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    Range Rules

    Does anyone else out there find the typical "no loaded firearms behind the firing line" rule at most ranges annoying? I don't appreciate being stripped of my right to carry a loaded firearm anywhere, especially at a place where I KNOW other guns are present and being fired. Id much rather go find a nice quiet spot out in the wilderness and shoot there. And I usually do!

    Yes, I know there are idiots out there, but why not state the rule as "No loaded longuns behind the firing line. Pistols behind the firing line must be secured in a case or properly holstered at all times."

    Just a thought...

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    I see how it is annoying, but I think on private property the people that face the liability of an incident are fully within their rights to make the rules. I don't see it as being stripped of your rights, you have the choice to not participate.

    If the range is public I'm not sure who would be liable there, but I am still a believer in following the rules.

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    If it is holstered at your range can it be loaded? I can see not handling a loaded gun behind the firing line, but having a loaded holstered gun should be fine and is at my range.

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    This was discussed a while back. I'll usually keep one of my CC pistols on top in my range bag and simply drop the mag once I walk inside. When I'm finished and ready to leave, I simply pop the mag back in as I'm walking out the door. It's even easier using one of my revolvers and a speed-loader.

    I figure I have 2 alternatives:

    1. Don't go to the range (not happening).
    2. Ignore the signs and keep a loaded pistol in my pocket. (also not happening since I choose to respect the rights of others).
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    "No loaded firearms behind the firing line"

    Quote Originally Posted by Providence Ranch View Post
    Does anyone else out there find the typical "no loaded firearms behind the firing line" rule at most ranges annoying? I don't appreciate being stripped of my right to carry a loaded firearm anywhere, especially at a place where I KNOW other guns are present and being fired. Id much rather go find a nice quiet spot out in the wilderness and shoot there. And I usually do!

    Yes, I know there are idiots out there, but why not state the rule as "No loaded longuns behind the firing line. Pistols behind the firing line must be secured in a case or properly holstered at all times."

    Just a thought...
    Doesn't annoy me. I ignore that sign as I believe it pertains to the guns you are USING at the range. It is a safety issue, which I respect, since there are enough idiots in the world who have accidentally shot someone at the range. However, the gun that I am concealing is not a safety issue since it remains in my holster while I am shooting.

    BTW, I am always carrying concealed at the range and practicing with a separate gun. Just don't like the feeling of being "naked."

  7. The two ranges I frequent most often both say CHL holders may carry loaded.

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    My local private range allows CHL's to carry loaded within their facility. Rentals must be unloaded with actions open while entering or leaving the range area.

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    i believe the whole idea is "safety" .. if you break the 180 plane in a competition match it is an automatic DQ (disqualified) .. how many times have you been at a range and the guy next to you break the 180 with his loaded gun and its pointed right at you .. all guns HAVE to be pointed down range when loaded period .. you may not keep your finger on the trigger but what about the shooter next to you .. and as far as long guns, you need to keep the bolt locked back and empty if not shooting .. it really is just protecting your butt from shooters that sweep you and could have an AD (accidental discharge) .. also what is to keep the other shooter who has THEIR loaded pistol in his holster and he pulls it out and BAM there is an AD? .. not everyone is safety conscious as more experienced shooters .. chit happens ..
    Stay Safe
    SB

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    The ranges I frequent understand that a lot of people that come have a CFP so the rule is "No handling loaded firearms behind the firing line."

    (Even with that I cannot count the number of times I have been swept by some moron that decides he can't wait 10 seconds to walk from a table where he's loaded several magazines until he gets to the line to load one of them.)

    I would recommend this change to the range management as an alternative to accommodate those that can, and do, carry.

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    My range is similar. Big sign posted on the door states all CCW holders must keep them concealed. I went to the range Saturday and had my conceled weapon on me the entire time. No rules broken.

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