The other day I took some inexperienced shooters to a public range (private business; a gun shop and indoor shooting range). The goal was to be safe, and have fun. This wasn't serious training, and my guests didn't want that. What surprised me was that the range was FULL of people shooting the same way my newbie friends were shooting. Placing their full sized silhouette targets at 5 or 7 yards-- never any farther for any open-sighted handgun. Some folks were even shooting their combat shotguns and AR-15 type carbines from 5 and 7 yards, too. While my guests were busy loading magazines and hanging new targets, I walked up and down the firing line a couple of times to see what other guns were being used, and how the other shooters at the range that day were doing. Most people were shooting as fast as the range rules for the place allowed, and getting 24" groups. Some shots missed the target completely at 5 and 7 yards. The shooters who slowed down and fired one shot every couple seconds generally kept all their hits in the torso area of the humanoid target, with "groups" the size of a pizza. Again, this is from 5 or 7 yards. They were not all newbies with cheap entry-level pistols either. There were people shooting what looked like high-end 1911's with a lot of custom features, clean-cut guys that looked like they might be law enforcement or professional security officers, etc. Some folks had a lot of expensive gear, quality holsters, compact and full-sized guns from quality manufacturers, and they carried their gear in real range bags made for serious shooters, not old gym bags or school backpacks or Wal-Mart plastic bags! In other words, the firing line didn't look like it was full of newbies or the very poor-- people who could barely afford a low-end firearm like a High Point, Kel-Tec, or Rossi. The ceiling of the range was riddled with bullet holes, and the walls were covered with scrapes and smears of lead from hundreds of bullets hitting the walls. The shooting tables or shelves (whatever they're called) in each firing line had been shot, some numerous times. I don't know if this particular range had holes in the walls separating one lane from the next, but I'd assume some did. The one lane we used didn't; it was fine. The floor was all nicked up and smeared with metal fragments from many bullet impacts, starting right in front of the firing line. Finally, most of the people there (including my guests, despite numerous reminders about muzzle control and what is a "safe direction" to point the gun when handling it) swept the firing line, although usually that was done from within the shooting booth and at the firing line (meaning there was at least a partition between the gun's muzzle and the other shooters). One lady who was shooting with a guy down to my left swept everybody to her right with her pistol after she had stepped back from the firing line, and we could all look right down her muzzle. (Fortunately, the gun was empty and slide locked back at that moment). My take-away from this public range experience is that more Georgians desperately need to sign-up for some firearms training, both as to gun safety and handgun marksmanship.