I have a Dilemma


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jak67429
February 18, 2010, 03:20 PM
I will be working as RO at our local range on Saturday. So what do I do at the range with a bum shoulder (still in a sling after surgery). The 44mag is out only 22 pistol is a 22 target with rhand grips.

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NMGonzo
February 18, 2010, 03:34 PM
borrow a gun from a buddy

Full Metal Jacket
February 18, 2010, 03:41 PM
dilemma

FROGO207
February 18, 2010, 06:00 PM
Time to go shopping:D:D:D:D

hso
February 18, 2010, 06:02 PM
Just fulfill your RO responsibilities and wait for your shoulder to heal before shooting again.

kingpin008
February 18, 2010, 06:20 PM
Agreed. If you're the RO, you're there to supervise, not shoot.

Tim the student
February 18, 2010, 07:03 PM
Agreed. If you're the RO, you're there to supervise, not shoot.

Yeah - I don't see the issue.

wishin
February 18, 2010, 07:55 PM
May be a good time to practice shooting from the other side.

Mal H
February 18, 2010, 08:15 PM
Agreed. If you're the RO, you're there to supervise, not shoot. I definitely agree. If you are the RO, how can you perform your duty if you are at a position shooting - anything?

Jubjub
February 18, 2010, 10:05 PM
I thought a Delema was one of those Italian shotguns. ;)

David E
February 18, 2010, 11:32 PM
Personally, I would not want to be on the line without my own gun.

Plus, there may be times when no one is shooting, so why not get in some practice?

Use the opportunity to brush up your weak-hand shooting. Buy a LH holster if need be.

Get some "regular" grips for the .22 and/or practice slooooooooowfire weak-hand only with the .44

If your only 2 handguns are a .22 and a .44 magnum, I'd say your bigger problem is not having enough guns to fill out the middle.

shockwave
February 18, 2010, 11:41 PM
The ROs I've seen aren't shooting. They are yelling at people for doing stupid stupid stuff.

Full disclosure: The last RO I was dealing with was giving me the 2-count. These guys do not mess around. I'm Mr Gun Safety and almost got sent packing. That's what a good RO is. Don't need no gun to do that.

hso
February 18, 2010, 11:43 PM
Plus, there may be times when no one is shooting, so why not get in some practice?



Because that condition won't last and if you're at a station shooting you won't be in the position of fulfilling the RO responsibilities when someone does show up.

kingpin008
February 18, 2010, 11:46 PM
Plus, there may be times when no one is shooting, so why not get in some practice?

Because people don't have to be actively shooting to be doing unsafe things with guns.

If you're functioning as a safety officer, that needs to be your focus. If you carry, by all means carry at the range - but save the target practice for your day off.

shockwave
February 19, 2010, 12:04 AM
If you're functioning as a safety officer, that needs to be your focus.

Right. I got dinged for trying to clear my weapon after the line had been called cold. Then got dinged for being an inch or two behind the shooter to my left. A good RO should be enforcing good protocol. Next time I visit this range, I'm going to be a better shooter, thanks to the RO. If you aren't a veteran, it's hard to grasp the relationship between a new recruit and a drill sergeant but it's something like that.

David E
February 19, 2010, 12:30 AM
Ranges are different all over. Some ranges can go for hours between Shooter #1 leaving and Shooter #2 arriving.

It would be during this time frame that maybe a bit of practice could be done.

As far as needing or not needing a gun to fulfull your RO duties, there has been more than one case of badguys stealing unattended guns from the line while everyone was downrange scoring or replacing their targets.

DoubleTapDrew
February 19, 2010, 12:32 AM
I'd say it's a perfect time to practice being a decent shot with your other hand. I need to do that more myself. I haven't been to a range that has a RO though so if it's something that requires 100% concentration you should fulfill your duties.

Gunfighter123
February 19, 2010, 12:49 AM
As far as needing or not needing a gun to fulfull your RO duties, there has been more than one case of badguys stealing unattended guns from the line while everyone was downrange scoring or replacing their targets.

Quite correct --- and at least one case of a Range Officier being killed and having guns stolen from the club house while he was "on duty" --------- at the range where I worked for many years , we also had to take the days cash { over $2000 a few times } to the bank and make a deposit while the bank was closed ---- I ALWAYS had a .45acp on me where you could not see it. It was against club rules for ROs to be armed but at times , I was the ONLY RO/employee there and would not be gone till after dark.

Dokkalfar
February 19, 2010, 05:35 PM
It was against club rules for ROs to be armedSeriously? Every time I've gone all the ROs/employees have a firearm strapped on.

But if you have an injured shoulder, what are you gonna do if some guy tries to mug you or break into your house? Practice a bit with your other hand! (Assuming the range is empty or there are other ROs there to cover you)

Gunfighter123
February 19, 2010, 05:45 PM
Quote:
It was against club rules for ROs to be armed

Seriously? Every time I've gone all the ROs/employees have a firearm strapped on.


We have A LOT of Chicago-Land shooters who drive up to use the range --- and CORRECT --- the "powers that be" didn't want us looking like Rambo to those city slickers, guess thats why we could not use " osama/obama/humanoid " targets while we were open to the public. Like the anti-gun people give a rats hair if you shoot a bullseye or "human" target with your AR or AK:fire:

ctbullseye
February 19, 2010, 05:48 PM
As stated above, RO is a safety responsibility first and foremost, but you can sure have a good bunch of laughs and even learn a couple things. I always make it a point to inquire and learn, especially on firearms I haven't been exposed to.

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