Is this a "Range Ninja"?


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bushmaster1313
March 18, 2012, 01:03 PM
Went to the range today and there was this guy who talked incessantly to anyone who would listen offering loud unsollicited advice and smoking a smelly pipe.

I hear poorly and through my hearing protectors I learned more about him, his reloading and his guns than I needed know.

"Range Ninja"

"Rangeanderthal"

"troglodyte"

Any other non-obscene names?

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Positivity
March 18, 2012, 01:05 PM
Mall commando?

ObsidianOne
March 18, 2012, 01:07 PM
Target? Oh. That wasn't very 'High Road'. Retracted.

Perhaps Uneducated?

buck460XVR
March 18, 2012, 01:11 PM
Nuttin' new, just an everyday Know-it-All. They're all over the place. Sounds like he didn't offer you a hit off his pipe tho. Only thing worse than a Know-it-All is a bogarting Know-it-All.

bushmaster1313
March 18, 2012, 01:20 PM
Definately a "range know it all"

I did learn one thing:

It is possible to talk too much about guns"

Positivity
March 18, 2012, 01:28 PM
I have a gun know it all in one of my classes.
http://memeorama.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/I-Know-That-Feel-Bro-Meme-Template.png
It's so bad that if I hadn't have been pro gun before meeting him, just listening to him go on and on may have made me an anti!

Swing
March 18, 2012, 01:57 PM
There's usually at least one hanging around like a lingering flatus at most ranges. Best tactic: smile, say "hi", shake hands, and turn right back around to what you were doing. Range time is far to precious to waste it listening to some blather.

CraigC
March 18, 2012, 02:08 PM
Could be that he's just an overbearing know-it-all. Could be that he has no one else to talk to. Could be that whoever it was that he did talk to about shooting died. Could be a little of each. People like that are looking for something. One never knows.......

longhair75
March 18, 2012, 02:11 PM
At the indoor range I frequent, people seem to mind their own business. Most of the time, I am there to shoot, not socialize, so it suits me.

Inebriated
March 18, 2012, 02:35 PM
I have a gun know it all in one of my classes.

It's so bad that if I hadn't have been pro gun before meeting him, just listening to him go on and on may have made me an anti!

I have one in one of my classes as well. Had my Smith & Wesson shirt on, so he started talking to me. Apparently too a .223 to the leg, and his dad bought him a Barrett for $8000. Didn't say what kind, which is something you would know for $8000. Just a generally abrasive person.

NG VI
March 18, 2012, 02:40 PM
Probably a very lonely guy.

Calhoun
March 18, 2012, 02:52 PM
Nuttin' new, just an everyday Know-it-All. They're all over the place. Sounds like he didn't offer you a hit off his pipe tho. Only thing worse than a Know-it-All is a bogarting Know-it-All.

Thanks buck460XVR, this is the best thing I've read all day.

tpaw
March 18, 2012, 03:38 PM
I had a guy like that at the range a few weeks ago. I'm glad I treated him with respect and patience. I found out later from the range officer that he had recently lost his wife and was lonely, looking for friendship.
Don't know your pipe smoking persons situation, but I've seen this on occasion at my VFW and American Legion. Sometimes guys who have lost their lifetime partner are just looking to fill a void in their lives....Always be respectfull, you never know? :rolleyes:

Inebriated
March 18, 2012, 03:51 PM
Always be respectfull, you never know?

This.

EddieNFL
March 18, 2012, 04:39 PM
Nah. A range Ninja would be the guy I saw yesterday. Shooting a highly accessorized M4 prone from 20 yards. My 20 yard double tap groups were smaller.

jimmyraythomason
March 18, 2012, 04:45 PM
Always be respectful, you never know.Yeah,everyone is fighting some sort of personal battle. It may be that talking guns is just a diversion from their pain.

thefamcnaj
March 18, 2012, 04:45 PM
My local range "ninja" is a hoot I tell ya. He's known as Happy Rounds because he says thats what he shoots "happy rounds"
He'll clear the range and take of running/jogging and dive onto his stomach(like a basball player going into home on a bang bang play) scan right, scan left and fire. He'll roll from behind one 50 gallon drum to behind another. All the while wearing blackhawk tactial pants, a tactical vest and a got sig? hat.

ol' scratch
March 18, 2012, 04:46 PM
Often times I let them talk. Some people are just lonely. I have run into a few at the range who just want to talk to somebody. Now, I have run into people who are just a pain, but they would be a pain about any subject. I just take a page from Skinner and ignore poor behavior. It is easier that way. By the way, I too wear gun tee shirts mostly when I am working in Chicago.

jimmyraythomason
March 18, 2012, 04:51 PM
thefamcnaj's post is the perfect illustration of a "range ninja".

GAF
March 18, 2012, 05:21 PM
“It's the empty can that makes the most noise”

proverb from somewhere

tpaw
March 18, 2012, 06:34 PM
From: Inebriated

This.


Can you elaborate on your intelligent response.

Plastikosmd
March 18, 2012, 06:40 PM
Always be respectfull, you never know?


agree

JellyJar
March 18, 2012, 06:41 PM
Lonely old man doing his best to make friends?

Inebriated
March 18, 2012, 06:54 PM
Can you elaborate on your intelligent response.

It means "I agree". No need to get catty.

oldbear
March 18, 2012, 07:03 PM
.Always be respectfull, you never know?

tpaw, BLESS YOU SIR!!!!

The Lone Haranguer
March 18, 2012, 07:14 PM
People who think they know it all, really annoy those who actually do. ;)

I had a guy like that at the range a few weeks ago. I'm glad I treated him with respect and patience. I found out later from the range officer that he had recently lost his wife and was lonely, looking for friendship.
There is always that possibility, so I just smile and nod and let it go. But don't bug me when I am actually shooting, please. You can bend my ear during cease-fires or other breaks.

tpaw
March 18, 2012, 07:16 PM
It means "I agree". No need to get catty.

In my day "This" was a derogatory remark. My apologies.

Bojangles7
March 18, 2012, 07:20 PM
Shooting a highly accessorized M4 prone from 20 yards.

Thanks for the laughs. I probably wouldn't have been able to hold it together if I saw that.

tryshoot
March 18, 2012, 07:51 PM
I agree. May GOD bless all of us, but you deserve better

The War Wagon
March 18, 2012, 07:59 PM
Went to the range today and there was this guy who talked incessantly to anyone who would listen offering loud unsollicited advice and smoking a smelly pipe.

Did he look like this? :rolleyes:

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc305/The_War_Wagon/abe-old.jpg

Flash!
March 18, 2012, 08:50 PM
There were a couple of these types of people at the range today..... the funny thing is that they keep talking about all these cool guns they have that are better than yours... but for some reason they never seem to have them available to actually show you..... whats up with that?

trex1310
March 18, 2012, 09:41 PM
I was at my local range enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning of shooting.
In walks a guy that was about 6' 5" and 140lbs. He was wearing two
leather shoulder holsters with a S&W 629, 8 3/8" barrel, .44 magnum
in each. He looks to me and asks to put up a target. I nodded in the
affirmative. As I continue to observe, he comes back and takes a
seat on a wobbly bench. He removes the magnums, one in each hand,
cocks the hammers, aims and fires both guns. The recoil cause him to
fall over backwards off the stool. When he hits the cement he touches
off two more rounds double action. One round goes through the tin
roof while the other is aimed right at me. I literally dove for my life.
The round hit the top of the table blowing splinters everywhere and
annihating one corner of my range box. I chased him all the way to
the parking lot, yelling obsenities, but he managed to get to his car
and get under way before I could get my hands around his neck.

Give me a lonely old talker anytime.

Ranger30-06
March 18, 2012, 09:51 PM
The talkers are usually the nice ones.


It's the ones that don't say anything that usually scare me the most. You know, walk on range, dump 200 rounds as fast as possible, as unsafely as possible, then take off. Or in trex's case, people who try to be the biggest badbutt they can be... :rolleyes:

bushmaster1313
March 18, 2012, 10:37 PM
Could be that he's just an overbearing know-it-all. Could be that he has no one else to talk to. Could be that whoever it was that he did talk to about shooting died. Could be a little of each. People like that are looking for something. One never knows.......

Often times I let them talk. Some people are just lonely. I have run into a few at the range who just want to talk to somebody. Now, I have run into people who are just a pain, but they would be a pain about any subject. I just take a page from Skinner and ignore poor behavior. It is easier that way. By the way, I too wear gun tee shirts mostly when I am working in Chicago.

Very good thoughts.

Sometimes it takes another's perspective to remember to give everyone this side of evil the benefit of the doubt.

tpaw
March 19, 2012, 01:53 AM
It's the ones that don't say anything that usually scare me the most. You know, walk on range, dump 200 rounds as fast as possible, as unsafely as possible, then take off.

They tend to make me a little uneasy as well. Especially the occasional ones that act very rigid and abrupt. You hear of so many stories where someone cuts loose at work, school or shopping mall. Makes you wonder if it will happen at the range?

iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns
March 19, 2012, 05:54 AM
Tpaw, I feel the indoor range I go to is the LAST place on earth someone would 'go nuts,' and it's a public range too. They have a few policies that would make the individual have to include at least one friend and no care for their future into their 'master-plan.' That being said I always have a loaded gun concealed on my person at the range, and there are so many other armed folks there, I feel a coward would NOT pick that location for something like that.

My local range "ninja" is a hoot I tell ya. He's known as Happy Rounds because he says thats what he shoots "happy rounds"
He'll clear the range and take of running/jogging and dive onto his stomach(like a basball player going into home on a bang bang play) scan right, scan left and fire. He'll roll from behind one 50 gallon drum to behind another. All the while wearing blackhawk tactial pants, a tactical vest and a got sig? hat.

Now I try not to judge, but this guy strikes me as the type that would shoot-first and assess the situation after... the thought makes me cringe. but I'm probably over-reacting not having met the fellow.

Nuttin' new, just an everyday Know-it-All. They're all over the place. Sounds like he didn't offer you a hit off his pipe tho. Only thing worse than a Know-it-All is a bogarting Know-it-All.

i must admit, this made me gut-laugh.

If they are the know-it-all type that is trying to tell me what to do and how to do it while being annoying, I will look at them for the briefest of moments and then just continue safely shooting as if they didn't exist. If annoyance persists, repeat the previous step. If they are friendly enough and just an ear-chewer, I'll be much more friendly and respectful, though I do not to go to the range to have conversations instead of shooting while paying for range time.

BSA1
March 19, 2012, 09:29 AM
In my day "This" was a derogatory remark. My apologies

Wow! That must have been a long day ago. ;)

tpaw
March 19, 2012, 10:20 AM
Wow! That must have been a long day ago.


Longer than I'd like to admit. We didn't have computers back then, we communicated by chiseling our messages in wood and sending it horseback. :rolleyes:

mcdonl
March 19, 2012, 10:30 AM
I would venture a guess he is an active THR member by the sounds of it.

jimmyraythomason
March 19, 2012, 10:31 AM
tpaw,you had horses??? We didn't get horses at our place until the Spanish showed up!

tarosean
March 19, 2012, 11:51 AM
A range Ninja would be the guy I saw yesterday. Shooting a highly accessorized M4 prone from 20 yards.

He'll clear the range and take of running/jogging and dive onto his stomach(like a basball player going into home on a bang bang play) scan right, scan left and fire. He'll roll from behind one 50 gallon drum to behind another.

LOL
I guess there is a downside to living in the country and shooting out my "back door".... No comedy relief!

I guess there is you tube, etc....

8654Maine
March 19, 2012, 11:58 AM
"Always be respectful"

Absolutely agree.

I've had a few occasions where my initial impressions were way off and am thankful that I didn't open my big mouth. Turns out I made some friends and didn't look like a doofus on the initial encounter.

gym
March 19, 2012, 12:13 PM
Where I go I am usually alone, "during the week", thank god. But otherwise I pretend I can't hear them, "unless it's someone who needs legitamate help, or has a problem. Otherwise I tell them I have 2 sets of hearing protection on, and am a litle deaf. That usually ends it right there, try that next time. As far as morons go, I leave when I see an idiot shooting in an unsafe manner, I can always come back in in a few minutes when he's done or go to the second room, "they let you switch to either room. I won't put my life at risk for no reason.

Black Butte
March 19, 2012, 12:15 PM
Pompous pistoleros are commonplace. Be cordial, but don't engage.

cyclopsshooter
March 19, 2012, 03:04 PM
the funny thing is that they keep talking about all these cool guns they have that are better than yours... but for some reason they never seem to have them available to actually show you..... whats up with that?

Being a devils advocate.. it can be kind of a pain to really dig and find some guns... add that they may be lnib someone may not want to pull em out for a stranger to grub up.

Double Vision
March 19, 2012, 03:23 PM
Uh-oh Bushmaster. Is this the outdoor range w-a-y up in north NJ?

mgmorden
March 19, 2012, 04:35 PM
My local range "ninja" is a hoot I tell ya. He's known as Happy Rounds because he says thats what he shoots "happy rounds"
He'll clear the range and take of running/jogging and dive onto his stomach(like a basball player going into home on a bang bang play) scan right, scan left and fire. He'll roll from behind one 50 gallon drum to behind another. All the while wearing blackhawk tactial pants, a tactical vest and a got sig? hat.

To some degree I can see your viewpoint. At another though, it seems sort of judgemental. You never know why someone might be doing something.

Case in point: I was shooting a USPSA match this weekend that had 2 stages that required that we go prone to shoot under a barrier (something I've never done before in my life). After taking 20 rounds to take out 7 steel plates I realized I don't shoot worth a hoot prone. Actually getting the gun oriented to a point where it not only is on target but where I can actually SEE that (ie, keep my eyes aligned with the sights) was nearly impossible.

I thought briefly about trying to practice this at my local range, but then immediately realized that even though it would be practicing a skill for competition, I'd run into people laughing or throwing around mall ninja/tacticool accusations if I actually tried to shoot prone at the range.

Gtimothy
March 19, 2012, 07:09 PM
My mother raised me to be polite to others. Sometimes it is very difficult, especially when I'm concentrating on something, like improving a technique or sighting in a new weapon. But I'm always respectful. You never know where or when your next best friend is going to show up!

tpaw
March 19, 2012, 07:41 PM
tpaw,you had horses??? We didn't get horses at our place until the Spanish showed up!

The Indians gave us a few when we stepped off the Mayflower. Corn too!

gordy
March 19, 2012, 08:31 PM
I thought that was what the high road was for. To keep these guys off the ranges and on the computer.:neener:

bushmaster1313
March 19, 2012, 08:58 PM
Pennsylvania

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