MY problem, not theirs. I keep shooting until I have fired my usual number of rounds for the practice of dealing with the distraction. And sometimes I decide that its a good excuse to shoot some "bear" loads in the Redhawk .45. :cool:

May 11, 2007, 03:59 PM
I don't really mind--I'm not going to tell anyone what they need to do on the range. However, there have been a couple times where someone nearby was shooting something BigLoud, and the boom of it was a physical impact, which made me startle involuntarily every time. I think one time it was a big .44; another time it was an AK (at an indoor range, yep). Although I can deal with the startle reflex, it still made it less than enjoyable.

May 11, 2007, 04:08 PM
i actually had this experience the other day. the range i was at was all indoor and un-beknownst to me, you could also shoot shotguns indoors a few bays down from where we were. My Mom and I were on the 25 yard lane playing with a rented 22 and my Armalite AR 7 (still waiting for the ten days to exprie to get my .270) so we are messing around and all of a sudden BOOM!! BOOM!! BOOM!! WTH?? turns out the guy two lanes down is shooting a 10 gauge shotgun with high brass slugs!! MAN that thing was loud!! I felt every shot

May 11, 2007, 04:09 PM
you mean there were loud noises at the gun range? How odd.

May 11, 2007, 04:14 PM
It's a gun range, it's going to be loud. Just bring ear protection and mind your own business unless you observe unsafe behavior.

May 11, 2007, 04:19 PM
Only had that happen once. I loaded my T/C cotender with the old style 8" octogon 30-30 barrel with a 180gr factory round. :evil: He never saw the round, just the 30cal bore. Handed him the pistol and let him shoot one round from my "small bore" single shot! BIG FLASH, lots of noise and a startled look! He never said a word, just put the pistol on the table and left, rubbing his right hand.:D

Livin in Texas

May 11, 2007, 04:21 PM
I think I'll invest in this:

May 11, 2007, 04:33 PM
I mainly shoot 9mm, so I don't expect to be the loudest at all. If all their hot brass was smacking me in the face, then yeah I would get annoyed.

May 11, 2007, 04:55 PM
No, but I am bothered by clamshell brakes on rifles.

Never, never snuggle up to other shooters if you insist on bringing a gun with one of these on them. You're likely to get it rammed up your keester.

May 11, 2007, 05:06 PM
I think you guys missed the intended point of the post. He didn't say that the big booms bothered him per say. He was annoyed that it was bigger than HIS. Like if I take my .44mag thinking i'm "tha man" and someone comes along w/ a .50bmg. I personally don't, I like big booms period, even if they're "bigger" than mine!:D

May 11, 2007, 05:11 PM
It used to bother me, until I got an AR...and now I'm the big boomer :o That and my SRH in .44 mag...

Then there was the day I was at the range with both the above, Archerandshooter had his .30 carbine, we were sort of sharing back and forth. Some guy comes up in the next bench (crowded Saturday, it was either be next to me or don't shoot) with a .22 rifle. New rifle, he was giving it its first test drive. He looked over at my bench with some trepidation, I told him yes, it was a .44 mag, yes it would be loud, if it really bothered him, let me know, we could alternate shooting, whatever. He looked a bit dubious, but put on his ears and appeared to be doing more or less okay.

I went over and traded benches with A&S so I could shoot his .30 and he could shoot my AR. Then we traded back, and I picked up the .44, loaded it, and shot. The guy YOWLED, jumped a foot in the air, and glared at me like I'd shot HIM. Turns out he had quit shooting for awhile..... so he removed his ear protection And wondered why on earth his ears hurt after I shot the SRH.

Some people are just not too bright....:banghead:


May 11, 2007, 05:14 PM
Hehehe no because when I want to wake up the range, I bring out Mr.44magnum using 180 grain loads.

May 11, 2007, 05:17 PM
i like it. thats when i take out my ruger mkII target pistol. and open a box of 500 rounds. and start saying things like i think this will cost me .02 cents to shoot. then after they shoot up thier 4 boxes. i look and say what no mo money. no mo bullets. uh oh. i still have 450 more rounds to shoot. you can sit and watch if you like.

May 11, 2007, 06:27 PM
I usually am shooting my suppressed 10/22, so I don't make enough noise for people to complain about (unless they find the noise of staplers to be offensively loud).

I don't mind people shooting loud guns at the range, though it does occasionally cause me to flub a shot. I write that off for experience.

What does bug me is when I'm teaching a new shooter how to shoot, and some jerk starts rocking out with their uber-loud guns. Very annoying to the new shooter.

The absolute worst it when I'm teaching a new shooter, trying to get them to see that shooting is not some evil, scary thing and us law-abiding shooters are not crazy nutjobs when some guy has to go and disprove my theory by ranting about the UN, black helicopters, the Trilateral Commission, or how so-and-so's going to ban various guns. Yeah, I know that impending gun bans are a constant threat, but it still irks me when I'm there with a new shooter.

/new shooters love the suppressed 10/22
//they love the AR too -- accurate, comfy, scary-looking, loud, and little recoil = FUN!

May 11, 2007, 06:30 PM
I could care less about what the person next to me is shooting, though it is somewhat annoying when their brass starts flying into your booth. When i took my girlfriend to the range for her first time (or one of them at least) she kept getting pelted with brass one even loding in her uh... lets just say bra. Still though that didn't stop her from saying she wanted to go again:)

May 11, 2007, 06:51 PM
One of our indoor ranges separates rifles and handguns. If you are shooting both, they put you in the rifle side. I'm sure you can move over, but it's a pain to move all your stuff when you switch firearms.

It does make you jump a bit when the person next to you is zeroing a .30-06 while you're try to shoot groups with your handgun. After a while you get used to it.

May 11, 2007, 06:52 PM
My 10mms are often way out-boomed by the .44s, .454s, .460s.
Doesn't bother me at fact I get a chuckle watching my ammo boxes jump a bit when some of those big ones shoot.

Now the attitude you describe accompanying the noise would get my inner ornery riled up.

May 11, 2007, 07:15 PM
Only time I get jealous is if they have a gun I like/want. Each time I go with my shooting buddy he has to bring his 03A4... I don't get too jealous, he let's me shoot 2 for every one round he fires. :D

May 11, 2007, 07:33 PM
Ok here is what happened to me. Where I am at there is no indoor ranges but there is a range that has a cover over the firing line. I was shooting a competition with a full race gun with a Clark comp (I was first in the area). The unusual thing about this we usually shoot 1 at a time due to time they lined 4 of us up to shoot a 25 yard timed event and to make a long story short I fired the first round and the other 3 backed up and looking at me to make sure I didn't have a KB. I rattled the metal covering on the firing line. Well they ended up restarting that stage of the event. Today I still laugh at that the looks on the faces. To be honset it caused me to jump because the covering is only about 7' high and I never shot under a covering with it.

May 11, 2007, 07:35 PM
I call my 2" Detective Special my "Fourth of July" gun because it's not unlike an 04 Jul 10 inch salute going off. I figure if I need to use it for defense, the flash will blind them and the concussion will knock them down and then I can run like hell.

Had this gun at the indoor range one crowded Saturday --I was shooting at the end lane so the shock wave was bouncing off the concrete wall. Frankly, I didn't notice, but someone was showing his lady friend how to shoot in the next lane.

While reloading, the Range Master came over to see what I was shooting and mentioned that the lady over there jumped every time I fired. She was wearing muffs.

I took the hint and jacked out the shells and put it away and got set up to shoot my comparatively quiet 1911 for the rest of my time. No sense making a new shooter uncomfortable about shooting.

BTW, what indoor range allows black powder arms? Must have one hell of a ventilating system. Do you have to account for the wind from the fans in there? My range forbids BP guns.

I agree with the bit about distractions helping to improve your concentration. You haven't lived until the Garand next to you keeps pinking hot cal .30 brass off your own rifle in a prone rapid-fire stage.

Well, as one competition shooter once said, "The match goes to the guy who solves his problems best."

True of Life in general, too, I guess.

May 11, 2007, 07:37 PM
Hmmm I'm jealous of all of you. Its an hour drive to the closest range for me. Its a handgun only range and I have only been one time. The guy a couple of stalls down from me managed to get off 4 rounds from his Desert Eagle before he was escorted out the door, with them telling him "Don't ever bring that thing in here again" All the outdoor places I used to go are gated up and posted, or crowded with ATV's. I just wish I had somewhere to shoot. Anyone else have this problem?

The Deer Hunter
May 11, 2007, 07:55 PM
The mighty Mosin usually shakes the entire range.

May 11, 2007, 08:34 PM
This one time at gun camp......

I rented the Ruger Alaskan .454. I took it down to the range. There are six lanes, on this side of the range, labled 8 to 12. There was a fellow shooting his bullseye match with some sort of high-end .22 in lane 12. There was no one else on the range and for some idiotic reason I decided to use lane 11. Poor dude had to wait until I was done blastin' with that snub-monster. So I have been the jerk with the loudenboomer.

At this same range the barrier between lanes is not the greatest, it is not quite wide enough. If the shooter next to you is leaning too far forward you will catch his muzzle blast and pressure wave.

At a range in Oceanside it is pistols/rifles/shotguns all in the same room but the sound isn't that bad. I don't know how they do it, but there were .308 and .223 rifles and shotguns going off in the lanes next to me but the sound was not oppressive. In fact once the long armers and us pistolites got going it was kind of musical. BOOM BOOM BOOM pow pow BOOM BOOM BOOM bang bang....

Deer Hunter
May 11, 2007, 08:35 PM
God forbid a gun range be loud?

May 11, 2007, 08:43 PM

Excuse me, cou-


Excuse me, could you pl-


I sai-


Excuse me, could you please TURN THAT DOWN?!!!!
I'm trying to shoot here!

The Canuck
May 11, 2007, 08:57 PM

I just put the bullets in a tighter group than they do!

May 11, 2007, 09:16 PM
there is an indoor range near york, PA that allows up to 50BMG (50yds only). There was one time that a couple of folks were firing off AK's and shotguns, and I started shoulder bump firing a couple 30rd AR mags, the range was near full and quickly turned into a dump em out race:) then one of the counter folks snuck in with a barrett 50 and dumped 5 downrange, after the last shot there was silence and :what: X 12 and one guy with a range officer cap with a big :D

Blue .45
May 11, 2007, 10:07 PM
When my brother would bring along his .44 mag to our indoor range, he would warn the person next to him in advance so they would expect the blast. If we saw a new shooter receiving instruction, we would just shoot our other guns until they left, then we would end our session by taking turns on the Ruger Redhawk . We would usually only shoot 50 to 100 rds. from the .44 between us.

May 11, 2007, 10:26 PM
This thread is a hoot. I got a real BANG out of reading it!! :D The issue of noise at the range has never entered my mind. Guess there is always somebody with a bigger and louder gun. It is a helluva lot less noise than the bullsh*t I have to listen to at work! :banghead: The range is music to my ears....:D Ahhhhhhhhhhh

May 11, 2007, 10:27 PM
The mighty Mosin usually shakes the entire range.

Yes, it does. I remember showing up to the range one day with my M44 fully expecting that I'd catch some attention for the loud noise.

Turns out I had a pea shooter that day. There was a dude on the line with a Barrett M82. THAT got some attention!

May 11, 2007, 10:30 PM
My wife gets upset if I say I like big. . . booms

Guy B. Meredith
May 12, 2007, 12:08 AM
Does it bother me? No, but those characters shooting one handed at 25 yds with better scores than I shooting two handed at 15 yds absolutely give me envy fits.

May 12, 2007, 12:56 AM
at odd times. Weekdays after work, or very early on Saturday or Sunday. I don't give a rip about being out boomed. I load all of mine fairly light. I guess I like it relatively quiet (oxymoron?) when I shoot. Come to think of it, I really don't mind sharing a range with other apparently thoughtful shooters who seem to have some point to their shooting (using their sights, working on follow up shots, etc). What I really don't care for are 2 or 3 people who come apparently to shout, not shoot. I don't know whether it's really essential to comment or hoot after every shot, or every magazine sprayed down range in the general direction of the backstop.

May 12, 2007, 01:00 AM
SDC said exactly my thoughts on the subject.

May 12, 2007, 03:37 AM
Only if they're close and disturb my work.

I was at the range today and managed to set up two benches away from a gentleman sighting in a .460 S&W. Sheeeeeeeesh!

He's a real nice guy, but I had to shoot in between his shots. Two benches away the blast is loosening my fillings.

Zeke Menuar
May 12, 2007, 04:20 AM
Nope. I'm the guy with the M44 and M38 Mosins.

Flame on!

The Godzilla loads for my 45/70 also attract attention


May 12, 2007, 04:59 AM
... and I am the guy with the 4" S&W 500 at the indoor range. :evil:

I had one occasion when I was shooting my .45s, 10mm, and .40s when someone a couple stalls down fired a couple rounds from a Desert Eagle 50AE then stepped back and looked around to see if this 'earned' them any attention from other shooters. I just couldn't help myself. I retrieved my 500 S&W from my range bag and robbed them of their "thunder." :evil:

Ric in Richmond
May 12, 2007, 07:31 AM
Heh heh....I love it when the range goes quiet after the pump 12ga goes off. Heads pop back around the stalls with a "what the h***" was that look.

I never thought that loud noises at a gun range would bug someone.

May 12, 2007, 07:59 AM

Excuse me, cou-


Excuse me, could you pl-


I sai-


Now that's funny......

May 12, 2007, 08:24 AM
Its not the noise that bothers me, its the vibration from the cinderblock walls and low ceiling. Our indoor range really picks up shock waves and seems to magnify them so I inadvertently find myself flinching when someone with a huge cannon starts shooting the backstop a lane or two over.

However, they have fantastic fans at my range, and allow black powder shooting indoors, which is pretty cool.

May 12, 2007, 08:24 AM
I love it when my muzzle-braked Encore and Contender pistols blow the paper targets off the benches, and blow the tackle boxes shut 5 and 6 feet to the sides. Last time it happened, the guy beside me looked in astonishment and said, "You could at least let me know you were gonna fire that cannon before you pulled the trigger!" That was my Contender pistol, 14" in .30-30 Win with a muzzle break on the barrel. He was more astonished with he saw it was just a little .30-30 Win. After the astonishment wore off, he wanted to fire it. After he fired it, he left the range to go purchase one! True story. So, yes...boomers can be inspiring. But, I still love my little .22LR barrel.

Mike U.
May 12, 2007, 10:33 AM
God Bless the Loudenboomers!

I have little problem with the noise usually. There are times when I get surprised when the guy next to me uncaps one out of his 458 Win mag. :what: Oh well...
It's the guy three rows down from me pulling the trigger on his AR as fast as he can and rains hot brass all over me that I find a tad aggravating.
Enter Mr. Mosin! A few rounds from the ol' M-44 usually does it. I've seen guys move as far down as they can to get away from Mr. Mosin or just decide to leave. At the very least the hot brass shower stops for awhile as the guy tries to regain his composure. :rolleyes: :)
I shoot on a mostly unregulated public range in the middle of a forest. Some days its like the wild, wild west out there. :uhoh: Mostly though, everyone is considerate with one another.
I normally let the guys around me know when I'm getting the Mosin ready to fire because the noise and shock wave it produces can be disconcerting. Especially if your not prepared for it. :eek:

It's a fun gun to shoot and it also doubles as a form of pest repellent. :evil:

May 12, 2007, 12:22 PM
I get annoyed when someone is shooting one of the .50 cal. hand cannons. Both the noise and concussion is decidedly uncomfortable. What makes it worse is that most, if not all of them, have a recoil reduction system which only exacerbates the discomfort. I will usually leave the range 'til the hand howitzer is gone.

May 12, 2007, 12:53 PM
Anybody that says yes has issues, unless they're being sarcastic.

May 12, 2007, 07:59 PM
Usually I shoot at an indoor range. I usually go at a time of day when I'm the only one on the range.

The noise doesn't bother me much, I'm often one of the louder shooters at the range anyway due to my choice of arms. I carry (currently a P225) 9mm but my HD weapons are .357 revolvers, and I always practice a few rounds with the shotgun.

However, goofballs do bother me. Whenever somebody that seems a goofball starts shooting I pull out my 2.75" .357 and let a few rounds fly. Very few things in this world match the report of a short-barrel .357, and if that doesn't work there's always slugs out of my truck shotgun.

The Lone Haranguer
May 12, 2007, 08:23 PM
It's a firing range. Expect noise, especially indoors. Mine allows rifles up to 8100 ft. lbs. of muzzle smash. Deal with it. I did so by buying the highest NRR muffs I could find.

Once while at my indoor range there was an elderly woman in a wheelchair next to me along with someone I recognized as one of the range's instructors - evidently a beginner. I took a little break from my own shooting so as to be less disturbing, figuring she had enough on her plate. She was shooting a little fleaweight snubnose revolver, and not doing too shabby with it, either. :cool:

May 12, 2007, 09:47 PM
I have no problems with loud 'uns. My 28-2 is pretty dang loud with 125 grain loads. That said, I had an interesting experience just an hour or two ago. I was shooting and conversing with a fellow who was introducing a girl to the wonderful sport of Boomshutzen. This is an indoor range, five stalls. A guy walks in, we exchange greetings, he sets up, I don't pay much attention. KABOOM! Everyone turns around. He finishes his "mag,"(:D) pops open the cylinder and notices something. Turning around, he found three people staring at him in wonderment. "Hi... Jeebus that's loud." We all started laughing.

He was shooting a .44 Magnum, which is quite an experience indoors. Not painful but I'd hate to have someone touch off one of those crazy .454 Alaskans.

May 12, 2007, 10:04 PM
Did she do it on purpose?

It was my fault, I told her the wrong door.

I was supposed to see her. She wasn't supposed to see me.

So what?

Well ordinarily I wouldn't mind. But...


Well I just got back from shooting at the range. And the range was loud...

Oh... You mean... shrinkage.

Yes. Significant shrinkage!

May 12, 2007, 10:40 PM
I don't mind the boom.:) I don't liket the flying brass.:fire:

May 12, 2007, 11:56 PM
My buds 375 H&H makes a little noise.

May 13, 2007, 02:13 AM
If it hadn't been for the noise and my ensuing curiosity I'd have missed out on shooting my first Glock (a 10mm......also the first time I'd shot that caliber) and being amazed at the low level of perceived recoil.:cool:

May 13, 2007, 02:33 AM
I never really notice who is shooting what, other than an initial quick look around to see if everyone looks like they know what they're doing, or if there are some yahoos that bear keeping an eye on.

It always cracks me up when someone fires something a little louder than everyone elses, and everyone turns to look as if to say "whoa, I just heard a gun go off!" Well DUH!

The Annoyed Man
August 18, 2007, 11:17 AM
The very first time I ever fired my Model 29, it was at an indoor range, and all it did was give everybody including me a headache. I learned to only shoot it outdoors after that, and since most centerfire rifles are louder than a .44 Mag out of a 5" barrel, it doesn't stand out so much and doesn't seem to bother anybody.

spocahp anar
August 18, 2007, 11:41 AM
I think their braggishness was more of an irritation to you that the actual noise.

Usually I am the one with the loudest noise makers at a range, M44, Mauser etc... until one day I met MR 300 Weatherby. I heard this loud boom followed by a soundwave which I could feel all over my body. I placed my rifle down and waited till range was clear and asked my neighbor what sort of rifle he was shooting. He even let me fire a round out of it.

Man I love range experiences; never had a bad one!

August 18, 2007, 11:50 AM
It's not the size that counts
It's the hitting the right spot.

But if I do want loud, I'll shoot my 6-pounder howitzer.

August 18, 2007, 11:50 AM
I was that guy one day with the loud gun annoying the lady next to us. I see nothing wrong with shooting with in the rules for the range. It does not bother me a bit when someone else has a handcannon.

our trip to the range was funny. I arrived with my brother on a saturday morning/afternoon to shoot his SRH .44mag and some of my guns. We were assigned the line next to a older couple who were shooting scoped .22lr pistols. They were seated and taking their time. We started off with the .22,9mm,40S&W. Then my brother let me shoot the .44mag. The lady never said anything to us about it but they stoped shooting and gave us an evil look. If you want a quite range go during the week when no one is there. On the same trip I did get a few guys kicked out who were walking around sweeping people with loaded guns. They would load the mags and insert them away from the firing line and then walked to the line. Now loading mags off of the line is fine, just leave the darn gun on the line....:cuss:

August 18, 2007, 12:48 PM
Only if it's REALLY annoying, like the guy with the .45acp High Point pistol with the muzzlebrake. At least he couldn't get more than a couple of consecutive shots without a malfunction of some sort.

Most of the people in my club are bullseye target shooters and try to be courteous towards others.

When I had my "limited war" with S&W and was test firing my Model 29, I used to always either wait until everybody else was done shooting, or ask to shoot first when firing a few Winchester White Box 240gr. magnums.

A guy in some forum simply couldn't understand why I would show any measure of courtesy to my fellow club members that way... :rolleyes:

August 18, 2007, 01:06 PM
Are you sure you are all gun owners? Guns go BOOM so yes they are going to be loud. Yes, I am that guy at the range with the "uber-magnum", as others put it, who is also putting bullet hole in bullet hole. It is a gun range, get used to the noise. I shoot for precision, and other big guns going boom don't affect me. Go to the range more often, get used to it. One day your life may depend on you being able to shoot accurately while other big guns are going boom around you.

Charles Foxtrot
August 18, 2007, 01:26 PM
Last time at the indoor range we're enjoying some quite time with some friends: 9, .40, .357, .44, .45 Colt, etc. Then from 4 bays down, someone unloaded a hand cannon. Quite a flash, with a report that shook the building. It looked to be a 6 - 8 inch stainless revolver with a cylinder worthy of a 20mm.

The two mullet-headed buffoons obviously enjoyed the attention their toy initially provided. However, it became immediately apparent that they could not hit the broadside of a planet with it: one shot in ten into the 2 x 3 foot target at 25 yards will not make you big man on the line. They were also deathly afraid of their cannon, with flinches that brought smiles up and down the line. Pretty much ignored after the first three rounds, they left for their trailer after twenty. I'm going to bet their atomic cannon never leaves the shoebox again.

Too much money, too much gunpowder, too little sense.

Windy Wilson
August 18, 2007, 01:33 PM
Yesterday I had my first experience with a Mosin-Nagant M44. The guy was five stations down and I still felt the blast! Boy am I glad I bought an M-39 instead (He ran out of ammo before I could go and schmooze him into a test fire. Rats!).
The first time I took my .22 cal rifle to an indoor range I only took earplugs, and then some guy three lanes down lit off one of the big thumpenblitzer pistols. After that I always used earplugs AND muffs.
Your neighboring shooters help you with concentration, you know.
The startle reflex is brother to the flinch and has to be drilled out, too.

August 18, 2007, 01:38 PM
perhaps I should revive some of my old threads to add to the fun.

Dr. Peter Venkman
August 18, 2007, 03:18 PM
Loud guns make me want to see what they have. :p

August 18, 2007, 03:20 PM
I find my girlfriend nagging me while shooting way more distracting. Then she wonders why I never take her. :rolleyes:

August 18, 2007, 04:41 PM
I kind of like it for training purposes. Helps me practice keeping my concentration in a live fire situation.

August 18, 2007, 04:54 PM
Do you get angry when the shooter next to you has a bigger BOOM than you?

Of course not.

Rey B
August 18, 2007, 05:04 PM
The only time I ever felt even a little bit of it was on an outdoor range. I was shooting my 5"54cal when my buddy opened up with his 16". He was about 2000 yards off and the concussion still rattled my chair. :what: I wanted to shoot his toys but you had to be stationed on the Missouri before they let you do that. I had to settle for the little toys on my ship.:p The range was off the coast of California and was one of the last cruises for USS Missouri.:(

August 18, 2007, 05:35 PM
i was never bothered by the noise ,but I where earplugs and muffs ! Ihave recently been the loud guy ,since I got my .454 SRH ! The first time I went to the indoor range I was stationed at 18 ,up against the wall on the right 1 When I fired 3 rounds in a row then stopped the ,range was quiet ! ii stepped back out of the booth and everyone was looking at me !Plus a couple of the adjacent targets had fallen down ! oops !I try to be more courtious than that !

Black Adder LXX
August 18, 2007, 05:46 PM
Loud bang- nope I like it!!!
Folks being unsafe is what I don't like...

Working Man
August 18, 2007, 06:04 PM
The thunder doesn't bug me... its where that lightning bolt is headed, that's the kicker.

I love loud sometimes and other times I just ignore it.
If I have my BFR 45/70 with me then I'm usually the guy making all the noise.

August 18, 2007, 09:01 PM
Some folks on our OUTDOOR firing line have a tough time with the blast from my SOCOM 16. Then I pull out the Mag-Na-Ported .375 Hollands for a few rounds and receive compliments regarding my "quiet" SOCOM. :evil:

I do try to be civil, shooting from one or the other end spots. From the breech end, neither of these is unusually loud but some folks do accuse me of having spent way too much time on artillery ranges for my own good. :scrutiny: ;)

The Deer Hunter
August 18, 2007, 09:03 PM
The M44 seems to be king of the castle :neener:

Bazooka Joe71
August 18, 2007, 09:14 PM
The M44 seems to be king of the castle

It's my loudest firearm for sure, and my hardest kicking rifle.

For awhile, I had to give one of my buddy's that just recently got into shooting a hard time about being scared to shoot it. I kept telling him that you are not supposed to wear skirts out to the range. Finally he got over it and after shooting it the first time he's now dying to get one.

(Ladies, please don't take offense to the skirt remark because I said this when my girlfriend, who weighs 110 lbs soaking wet was out there shooting it and she laughed and agreed.)

The Scout
August 18, 2007, 10:21 PM
Any fool can make a lot of noise. But, can they literally drive a tack at 50 yards with a .22LR? Can they un-cap a pop bottle at 100 yards?

My Dad could snuff out a cigarette with a pistol if that counts for anything, at least he used to be able to. Finally joined a gun range, Cocalico Sportsmens to be exact, I don't think I'll mind the noise too much.

Spider Pig
August 19, 2007, 07:12 AM
i get mad not because i'm jealous or because i think i got out-BANGed, but because its just to freakin annoying!

August 19, 2007, 09:01 AM
Angry, no, but I'd certainly prefer not to be subjected to hand-cannon noise at my local indoor ranges. Shooting is more pleasant and productive when I'm not worrying about my hearing. (I always use both plugs and muffs.)

spocahp anar
August 19, 2007, 12:14 PM
For those who think the BOOM noise is annoying; There are those out there who feel that YOUR gun noise is annoying and would have you stop shooting so they can more easily enjoy life.

It is a gun range; it is noisy.

The M44 seems to be king of the castle

Yep my buddy I take shooting calls it the hand cannon.

August 19, 2007, 12:17 PM
No not really as long as they don't over do it.

August 19, 2007, 02:07 PM
Projectile Envy?

August 19, 2007, 02:24 PM
It they do, I just break out the .58Cal Hoss Pistol, load about 55gr of FFFg & smoke em' out!:evil::neener:

August 19, 2007, 02:29 PM
Perhaps it is projectile envy. In any event, I am the one that clears the local range with my toys. :) I could pretend to feel bad about it but....walk into a range that is full, fire a few rounds and suddenly you have the place to yourself-what's not to like? honestly ;) :neener:

There is a solution. Get something even bigger and load the snot out of it. Of course, you still have to hit what you are shooting at. Good luck. :uhoh:


August 19, 2007, 02:49 PM
Doesn't bother me one bit. Just because the guy in the next lane might have a louder gun doesn't mean he's a better shot. Who cares how much noise a gun makes? That's not on the list of what's important. Comfortable to shoot, feeds reliably, hits where aimed, etc. are what matter. Noise is just a by-product.

August 20, 2007, 01:25 AM
No I do not. I am secure in my sexuality. any one with this problem needs counseling. Sorry about that but you said get MAD sounds like you do have a problem.

August 20, 2007, 01:37 AM
umm...muzzle break on my m44....I win at my range every time. It is almost like the thing was designed to not lessen the recoil, but rather to make the gun so loud you don't notice it.

August 20, 2007, 09:22 AM
Some folks may ask if this Marlin is a .450 or .444. Nope just a 45/70 with the integrated brake (small holes on sides and about 45*) plus the boxes I packed them in are marked Ruger #1 only. I trust it in my rifle but not in any other that is less than the ruger. Still sighted in with holes inside of 2" of center.
Only takes 2-4 shots to verify a scope setting.

August 20, 2007, 10:27 AM
A friend of mine has a 20mm Lahti. The first time he took it to the rifle range one of the guys on the pistol range 100 yards away hollered "WHAT THE BLEEP WAS THAT?!?!?!"

OTOH I'm usually the one shooting the .308 that goes pop-psssssssssshhhhh which gets some looks.

August 20, 2007, 01:39 PM
Right on CountGlock.. I was goimg to sugjest that S&W but you beat me to it,
but with the 460 you could realy show em, with a little accuracy contest!!

Other things i like to do is bring out the 300 win mag and blast a couple rounds that at least would have shut there mouth..

August 20, 2007, 01:47 PM
To answer the thread originator, I don't feel a bit of testosterone when there is a louder bang next to me, I do however feel some machismo if the shooter next to me is more accurate at the same distance. Hey!!!, I would rather have better marksmanship with a 9mm than be a lousy shot with a 10mm ( I am pretty good with both). I am more impressed with skill than I am with the "spraying & praying". One shoots the target, those who merely discharge a gun, are doing just that, spraying lead. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. I would rather be right the first two seconds at 00:00:02

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