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Posted: 2/27/2006 10:07:23 AM EDT
I always carry a ready to go handgun when I go to a public range. Never know when someone is a badguy at the range and might want to off you and take your stuff.

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:13:40 AM EDT
Definitely.

And if I’m shooting a rifle and go downrange I make sure I take the rifle, and a loaded magazine, with me. I definitely don’t leave my rifle and ammo out while I’m 100 yards away with my back turned.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:14:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:14:55 AM EDT
Absolutely,

and I wouldn't leave my rifle alone 100 yards away, unless I had another rifle on my back.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:15:36 AM EDT
Banger wannabees always show up and start shooting sideways, sweeping, etc.
Can't hurt to be prepared.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:16:05 AM EDT
I always carry an extra shotgun, and rack it ever few minutes or so to scare away any unsavory characters.

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:16:31 AM EDT
I always have something loaded and ready to go, especially since out here in the desert you dont know who will show up...
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:17:37 AM EDT

Yup. Always last to go downrange and first to get back to the line as well.


Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:19:02 AM EDT
I keep one loaded mag with me at all times for the Glock. If I am shooting pistol when the range goes cold, I load it and reholster. After seeing the morons that frequent our public range, it is a necessity.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:23:12 AM EDT
I try to stay away from public ranges specifically for the unsavory characters. I'm a member of a semi-public range. Meaning, only members can come to the range, but anybody can become a member if they've got the money. If I ever am at a public range I always carry my .357 magnum downrange with me. By the way, the sights are set for 100 yards, just in case. And yes, I really can accurately engage targets at that distance with my magnum. MJD
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:23:47 AM EDT
yep usually a pistol that I will keep ready and then a rifle with a loaded mag.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:26:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 10:27:27 AM EDT by chips]
by public range do you mean public land and no fees? the ranges i usually go to are privately owned, but open to everyone. i usually go with at least 4 or 5 other people - in many cases a lot more - and a few of them usually have a CCW on them. the range we usually go to has staff that looks out for that sort of thing as well.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:28:29 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/27/2006 10:29:32 AM EDT by ICEAGE]
Hmmm, the range I usually go too is state funded and there is always a game warden nearby, also I usually go with friends and the whole group never walks downrange at once.

Also everybody at the range usually walks downrange at the same time to look at their targets.

Never really thought of it but I guess next time I'll make sure to bring a weapon along with me, I rather reload as I walk anyways (always do that when theres no game warden around).
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:29:45 AM EDT
sometimes I wear my 1911 in a tanker's holster, but most of the time I dont
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:29:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I always carry a ready to go handgun when I go to a public range. Never know when someone is a badguy at the range and might want to off you and take your stuff.



You saw Silverado too, eh?
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:30:00 AM EDT
Platt and Maddix got lots of their equipment from public shooting areas. Enough said.

Rick
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:30:02 AM EDT
Ironically you are all refering to one another when you speak of unsavory kooks at the range!!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:32:09 AM EDT
The outdoor range I frequent has separate pistol and rifle areas. You're not allowed to fire your rifle at the pistol range, no pistols at the rifle range, etc. But, whenever I'm at the rifle range, my SIG p228 is always loaded and on my hip, ready to go.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:32:29 AM EDT
Always when I shot on BLM land in Colorado. Out in the middle of nowhere.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:32:50 AM EDT
Always, always, always. Trust no one. Especially gun nuts and wannabe's.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:33:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rick_Lind:
Platt and Maddix got lots of their equipment from public shooting areas. Enough said.

Rick



That is the exact reason I started keeping a ready gun at the range on me.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:33:33 AM EDT
Oh Yeah
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:34:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HardShell:

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
I always carry a ready to go handgun when I go to a public range. Never know when someone is a badguy at the range and might want to off you and take your stuff.



You saw Silverado too, eh?



Nope. It was the Miami deal that started me carrying at the range.

Glad to see I'm not the only who thinks this way.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:34:24 AM EDT
Always, Always and Always.


Why risk thousands of dollars worth of gear and your life?
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:36:47 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SJSAMPLE:
Banger wannabees always show up and start shooting sideways, sweeping, etc...



That happens around here too. I finally paid for membership to a private club, and it is worth every penny. Most of the time I am the only one there.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:36:51 AM EDT
Always.
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