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  • How to run a large range day?

     ashley308 updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • ashley308

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Hey yall, so I am typically “the gun guy” in my friends group and that’s carried over into work life. Planning a moral day for my unit next month.

    Every time I run a range day with a few of the boys its fucking awesome, but when we get more than about 6 shooters I think it starts to become boring for some of them? Got about 20 dudes I’m planning for for next month, and its gonna be a range day with my guns (2 rifles, 2 handguns) as well as maybe a total of 5 other guns from other dudes in the unit.

    Half the dudes are fresh outta basic (this is our AIT/tech school), with questionable levels of competence and safety, the other half are dudes who, hopefully at this point, have a sound understanding of gun safety….I’ve shot with all, trained for USPSA stuff with most.

    Any advice to keep everyone involved? Not let it get boring/let someone stand there for 20 mins without getting a go on somethin?

  • notunique9077

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Officers are probably some of the least safe handlers of firearms I’ve ever seen unless they’re either prior enlisted or NCOs and even then there’s some goofballs. I would go over firearm safety with everyone including officers even if it’s boring, not optional.

    I would set up stations and rotate people through if you are able. I’m not sure what the range facilities you will have access to are.

  • SPCTomB

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Don’t forget to pack refreshments. Needs a grill and food, some sodas, stuff like that.

  • empscorp19

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Make it competitive. Play horse with certain targets, side bets, etc.

  • stinkosaurusrex

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Two words: steel plates. Our church runs a men’s day out every fall when a couple of dozen men get together for a day of shooting, BBQ, and fellowship. We run 3 ranges – shotgun with a clays thrower, pistol range, and a rifle range. The shotgun guys alway had a ball, but the others were sort of meh. Lots of standing around as guys were looking at their paper targets. I went out and bought about a dozen steel plates and now it is an absolute ball. Paint them alternating colors and then let the games begin.

    This has also been a good event for new shooters, as the old guys help with shopping suggestions, zeroing, technique, and even repairs. Excellent opportunity to add to the community.

  • armed5153

    June 13, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Extra activities helps. Loader, person to change targets, someone to man the BBQ,etc.

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