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The most annoying man at the gun range.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by wideym, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. wideym

    wideym Member

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    Why is it that I always run into the same annoying guy at the local range? Did I do something terribly wrong in a past life. First some background.

    My local gun range is a great place to shoot and every time I go there I meet new people. I also have yet to go there with out letting someone try out my guns and others letting me try out theirs.

    But there is one guy who seems to always be there, with the only open lane right next to him, which after hearing him for awhile is a big indicator as to why there is an open lane next to him. He's in his late 20's to early 30's, lives with his parents, loads his own rounds, and WON'T SHUT UP. Not only that he doesn't seem to listen. He kept on talking about how if I shot his .44mag I would want one, even though I told him I already own three .44mags, just didn't bring them. During this time my brother and I were trying to teach his 16 year old daughter different shooting techniqes with different pistols and rifles. Only the annoying guy kept trying to carry on a conversation with us and suggesting caliber recemendations for my neice to buy. Remember she is only 16 and looks like she's pushing 16.

    I tried to be polite, then I tried just ignoring him, then I tried to stearnly explain that while his advice and friendlyness was appreciated, it was counter productive to teaching a new shooter. It all seemed to go over his head and he just went on like I hadn't said anything.

    I really like shooting there and all the other people I've met there are great, but I feel uncomfortable skulking around the ranges trying to avoid this guy like I owe him money or something. He's that annoying folks.

    Sorry to rant. Do any of you have a similar expenince?
     
  2. Frightener 88

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    I shoot in the desert so I dont have to deal with people I didnt bring. Im not much of a people person. Just shoot more, perhaps that will drown out his talking.
     
  3. Number 6

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    Any public venue draws people with social disorders, and unfortunately gun ranges too draw more than their fair share of socially challenged individuals. I don't know why, but I always seem to draw the conspiracy theorists that want to explain to me how the JFK assassination, the moon landing, and 9/11 are all tied together.
     
  4. Diamondback6

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    There's always the less subtle option: "Please. Stop. Bothering. (Me/Us). NOW."
     
  5. ColinthePilot

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    Had one guy talk like that when my friend and I went to the range one day...only this guy was a retired Federal LEO firearms instructor and was giving us great, if unsolicited shooting lessons for nothing. He also gave a great history lesson about his experience as a Marine in Vietnam. The range master came over and introduced him as the "man that protects us from evil orange dots." Apparently the guy comes down every tuesday and shoots until he's eliminated all the orange from the bullseyes of 4 targets with a .22 pistol. Really nice guy. unfortunately, I moved and won't be able to go to that range anymore.
     
  6. Wildfire

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    Been There too.

    Hey There;
    I know just what you are up against. We have one maybe even worse then yours. He has the biggest revolver in the world. Yep.
    Ok . thats cool. Wow. I really came to shoot.
    He never really seems to get it. I came to shoot not talk.

    I don't mind talking some with the ones that may really have something to say.
    But , This guy wears on me. Best of luck...
    Go during the week is the only way I could get rid of him.

    Some times my anwsers to these type are "Been There done that".
     
  7. wideym

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    One thing I forgot to mention was his "combat" advice. About which rifle was "the prefered weapon of SF, Seals, Delta etc..", even though he admitted to never being in the military. I was an Infantryman for nearly 14 years, one year of Combat duty in Iraq, and a minor medal for Valor in combat. The only combat this guy saw was playing Rainbow Six on his X box.
     
  8. rondog

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    I haven't ran into anybody like that while I'm out shooting, but I get 'em at Harbor Freight all the time. Makes me wonder if I'm "challenged" too, because I shop there.
     
  9. NavyLCDR

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    How about the person next to you that has a .460 S&W and they are shooting full power handloads like .22's. It's blam, blam, blam, blam, blam, reload and it starts over again. I don't get more than five seconds to get a good sight on a target, bench resting my rifle, just get ready to squeeze off a round, and there they go again, blam, blam, blam, blam, blam with that dang .460.

    Oh, wait, that's my :evil:wife:evil: in the lane next to me.
     
  10. GlowinPontiac

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    If he is bothering you that much tell him you came to shoot and not to talk. if he continues then let the range officer know he is bothering you and try to get anyone else he annoys to complain as well. maybe if there are enough complaints the RO will try to talk to this guy and explain that what he is doing is aggrivating other customers.
     
  11. againstthagrane

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    i love the op's story, i feel bad for you buddy, but i can't help picture the situation and laugh. sorry buddy.

    i think the gangsta in the lane to the left seeing how fast he can dump 17 from a glock is up there on the all time biggest range annoyances list. of course how can you forget the old guy with the .357 snub nose working on giving you tinnitus as you try to focus on 25 yard bulleyes. haha

    you gotta love 'em though.
     
  12. bogie

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    Campers, you gotta realize something...

    Guns attract people who geek on guns.

    Double hearing protection is good.

    What really drives me nuts, however....

    ...are guys who did x tours of duty as an "x" who think that they can tell me about how I can shoot my rifles better.

    Who don't ever seem to have any money.
     
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    pretend your deft... it works...
     
  14. Loomis

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    Never happens to me. Nobody ever wants to talk to me. Sometimes I wonder if people look at me and think I'm a serial killer or something when I'm at the range. People get out of my way and won't make eye contact with me. If I think about it too much, it will start to bother me, so I choose not to think about it much. It does have it's upside. I don't have to deal with those annoying geeks that won't shut up.
     
  15. Kind of Blued

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    That sounds pretty obnoxious. I don't know what's left except to do something like post #4.

    Some people have no bearing on proper social interaction.

    It baffles me. :confused:
     
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    Hey, this TYPE guy was at a 2700 Bullseye match and was next to me for only the centerfire stages. He fired a 6" .357 max loads. Why did they allow this???
     
  17. memphisjim

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    oh with this title i thought you had summoned me
    but it wasnt me
    if you are shooting he cant talk
    if you werent shooting id be the guy say ill give you money to shoot that gun of yours
     
  18. kentucky_Dave

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    It is rough, I know, but some people are simply starved for human interaction.
    It may sound strange, but the range may be the ONLY place they feel safe and surrounded by people they can relate to.

    If nothing more, it can be great entertainment.

    Just remember to be VERY nice to the armed person who is desperately trying to "fit in"...overly nice if you will.
     
  19. Mp7

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    bring a Howdah pistol.

    That will silence side-noises :)
     
  20. memphisjim

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    new thought get the s&w scandium titanuim 44 mag and some hot heavy loads and ask him to join you
    tell him you love 44 mag and to keep shooting
    he wont last long
     
  21. SJgunguy24

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    I had some jackass lighting off a 50 AE Desert Eagle. "This is a mans gun,only a man can shoot this gun!" Thats the only thing he was talking about. I got through my 200 rds with my G17 and he looks at my target and asks me how could he shoot like that. I told him to sell that boat anchor and find something more practical. "That may be a mans gun but your still flinching. By the time your lining up a follow up shot, i'll get off 2-4 center mass hits." That dude sucked big time,7 yrd target, maybe 8"-10" groups.
     
  22. Kind of Blued

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    Agreed. If the dude is off-kilter and armed, it might not be a bad idea to avoid him as if you owed him money.
     
  23. Double Naught Spy

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    "You know, whenever I got to the range in Arkansas on my regular visits, there is this guy who I swear is stalking me! I don't know how, but he always shows up after me and then takes the lane next to me. Honestly, it happens so often that I think he must be fixated on me and it scares me a bit. Why would he do this to me?

    So, I try to make conversation with him, talking about guns, ammo, etc. I load my own, don't you know. I tried to help him with his shooting as he apparently needs it. Heck, I figured that is why he wanted to shoot next to me so often was for shooting tips or something. However, this guy comes off as a jerk and acts like he doesn't want to know me, doesn't want to talk to me, doesn't want shooting help, in spite of cozying up to be session after session. It just gives me the creeps.

    Anybody else here feel like they are being stalked at the range?"
     
  24. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    I just go out in the country--my gas cost is less than range fees---its just me and the grasshoppers this time of year.

    I pick up my mess and get no hassles.
     
  25. Pat-inCO

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    Just tell him to take his hearing protection off.

    It's clearly evident he cannot hear what he is being told, so he needs hearing assistance. :D

    Second way would be to complain to the range officer.
    Let the RO know this clown is impairing your ability to shoot safely because he is such a distraction.
     
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