Baffling Tales from the Range


October 16, 2010, 12:14 PM
Local city PD officer trying to shoot 9X18 Mak out of his Glock 17. It wouldn't chamber and he was then unable to clear the jammed round. I did it for him!!!:uhoh:

Not feeling very confident in the local PD.

Then a fellow was claiming he shot "some nice 1/2" groups with my AK at 100 yrds":what:


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October 16, 2010, 01:25 PM
1/2" groups with my AK at 100 yrds
maybe he was eyeballing it from the shooting line -- ya know, pinching fingers together at arm's distance, looking 100yds away and his fingertips were only 1/2" apart ;) if held at 3ft, that would be what ... 8 ft group at 100yds? :)

October 16, 2010, 01:44 PM
100 feet maybe? I've been at the range plenty of times and heard people mix up feet and yards :scrutiny:
The 9x18 mistake is just inexcusable for anyone except a total newbie.

October 16, 2010, 01:52 PM
His name would happen to have been "Eanis" would it? Maybe Barny?

October 16, 2010, 02:26 PM
Not exactly at the range but, saw a guy buy a "store brand" .380 at the local Academy, supposedly to shoot hogs with. Then he asked to buy a box of .38 spl. to shoot in his new pistol. I just stood back and kept my mouth shut. It was too funny. The young guy behind the counter actually sold him both.

October 16, 2010, 04:33 PM
maybe he was eyeballing it from the shooting line -- ya know, pinching fingers together at arm's distance, looking 100yds away and his fingertips were only 1/2" apart if held at 3ft, that would be what ... 8 ft group at 100yds?

Good one Blutarsky, that must have been it!!!

October 16, 2010, 04:47 PM
I shot a friend's AK a while back, got a one-hole group at 100 yards. ;)

Second shot screwed it all up.:scrutiny:

Shadow 7D
October 16, 2010, 04:58 PM

It can be done, but I doubt a run of a mill ak clone can do it

Maybe he was mistaken and got his A's mixed up, AK, AR all the same....

Erik M
October 16, 2010, 05:29 PM
Some individuals I can only describe as 'hipsters' by observing their hot topic attire, hefting some propane tanks to the top of the berm of a 25 yard public range. They were making a youtube video and didnt seem concerned with anyone else that was there for legitimate purposes. I was leaving and didnt stick around for the show.

October 16, 2010, 05:40 PM
Darwinism in motion............

October 16, 2010, 06:42 PM
I purchased a .380 awhile back, in the process I also got several boxes of other calibers of ammo. Some one was kind enough to explain to me my .380 would only take a certain size ammo. I kindly asked them if they might take in into consideration that I actually own several differant calibers of firearms. Without hesitation, they replied, "yeah but that gun only takes one caliber" It was entertaining to say the least. And it was another customer (looker).

October 16, 2010, 06:49 PM
Half inch at 100yds with an AK I would have to see to believe...This is the best I can do at 100yds with my Yugo parts kit AK...this target has two 5rd groups fired through heavy rain...Fired the first group high, checked it with binocs, then held low and fired the second 5rd group:

October 16, 2010, 06:57 PM
how about a guy at the range with a mini 14 shooting his target at about 5 yards away.that is not a misprint;5...

Shadow 7D
October 16, 2010, 11:03 PM
Ok, my bad one, I lay out my guns and the loaded mags, then go to reload and pick the wrong one off the bench, wouldn't have been bad, but a .40 will fit, and jam in a 9mm, took a little while to drop the mag.

But there was only 1 other person on that range, and he was shooting coyboy clinger (gongs?)

October 17, 2010, 09:05 AM
Watched a guy try to chamber a round in his .44 lever gun. Finally figured out he loaded .45 Colt in the mag tube.

Buck Snort
October 17, 2010, 02:13 PM
how about a guy at the range with a mini 14 shooting his target at about 5 yards away.that is not a misprint;5...
That'd be just right for SD shooting and the mini-14 should do the job.

October 17, 2010, 03:09 PM
I was shooting my 10/22, semi custom, nothing special, at 50 yards. A couple of people showed up with a totally tricked out Rem 700 in 308, a very nice rifle. They were bragging about sniping at long range. They started at 25Y, I do that on a new rifle to sight in. They ended at 75Y. Nice guys but had left bragging about how awesome they were shooting that far. It's a 350 yard range. Guess it was a new experience for them.

October 17, 2010, 06:31 PM
If is properly witnessed and documented I'll accept it. Jeff Cooper told of firing a 50 yard cloverleaf in 1960, he had photographs of the signed target.
I once fired a 1.25" or so group at 100 yards usuing a stock Winchester M-70 XTR and GI ball ammo-and iron sights. Didn't bother to have anyone attest to it of course.

October 17, 2010, 06:56 PM
Few months back I had to stop a shooter on the line cursing out his "new" Glock 45. As the slide wouldn't go into battery, the pounded the rear of it a few times and gave up. It took the handgun away from him and examined it. It was a Glock 38 in 45GAP. He never heard of the round and simply assumed that 45ACP was the required ammo.

I constantly see attendees loading and chambering 9mm in 40S&W. We had one CMP shooters load a clip of 7.62 in a Garand.

Quite frankly, I see it quite often.

October 17, 2010, 08:15 PM
The .40/9mm is one reason that I never put more than one caliber on the shooting bench at once. My ammo boxes are clearly marked and no one messes with them but me, but a few months back had my kids and step-kids out at a friends range, introducing them to shooting various calibers. Everything was fine through the .22 stage, they all fired various single and double action revolvers as well as some semi-autos in that caliber. We then went to the 9mm, with a C9 Hi Point and Ruger P95 to shoot. Up next were the two .40's, my JCP Hi Point and SW40VE. In my stepson's haste, he had grabbed a magazine for the JCP and before I cleared the shooting bench, had loaded it up with Federal Champion 9mm. I loaded a magazine with .40 and went through a demonstration, firing ten shots till the slide locked back, then traded places with him. He locked and loaded the magazine that HE had loaded. First shot, BANG... FTE. I had him drop the mag onto the table and pull the slide back, the spent brass fell to the ground. He reloaded and racked another round in, took aim, BANG... FTE.

Now I have almost 1k rounds through this pistol and NEVER had a FTE, so I took it for a closer look. Dropped the mag, locked the slide to the rear, but this time the spent case didn't fall out. I took a dowel out of the shooting kit and knocked it out, picked it up and looked at it... I will say one thing for the Federal brass, it WASN'T split, has one hell of an expansion though! Picked up the first one, was the same, read the stamp on the rear. "9mm"... handed it to him, said see anything wrong with this?

He drilled a hole in the two cases and wears them on his keychain...

October 17, 2010, 10:45 PM
A friend bought a Taurus "Judge". I watched as three different shooters shot it. All are good shots...better than the groups that printed. When I stepped up he handed the pistol to me and enough ammo to load it. I asked him why he was shooting .44-40 in a .45 colt chamber. :eek:

Should have seen the looks as they all three examined the gun and ammo. PRICELESS! :D


October 17, 2010, 10:52 PM
I was talking to a guy who had bought a SR-556 from one of his friends. It was his second trip out with it. The first time was right after he bought it. He hadn't taken the time to break it down and get familiar with it before shooting it. So he locks and loads and fires. He claimed the firing pin shot out the barrel....
Apparently his friend who sold it to him didn't put the pin that holds the firing pin back in after he cleaned it. I still have no idea how the firing pin could possibly shoot out the barrel but....I didn't press the matter. He seemed to be enjoying blowing through rounds very quickly and sloppily.

October 18, 2010, 12:35 AM
I bought a used barrel for my trusty Browning High Power. First range session I wonder why the case were bulged, accuracy was so bad. I was firing 9MMs in a 40 S&W barrel.

October 18, 2010, 01:40 PM
I know a guy who disassembled two Glocks, one a 9 mm, the other a .40. He put the .40 barrel in the 9, then couldn't figure out why it wouldn't cycle, the cases were split, etc. I was on the range when he was shooting.

Sauer Grapes
October 18, 2010, 02:51 PM
Couple guys came to the range with a couple different pistols. 9mm glock and a .380 something. Now I know you can shoot at least one .380 round out of a Glock.....;)

I hate to call this guy a friend but, {nice guy but inexperienced} loaded 9mm into his .45 Springfield 1911. Pulled the trigger, nothing went bang, thankfully, lowered the muzzle and the cartridge fell out of the barrel.
He just looked at me with a look on his face like...:eek: I LMAO and made him put all his guns away except the one he was using. He hasn't been back to the club since.

October 18, 2010, 03:03 PM
Well, AMD6547, any of those 10 shots would hit a deer, moose, antelope or enemy in the vitals. Not bad shootin' .

October 19, 2010, 08:18 AM
My most baffeling tale; getting asked to leave a range because my Mosin was disturbing the .22lr shooters :(

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