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Recently moved to a new house that is on a lake with close neighbors and in city limits. My old house was in the country on 5 acres and had a shooting area out back. So now I either have to ask my buddies who live out in the country if I can come and shoot or join a range! I have found a range that I am interested in and looking to join. I have never shot at a range other than when I took my CCW class. My knowledge of guns and safety is good, I have received formal training on AR's from a Delta Force Operator who also does CCW training and before he retired conducted QCB training for Delta guys. However, I know nothing about range etiquette! I know a lot of guys on here are range junkies and would appreciate if you can give me some tips on the ins and outs of range shooting. And of course, safety tips are always appreciated as well. We can all be reminded on gun safety no matter what our skills are.
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Keep your beer in a koozie
Old 10-01-2020, 10:15 AM
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Sit down with one of the range masters and learn the rules
Old 10-01-2020, 10:16 AM
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Their range,
their rules.
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Depends on the range and the members. There can be a lot of differences between them. I would just ask a current member.
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Been to several ranges. All had a 10 minute to 2 hour rundown of their rules and how they want you to handle your weapons.
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Do not under any circumstance make your first trip to the club while carrying a weapon. Leave the weapon in your car until you have the range employees tell exactly how you are supposed to transport your weapons. Additionally, some clubs require empty chamber flags. Get this info before you pull a weapon out of your car. Some range masters are wannabe Nazi's.
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Agree with others. Not so much etiquette, but rather formal rules that govern a range. My range has a very thorough document that outlines all the rules we are to follow. We have a day of in-class training to review the rules, followed by a range orientation session. I would guess most ranges have something similar. My range also has its rules published on the website, so the range you're looking at may have the same.
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Originally Posted by buckets View Post
Sit down with one of the range masters and learn the rules
Easiest way.
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Originally Posted by CalypsoNotch93 View Post
Keep your beer in a koozie
This. They lose their minds when you just stroll in with a beer in full view.

In all seriousness, look around at ranges. Dont just sign up for one. Learn their rules first. I was a member of one that was so restrictive that it took the fun out of it and I never went. Then I joined one that was basically "Dont shoot me, I wont shoot you" and it was great. Not all ranges are even close to equal.

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Originally Posted by CalypsoNotch93 View Post
Keep your beer in a koozie
Thanks, but I will only be drinking while driving to the range, will be doing lines of blow once I arrive.
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i only belong to small clubs... rules are usually posted on the range. Common sense applies when shooting around others... so I would watch them all the time......
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Originally Posted by CORALREEFER View Post
Recently moved to a new house that is on a lake with close neighbors and in city limits. My old house was in the country on 5 acres and had a shooting area out back. So now I either have to ask my buddies who live out in the country if I can come and shoot or join a range! I have found a range that I am interested in and looking to join. I have never shot at a range other than when I took my CCW class. My knowledge of guns and safety is good, I have received formal training on AR's from a Delta Force Operator who also does CCW training and before he retired conducted QCB training for Delta guys. However, I know nothing about range etiquette! I know a lot of guys on here are range junkies and would appreciate if you can give me some tips on the ins and outs of range shooting. And of course, safety tips are always appreciated as well. We can all be reminded on gun safety no matter what our skills are.

Any chanced you did your formal training with War Hogg Tactical?
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Gun club with a membership = GOOD

Ranges open to the general public = SCARY, indoor ranges open to general public even more scary.
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A good range should have printed rules..
Some may seem odd. I went to a range once that would allow only one cartridge in the gun/magazine at a time...
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I now have my own 25 and 100 yard range out back and avoid many of the ranges due to their protocols. I'm not arguing the safety instilled in those protocols, it just takes too much time to drive and check in.
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If my wife decides that we need to sell this lace I may have to do the same thing. I do not look forward to it.
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I am an RSO on our range. Our range is very controlled and a safe place to shoot.
Get the range rules and follow them.
If you see something unsafe, call it out.
The range officer, right or wrong, is usually the final word.
During cease fire time, when the range is cold, ensure that weapons are unloaded and the actions locked open. We have flashing red lights that indicate that the range is cold.
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Originally Posted by CalypsoNotch93 View Post
Keep your beer in a koozie
I know right. They don't like it when you spin your pistols either. Such whiners.
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I've gotten to the point where I simply won't go to them for most any reason. Occasionally I visit the 200 yard rifle range that's close to work if I have something I'm really trying to dial in, but even that's rare. Just have no interest in sitting along side a bunch of wanna be swat agents doing double taps with an AR with a compensator. That's miserable outdoors...unbearable indoors.
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
Depends on the range and the members. There can be a lot of differences between them. I would just ask a current member.
This^

Originally Posted by CORALREEFER View Post
Thanks, but I will only be drinking while driving to the range, will be doing lines of blow once I arrive.
I was a member at a small range for a while. They had a locker outside the front gate. NO ALCOHOL ON PROPERTY WHATSOEVER..... and they meant it. There was a guy who had an unopened 12 pack in his trunk, not on ice, just something he'd picked up with his groceries. The president walked up to him with a check for his pro-rated dues for the rest of the year, took his membership card, and said he's no longer welcome even as a guest.

It really had more to do with their insurance policy, but they were not messin' around!
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Originally Posted by Mpellet View Post
Gun club with a membership = GOOD

Ranges open to the general public = SCARY, indoor ranges open to general public even more scary.
Do ranges not have partitions separating one shooter from the next. So if the guy right beside accidentally discharged there gun my direction is there any protection?

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