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Ever have someone make fun of your guns at the range?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by revolverman357, Oct 28, 2006.

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  1. revolverman357

    revolverman357 Member

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    I went to a local outdoor range that was having a bowling pin shoot. The range is at a gun shop I was at to buy some powder, bullets and primers. The owner invited me to shoot with them last sunday.
    By the time I left I felt humiliated because of the rude remarks that were made about my Ruger Gp100 and my friends Taurus. We probably will never go back. Everyone there was shooting S&W revolvers and the owner of the gun shop there is a staunch S&W shooter and armoror. I own some S&W, but my Ruger just shoots better for me and I shot pretty well that day, considering I did not have the gun everybody thought I should have. No wonder I have always been a loner when it comes to shooting. Just me and a friend or two is good enough for me after this catastrophe.
     
  2. MCgunner

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    I belong to a local club an there are no punks in it. Besides, I usually win all the local matches around here, so they don't lampoon my Ruger P90 a whole lot after it beat their high dollar Kimber. :neener: If I brought a Hi Point I might deserve to be ridiculed, but the Ruger shuts up any descent. :D
     
  3. RBS

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    I wouldn't go back either. That's what I like about my club. Everyone is friendly. About 3 months I just showed up for one of the pin shoots, never done it before and I had blast. there was badgering but it was friendly. I haven't missed one since.
     
  4. .38 Special

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    Nope, no reason to put up with that. I am a die-hard S&W fan but have zero patience for the sorts of people who will make fun of other's guns.
     
  5. BobMcG

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    Forget about 'em.

    Without a doubt that sort of thing is nonsense. It certainly isn't the correct path for enlisting new blood into the sport of shooting and a very poor way to recruit new members into that club.
     
  6. 10-Ring

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    It's not about what you shoot it's about the sport & the comraderie. Don't go back if that's the kind of people they are & attract.
    Me, if I hear an inkling of smack re: the guns I shoot, I usually just out shoot them and shut them up that way. I'm not the best shot in town, but usually those guys that talk crap don't know what they're talking about & usually shoot the same way.
    Joke'em...don't have time for those jack holes :cuss:
     
  7. tubeshooter

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    Yeah, that's uncalled for. You shouldn't have to put up with that.


    Shame on them....
     
  8. sgt127

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    In a perfect world, you would outshoot them with your Ruger and then, beat the two guns together until parts fell off the Smith and then outshoot whoever is left with your Ruger.

    You have nothing to be ashamed of with a Ruger.
     
  9. M2 Carbine

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    Ever have someone make fun of your guns at the range?
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    Not actually make fun of but,

    In the early 60's there was a gun club at work. One of the shoots was 22 pistol, indoor 50 feet. Slow, timed and rapid fire, 300 points. As I recall the slow fire ten ring was about the size of a dime.

    The only 22 pistol I had was a Ruger Single Six. Everyone shook their heads and started telling me I had to get a semi auto target pistol. That single action "cowboy gun" wouldn't allow me to be a contender.

    After about the third time competing and being the 3rd or 4th best shooter in the club with my "cowboy gun" all the members would do is shake their heads when they looked at my gun.:D

    I did eventually invest in a bull barrel Ruger Mark 1, which didn't make those other shooters happy.


    I don't pay attention to Gun Snobs.
    Seldom can they put their money where their mouth is.:)
     
  10. Baldy

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    Go join another club that has real gun people in it and practice and practice somemore till you can shoot them pins in your sleep. When ready go back and lay it on them boys real good. Hope you take frist place if you do this. One more thing you have a quality revolver in a Ruger GP 100 and it will shoot with anything out there. Good luck.:D
     
  11. plexreticle

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    I very seriously doubt any of those idiots could out shoot your Ruger or Taurus.

    Personally I would take a Taurus over a S&W any day of the week. Taurus revolvers there is no comparison in quality, imho.

    When you tease or make fun of someones equipment all that does is show insecurity in your abilities as a shooter.
     
  12. ACP230

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    My guns? No.

    My shooting? Yes.

    And I usually deserved it too.

    I was at a big bowling pin match once with a motorhome. I was up on the top of it working on a skylight. Another competitor came by and said something like,

    "Hey ACP don't jump! You didn't shoot that bad."

    Cracked us both up.
     
  13. M2 Carbine

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    Good natured kidding about shooting or guns is good fun.

    I dislike Glocks. (but they are accurate)

    A while back a good friend was shooting at my place and I asked to use his Glock to try out some 9mm Win White box ammo that I had just bought several cases of.

    I was having a good day and emptied the magazine into a small cloverleaf at 15 yards.

    I handed back his Glock and said, "Not bad for a plastic foreign POS.":D
     
  14. SouthpawShootr

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    Kind of silly to make fun of somebody with a loaded gun whose mental disposition you don't know and who almost certainly has enough ammo to light up everybody in the place, wouldn't you say? :uhoh:

    I only rib my buddies about their arms choices or shooting and even then it's all in good humor. I usually only get ribbed by my friends. Everybody else I ignore.

    If I see a person shooting a gun that I wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole, I might observed them for a bit - who knows I may be convinced to change my mind. I may even ask a question of two if they seem receptive. But what I will not do is grin like an idiot every time the gun malfunctions or laugh at them or their gun. Not necessarily b/c I feel like they may snap, but the wrong way to sway people to your way of thinking is to ridicule them. Some people are unusually sensitive about their guns.

    I'm also inclined to allow people who are interested a chance at shooting a gun of mine that they may find appealing or ask about. I get this every so often when I'm shooting a PPC revolver my dad had made up years ago. Darn thing looks more imposing that a S&W 500. And, with 148 gr HBWC match loads, it will shoot groups that are very impressive. I once had a guy ask me what the heck I was shooting. It was making an impressive boom. The gun? An AMT Automag II. Should have seen his eyes pop out :what: when he saw it was a .22. :D

    BTW, nothing wrong with a GP or Taurus. I have examples of both.
     
  15. Skofnung

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    I had a kid call my old M&P a "old relic" on the range once, but after shooting it, he liked it. I gently reminded him that just because a tool is old does not make ineffective. My 150 year old chisels still cut wood as well as the day they were made, and the bronze swords in the British Museum will kill just as well today as they did 3000 years ago.

    The only group that ever made me feel the way you felt after leaving the shoot was a group of trap shooters. I showed up with my Baikal SXS and shot a respectable round, and two of the regulars started berating my gun in a not nice way. Nevermind that I tied one of them, and the other hit only two more birds than me. Snobs. What can you do?
     
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    I've never had that happen to me at the range but I have when I was going to go deer hunting and they wanted to know what kind of rifle I use and I told them an enfield, god knows I could buy a newer or more expensive rifle with al sorts of scopes and what not but I like my enfield its never failed me and I trust my eyes as they are without the help of any fancy sights or scopes, if you are comfortable with the gun you have screw what other people think, its not a popularity contest.
     
  17. Beetle Bailey

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    I thought proper decorum was to never insult a guest, and also to never insult another person's gun. In any situation, it is bad form to invite someone to a social gathering and proceed to make them feel out of place. Beyond that, if they are true believers in the S&W way of life and wish to convert you to their faith, they should offer to let you try their guns. If their choice is so right, and yours so wrong, it shouldn't take very many rounds to convince you, right?

    Bottom line is, you are better off without those guys and should try other ranges until you find one with shooters who are a bit more welcoming.
     
  18. SnWnMe

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    Find another range. You shouldn't have to put up with feeble minds who cannot promote their equipment choices without putting someone else's down.
     
  19. SigfanUSAF

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    Oh yeah. Before I refinished my model 10, I had a lot of people make cracks about it. I had it and my somewhat rough 1990 vintage at the range one day, when several people came over and asked if I picked the pair up in Afganistan. I said no, and opened up the cases in my Explorer, yeilding 2 ARs, a new 220R, two USPs, an M1 carbine, HK-93, and a few other toys. Their snickering faces sooned turned to jelousy, and I got my revenge when I said they couldn't shoot the 93:D
     
  20. Eightball

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    They only make fun of my stuff because they have no idea what half of it is. Ever see a Saiga .308 with a 8xPSOP on top? Looks funky. Impossible to zero, but they don't know that :p .

    Usually, the people who make fun of what I own are old coots who swear by what their "uncle joe" told them was the best guns ever back in 1946 :rolleyes: . Sure, I might not own the best, the most advanced, or the most popular (I take pride in that last one :D ), but if you can shoot it, who cares?
     
  21. SouthpawShootr

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    Probably felt insulted that you did so well with an (relatively) inexpensive shotgun. Your account reminded me of something that happened years ago. My buddy and I were at an outdoor range that had a sheet range. My buddy wanted to try out his new shotgun (a bargain basement Remington 870 that he bought exclusively for hunting). While he was shooting another guy showed up to shoot and watched. Asked my friend what he was shooting. When told, the guy just kind of shook his head, chucked, and went on. Pulled out a really nice Beretta semi and started. Well, I don't know anything about trap or skeet, but it seemed to me that this guy was much worse a shooter compared to my friend in spite of the fact that he had a name brand, obviously expensive gun. Guy seemed to get a bit agitated with his performance, then he experienced a parts failure (my friend said firing pin) and left. We laughed the whole way home.
     
  22. MrBigStuff

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    Only a moron

    would make fun of somebody holding a gun. I usually keep to myself at the range. I would never make fun of a persons gun ( this stays true of one's job, car, financial situation, etc.). Only someone with low self-esteem would say something stupid at the range. However, I did have to hold my tongue on a couple of occasions...ever see anyone with a huge rifle scope on a .22 pistol or leopard print pistol grips:rolleyes: .
     
  23. Mighty Hd

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    I don't think it's a wise idea to make fun/tease someone else about their weapon at a *gun range*. That sounds a bit stupid to me.
     
  24. JMag

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    It's both rude and extremely stupid to make fun of others' guns at the range; especially if they are not close friends with you.

    Ask for trouble, it might find you...
     
  25. LeonCarr

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    Most gun snobs make fun of your guns at the range, until they get their money taken by some old geezer with a S&W Model 10 .38 Special with all of the blue worn off :).

    Its not the song, its the singer :).

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
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