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Most embarrassing range moments?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lupinus, Jul 9, 2006.

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  1. Lupinus

    Lupinus Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    Upstate SC
    So just because I am board (and it being near three in the morning and in zombie mode don't hurt either) figured it was time for another spill the beans type thread.

    Whas the most embarrassing thing you have done at the range?

    Dropped your gun? Boasted your accuracy and then just had an off day? Left something important at home like your ammo or targets?

    Come on we all have them whats yours? :evil:
  2. just one question

    just one question Member

    Apr 17, 2006

    Once about 6 moths ago I shot the target off the carrier that holds it up. (I hit the clamp) This used to happen when I was a newbie ocasionally....but I am much better now:( I felt so pathetic that I packed up and left. (not that bad but I was shamed:eek: )

    And you started the thread where is yours ;)
  3. Lupinus

    Lupinus Member

    Oct 6, 2005
    Upstate SC
    A few months after I started shooting I was at the range with my little Marlin and Springfield .22's getting set up.

    Guns? Check.
    Targets? Check.
    Ammo? Check.
    Ear muffs? Check

    Shift something on the bench clank clang crash and I just shudder.....cause I know full well what just happened without even looking....yep I had pushed one of my (yes unloaded, they don't get that way till just before I start firing) guns and it fell on the ground, a concrete slab to be more precise. I give a little prayer that it is the old beat up Springfield, I slowly look and it is all I can do but to groan. Yes it is my Marlin with brand new scope on it, as yet without any scratch's but that was changed. I just have to hang my head in shame for a moment...then I noticed the guy next to me heard it to and apparently I wasn't the only one who knew what I did without even looking.
  4. Diamondback6

    Diamondback6 Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    The cesspool of the Upper Left Coast
    Okay, I'll share mine. Not my embarassment, but a friend's and I was the instrument of it.

    My friend is a Class 2 FFL (NFA-toy builder) in an NFA-friendly state, and I had made arrangements to check out some of the equipment from his private collection on his backyard range.

    The 1928 Thompson? Rock and roll, baby, even with the drum.

    The M1 Thompson? Ditto. Even without 50 rounds of drum-dumping joy, still good-to-go.

    The AK47, built from scratch by his own two hands? Not a hitch, even though it does bang up my shoulder pretty good.

    Finally we come to the M16, built by my gracious host's own two hands also, me all "oohRAH!" and "H-- yeah!" warface ready to go Baghdad on those empty milkjug "tangos" downrange, and...

    My gentle friends, there is no sound quite so loud as when you're all set to unleash a nice, satisfying burst of full-auto goodness down the range and instead of that nice loud "B-B-B-B-B-BANG!", all you hear is...

    just a quiet little "Click."

    Re-cycle the weapon, drop the mag, check and clear, try it again.


    My friend opens 'er up right there, and sees the problem right away. "Oh. A broken firing pin."

    Since the shop's a mile back up the road or so, and I have to be going soon anyway, we just close out playing with the Chicago pianos and talking shop.

    The poor guy...
  5. DevLcL

    DevLcL Member

    Dec 28, 2004
    I used to have an SKS with, well, it was broken. When I fired it I'd have to put only 1 or 2 rounds in at a time.

    I learned the hard way...

    Loaded up all 10 rounds, release charging handle, flip safety, Rat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat tat!!!!!?!?!?! Woah! Sorry Mr. Range Master... didn't expect that one either! I'll put it away now...

    A little scary but more embarrassing. They mustve thought I botched a "trigger job".

  6. Vairochana

    Vairochana Member

    May 23, 2006
    Brisneyland; Australia
    OK here we go- Brand new 2nd hand Ruger .223. First time with it at the range to sight in etc.
    Decide to use the bore snake one more time before firing to make sure alll is good and no oil etc.
    What does Doofus do?- Doofus is used to his .303 and its pull through so he gets a bit of toilet paper and puts it in the loop and feeds it.
    Three hours later with a crochet hook I am down to the boresnake- going to a gunsmith tommorow.
    I didnt hang around the range long either.
    I can hear the laughter from here
  7. jon_in_wv

    jon_in_wv Member

    Jul 8, 2006
    It was probably my second year with my agency and I was on the firing line qualifying with our duty weapon. When the target turned I attempted to draw and the front sight caught on the front of the crappy issue holster I was wearing and twisted the grip out of my hand. I ended up dropping my pistol about a foot on the other side of the firing line! While the others shot I looked over to the range officer who was bent over laughing at me. One of the other range officers stepped over and asked me what was wrong and I just pointed at my gun on the ground. She replied, "How the heck did you do that?!?!?" Of course after everone shot the RO called a cease fire and EVERYONE stood there and watched me pick up my gun. I didn't hear the end of that one for years.
  8. dracphelan

    dracphelan Member

    Oct 15, 2005
    Garland, TX
    Forgot my ammo. :rolleyes:
  9. orangelo

    orangelo member

    Jun 19, 2006
    I was shooting my brand new M10/9 submachinegun and after a few mags I was feeling pretty good with it. So I decided to try it without the shoulder stock.

    It went into anti-aircraft mode and I shot one of the fluorescent light fixtures and the thing exploded and then fell from the ceiling and was hanging there by a wire, swinging back and forth in the middle of the range.

    It sucked having to explain what happened to the guys at the cash register. :neener:

    2nd best was accidentally hitting the metal clampy thing that holds the target on the carrier. Sparks flew and it caught the target on fire. It burned in half and fell apart with the top half still hanging from the carrier. Everyone wanted to know what I had used on the poor bad guy and where to get one.
  10. Stiletto Null

    Stiletto Null Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    I almost forgot a bolt once for one of my rifles.

  11. JasonMD85

    JasonMD85 Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    The second time I went to the range, after Mr. Norton took me, I went back and rented a (Supposedly) $1200+ MSRP Kimber. First mag went fine, second mag jammed. I had NO idea what to do. I knew I had to get the round out somehow, but wasnt sure exactly how. Needless to say, after the Mag refused to eject (one round in the chamber, and one stuck nose up trying to follow it in) i racked the slide one too many times before a guy next to me came over and pushed me out of the way and cleared the jam for me. I felt like an @ss that someone had to stop practicing for what seemed to be a competition to clear some newbies jam :p On the plus side he taught me what to do :p.

    #2 Took one of my best friends to the range, yesterday actually. We went to go see the gun I just bought and check out the used case for Sigs for him. After looking around for awhile and talking to the salesman etc. just BSing, we decided to run 50-100 rounds through a rental gun while we were there. He couldnt decide what he wanted to rent and the guy at the counter was getting a little irritated waiting so he just grabed a snub noise 357 magnum out of the case and handed it to my friend. Now my friend has been around guns for awhile before, but hasnt ever had any formal training. My friend takes the revolver, checks thats its unloaded, turns it in a safe direction and starts to test the trigger pull.... Lets just say the guy at the counter was NOT happy and started yelling something about "How bout we keep our fingers OFF the trigger PLEASE?!" All I could do was back up to the other counter and pretend I didnt know him..
  12. AirForceShooter

    AirForceShooter Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Central Florida
    Brought the ammo. Forgot the gun.

    Don't ask

  13. esheato

    esheato Member

    Apr 8, 2003
    Went to an IDPA match without my pistol. Everyone found out about it too. I still hear about it and it was a few years ago.

  14. autospike

    autospike Member

    May 15, 2005
    The Heart of Dixie
    This one is easy.
    I decided to give Big Dot sights a try. So I put them on my brand new G26 and show up at the local free range. When I get there, the place is CROWDED. I had forgotten my own target stand so I had to use the lines they have setup - the closest of which is 25 yards.

    So... brand new G26 + never before used Big Dots + 25 yard target + my extremely crappy eyesight = very very few rounds anywhere on the paper.

    Meanwhile, the girl with the CZ in the next lane who is shooting for the first time is NAILING every shot she takes - and giggling incessantly.

    I never did get used to those big dots. Swapped them for more traditional sights and haven't looked back.
  15. dfaugh

    dfaugh Member

    Dec 10, 2004
    probably more than I can remember, but a few stand out.

    Took my high-school girlfriend to the range...Shooting my .22...She's never touched a gun before...Her groups were better than mine. Not by a little bit...they were HALF the size of mine.

    Showed up with ammo and a few guns, only to find I'd left the one intended to shoot the most at home...I was SURE it was in that gun case.

    More than once showed up with a gun, without ammo, as I'd forgotten to put it in my range box.

    And the best one:

    We (my buddy and I) were at the range, and we were the only ones there. Trying some cast bullets in 8x57 Mauser, that he'd loaded. RO wandered by and said, "What are you doing?" because we had taped up a piece of 24" x 36" paper, just to see where they were going....At 25 yards....and some were STILL missing the paper...Not one of our better experiments......
  16. mountainclmbr

    mountainclmbr Member

    Oct 25, 2003
    On top of a mountain in Colorado
    That is an easy one! I lived in FL at the time. Had my CCW and had a Glock 30 that I carried in a fanny pack. But I often felt funny with a man-purse and wanted something powerful, but that could be pocket carried. So I got a .45LC in a 2-shot derringer. Took it to an indoor range to try out with some HP ammo. I put the target about 10 yds out and KABOOM! No hole in the target and lots of people on adjacent lanes looking to see what the noise was all about and to see how I was shooting. The recoil was very stout, but I was sure I had not flinched. The other barrel---KABOOM! And no hole in the target again (a large silouette target by the way). Reload and try to really control trigger pull and control grip---KABOOM and the whole pully system cabling falls on my head. The recoil was causing the gun to shoot about 3 ft high at 25 yards where the far end of the pully was mounted. The last shot took out the eye bolt or whatever the system was mounted with. There was much laughter and I had a very red face. Gave the range some money for repairs and left. Too embarrased to shoot my more accurate guns I had brought along. Got rid of that Derringer after just those few shots! Fortunately never had anything close happen before or since!
  17. Clipper

    Clipper Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Mt. Morris, MI.
    Bought 10 stainless mags that were supposed to be Colts (probably Chineese counterfiets) for my Kimber Ultra Carry. Went to the range and had two of them disintegrate, spewing rounds and mag parts everywhere, in mid-string...
  18. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Santa Fe, NM
    Was going to the range to exercise the Sig 228. Grabbed 4 boxers of S&B 9mm and threw them in the range bag. So far, so good.

    Once there, I loaded up a couple of mags, inserted one, charged the weapon, aimed, and squeezed of a round. Pffft, slide didn't cycle. Merde, squib. Racked the slide, ready, aim, pfffft. Double merde. Then I dropped the mag and cleared the weapon. Something didn't look quite right, so exercising my dazzling ccommand of the obvious, I looked at the ammo box. Seems I overlooked the "Kurz" after the "9mm" on the box. Since I had just gotten there, I ended up buying a couple of $15 boxes of range ammo so teh trip wouldn't be a total loss. :rolleyes:
  19. Wes Janson

    Wes Janson Member

    May 12, 2006
    I'm at an indoor range, firing at a target halfway to the backstop (so probably right around 10 yards). I get done with most of my shooting, and have two rounds left. So I figure I'll try to double tap quickly. First shot was on target, but I overcompensated for the recoil and had the pistol too low when I fired the second shot, and the round hit the bottom of the back wall (actually didn't miss the bottom of the target by that much). Somehow the bullet bounced back and up, hitting one of the baffles, and shattering a fluorescent light. To my perspective, I fired a shot, fired a split second later, and then the lighting died, there was a loud noise, and pieces of glass came down out of the ceiling. A full three or four seconds later, then entire assembly broke loose and came crashing down. Luckily there was no one around to laugh ;)
  20. John-Melb

    John-Melb Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Showed up with a Smith .357, and five boxes of 9mm reloads:banghead: :banghead:
  21. 10 Ring Tao

    10 Ring Tao Member

    Apr 1, 2004
    SE MI
    Teaching my then girlfriend to shoot, she turned to talk to me, and swung the pistol along with her gaze. I jumped on her and shoved the gun down range.

    I half expected to be kicked out after that stunt, but fortunately no one saw it.

    Being the spoiled only child she was, she later told me she almost broke up with me that day "because no one treats me like that".

    Too bad she didn't, would have saved me a hell of a lot of grief.
  22. rbernie
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    rbernie Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    Lesse - I've done the 'got the ammo, now where's that rifle/pistol' trick, I've done the 'got the rifle/pistol, now where's them reloads' trick, done shot a few rifle rounds over a berm or two while getting situated with my finger on the trigger (DOH!), I've launched a few gun parts downrange that required a ceasefire to collect, but last week took the cake - I managed to shoot one of the skyscreen supports for my chrono while trying to evaluate some 45ACP pistol reloads. Watching your chrono fly downrange in front of 25 other shooters is always a giggle. NOT.

    Some days I'm bloody lucky that my head's already screwed on for me. :rolleyes:
  23. chipp

    chipp Member

    Oct 4, 2005
    went to an outdoor range with some poeple i know. to the left of me i hear someone empty an ak quickly. i look over and its one of the guys im with.
    some guy to the right of me says..."what are you shooting at!? you have a pretty good group on my target"
    I won't be going to the range with them anymore
  24. axeman_g

    axeman_g Member

    Jan 26, 2003
    South Jersey
    too many... that may be a problem in of itself.

    two best....

    double tap shooting a Colt Commander with a 3# or so trigger.... second shot goes into the concrete roof.... no damage but I felt sick about it.

    shooting one afternoon at local range and young guy come into lane next to me with two young girls. He only has a XD .40 on him, and the littlest girl (small korean about 4'11 and 85#) is having a hard time with it. I give her my Walther P22 to shoot. Show her how to use it, load the clip and move back. She pulls trigger nothing, I moved up and rack the slide again thinkin it was a dud round. She readies and pulls trigger... nothin. Lets try this again.... nothin third time. Then I realize... darn safety is on and in that model the hammer still falls when you pull the trigger. :banghead: . She did enjoy the gun after my idiocy delayed it usage.

    I hated that gun.... Poor girl was so cute about it and was classy enough no to humiliate me to my face...
  25. Haymaker

    Haymaker Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    The Bearflag Republic
    Had a Steyer GB ripoff salled a LESP-18

    Bought new, took it to the range, loaded it up & touched off s round:eek: The thing disassembled itself in my hands with the slide dangeling off the back of the frame & the muzzelnut at least 1/2 way to the 25yd target:confused:
    Unloaded the thing & sent the shards back to the factory.....when it came back, the anodized black finish (stainless Gun) had been buffed off & POLISHED:eek: = dang thing glistened like a pimp's wetdream!:what: Back to the range, = lasted 3 rounds this time before it broke:banghead: put it back together, took the sorry thing to a gunshow & traded it off for a pair of BP duellers:neener:
    Never did find out where the bullets went:rolleyes:
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