People You Might Encounter at the Range.

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People You Might Encounter at the Range.

by Sean Parnell

Poserus Firearmus

I guarantee that on your first trip to the range you are going to come in contact with this guy.  He is a douche, avoid him.

Typically he will be decked out in the latest Gucci gear, tight fitting T-Shirt and have a table full of rifles and pistols.  They will try and intimidate you with their crap, and the best way to handle them is to discreetly check out their targets.  Are they hitting anything?  Are they shooting tight groups?  Are they shooting a Desert Eagle one handed, and behind the back?  Or are they violating every single one of the rules we just went over?

Once again, go to YouTube and check out firearm fails before you go to the range.  Bet you see a ton on your first visit.

Mr. Free Advice

Try to find a lane far, far away from this person.

This guy wants to talk because he likes to hear his own voice. Most likely he is going to fit in the poser category and will appear to know what he is doing.  He will offer you all kinds of grip, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, and quick draw tips.  My rule at the range is: IF I DON’T KNOW YOU, I’M NOT GOING TO TALK TO YOU.  Sound harsh?  Think about it this way, would you go to someone’s job and offer them advice on how to do it better?

The Master Blaster

This person is a total wreck, and is only there to blast as much ammo as fast as possible.  Try to find a lane far, far away from this person.

Check out their targets, and if every round is going through the same hole, check out what he is doing

The Old Timer

In my experience these dudes typically have it going on, and are at the range for a specific reason.  Usually, it is to practice for a completion.  Check out their targets, and if every round is going through the same hole, check out what he is doing, and then go research it.

The Noob

This guy is all kinds of messed up.  He says, “the hell with safety” and his groups look like he or she is shooting buckshot.  Everything about him is dangerous, and his gear is fresh out of the box crap.  Usually, he is shooting a .45 and spends most of his time filling mags and firing as fast as possible- always at the head.

His lane is full of expended brass, and he leaves his target hanging up because he figures the staff will clean up after him. Usually, his gun jams every other shot because he doesn’t oil it, and when he changes magazines it looks like he is trying to pick a lock in the dark.  

Please don’t be this guy.  If I see you, I won't talk to you because I’m there to train.  But if our eyes do meet I will be the guy with the Are you serious, dude look.

Evan West