A friend of mine, his friend, and I went to a public range this past weekend. What an experience that was. Somehow we came out alive, somehow. I don’t go to public ranges all too often. I really dislike public ranges and I’m a spoiled by having my own range. Maybe twice a year I go to public ranges so I’m never used to what goes on at these ranges. I’ve rarely had a loaded gun pointed at me but it seems to happen quite a bit at these places. Also I rarely get to interact with other people who are shooting separate from me. Usually if I’m out shooting and others are shooting around me I’m with them. Maybe that made zero sense to you but I don’t really get to observe other gun owners while they are shooting. It really opens your eyes to how foolish people are. I don’t like seeing gun owners who are careless with their firearms. The more we screw up the more our community looks bad. I kept hearing the phrase “this is why Democrats hate us”. Not sure if that was in my head or if someone was saying it.
Anywho, we brought a S&W Shield with us to the range. This one was brand new out of the box keep in mind. We probably had 5 malfunctions including failures to feed and extract:
Here’s the mark the slide/bolt face/whatever you fancy made on the primer when it couldn’t feed it because there was a failure to extract:
This isn’t the first time we’ve taken this gun out to shoot and we’ve had problems. The last time we took one out to shoot it was pretty much broken in and we still had problems with it. I undestand there needs to be a break in period for guns but this is a bit worrisome. It makes you second guess if you really want to carry the Shield to protect your life.
While at the range there was a man with his family shooting next to us, well about to shoot. When the range officer called a cease fire people are supposed to unload their guns and rest them against their shooting bench. This person was obviously new because he just left his shotgun on his bench. We informed him of what you are supposed to do and told him to open the action of his Mossberg 500. He didn’t understand and awkwardly took the gun off the bench, pointed it at his wife and then finally realized he is supposed to lean the gun against the bench. We then walked out and changed our targets. As we were walking back, the range officer told him to open his action once again. The owner of the shotgun picked up his gun, pointed it down range (at everyone) and opened the action. And guess what bundle of joy popped out of the gun as he opened the action? Yes, he just pointed a loaded gun at everyone down range and at his wife’s face. If that doesn’t scare you then I don’t know what does. When we were leaving, my friend said to me he doesn’t know when he wants to go back to a public range because this trip filled his quota for the year.
You know what I can’t stand? When people have so much money they buy rifles that they don’t know how to operate. So you’re telling me you spent at least $2300 on this rifle and you don’t know how to lock the bolt to the rear? Oh and then you decide to shoot the gun even though you forgot your sights at home? Just stay home and dry fire your rifle. It’ll be cheaper and you won’t laser anyone with a loaded gun. Sorry if that sounded rude but it’s frustrating seeing people like this and having loaded guns pointed directly at you.
It was scary how clueless this man was about the laws regarding furniture on his firearms. No knowledge about the ban of adjustable stocks in the “great” state of New York. That Black Rain rifle was obnoxious. The selector switch was the size of one of a miniature goat’s toe. Yes, that big. And that shape. Oh, while searching for a picture of a goat’s hoof for illustration purposes I found this gem:
I wish our goats had mini gold single actions on their feet. Maybe I’d give them a little more respect.
Is it weird that I judge people based on what firearms they own? For example one guy brought a stainless Beretta 84 and a P30. Good choices, not. I feel like I had more fun people watching, taking hilarious videos of people and taking pictures of ridiculous people at the range.
That was quite an adventure. An adventure I don’t want to be a part of again for a very very long time. Back to shooting on my own range.