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?

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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… Read more »

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Hey leave my Hi-Point out of this!

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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….

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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.

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

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