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Range battle scars

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Gouranga, Jul 6, 2010.

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  1. Gouranga

    Gouranga Member

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    Every time I go to the local range, I see weird scars that make me just wonder what is up with people.

    Before anyone thinks this is food for anti's I will make it clear, NONE of the scars endangered anyone or resulted in injuries. Despite them we have not had a serious injury at the range in a LONG time. It is designed with a certain failure tolerance and given the number of shots fired in there the accident rate is WAY lower than the rate with motor vehicles.

    In every stall there is a rubberized "shelf". it is set up to allow you to put ammo or small items and to lay your weapon down in a manner that keeps it downrange and safe. In every stall this thing is shot at least half a dozen times. The weird part, the VAST majority seem to be 22's.

    My ranges weirdest scar though is on the far right lane. about 2 ft on the right what looks like a 9mm or 40 round right into the wall. The only other weird one there is a shot through a folding chair. You got to wonder what folks are thinking/doing for some of these.

    Anyone think of any weird battle scars in your local range?
     
  2. thebigc

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    i think a lot of the ones on the sides are from pepole hitting the part of the target carrier that is angle iorn to defelct rounds so it dosent get damaged at least at the range i used to go to
     
  3. BADUNAME37

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    A brand new room, no windows, with a new steel door, and a bullet hole about the middle of the door (about .22 size).

    It certainly makes one stop and think "suppose someone happened to be on the other side of that door when it was shot!":uhoh:
     
  4. Tim the student

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    And here I thought this was about real scars. I had a scar that was a perfect outline of a piece of 5.56 brass that got caught between my neck and my body armor. That was not fun at all. It sucked actually. Sadly it has faded a good deal - it was kind of cool.

    Anyways, at a range I go to sometimes there are more than a few bullet holes in the roof, and the support beams. Yardage markers have also been shot out there. Another range that I shoot at frequently has trash bins that are filled with .22 and #7 or so shot holes. I don't really think any are accidents, but of some (insert non-high road term here) that think its cool to vandalize public property.

    I love the fact that we have free public ranges here (some quite nice), but damn if there isn't always someone that will try to ruin them for the guys that respect them.
     
  5. Opoche

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    My personal favorite is a bullet hole in the sheet metal vanes covering the exhaust vent for the indoor pistol range. It's about head height for me and I have to walk past it to get to the range office.
     
  6. pharmer

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    A local range has a "stitch" in the concrete floor. About 8 perfectly spaced and straight 9mm holes from an "errant" MP5. Glad I wasn't around for that. Joe
     
  7. NMGonzo

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    None at my range.

    Safe shooters or great staff with carpenter skills.
     
  8. The Lone Haranguer

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    When I shot full auto firearms for the first time (submachine guns, at an indoor rental range), the employee hovered over me and watched me very closely. I asked why and he pointed to bullet holes in the ceiling - some of them almost directly above the firing line - where the firearm had gotten away from previous shooters.
     
  9. jonmerritt

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    The range I go to had a few scars (shots where they shoudn't be) and using center fire rifles on handgun targets.
    It has since gone from public access to completely private, some people just live to destroy other peoples property.
     
  10. rmfnla

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    "Scars" are one of the numerous reasons I do not like ranges.
     
  11. alohachris

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    The scariest 'scars' to me are the ones directly BEHIND the firing line. I don't know how people manage to shoot 180 degrees from the bullet trap, but several have managed to do so.
     
  12. RP88

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    Lots of chips in the walls of my indoor range.

    As to how you manage to miss by three feet is beyond me, but there are a lot of them.
     
  13. john44402

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    My brother and I were at an indoor range, and happened to be looking in the direction of someone shooting, what was probably a 44 mag.

    We looked at each other with raised eye brows when we noticed the shots hitting the floor at around the 10 yard mark.
     
  14. W.E.G.

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    Every public indoor range I've ever been at looks like it was used for IED testing.

    Ceiling all shot to hell, walls all shot to hell, partitions well-fragged.

    I think its hilarious that one of the ranges I frequent makes it a point to inform the shooter that there will be a $20 charge for each round that strikes the target bracket.

    For the love of Pete, people!
    Have you inspected your ceiling lately???
     
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    Whenever I see a hole in the dividing wall between lanes, I shiver a little...
     
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    I was shooting with my dad and wife one time when a family came in and the mom who i hope was a new shooter managed to muzzle climp a glock into a flourescent light fixture and the ceiling. How it happened i can't explain and I wouldn't have believed it had I not seen it for myself.Thankfully we had started to pack up as this happened.
     
  17. Tallinar

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    Was at the range with a guy today pointing a jammed Glock at his own body. Glad he didn't inflict any scars.
     
  18. Manco

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    I guess that's why there's a rule at my local range that you're to summon help for any jams or other mechanical malfunctions.
     
  19. Tallinar

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    I think that is a good rule. I may bring that up.
     
  20. VegasAR15

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    At a range I went to a few times when I was a kid there was a bullet hole in a partition between two lanes. Someone had decided to go to the range and give himself a more permanent scar.
     
  21. hso

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    This is nit picking, but damage to the range is due to negligence as opposed to "battle" scars. One may have some merits, the other is usually due to incompetent/unsafe handling.

    The more damage to the range proportional to use, the greater the "warning" sign that users need to be trained on proper firearms handling. Treat a lot of range damage as a warning sign that the folks on the range are more likely to be a hazard to shoot around.
     
  22. Regen

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    Sounds like Blue Ridge Arsenal. The charge $20 a hit on the hangers on the rifle side. I'm pretty friendly with most of the staff there and they had to institute that rule because of the number of lanes put out of commission due to people complete shearing off the hangers. A lot of it is due to newbie's renting full auto and the guns getting away from them.
     
  23. gbran

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    My 1st ccw class was in a metal building at an outdoor range. As we looked around, we noticed numerous bullet holes coming INTO the building from the range side. Trust me, this is not a confidence builder. The instructor said the range a allowed a special session for local LEO's to do some tactical training and it was during this event the bldg got shot.
     
  24. Foxtrot427

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    I was thinking the same thing. I cant help but notice how bad the walls are shot up there too. Ive always had good, albeit expensive, experiences at blue ridge, so I just chalk those things up to the fact that there are so few range choices around VA.
     
  25. Prince Yamato

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    Yep. The one exception I can think of is Calibers in Albuquerque, NM. That place is immaculate.
     
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