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Do you get angry when the shooter next to you has a bigger BOOM than you?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CountGlockula, May 11, 2007.

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  1. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

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    Maybe it's just me, but while I was at the indoor range last night...here I am happily shooting my Glock in .40S&W caliber with 180 grain training my point shooting drills and bull's eye drills, then comes these dudes.

    Two guys showing off their 10mm, .44mag and other nice noise makers laughing it off and clowning around saying things like:

    Now I know the 10mm was a bit louder than my .40S&W caliber, but I was slightly annoyed.

    Do you guys do that or feel the way I do? Maybe it's a testosterone thing.
     
  2. Smith357

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    Let them make noise, it does not bother me at all. While they're making all sorts of racket I'm making a nice ragged hole in the center of the bull.
     
  3. DogBonz

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    No, I like it

    It's good for training. If you can concentrate while some one is shooting something really loud, then you can do it anywhere.
     
  4. torpid

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    Doesn't annoy me. After all, it's a gun range.
    I like it!
     
  5. Cheeseybacon

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    I wouldn't worry about it, I am often the big noise maker at my local range too. At first I worried about other people being offended by my loud guns too, but then I realized that they have no more right to tell me to stop shooting because of the sound of my gun makes than a politician has to ban my gun because they are offended with the way it looks.

    If they're really THAT bothered by the noise, they either need to get better hearing protection or leave. I won't limit my firearm usage at a range because other people can't use adequate protection.

    Plugs AND headphones are the way to go if you ask me.
     
  6. torpid

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    What hearing protection are you using, Count?
     
  7. SDC

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    The NOISE doesn't bother me, but the type of people you're describing seem to have a habit of pointing loaded guns in almost any direction BUT downrange...
     
  8. ZeSpectre

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    WHUT? WHUTDIDHESAY?

    :)
     
  9. Geno

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    Any fool can make a lot of noise. But, can they literally drive a tack at 50 yards with a .22LR? Can they un-cap a pop bottle at 100 yards? :neener:

    I had to laugh one summer day a few years back, when I was shooting a .22LR MATCH Contender pistol. This fella walks past and says, "Oh...I thought you was shootin' a real gun. Hahaha!"

    The Rangemaster and I smiled and I asked him if he wanted to see if he could repeat my target. I sat down and shot a very detailed smiley face at 50 yards with my .22LR MATCH Contender.

    The Rangemaster came over, signed & dated the target and hung it up. Then, we waited for nosie-maker to shoot. He packed up his boomer and left...scoofing the whole way out. I never even got to see what he was firing! How rude!!!

    I am being serious. He literally walked off, pouting and mumbling! :confused:
     
  10. ArmedBear

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    I try to wear good hearing protection.

    I shoot at an indoor 100 yard rifle range sometimes -- sighting in, generally. What gets really obnoxious is when someone has a 26" barrel uber-magnum with a big muzzlebrake on it. You not only hear it, you feel the shockwave, then the air blowing past you from it.

    But hey, I'm glad we CAN shoot that stuff indoors. It is really nice for sighting in!

    They did forbid .50 BMG rifles from the indoor range, because it pushes the limits of the backstops.

    Now if you really want to have fun in an indoor pistol range, though, bring a .44 caliber black powder revolver. Shoot all six chambers, and nobody can see a damn thing for a minute or two, or breathe without coughing. Bring one of those next time. I have. They're inexpensive and available mail-order, too!:)
     
  11. DogBonz

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    Now I see

    Boom Envy:d
     
  12. Ari

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    Hope no insult intended, but it is a firing range. The ONLY thing that bothers me at a gun range is proper gun handling and range ettiquette. Blast away with what ever you brung, that's within the guidlines and we're fine.

    Once I've confirmed that I'm safe around the gentleman next to me knowing he is a safe gun handler, I hardly notice they're there.
     
  13. alucard0822

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    I like to make the big booms, and flash, sometimes plinking with the 22 gets old and I like to bust out something obnoxious, I am a conciderate shooter and often let people at the range try it out if they seem responsible enough, and stay way at the far side. (still saving up for a 460S&W:) )
     
  14. Ohio Rifleman

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    Really, if you can't handle loud noises, you need to invest in some better hearing protection or find a new hobby. I go to an outdoor range, so the noise disperses a bit. I personally enjoy going there not just for the shooting, but to see all kinds of different firearms. I think the loudest gun I ever saw there was a blackpowder rifle! :what:

    My SKS makes a pretty big boom, but not as much as a Mosin or some of those big ol' hunting rifles in 30-06 or some such.

    Bingo. When I'm shooting, my entire world becomes that sight or scope picture. I hardly notice the other shooters unless their hardware or behavior catches my eye.
     
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    I like to be the guy with the loud bang at the indoor range. :evil:

    That said, I try not to open up when someone else is in the middle of a magazine and shooting for precision.;)

    Now if they're obnoxious and rude, then I time my shots and try to get the blastwave to hit them just as they're squeezing the trigger.:neener:
     
  16. CountGlockula

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    Thanks for your thoughts everyone.

    Yes, especially for indoor, I have plugs AND ear muffs.
     
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    Heh. Maybe it was the first time they'd shot anything larger than a .22.

    Not sure why you'd get annoyed at that -- unless your hearing protection wasn't up to the task, or they were being unsafe in some way. Seems a little silly to get upset that their gun was louder than yours.

    pax
     
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    Even though I know it comes with the territory, I certainly don't enjoy being on a smaller indoor range next to the guy shooting his hot .44 mag handloads. If I can feel in it my teeth when he fires (and some of you no doubt know what I'm talking about), it really detracts from my enjoyment.
     
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    Nope,don't bother me a bit.It has been my experiance that the loudest noise is from those guys with the shortest barrels...:rolleyes:
     
  20. torpid

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    Your ears thank you! :)
     
  21. Rick O'Shea

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    I was inadvertantly guilty of "big-boom" rudeness last week.

    I was focusing on trying out reloads on my new .44 magnum, and did not notice that the people one lane over were shooting at 5 yards, and there was a lot of conversation between shots.

    Apparently it was a young man teaching a young lady the fundamentals of shooting for the first time :eek: .

    I didn't realize what I'd done until I noticed that they had moved to the other shooting bay.

    And yes, I felt like an ass :( .
     
  22. Ben Shepherd

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    I'm usually the guy with the cannon. HOWEVER:

    Before I light it/them off I let others know that what I'm going to shoot will be very loud.

    It's a courtesy thing. And I DON'T do it when someone is in the middle of some serious benchwork. Doing it for the *look at me factor* doesn't help others see you in a positive light.

    You want loud? Any rifle caliber in a 10" contender barrel will do it. Heck with pistol calibers.
     
  23. Joe Gunns

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    Yeah, I gotta admit that in my old age I do find it irritating if I'm shooting a .22 or .38 and somebody opens up in the next lane with a hand-cannon in the middle of a string. The initial noise and blast causes flyers. However, that is MY problem, not theirs. I keep shooting until I have fired my usual number of rounds for the practice of dealing with the distraction. And sometimes I decide that its a good excuse to shoot some "bear" loads in the Redhawk .45. :cool:
     
  24. Rumble

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    I don't really mind--I'm not going to tell anyone what they need to do on the range. However, there have been a couple times where someone nearby was shooting something BigLoud, and the boom of it was a physical impact, which made me startle involuntarily every time. I think one time it was a big .44; another time it was an AK (at an indoor range, yep). Although I can deal with the startle reflex, it still made it less than enjoyable.
     
  25. 92GreenYJ

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    i actually had this experience the other day. the range i was at was all indoor and un-beknownst to me, you could also shoot shotguns indoors a few bays down from where we were. My Mom and I were on the 25 yard lane playing with a rented 22 and my Armalite AR 7 (still waiting for the ten days to exprie to get my .270) so we are messing around and all of a sudden BOOM!! BOOM!! BOOM!! WTH?? turns out the guy two lanes down is shooting a 10 gauge shotgun with high brass slugs!! MAN that thing was loud!! I felt every shot
     
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