The AR-15: a great girlie gun ?!?

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.

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The Red Line

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…



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Rules for the range

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.
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  • Range is cold
    • The range is NOT safe to shoot.
    • All personal must stay away from the benches and firearms.
    • No handling firearms.
    • No loading magazines.
    • No using spotting scopes.
    • If you are not tending targets, stay behind the yellow line.
  • Range is hot
    • The range is now safe to shoot.
    • No crossing the red line (in front of the benches) for any reason.
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4 Basic Gun Rules

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.

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