We have a regular who brings in her .50 BMG. Now a .50 BMG is an impressive rifle, they weigh in about 30 lbs and seem heavier than that. The bullet is quite large, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.50_BMG#/media/File:Rifle_cartridge_comparison.jpg
for a size comparison.
And when it fires it gives off a very large wave of sound and pressure. All the BMGs I’ve seen have a muzzle break, which reduces recoil which is a good thing. I’ve not want to feel the full recoil. But the muzzle reduces the recoil, it just blows out the pressure wave sideways and backward. This can be quite distracting if you are the poor soul on the benches next to the BMG, or are even waling by because it will hit you and blows your hair all over. As well as give you a nice dusting of spent powder . Always fun.
I was working at the range, in the morning an instructor told me he had 2 ladies coming in for training later that day. No problem. Later the day, two Grandmotherly ladies came into the lobby area. I greeted them and asked how they are doing and if they had been here before, they replied they had. I then asked how many firearms they had (expecting a handgun), and they said only their ARs, that they were here for some training.
I was rather surprised. We got them checked in, they came in and met their instructor and un-cased their ARs. They were nicely setup ARs. Not what I’d expect. Soon they were blasting away, and being quite accurate at 50 yards.
I found it funny, especially when one of them turned to me and said ‘The AR is a good girlie gun’.
That put a smile on my face the rest of the day.
I was in the booth, watching both sides of the range. There was a shooter in a rifle bay who wanted to shoot his pistol w/o having to move to the pistol area. I said that was OK.
A little while later I looked down the line of rifle bays and here the guy is, 2 feet over the red line, blasting away at a portable target. Seriously? What part of ‘Do not cross the red line for any reason’ did he not understand? I called the range Cold and informed him of his mistake. He sheepishly said he goofed up…
The basic runs of the range are:
- Keep all firearms pointed up or downrange at all times.
- No crossing the red line for any reason until told to do so by an RSO.
- When the range is cold:
- No touching firearms.
- No loading magazines.
- No setting up/tweaking spotting scopes.
- No touching anything on the shooting benches.
- All firearms must be unloaded and all magazines removed.
- Black power firearms must have the cap removed and put in the rifle rack.
- Rifles with tube mags must be put into the rifle rack.
The 1st Law:
The Gun Is Always Loaded.
The 2nd Law:
Never Point The Gun At Something You Are Not Prepared To Destroy.
The 3rd Law:
Always Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Behind It.
The 4th Law:
Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Your Sights Are On The Target.