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I have a Dilemma

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jak67429, Feb 18, 2010.

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  1. jak67429

    jak67429 Member

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    I will be working as RO at our local range on Saturday. So what do I do at the range with a bum shoulder (still in a sling after surgery). The 44mag is out only 22 pistol is a 22 target with rhand grips.
     
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    borrow a gun from a buddy
     
  3. Full Metal Jacket

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    Time to go shopping:D:D:D:D
     
  5. hso

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    Just fulfill your RO responsibilities and wait for your shoulder to heal before shooting again.
     
  6. kingpin008

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    Agreed. If you're the RO, you're there to supervise, not shoot.
     
  7. Tim the student

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    Yeah - I don't see the issue.
     
  8. wishin

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    May be a good time to practice shooting from the other side.
     
  9. Mal H

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    I definitely agree. If you are the RO, how can you perform your duty if you are at a position shooting - anything?
     
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    I thought a Delema was one of those Italian shotguns. ;)
     
  11. David E

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    Personally, I would not want to be on the line without my own gun.

    Plus, there may be times when no one is shooting, so why not get in some practice?

    Use the opportunity to brush up your weak-hand shooting. Buy a LH holster if need be.

    Get some "regular" grips for the .22 and/or practice slooooooooowfire weak-hand only with the .44

    If your only 2 handguns are a .22 and a .44 magnum, I'd say your bigger problem is not having enough guns to fill out the middle.
     
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  12. shockwave

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    The ROs I've seen aren't shooting. They are yelling at people for doing stupid stupid stuff.

    Full disclosure: The last RO I was dealing with was giving me the 2-count. These guys do not mess around. I'm Mr Gun Safety and almost got sent packing. That's what a good RO is. Don't need no gun to do that.
     
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    Because that condition won't last and if you're at a station shooting you won't be in the position of fulfilling the RO responsibilities when someone does show up.
     
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    Because people don't have to be actively shooting to be doing unsafe things with guns.

    If you're functioning as a safety officer, that needs to be your focus. If you carry, by all means carry at the range - but save the target practice for your day off.
     
  15. shockwave

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    Right. I got dinged for trying to clear my weapon after the line had been called cold. Then got dinged for being an inch or two behind the shooter to my left. A good RO should be enforcing good protocol. Next time I visit this range, I'm going to be a better shooter, thanks to the RO. If you aren't a veteran, it's hard to grasp the relationship between a new recruit and a drill sergeant but it's something like that.
     
  16. David E

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    Ranges are different all over. Some ranges can go for hours between Shooter #1 leaving and Shooter #2 arriving.

    It would be during this time frame that maybe a bit of practice could be done.

    As far as needing or not needing a gun to fulfull your RO duties, there has been more than one case of badguys stealing unattended guns from the line while everyone was downrange scoring or replacing their targets.
     
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    I'd say it's a perfect time to practice being a decent shot with your other hand. I need to do that more myself. I haven't been to a range that has a RO though so if it's something that requires 100% concentration you should fulfill your duties.
     
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    Quite correct --- and at least one case of a Range Officier being killed and having guns stolen from the club house while he was "on duty" --------- at the range where I worked for many years , we also had to take the days cash { over $2000 a few times } to the bank and make a deposit while the bank was closed ---- I ALWAYS had a .45acp on me where you could not see it. It was against club rules for ROs to be armed but at times , I was the ONLY RO/employee there and would not be gone till after dark.
     
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    Seriously? Every time I've gone all the ROs/employees have a firearm strapped on.

    But if you have an injured shoulder, what are you gonna do if some guy tries to mug you or break into your house? Practice a bit with your other hand! (Assuming the range is empty or there are other ROs there to cover you)
     
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    We have A LOT of Chicago-Land shooters who drive up to use the range --- and CORRECT --- the "powers that be" didn't want us looking like Rambo to those city slickers, guess thats why we could not use " osama/obama/humanoid " targets while we were open to the public. Like the anti-gun people give a rats hair if you shoot a bullseye or "human" target with your AR or AK:fire:
     
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    As stated above, RO is a safety responsibility first and foremost, but you can sure have a good bunch of laughs and even learn a couple things. I always make it a point to inquire and learn, especially on firearms I haven't been exposed to.
     
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