One of the main goals of the gun range is to improve your skills. You want to get in there, fully being safe and responsible, to obtain your objective of practice, practice, practice with your firearm. Clearly following all the rules and regulations is not only important, but can prevent anything catastrophically horrible from happening. The gun range is not the place to be careless.
Unfortunately, there are some people that don’t always follow the best practices at the shooting range. Here are the five types of annoying people that you should avoid at all costs.
This is the guy who shows up to the range decked out in the latest tactical gear. He’s head-to-toe dressed and has a badass pair of Oakleys on his face. He wants to desperately look like he’s ready to fight off an army of Terminator robots, even though he’s not. Coming to the shooting range on a weekly basis, you would think his skills would improve, but he’s more interested in the social aspect of coming there because he says hi to practically everyone at the place. When Mr. Show-off actually goes to shoot at the target, his groupings are way off the mark. Your ten-year-old son shoots way better than this yahoo.
One of the most annoying people at the shooting range is the Borrower. This is the fella who comes to the range and only shoots for a little bit with a limited amount of ammo. Then he’s trolling along the stalls to see if another guy will let him shoot his gun. He’s friendly enough, but will just go through your ammo in a snap, if you let him. And it’s not like he’ll shoot a couple of polite rounds — he’s going to empty that entire full magazine you just handed him like he owns it. Does he understand that bullets aren’t free? The Borrower is the ultimate cheapskate.
The Aspiring Influencer
More than likely this person is a millennial that just wants to be a star on social media, so the Aspiring Influencer is going to document every single thing he does at the shooting range for TikTok, his Insta, or a YouTube channel that he’s never going to create. Getting all the right selfies is his main goal and not learning how to become a better shooter. They just want to look cool holding the latest guns and gears to Snapchat all their buddies.
This person doesn’t really know much about guns, but is just interested in the experience of going to the range. They might be a first-timer and will be a little nervous about actually shooting. The Renter thinks that the people there and everything going on at the range is interesting, so if they get your attention, they are going to pepper you with a bunch of questions. They don’t realize what a huge distraction they are. Fortunately, this is the only person on this list that can be redeemed with time. Many of us have been there.
The Safety Rule Breaker
The dumbest and most dangerous person at the range is the Safety Rule Breaker. If you see this guy steer clear because he’s the one with his hand on the weapon without any trigger discipline at all. Plus, he’s waving his gun around like it’s an extension of his hand, pointing it in all the wrong places. Report this loser immediately.