Ranges to avoid and why?

Discussion in 'Ranges, Dealers & Smiths' started by mmmTang, Aug 13, 2007.

  1. mmmTang

    mmmTang New Member

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    I just saw a post that mentioned a dead guy being found at the Richmond Hill WMA range. Is this true?!? I looked around on google for a little while, but couldn't find anything mentioning this. If it is true, then I'd certainly like to know about it so I don't go there by myself.

    So, I was wondering if anyone had any stories/news about other ranges that you might not want to visit? Maybe the range itself is alright, but the surrounding area is suspect, maybe there's some shady looking characters at the range, etc?

    And if anyone has any tips for safety at the range, let's hear them. Mine is that I always keep an extra loaded magazine on me along with my G17 on my hip while at the range. So if the gun I'm shooting goes empty, a loaded gun or a reload is a couple seconds away.
     
  2. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    I usually try to make sure I always have a loaded gun, not just a reload, though I'm often not careful enough about that :oops: I do always have the reload handy, though.
     

  3. Tinkerhell

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    A friend of mine & I were tlaking about this last Sat. Short version - don't go to a "secluded" range (like a WMA) alone. What better place for a thug to pick up a few new guns. The thug places his stuff a stand or two down from some other solo guy who is shooting on a day when it's just the two of you. Thug waist till the line is cold & places some targets & even shoots a few mags to get the situation relaxed just a bit. Then after a short while & the line is hot thug waits till the guy is concentrating down range & then just turns to the side & pops a 1/2 dozen rounds into guy. Pick up guns & walk off. I'd never thought about it before but I could see it happening. I don't think I would hang around at a secluded range solo if anyone else showed up anyway. Don't think I would take a full arsenal to a range solo either. Maybe just the one or two weapons I was going to work with.
     
  4. ptsmith24

    ptsmith24 New Member

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    Yea, I heard about the Richmond Hill thing at the gun show on Saturday. :shock: :shock:
     
  5. AV8R

    AV8R Banned

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    Do thugs really hang out where others are armed? I can see the possibility, but it seems like a stretch.
     
  6. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, is it true?

    And where did you see the post?
     
  7. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    I can't find a link to it anywhere.

    I think it's one of those "a guy told me and I heard" stories.

    We had a guy come up to us at the table and mention it.
     
  8. Hawkdriver

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    Ive been there the last couple days.

    No dead guys yet :D

    Couple of dead boxes with spash targets though.
     
  9. foshizzle

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    I've never been to a range where I feared for my life.

    That being said, when at the range, I too always have a loaded, concealed firearm on my person that I don't intend to shoot. I've also been known to ignore a few 'No loaded guns allowed" signs at gunstores. Out of sight, out of mind. Don't ask, don't tell and certainly don't advertise it.
     
  10. Hawkdriver

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    Still no dead guys there :D

    I looked.

    I did however share the range with 2 guys who looked like they were drinking a few brew while plinking with a half working SKS.

    I waited for them to walk downrange before I would when I need to access my targets. They didn't stay too long though. I did keep my M&P CCW while I was sighting in my new RRA until they left to shoot it.

    Oh, btw. First six rounds, rifle straight out of the box.

    Made zeroing the rifle today easy

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Firearmz

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    I carry at home so you know I am loaded at the range. You are out of your safety net (if there is one) so eveyone should be in yellow.
     
  12. wsweeks2

    wsweeks2 New Member

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    Thank God I'm not the only one. Until our incident last weekend, my fiancee told me I was paranoid.
     
  13. budder

    budder Moderator Staff Member

    Why wouldn't you carry at home! You're most likely to experience a home invasion there*!







    *BAN HOMES
     
  14. manderson2228

    manderson2228 New Member

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    American Marksman in norcross.. Unless you really really like lead poisioning i'd avoid at all costs.
     
  15. Rammstein

    Rammstein New Member

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    I agree.
     
  16. tace

    tace New Member

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    Why? Is the A/C really bad? Is it super cramped?
     
  17. Rammstein

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    Almost zero ventilation. And AC is not there.

    Last time I went (years ago) the staff were a bunch of d-bags too. Grumpy old guys.
     
  18. Guest

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    We were at the Richmond Hill WMA recently. No problems other than a group of class A "thugs" shooting down the way from us. Their shooting styles include the classic "wangsta" sideways hold and the ever fashionable "shoot from the hip" 12 gauge hold. Definitely an uneasy feeling until more people began showing up.
     
  19. ptsmith24

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    Yep, without earplugs, too.
     
  20. Malum Prohibitum

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    Why? He won't bite. He's dead. In fact, he probably won't even still be there. I know from being a police officer that they typically don't just leave the bodies where they find them.