Discussion in 'Strategies, Tactics, and Training' started by ColinthePilot, Mar 19, 2008.
If I plan to practice with my primary CCW, I will CC some othe rweapon and it will stay concealed for the duration.
On public ranges, yes.
judged by 12 or carried by six
About 15 years ago, I was out at an unsupervised range on state land, and a carload of youts drove up and started eyeballing our toy collection... We moseyed to the truck, and as soon as the doors closed, the magazines went in the long guns until we were well away...
These days I shoot mostly on remote stretchs of public land, often in places that other shooters frequent. I've seen enough problems with certain idiots at these places over the years, so I pretty much keep a loaded gun on me. If I'm shooting my AR, etc, I also typically carry the weapon with me on a sling when I go down range (prevents snatch-n-grab theft, mostly).
When I qualify at work, obviously none of this is an issue. So, I don't carry an extra gun there!
1) NO ONE handles a gun during a cease fire!
2) Anyone with a gun on their person will have it visible, unloaded and holstered unless the range is hot. At that point it may be loaded in preparation for firing, but ONLY when the person is at the firing line.
That may sound a little tough, but we have had ONE "accidental" discharge (actually inadvertent, the idiot was holstering it after loading it and had his finger on the trigger. I'll bet he doesn't ever forget that one) in 45 years.
This is a private club that is open to the public a total of 26 days per year. It is during that time that we have had the most problems, but still only one inadvertent discharge.
If someone comes in and I recognize them, I wave and sometimes chat. If I don't know them, I'll chat them up.
I'm a little uneasy about leaving my guns and gear on the line and walking down 100-300+ yards and back unarmed. And a pistol doesn't get it at those ranges. This range's layout is such that the firing line is about 25 yards from the rural county road and a little half-broken down 3' fence.
The other range I belong to is busy enough with good people that I'm not worried. There, I've always got my fanny pack on unless I'm shooting pistol, then I've got a pistol on my hip anyway.
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