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"Rapid fire" rules at ranges

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mlaustin, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. mlaustin

    mlaustin New Member

    Aug 25, 2009
    Davis, CA
    How many of you go to ranges that have rules regarding frequency of shots? Where I am in California I've only been to one range that allowed controlled pairs of shots and that was an expensive indoor range. I assumed this was standard, but I just got back from a 3 week trip to NH visiting relatives and went to two ranges there and both had a "As long as you are controlling where your shots go, fire as fast as you like" rule.

    Are these rules common or uncommon based on your experience? For any of you that work at ranges or are rangemasters...why? What is the advantage of such rules over just yelling at people who are firing out of control without aiming (in my experience they're quite easy to identify...)?

    It's somewhat irking to me because I primarily shoot pistols and I've yet to hear of a bad guy or an IDPA match where shooting 1 shot every 2 seconds is the norm and it bothers me that I'm not permitted to practice the way I would shoot in the real world... I can understand not allowing drawing from the holster because of fears that inexperienced/idiot shooters would sweep people with their muzzles, but I never understood the shot timing.
  2. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Senior Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Tallahassee, FL
    I think at outdoor ranges it's there to keep rounds from going over the berm due to muzzle climb... Same for indoor ranges, except replace "going over the berm" with "putting out lights and damaging ceiling and target hangers"
  3. Broken11b

    Broken11b Member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Near Detroit
    I've seen alot of ranges with that rule, but I've also found that if you just explain to the manager that you want to practice controlled pairs, most of the time, their cool with it.
    Other places wont budge on the issue, but if you dont ask, then you'll never know.

    The guy there might just say "YOU can go for it, that rule is to stop idiots from slide locking into the ceiling"
  4. fireman 9731

    fireman 9731 Senior Member

    Nov 16, 2008
    My range's official rule is not to shoot faster than one round per second. But as long as you are controlling your gun nobody ever says anything.
  5. konfederate.kowboy

    konfederate.kowboy New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    killeen texas
    In texas at all three of the ranges I have been to they are extremely strict on this rule. I have been asked to leave one range because of rules like this. In florence I was told that I was not allowed to have my gun holstered while on the property. And was told I could not draw and fire. As well as double tapping. But since I have been in alaska the range I have been going to says you are allowed to use "short controlled burst"
  6. GraceOutcast

    GraceOutcast New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    At my range they rent full autos. :)

    So as long as you are bring safe...you can do whatever you want
  7. dmancornell

    dmancornell Member

    Sep 27, 2009
    My range states 2 shots per second, but in the action/IPSC range, the unofficial rule is controlled shots only.
  8. russ69

    russ69 Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    In NRA bullseye shooting rapid fire is 5 shots in 10 seconds, so if you let the first one go at the buzzer you have 9.5 seconds for the remaining 4 shots. That's a lot of time and a fairly slow pace. So for most old timers running ranges they don't see a need for anything faster. It's old school rules.
    I see so many guys who are able to just barely hit the target frame from 7 yards that maybe it's a good rule for the general public. You can practice your double taps in a match.

    Thanx, Russ
  9. CraigC
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    CraigC Elder

    Jan 27, 2006
    West Tennessee
    It depends on how often they have to replace ceiling tiles because dummies shoot them up with uncontrolled rapid fire action. I worked at a gun shop with a range for a while. We had to keep a pile of extra ceiling tiles and flourescent bulbs to replace the ones that would get shot up.
  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Dec 27, 2002
    northern california
    well, i'm just a little East of you and i shoot at SacValley in Ione.

    as a member, i have access to the private ranges where we can shoot at speed and on the move as well as practice drawing from the holster. it's the best place to take a student an work with them away from other shooters.

    is there a limit to the speed you can fire at Yolo Sportsmans
  11. coloradokevin

    coloradokevin Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    I really hate ranges with rules that prevent effective practical pistol shooting (whether that means no holster draws, or slow-fire only). While I think it is completely reasonable to demand controlled firing from users of any range, I don't like the idea of taking unnatural pauses between my shots as a means of providing a "floatation device" for unsafe shooters. Why not just boot the unsafe shooters instead?

    In the past I've shot at ranges where the rule was listed only as "no rapid fire". I can almost be comfortable with that rule, as "rapid fire" is really a vague term that is left open for individual interpretation. I was once questioned about the speed at which I was discharging my pistol at this range. I merely politely pointed at the IPSC target I was shooting, which contained only a nice group of "A zone" hits (I sure wasn't shoting fast by competition standards on that day), and then asked if I was shooting too fast to be safe. The range officer was satisfied in that particular instance, and I was satisfied. Ironically enough, that same "slow fire" range also had a contingent of gang-banger types who liked to show up and demonstrate how poorly they could shoot. That group of guys was unsafe at any speed, simply because they didn't have the knowledge, discipline, experience, or maturity that is required to safely enjoy shooting sports!
  12. Sam1911

    Sam1911 Moderator

    Oct 22, 2007
    Central PA
    Based on my interests and goals, a range that did not allow shooting on the move, drawing from a holster and concealment, and shooting at the highest possible controllable speed would be of no use to me whatsoever.
  13. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    The one I like most around here ($10 per day as opposed to per hour like the others) does indeed have a one-per-second rule. It also has a no-holstered rule. I can live with them because I can utilize those prohibitions elsewhere. It's an outdoor range. The indoor ranges have no such restrictions I know of, but they do get that rate per hour, and they don't let you shoot ammo acquired elsewhere.
  14. Travis McGee

    Travis McGee Participating Member

    Jan 12, 2003
    NE Florida
    At Gateway in JAX FL, it's one shot per 2 seconds, which inhibits realistic pistolcraft. I find it less troublesome for rifle at 100 or 200 yards. In both cases I focus on getting a perfect sight picture, followup, trigger control, all the good stuff. Then hopefully at "away" ranges or in real life defense my speed (and control) will be there.
  15. Manco

    Manco Participating Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I wouldn't unless exceptions are made for those who can control their rapid fire.

    That's pretty much ideal, I think, maintaining safety (as long as the RSOs are doing their job) while allowing for what I consider an essential component of training. The bottom line is that if you're training for defensive purposes, then you need to work on rapid fire at the range. This doesn't mean that you should have the mindset of always emptying your weapon, of course, but rather of learning how to quickly aim and make decisions on each shot in rapid succession. The faster you get--with acceptable "combat accuracy"--the more effective you will be, and any range that strictly enforces a slow fire rule is limiting your potential.

    They seem to be fairly common in my area, and strict enforcement is not uncommon.
  16. Ian

    Ian Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    At my range, rapid fire is downright encouraged, as is drawing, shooting while moving, and practicing teamwork with partners. There's also no range fee, and you can shoot any ammo you like. That's the beauty of owning property. :)
  17. postalnut25

    postalnut25 Active Member

    Mar 8, 2010
    Colorful Colorado
    I go to a fairly unregulated outdoor range. As long as you aren't stupid, nobody cares.
  18. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    The local public range is owned by the federal government and its stated purpose is hunter safety and training. Therefore, no human shaped targets are allowed nor is rapid fire. You also can't holster a handgun or bring loaded magazines onto the property. Plus, the range master must visually inspect your guns when you arrive and before you leave.

    This is why after only a couple of visits I paid the dues and joined a private club where they only prohibition is full-auto (and even though I don't have any MGs I oppose this ban but it was by membership vote).
  19. essayons21

    essayons21 Participating Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Down by the rivah, VA
    I used to belong to a range which was owned and run by a very grumpy old man. On the range brief prior to joining he said that as long as every round hits the cardboard target backing you can shoot as fast as you want.

    Later, after I had joined and paid my $200, I was shooting controlled pairs with my 1911, putting every round in the 9 or 10 ring when he approached me and said that he didn't think I was keeping all the rounds on target and I was done on the pistol range for the day. Asking around to the other members, anything faster than the rate of fire of a front-stuffer is too fast for him, so the next day I put in my application for the more expensive but much nicer shooting club and range on the other side of town.

    The new range allows full auto's, .50's and all sorts of other fun toys, and the only rule regarding rate of fire is "no un-aimed assault fire." I can live with that, and have never looked back.
  20. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Senior Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Albuquerque & Santa Fe
    My range is double tap friendly.

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