Range Etiquette 101, it sounds so very basic but sometimes people forget things like I did this past weekend so we here at The Arms Guide though it would be a good time to write a refresher course. The topic can be as simple or difficult as someone wants it to be, and that is part of the problem. Many shooters forget simple safety rules and acts of courtesy that many of us take for granted. While breaking a few rules might not kill or injure someone, they still can cause a great deal of panic on the range. These lapses in judgement can eventually lead to dangerous and sometimes deadly consequences, but admitting they happened and correcting them is the goal, not berating the offending party. I will say that I am not just talking about range etiquette for shooters, but also for the range safety officers or RSO’s as they are more commonly known.
We know the four most basic rules for operating or handling any sort of firearm but just in case anyone has forgotten them I took the liberty of listing them below. We put them there as a basic safety list, but the overall goal of this article is to cover some situations that I have encountered recently that are clear violations of range etiquette. These people may or may not have ever been taught the correct way to shoot at a public range. If this is the case then they are defiantly correctable behaviors, if they are being bad shooters just to be a problem child then that’s a totally different topic all together.
THE FOUR RULES
#1.) TREAT ALL GUNS LIKE THEY ARE LOADED
#2.) NEVER POINT THE GUN AT ANYTHING YOU AREN”T WILLING TO KILL/DESTROY