Originally Posted by Agentwil
I agree. The recent boom in gun sales is putting a lot of ignorant people onto ranges with no clue what they are doing.
Maybe so, but let's keep an eye on them and help them with a smile and good advise with no negative comments. If we want to keep our guns we need new shooters that will vote pro gun and we need young people to get actively involved in shooting sports if we want future generations to have the tools to keep democracy.
This summer while I was at the range a young man maybe 22-26 had asked a few questions on how it all worked, when to go down range and such. He was very polite. He pretty much got shoo'd off a couple of times and when he did stop and set up you could tell he was lost and no one cared. I finally went down to him and helped him zero his rifle at 50 yards so that he then could move back to 100 yard range where I was at.
It took me 30 seconds or less to explain the range rules and etiquette. He was very respectful and smiled all the time.
Anyway, I gave him some pointers on shooting, and kept an eye on him to make sure he was being safe and he was picking it up quickly. At the end, I helped him clean his rifle properly (he was going to clean from the muzzle). When I was about to drive away, he said he was a manager at a pizza place and to stop by any time and he'd cover it.
I think the guy felt so out of place. Learning a new skill, using new equipment, in a place with rules he didn't understand. The worst think that I saw that day was the way we treated a fellow shooter, a fellow human.
I'll admit, I didn't run right over to him due in part that the range is my personal time. He also didn't look like someone I wanted to be around (I prejudged him). However, it was real obvious real quick that he seemed like a good guy inside, he smiled a lot, and was wanting to learn.
Now, I go to eat pizza at his resteraunt every few weeks (on my tab after the first time) and although we probably won't be "friends" since that is a term I use sparingly, he is a good guy. I just wish the others there that week could have seen it.
Sorry, end of off topic...