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Anyone ever had someone point a gun at them at the range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by realmswalker, Feb 21, 2003.

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  1. realmswalker

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    I did, today.

    I was taking my new remington 870 to my local indoor range to shoot her for the first time, small range only 6 or 7 lanes. brought along two of my friends. One has shot before the other just went along to watch.

    I rented a springfield xd 40 also just to test out. there were two younger kids next to us two lanes over, around 18 or 19 I would say. After I had shot around 50 rounds through the 40 I decided to bring out my shotgun. I saw the two younger kids showing interest in my gun. I asked if they wanted to shoot, one of them said yes.

    So I asked them what they were shooting. One of the kids in the booth proceeds to bring the gun around to his right with the barrel pointing at the seperating wall to his right side, Not a good idea right there. before I could say anything he brings it all the way around, hand on the gun, finger off the trigger and the gun is now pointing directly at me. My first thought was to tackle him,strange thought now that i look back but then again I had a gun pointed at me.

    But as I saw the slide was racked back, I told him to watch what he was doing and point that thing down range. he did so. the RO didnt see it, and really not feeling like getting the kids yelled at and embarrased so I left it alone.

    I think that was a mistake, and regret not saying something. I should have left the kid in for a tongue lashing then let the RO have what was left. That way he would have thought twice before ever doing something like that again and actually shooting someone next time.

    Needless to say I finished the shells in my shotgun and proceeded to leave. I didnt feel like letting them shoot my gun at that point.

    I just had to get that off my chest and ask if anyone else has had any experience like it and how they handled it.
     
  2. CZ-75

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    None that lived. ;)




    Only time I remember I was 11 years old and some dingy middle-aged lady was loading her gun about 6 feet back from the line at a table then sweeping everyone through 180 degrees of arc when heading back to the line until a range employee got on the loudspeaker.
     
  3. 12.7x99mm

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    three times in the last two years. Bastards! I hate that stuff
     
  4. P95Carry

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    Closest I had to that was a guy starting off . and tho he was watched .. he had had a jam in his 9mm . next thing ya know ... he is walkin along the firing point behind everyone ... not so much pointing at a person but ''muzzle sweep'' very much in evidence.

    He was quickly stopped, controlled and asked to leave! After being fully dressed down.
     
  5. blowsomethingup

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    some rookie cop yelled over to us on the other side of our range,in the lobby, hey dont point that over here!
    the magazine was removed and the action was open
    what a dork!
    we were inspecting a firearm which was handed over to us by the owner,we were sighting it,the mag was on the counter,and the action was open
    I wouldnt want this jerk on my police force,no range eticate
     
  6. Mike Irwin

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    I seem to be a magnet for stupid gun handlers.
     
  7. sonny

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    That's a tough one to call......I hear what you're sayin but a gun pointed at someone is a gun pointed at someone.

    What do you think about my logic?....I don't mean to be critical but I have been to plenty of gun shops and ranges where space is limmited and I see this sort of thing happen.I don't know where I stand on that one
     
  8. sonny

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    Sorry ....here's the rest of the quote

    some rookie cop yelled over to us on the other side of our range,in the lobby, hey dont point that over here!
    the magazine was removed and the action was open
    what a dork!
    we were inspecting a firearm which was handed over to us by the owner,we were sighting it,the mag was on the counter,and the action was open
    I wouldnt want this jerk on my police force,no range eticate
     
  9. 10-Ring

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    Yup, more often than I care to mention. It's one reason I don't like shooting when the range is busy; too many idiots renting guns!
    Also, once in high school. Very scary incident!
     
  10. Dr.Who

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    Yes, was ROing/scoring an IDPA match and an active Police officer was shoot'n. As he moved to cover, he brought the gun perpendicular to his chest and turned his body. You guessed it, pointed in my direction. Only saving grace, finger was out of triger. He was stopped and DQed. He did not realy know he was doing it. We have a few officers shoot with us, I'm glad they do, they need the practice. The Marines that shoot with us are better than the most of the officers.

    Enjoy... :fire:
     
  11. Sven

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    My significant other did this a couple months back, and I sort of jumped back quickly, then explained. She assumed because we both knew the gun was unloaded, that it was OK... or was unaware.

    Freaked me out for a sec.
     
  12. jar

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    Not too long ago I was at a State DNR outdoor range down in Florida. There was a large berm at the end of the range and I'd been shooting at some empty plastic soda bottles with my old Colt Army Special. The line was empty so I took a trash bag down to pick up the trash from the day and put out a couple new bottles. As I was bent over a shot hit in the berm about ten feet from where I was standing.

    Some Bubba had come to the line and was banging away at the 25 yard targets while I was back picking up trash at the berm.

    I shouted something to the gentleman along the lines of "Pardon me, but you seem not to have noticed that I was downrange and I would really prefer that you wait until the range is clear before beginning your practice.", or something to that effect.

    His response was, "Stay on your side and you won't get hit!"
     
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    i've noticed this a lot. ppl here mention that they have had a gun poined at them then keep quiet then say "ill say somthing next time"

    SAY SOMETHING THEN AND THERE! jezzz, it must just be an american thing of not wanting to make a fuss with other people.

    (i realise i may be stepping on toes here- though if im wroung stop me!)

    i mean ,really ppl, you need to say something, you seem so paranoided about ppl coming into ur house to kill you then when something actually does happen no-one does nothing about it! though i realise some do something about it- however from the posts i've read here on this subject this seems like what normally happens! which is well...normally nothing!

    Adam
     
  14. sm

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    Yes
    More than once
    Includes ND

    Corrected situation immediatly.
     
  15. MLH

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    Jar

    How many times did you shoot him?:eek:
     
  16. M1911

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    We'll have to disagree over who was being a "dork" and who had "no range eticate"[sic].

    Rule Number 1: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. That rule applies no matter whether the gun is loaded or not, whether you are "inspecting" the gun or not.

    Keep guns pointed in a safe direction and if you don't, then you should expect people around you to get more than a bit upset.
     
  17. ajacobs

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    I am very careful with my firearms handling and I used to give people a severe tounge lashing (as you mentioned) for saftey issues. Then I was in the army four 4 years and while I tried very hard not to let my saftey practices slip, muzzle control is not stressed in the army and people would always be pointing there rifles at me. When I became a squad leader (as an e5) I stressed muzzle control. It was a hard habit for my squad to break. I couldn't really force it on other squads. Frankly by concern over other people pointing guns at me still gave me a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach but it happened all the time and nummed me. But now I am a hunter education instructor and I am a muzzle control nazi again. I don't think twice about slapping a students firearm in the right direction.
     
  18. Dannyboy

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    Just once. I was a lane safety at one of our qual ranges. Some Specialist had a malfunction and instead of just setting the weapon down and raising his hand, he calls me over and when I get there he tells me he has a problem and tries to hand it to me...muzzle first. I darn near crapped my pants. Anyway, I smacked it away with my paddle and yanked it out of his hands. The tower called a cease fire and I commenced to tearing this guy a new hole. I almost had him crying and then the Range NCOIC finished the job. The thing that made it so bad, other than the fact that it was loaded, was that the guy should have known better. I think it's safe to say he learned that day.
     
  19. sasnofear

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    well done danny boy, thats the way 2 do it!
     
  20. 4v50 Gary

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    By careless cops, by careless fathers and by overenthusiastic and careless shooters.
     
  21. mikemck

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    Yeah, I think it's pretty funny myself.

    Seething over it, and then posting about it on an internet forum accomplishes nothing at all.

    Anyone who thinks they have never had a gun pointed at them is most probably mistaken. Spend any time at all in gun stores, gun ranges, or gun shows, and unfortunately, you have almost surely had a gun pointed at you whether you knew it or not. Probably several times...

    The sad truth is, becaus of human nature, it's just not safe being around people with guns....
     
  22. DeltaElite

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    Yup, happens all too often at the po-po range. :(
    Happens even more often during combat courses. :(
     
  23. vertigo7

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    Been muzzled quite a few times. It happens at a gun store far more than it does at a range. At the range, I make it a point to quickly step out of the way and gently but firmly tell them not to do it again. I don't want them reflexively yanking the trigger because they were startled when I delivered unto them the severe verbal beat-down they had earned. I've started thinking seriously about investing in body armor to wear to the range specifically because of this sort of thing.

    vertigo7
     
  24. Standing Wolf

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    It's happened to me twice. My response both times was a very loud, "Don't you dare point that gun at me!" 50% of the time, the dummy understood what I was saying.
     
  25. .45Ruger

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    Thank God, I have not had the experience
     
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