11 People You’ll Meet at the Shooting Range

If you’ve ever been to the shooting range, you’ll recognize at least a couple of these classic characters.  How many have you experienced?

Tacticool Segways
Tacticool Segways

1. Guy who keeps his ear protection on during ceasefire

And…it’s super effective.  Kudos for being safe but you’re kind of loud.

We're loud, we're proud, get used to it
We’re loud, we’re proud, get used to it

Firearm of choice: WHAT YOU SAY?!?

2. The guest

We were all one of them before so I’ll go easy.  They probably were invited by someone and is either a little scared/excited but ready to learn, or thinks they know everything since they prestiged a couple times in Call of Duty.  Hopefully someone’s taught them the 4 firearm rules and some basic grip and stance.  If it goes well, we get to add another gun enthusiast to our tribe!

Shooting Fails
Shooting Fails

Firearm of choice: Start them off with a .22LR or a 12 ga pump loaded with slugs if they’ve been annoying

3. Possibly gang affiliated guy

Good thing is…he’s probably terrible.  It’s pretty hard to shoot one handed with brass spraying into your face.

Gangsta Style Shooting
Gangsta Style Shooting

Firearm of choice: Norinco or Hi-Point…the best $200 can buy

4.  Unsafe guy

Could be anything from pointing the muzzle at people or keeping their fingers on the trigger during reloads.  Makes the rest of us look bad if something happens…get away and tell the range officer!

Negligent Discharge
Negligent Discharge

Firearm of choice: Something with an external safety so they can say “don’t worry, it’s safe.”

5.  Guy with the best money can buy

You want to hate the guy…but damnit, does he have some good taste!  Most likely a dentist or someone from IT.

Gold AK
Gold AK

Firearm of choice: GAP Rifle with a Schmidt & Bender PMII and an Atlas Bipod

6. Guy who brought 1 gun and 6 buddies

The goon squad is here to try out his new “assault rifle” and shoot off some “clips.”

6 Guys 1 Gun
6 Guys 1 Gun

Firearm of choice: AR-15 with vertical foregrip and $30 red dot

7. Guy trying to sneak in some rapid fire

Ok, I only chose this since I really like this scene from Indiana Jones.

Indiana Jones Bad Stamp
Indiana Jones Bad Stamp

8. Range officer who is way too serious

I know keeping everyone safe is their job, but some go on a power trip and take all the fun out of shooting at the range.

Drill Sargeant Full Metal Jacket
Drill Sargeant Full Metal Jacket

Firearm of choice: 1911 in .45 ACP because it’s a real man’s gun

9.  Guy practicing for his shooting competition

It might be 3-Gun, USPSA, IDPA, or Steel.  Doesn’t matter, he’s ready with some double-taps and quick reloads.

Fastest Reload
Fastest Reload

Firearm of choice: 2011 .38 Super with a C-More sight

10.  Tacticool guy

I know you’ve been waiting for this one.  But no, I’ll resist making fun of him.  As long as they are safe I’m cool with them.  BUT…some more extra points if they are in matching MultiCam top and bottom with a plate carrier.

Out of Gun Juice
Out of Gun Juice

Firearm of choice: 10 pound AR-15…SEARCH AND ASSESS!

11.  The Noob

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Noobs Everywhere
Noobs Everywhere

Firearm of choice: any gun is better than no gun

Conclusion

Which ones are you?

30 Leave a Reply

  • Kim Osborn

    #8 range officer? what is that i am from ohio been to three different ranges here haven’t seen one yet. pay ur money set ur targets up start shooting. one place doesn’t even ask for an I D

    5 days ago
  • Kent

    First of all, Eric, I really enjoy your articles. I find them to be thorough, extremely well written, and entertaining as well. I am in my mid-50s. I took gun training at age 13. I hunted with a bolt action .22 and and a pump action 12 gauge through high school. Recently, I began to get interested in guns again, not so much for hunting, but more along the line of sport shooting and self defense. I have more money now, so I've purchased several guns including a 9mm Ruger handgun, a Colt 1911 handgun, a Keltec .308 handgun, a Mossberg 500 .12 gauge, a Ruger .22 semi-auto rifle, and most recently a Stag Arms AR15. I consider myself not a Newbie... but not much above. I am quite clear on gun safety. Love the articles. Kent

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Kent, you're so welcome and that's quite the beginning of a collection!

      1 year ago
  • Jimmy

    Hey leave my Hi-Point out of this!

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Lols

      1 year ago
  • Greg

    What about the idiot in the booth next to you that brings his new POF .308 complete with $1500 scope and muzzle brake and thinks it's cool to do mag dump after mag dump. The best part is he can't even hit his 50 yard target. Then my wife takes her AR and is ripping her target to pieces with a red dot at 100 yards. Time to pack it up and move on....

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Haha, I take it this is from personal experience...

      1 year ago
  • Andy

    New to guns, new to the site. I like your style and have enjoyed the few articles I've read so far! Can you put something up about buying a gun safe? Full size, that would hold both rifles and pistols? I've been looking into this for quite some time, see numerous manufacturers but there are SO many choices. And when looking at a price point around $1000, it's hard to know who the low, mid and best companies are, offering similar pricing and options.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Andy, we have some stuff on safes for bedstand and some more general stuff. Just use the search function on the site!

      1 year ago
  • Gabriel

    #12 ladies that feel the have to wear bikini or daisy Duke shorts to shoot

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      I'm...ok with this one

      1 year ago
  • Craig

    Dude, age 25, I have been shooting since age 6 but sure you can be an expert too.

    1 year ago
  • Frankandfrank

    How about the one who just didn't hear time called and puts a round down range at the first guy to walk out?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Oh man...hopefully this doesn't happen since some RO messed up here!

      1 year ago
  • Sean

    "Out of gun juice" and he hucks the gun at the target. I died.

    1 year ago
  • Denise

    ...what they all said! Thank you, Eric!

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Lols, thanks Denise!

      1 year ago
  • Ben Bruinius

    I always enjoy opening the E-mails from you Eric, theres always something interesting in your articles and today a little more humor than usual, thanks for the laugh. I actually know a dentist who always shows up with high dollar gear and cant shoot to save his life.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Lols, we all know one!

      2 years ago
  • Karen

    Eric - Do you attend the San Antonio Gun Show? Would love to say thank you for helping to acquaint me with the "philosophy of being a newbie in the handgun world."

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hey Karen, I'm not planning on it yet, but you're so welcome! Next one I'll be at will be Triggrcon in WA during July and the next SHOT.

      2 years ago
  • Mark

    Eric, always interesting, informative.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks so much Mark!

      2 years ago
  • Ronn

    Eric, thanks for a great mix in the information that you share, it always informs and guides us. If your going to the shot show I cant wait for your revels.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Haha, thanks Ronn! I'm there right now (today was the range day) and have tons of video/photos/stories to tell soon.

      2 years ago
  • Joey

    Eric Very impressed with the blog. Most emails I get are not worth reading the subject line, but this one always keeps me entertained and informed!

    2 years ago
  • Jimmy

    Loving the site. Always interesting and informative.

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks Jimmy!

      2 years ago
  • Bill r

    Eric u do a great job with ur site. Thanks BR

    2 years ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks so much Bill!

      2 years ago
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