Have you seen any of these types of people at the range?
Anyone who spends a lot of time at shooting range becomes familiar with different types of people at a shooting range. While the majority of people in the firearms community are pretty great, there’s definitely people who show up at the range and you’d rather they not be there.
Here’s Colion Noir’s list of seven types of people at the range.
1: Mr. Rapid Fire
Mr. Rapid Fire is at the range to blast away ammo as quickly as possible since static shooting has become boring. Often he doesn’t have the fundamentals and is more concerned about having fun or looking cool, or he’s become skilled enough he needs to head to a dynamic range instead of a static shooting bay.
2: Safety Violator
Without a doubt, the worst type of person to have a shooting range. This person usually doesn’t know much about firearms and doesn’t understand the importance of the 4 Rules of Gun Safety and doesn’t realize the danger he’s causing for the people around him.
3: The Poser
The poser can talk the talk and has all of the fancy gear, but couldn’t shoot to save his life – almost literally. While he may be decked out in thousands of dollars worth of gear and guns, he doesn’t understand shooting fundamentals and it shows in his groups. The poser often gives out terrible advice, even though his target very obviously shows he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
A range always has a “Can I Shoot it Guy” – someone who barely brings any ammo, but talks with everyone around him in an effort to get to shoot their guns and ammo. While “you can shoot mine if I can shoot yours” is a perfectly acceptable offer at a shooting, the C.I.S.I.G. doesn’t have anything to offer and simply mooches on everyone around him.
5: Mr. Social Media
These days, many people are completely inundated into social media. They can’t interact with the real world and spend all of their time making sure the internet knows everything about everything they’re doing. Why go to the shooting range to shoot, when you can go to the shooting range to tell other people you’re shooting? Right? In all seriousness, posting on social media in moderation is great, and recording your shooting to review your technique is great – but remember to actually shoot while you’re at the shooting range.
Yes – women can shoot, and women can shoot very well. The Wifey is often treated like a new shooter by men who are seeking the attention of women as well as the self gratification of teaching someone else. But don’t be fooled, the Wifey can out shoot most other people at the range.
7: The Hipster
If a gun is mainstream, then the gun’s no good. Only unique small production firearms using difficult to find ammo are cool! Every gun the Hipster owns is unique or obscure. The only way to be better than other people at the range is to have a different or better gun than them, right?