Do you peek?


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browneu
March 24, 2011, 07:03 PM
I was at the range today shooting OK but always think I could do better. The range was busy for a Thursday and people were in the stalls on both sides of me. Periodically, I would compare my target with the two shooting next to me.

So, it got me thinking. Do you peek in the stall next to you while you're shooting? If so, does it incourage or discourage you.

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Kurt S.
March 24, 2011, 07:15 PM
I look at the guns being shot, targets, and shooting styles.
I neither let it encourage or discourage me, just try to learn.

Snowdog
March 24, 2011, 07:16 PM
When loading a magazine, I'll occasionally look up to see how the other patrons are doing. I do this more out of boredom than curiosity (loading mags is the least enjoyable aspect of shooting for me).
When actually shooting, I keep my attention focused on my target; I need every advantage I can get.

Ala Dan
March 24, 2011, 07:20 PM
Yes I "sneak a peek" every now and then; just too make sure the firing lanes
are safe; and bullets are not landing at my feet~! :D ;)

highfive
March 24, 2011, 07:23 PM
I think we all do at one time or the other, it also makes for conversation with your peers. And you end up looking or maybe shooting other guns...:-) And no I do not let that discourage me at all is just a good way of passing some time and learning...

The-Reaver
March 24, 2011, 07:24 PM
Kurt S hit the nail on the head for me. I don't use an indoor range but I have no problem with watching or even talking with some random person about style, or weapons. As for targets I just focus on mine.

Remo223
March 24, 2011, 07:25 PM
everytime I set my gun down

Usually people are peeking at me though, cuz I got the biggest loudest most flame throwingest gun.

jon86
March 24, 2011, 07:30 PM
Yes I peek, for two reasons.

1. Call me paranoid, but I feel better knowing that everyone around me with loaded firearms is handling them properly. If I see unsafe behavior at the range, then I will quietly pick up my things and come back another day.

2. I also peek because I like to see what kind of toys other people brought!

justin 561
March 24, 2011, 07:37 PM
I do peek when I hear a new firearm on the range. Also give a few quick glances behind me to make sure some goon isn't pointing a firearm in my direction. If I see a SKS with aftermarket parts I will ask how said part is working for them, mostly the scope mounts and duckbill mags. I am actually surprised when everyone of them I've asked so far has nothing bad to say about them..

FROGO207
March 24, 2011, 08:24 PM
Oh yeah I do. I am always on the lookout for a girl with a gun.:D Always trying to find that special single gal and this is a real good place for it IMHO. Yeah watching out for the problem or unsafe shooters is up there on the short list but---priorities.:D

Nushif
March 24, 2011, 10:02 PM
I always look!

I guess my reasons are different though. I don't look because I don't trust them, or think they're all crazies about to go nuts and do something horrible and that truly on any given firing line I'm the non plus ultra in both safety and skill ...
I look because I like making conversation, enjoy my hobby and like to be around people. I hear that's a bit uncommon these days though.

Sometimes I get to shoot some really nifty guns, other times people get to shoot my nifty guns. Sometimes I get advice, sometimes I give it ... oftentimes I just exchange anecdotes and idle chatter.

AKElroy
March 24, 2011, 10:09 PM
I always look. It always amazes me when a guy next to me is happy that his favorite hunting bolt rig with a 3 or 4 MOA group. It really makes me think about why I bang my head against the wall blasting away, trip after trip, box after box for the perfectly centered, 2" high cloverleaf THAT NEVER COMES. It also dawns on me that the other guy likely fills his tag just fine.

gpr
March 24, 2011, 10:13 PM
i like to peak....

Lex Luthier
March 24, 2011, 10:19 PM
My sentiments exactly. It seems like the only requirement to clinking is having the token fee, so taking a break to breathe and check out the surroundings is imperative.
After their first reprimand from the RO, the newbies seem hyper-aware of anybody else eyeballing their method. Safety first.

philpost
March 24, 2011, 10:23 PM
Yes, and I was at the range yesterday when a gentleman with a cane and a lady set up in the lane next to me. He put up a target of a woman being held hostage by a BG with a gun to her head, and set it to 4 yards, even though range policy is 5 yd minimum. He then put his first shot directly in the hostages face, 3 more went wild on the target, and he finally managed to hit the BG on the 5th shot. Hope I never need rescuing from this gent :what:

SharpsDressedMan
March 24, 2011, 10:29 PM
Every now and then, a guy brings a really hot chick to the range. One can exit, and watch the shooters from the big plexiglas window at the rear. Oh, and I check out targets now and then, too. :D

fatcat4620
March 24, 2011, 10:42 PM
All the time, I can hold my own but some people are just to good.

GRIZ22
March 24, 2011, 10:43 PM
So, it got me thinking. Do you peek in the stall next to you while you're shooting?

All the time. This is situational awareness.

Pistol Ranch
March 24, 2011, 10:56 PM
Since ALL of my rifles are walnut/blue "eye-candy" they get noticed by the all black assault rifle crowd that is now the majority of shooters at the range I frequent.
I get some strange looks when I bore sight the old fashioned way by looking down the barrel and adjusting the crosshairs to the target image centered in the barrel.
I see some of the all black gun crowd sneaking a peek at my targets. When I am through shooting, I look at theirs. I have helped a lot of them to get "on paper".:uhoh:
Life is good :)

P.R.

Manco
March 24, 2011, 11:37 PM
Sure, except while I'm focusing on hitting my target, I'm always checking out what others are doing, primarily to see whether they're safe to be around. :uhoh: If I feel safe enough ;), then I might peek over at their targets to see how they're doing. As virtually everybody here knows, that runs the gamut from putting rounds through the same hole repeatedly to missing the paper altogether. :eek: Usually the only time I'd strike up a conversation, though, is when somebody is clearly struggling and not getting the help they need (which would include safe handling).

Do you peek in the stall next to you while you're shooting? If so, does it incourage or discourage you.

Generally it encourages me because either I'm reminded that I'm better than somebody else or I get motivated to become as good as somebody else who is better than me--it's all good. :)

rayman
March 25, 2011, 12:29 AM
I don't peak. I blatantly stare & make it obvious that they are being observed. I place my gun on the rest and watch the shooter to my left or right shoot, look at their target and even watch the reaction on their face to the shot they took. I do this quietly, not offering any advice or comments.

burnt09
March 25, 2011, 04:12 AM
If I don't know the other shooter(s), I always step back and observe their firearm handling procedures. If I observe an unsafe procedure, I will also try to, tactfully, educate them in the proper procedures.

Also, when the red light and beeper are turned on, I don't hesitate to walk over and insure that the others' pistols are in an unloaded and safe condition before I go downrange, (we don't have full-time range officers).

Nushif
March 25, 2011, 06:41 AM
Just reading some of the replies here ... glad none of you guys go to the indoor range I go to.

Can't say I'd enjoy shooting with some random dude watching my every move for errors in a supposedly relaxing environment. Watching and eyeing my guns or my groups ... different story ... but what some of you folks are describing ... no wonder ranges are so miserable.

Oh and by the by, if I walk away from the table ... don't mess with my guns. Full stop. No "we don't have a real RO here" stuff. I put it down, and whether the slide is open or not ... don't touch. Please.

ZCORR Jay
March 25, 2011, 09:04 AM
Yes I peek, for two reasons.

1. Call me paranoid, but I feel better knowing that everyone around me with loaded firearms is handling them properly. If I see unsafe behavior at the range, then I will quietly pick up my things and come back another day.

2. I also peek because I like to see what kind of toys other people brought!
Could not have said it better myself.

menacingsquirrel
March 25, 2011, 09:16 AM
I do sneak a peek if the target is at a short enough range that I can see. I try to be discrete. I generally shoot rifle where the ranges won't allow this. I never sneak a peek through my spotting scope though. Don't know why, I guess it just feels wrong. Like I'm spying.

I do agree with Nushif and don't want my every move scrutinized. Likewise, I leave others alone, unless they want to talk.

Mt Shooter
March 25, 2011, 11:08 AM
The last two falls during my anual sighting in I kinda drew attention from the fellow shooters. Year before last I was sighting in a 1907 springfield, last year I was shooting a belguim made Browning Olympic. I really didnt mind the attention even though it took a little time away for shooting. The browing is just somthing you dont see everyday, engraved stainless, gold trigger etc. alot nicer than looking at the targets I was shooing, thats for sure.

Manco
March 25, 2011, 11:43 AM
Can't say I'd enjoy shooting with some random dude watching my every move for errors in a supposedly relaxing environment.

Random dude has a right and personal responsibility for his own safety, which can be jeopardized in an instant--up to and including death--by others who are unsafe with guns. I'm not talking about scrutinizing, much less explicitly criticizing, somebody who merely looks a bit awkward in handling guns at random moments (don't we all?), but things like getting muzzle-swept by somebody who stupidly has their finger on the trigger will get my attention and I will immediately get theirs because, frankly, I want to continue living. All it usually takes is a friendly reminder or a brief lesson for beginners, although some people can get pretty defensive, and those will get reported to the RSO.

I don't mean to overdramatize the issue (I'm talking about dangerous, egregious violations of gun safety here), but it is analogous (once again) to driving an automobile. Others will watch and judge your driving whether this idea makes you feel uncomfortable or not, and rightfully so because people can very easily be killed by unsafe driving.

chicharrones
March 25, 2011, 01:01 PM
I always look around at other targets. At outdoor ranges, I'll look through the spotting scope at other targets, too. Sometimes it can be eye opening on someone's ability with a particular gun.

Dryft
March 26, 2011, 01:15 PM
Oh man, have I got it lucky. The club I belong to has always been a ridiculously friendly and open environment. People go there to hang out, drink a cup of coffee, and wander around - especially the "old boys".
It's great. People ask each other about their guns, most people readily offer to let you handle and try 'em out, and we all remember that the reason we're there is to have fun.
All it would require is a couple of neon signs and some beer, and we'd be the most happening place in town!

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