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jutland
10-09-2012, 08:49
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

RenoF250
10-09-2012, 08:56
Why not? It is a range for goodness sake.

hamster
10-09-2012, 09:01
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

Why not? Unless this is a Golf Driving range I can't imagine why the range masters should be the only ones unarmed.

ron59
10-09-2012, 09:08
If they are vetted, then hell yes.

What if some dude comes in and starts a rampage? Boom, headshot.

Adjuster
10-09-2012, 09:08
I also don't get your question. What exactly is your concern? All the gunshops, liquor stores and pawnshops I go to everyone is armed.


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badge315
10-09-2012, 09:25
If you're referring to GRPC in Jacksonville, I've spoken to several of the Range Officers there. They've been threatened by ne'er-do-wells on numerous occasions while attempting to enforce the rules of the range.

Why should the ROs be the only ones who are unarmed at a shooting range?:dunno:

John Rambo
10-09-2012, 09:30
Couldn't care less if they carry. I do.

jellis11
10-09-2012, 09:35
Working at a place where everyone is armed except the guy in charge seems a little goofy to me.

Gallium
10-09-2012, 09:43
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

If I worked on a range (and when I do) I am always armed, and I know how many steps it is to a powerful long gun + ammo (even if the long gun is unloaded).

ESPECIALLY range officers, should be armed.

bmoore
10-09-2012, 10:16
This isn't really a serious question is it?

gwalchmai
10-09-2012, 10:26
It's certainly one of the oddest questions I've seen posted on here.

bmoore
10-09-2012, 10:33
It's certainly one of the oddest questions I've seen posted on here.

Im gonna say top 3.

concretefuzzynuts
10-09-2012, 10:36
Of course they should. :dunno:

Maybe there's a follow up point. If so please make it.

scccdoc
10-09-2012, 10:42
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

If they don't carry, I won't shoot there............ DOC

frizz
10-09-2012, 10:47
Couldn't care less if they carry. I do.
I get your point, but I WANT them to carry.

I wonder if the OP is looking at insurance for ranges and whether or not the insurance companies want the RO to be unarmed.

OP?

G36's Rule
10-09-2012, 11:06
None of the ranges I frequent have armed personnel. Never really thought about it.

Bren
10-09-2012, 11:16
Why not? It is a range for goodness sake.

That's what I was thinking. A range master might not care, but having a rule that the guy in charge is the only unarmed person on he range doesn't even begin to make sense.

jutland
10-09-2012, 11:21
For everyone that thinks the answer is obvious try the NSSF web page and the NRA and see if there are any risk management guidelines on the issue. If you have insurance on the range does your insurer know if rangemasters are armed, and are you covered if a shooting goes wrong. You know, NY cop shoots bad guy, hits multiple bystanders. Or, do you have unarmed rangemasters, and then have bad guy go on a rampage.

Yes, this is a risk management question.

MrGlock21
10-10-2012, 02:22
Working at a place where everyone is armed except the guy in charge seems a little goofy to me.

Very true, and I like your wording.

Matthew Courtney
10-10-2012, 03:12
My insurance does not require that I, or anyone else working at my range, be unarmed.

SLO1911Fan
10-10-2012, 03:25
I know that at the range I worked at no one was allowed to open carry. We weren't officially allowed to concealed carry, but the majority of the RA's did. We had our share of crazies, drunks, and stupid people. If you're responsible for a range, the safety on the range, and the range's guns, why wouldn't you carry? I had guns pointed at me both unintentionally and intentionally more times than I can count. I would never work at a range that insisted that I be unarmed.

fx77
10-10-2012, 06:27
At my public range some are armed and some not..But if concealed would I really know?

Brucev
10-10-2012, 07:25
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

No. They are not there to play. They are there to do the job of running the range. As to the idea they might need to shoot someone... bull.

jutland
10-10-2012, 07:29
My insurance does not require that I, or anyone else working at my range, be unarmed.

Does your insurance know that your employees are armed, and does it have any requirements re training of employees to make sure they are qualified.

edhead35
10-10-2012, 07:53
Even if the rules said I couldn't be armed as a range officer I would anyway or leave the club with such a silly rule. Just hide a small pistol.

I know some clubs have an all out ban on guns unless you are on the range due to serving alcohol, and you can't be on a range if you have consumed alcohol.

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Arc Angel
10-10-2012, 08:56
Public range, high user volume on weekends. Outdoors, with ranges from 7-100 yards. Handgun and rifle only. Should range masters be permitted to carry sidearms, and why or why not?

:upeyes: When is a, 'Range Master' not a Range Master? More than half the, 'Instructors' where I occasionally shoot are NOT CERTIFIED. In fact the fellow who owns one of the largest public ranges in NEPA wouldn't be certified, himself, unless I had helped him to obtain his accreditation.

Yes, when you're certified yourself, it can be a little annoying to have some kid with the words, 'INSTRUCTOR' emblazoned across his chest telling you what to do; but, (but!) during the 15 years that I've been using this range 3 shooters have ended up shooting themselves (All were seriously wounded - one fatally so.) All of the instructors at our local, 'pay 'n shoot' gun range sport an array of expensive sidearms; and the quality of their pistols seems to lend credence to the logo on their chests. Do these fellows need to go armed while they're telling the general public what to do?

Yes, as annoying as I occasionally find some of these guys to be, unfortunately they do. We are less than 60 miles outside of New York City; and only 40 miles from Philadelphia. Both of these cities are crime-ridden metropolises that are home to (I guess) all of the most notorious street gangs in North America. Gang members are ALL involved in drug distribution, sales, and violence.

These guys ain't NRA members; neither do they live, 'by the Bible'. Their realities are NOT the realities of normal law abiding citizens. Nevertheless, if they haven't got a police record (Yet!) they are as much entitled to purchase, use, and even carry a firearm as you or I. On public ranges - and, sometimes, right inside my own rural neighborhood - I'm forced into regular contact with these people.

Druggers and gang members are a lawless and unfortunate reality of everyday living in modern 21 century America. As far as owning and using guns is concerned, many of the young men (and women) coming up through the gangs' ranks are on an equal legal footing with the rest of us; and, if you're going to shoot at public ranges you'd better get smart fast, and realize that YOU'RE NOT ALONE while you're on these ranges.

In my experience the way most average law abiding citizens protect themselves is exactly the same way police officers protect themselves, too. ....... We go out of our way to get to know each other and tend to band together in small groups while we're shooting at public gun ranges. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules require the first person to arrive at a public range to be, 'the designated RSO'. Know what? I can't think of a better way to get yourself into trouble than to decide to obey the rules and attempt to actually be a public range safety officer.

At private or supervised shooting ranges everybody knows a specific set of range commands, AND understands that he has to obey them. However, this is NOT TRUE of public (and often isolated) shooting ranges! More than once I've had a friend tap me on the shoulder to tell me to lower my gun because there was someone walking downrange! The concept of clearing the ENTIRE LINE appears to be alien to too many, 'casual' shooters! I'm waiting for the day when the Game Commission finally establishes a set of universal range safety commands and procedures; but, realistically, I don't expect anything to change on these public shooting ranges during my lifetime.

People aren't naturally cooperative; there are, also, strong tendencies to, 'do your own thing' in our (otherwise) closely regulated society; but (but!) guns aren't automobiles! It's been my distinct experience that too many people show an almost natural personal resentment to being told how to do things right at a gun range. (I'm saying that some people can very easily become annoyed or even angry while they're on a public firing line!)

A few years ago I was shooting at a crowded, but isolated, Game Commission range when two of the line shooters began doing some very dangerous things with their loaded guns. I was the only one there with an instructor's patch on his jacket; and I took it just as long as I could before I walked over to them to, 'have a word'. Their reaction was predictable: surprise, resentment, anger, and finally a refusal to listen. After the third (stern but polite) warning I introduced those fellows to the modern miracle of the cell phone and called the Game Commission's, 'Hot Line'. I didn't like having to do that - I really didn't; but it had to be done. I felt a certain amount of relief when a very grateful WCO came to see me that evening in order to thank me for what I'd done. He told me, 'There should be more people like you!' I smiled at him before replying, 'You mean stupid!' He knew what I meant.

Should, 'range masters' be armed? Yes! Beyond any shadow of doubt modern American range officers should be armed - NOT just for their own personal safety, but for the safety of others as well. The only possible objection I might have is that an armed Range Safety Officer should, also, be visibly certified as such by a certification agency like the National Rifle Association.

Using guns in public entails a certain amount of risk: Risk from the consequences of your own behavior as well as the behavior of others. It's almost a, 'given' today that not everybody on a busy public firing line is going to be an entirely law abiding citizen. Rather than being perturbed I, personally, find it reassuring that somebody else (besides myself) is on the line and watching out for everybody else's personal safety. Trust me! Being a range safety officer is NOT an easy job. You just never know who you're shooting with or standing next to.

True story: The terrorists who were planning to attack New Jersey's Fort Dix actually trained with their fully automatic AK-47's at the isolated public shooting range that I frequent! So, help me! I used to go there and see these enormous piles of spent cartridge cases lying on the ground and think to myself, 'Who, the heck, is doing this?' It must have sounded like World War III when those guys were there! You can imagine my surprise when this crew was captured; and I found out what had been going on at, 'my little backwoods range'!

We're NOT in Kansas, anymore! ;)

Snaps
10-10-2012, 10:32
guess that means no guns at all at my range... I didn't know anybody but the military had range masters till i go on this board.

Wyoming
10-10-2012, 11:29
When I go to one of our ranges I am usually carrying a handgun. If hot weather than no over shirt or other cover. One of our ranges is the county range and there is a deputy there in street clothes with a pistol.

I am not sure what is the problem?

Good people with guns have never been a problem in this country. Get it?

gigab1te
10-10-2012, 13:28
Just playing devl's advocate, but my guess is most ranges are in business to make a profit, so their bottom line may be of greater concern to the owners than whether their employees feel safe or are unhapy that they can't carry a gun. If they let their employees carry a gun and there is a negligent discharge or even a good shoot that a jury later thinks is a bad shoot, then the range is going to get sued. Owners don't like to be sued.

Police departments have tons of policies on who can carry a gun, under what circumstances, medical screening, psych screening, and the minimum training and testing the employee needs to keep up on before they can carry a gun on duty, etc.. They do that for liability reasons. We live in a sue crazy society. I'm not aware of any single case anywhere in our country where an employer was successfully sued because they did not allow their employees to be armed, although I've seen posters on the gun boards who like to threaten that could happen.

Finally, intentional criminal shootings at gun ranges are exceedingly rare, so I wouldn't lose much sleep over it. Range masters are probably safer there than at WalMart.

J_P
10-10-2012, 19:15
:upeyes: When is a, 'Range Master' not a Range Master? More than half the, 'Instructors' where I occasionally shoot are NOT CERTIFIED. In fact the fellow who owns one of the largest public ranges in NEPA wouldn't be certified, himself, unless I had helped him to obtain his accreditation.

Yes, when you're certified yourself, it can be a little annoying to have some kid with the words, 'INSTRUCTOR' emblazoned across his chest telling you what to do; but, (but!) during the 15 years that I've been using this range 3 shooters have ended up shooting themselves (All were seriously wounded - one fatally so.) All of the instructors at our local, 'pay 'n shoot' gun range sport an array of expensive sidearms; and the quality of their pistols seems to lend credence to the logo on their chests. Do these fellows need to go armed while they're telling the general public what to do?

Yes, as annoying as I occasionally find some of these guys to be, unfortunately they do. We are less than 60 miles outside of New York City; and only 40 miles from Philadelphia. Both of these cities are crime-ridden metropolises that are home to (I guess) all of the most notorious street gangs in North America. Gang members are ALL involved in drug distribution, sales, and violence.

These guys ain't NRA members; neither do they live, 'by the Bible'. Their realities are NOT the realities of normal law abiding citizens. Nevertheless, if they haven't got a police record (Yet!) they are as much entitled to purchase, use, and even carry a firearm as you or I. On public ranges - and, sometimes, right inside my own rural neighborhood - I'm forced into regular contact with these people.

Druggers and gang members are a lawless and unfortunate reality of everyday living in modern 21 century America. As far as owning and using guns is concerned, many of the young men (and women) coming up through the gangs' ranks are on an equal legal footing with the rest of us; and, if you're going to shoot at public ranges you'd better get smart fast, and realize that YOU'RE NOT ALONE while you're on these ranges.

In my experience the way most average law abiding citizens protect themselves is exactly the same way police officers protect themselves, too. ....... We go out of our way to get to know each other and tend to band together in small groups while we're shooting at public gun ranges. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules require the first person to arrive at a public range to be, 'the designated RSO'. Know what? I can't think of a better way to get yourself into trouble than to decide to obey the rules and attempt to actually be a public range safety officer.

At private or supervised shooting ranges everybody knows a specific set of range commands, AND understands that he has to obey them. However, this is NOT TRUE of public (and often isolated) shooting ranges! More than once I've had a friend tap me on the shoulder to tell me to lower my gun because there was someone walking downrange! The concept of clearing the ENTIRE LINE appears to be alien to too many, 'casual' shooters! I'm waiting for the day when the Game Commission finally establishes a set of universal range safety commands and procedures; but, realistically, I don't expect anything to change on these public shooting ranges during my lifetime.

People aren't naturally cooperative; there are, also, strong tendencies to, 'do your own thing' in our (otherwise) closely regulated society; but (but!) guns aren't automobiles! It's been my distinct experience that too many people show an almost natural personal resentment to being told how to do things right at a gun range. (I'm saying that some people can very easily become annoyed or even angry while they're on a public firing line!)

A few years ago I was shooting at a crowded, but isolated, Game Commission range when two of the line shooters began doing some very dangerous things with their loaded guns. I was the only one there with an instructor's patch on his jacket; and I took it just as long as I could before I walked over to them to, 'have a word'. Their reaction was predictable: surprise, resentment, anger, and finally a refusal to listen. After the third (stern but polite) warning I introduced those fellows to the modern miracle of the cell phone and called the Game Commission's, 'Hot Line'. I didn't like having to do that - I really didn't; but it had to be done. I felt a certain amount of relief when a very grateful WCO came to see me that evening in order to thank me for what I'd done. He told me, 'There should be more people like you!' I smiled at him before replying, 'You mean stupid!' He knew what I meant.

Should, 'range masters' be armed? Yes! Beyond any shadow of doubt modern American range officers should be armed - NOT just for their own personal safety, but for the safety of others as well. The only possible objection I might have is that an armed Range Safety Officer should, also, be visibly certified as such by a certification agency like the National Rifle Association.

Using guns in public entails a certain amount of risk: Risk from the consequences of your own behavior as well as the behavior of others. It's almost a, 'given' today that not everybody on a busy public firing line is going to be an entirely law abiding citizen. Rather than being perturbed I, personally, find it reassuring that somebody else (besides myself) is on the line and watching out for everybody else's personal safety. Trust me! Being a range safety officer is NOT an easy job. You just never know who you're shooting with or standing next to.

True story: The terrorists who were planning to attack New Jersey's Fort Dix actually trained with their fully automatic AK-47's at the isolated public shooting range that I frequent! So, help me! I used to go there and see these enormous piles of spent cartridge cases lying on the ground and think to myself, 'Who, the heck, is doing this?' It must have sounded like World War III when those guys were there! You can imagine my surprise when this crew was captured; and I found out what had been going on at, 'my little backwoods range'!

We're NOT in Kansas, anymore! ;)

Nice write-up!!

Miloe
10-10-2012, 21:32
:upeyes: When is a, 'Range Master' not a Range Master? More than half the, 'Instructors' where I occasionally shoot are NOT CERTIFIED. In fact the fellow who owns one of the largest public ranges in NEPA wouldn't be certified, himself, unless I had helped him to obtain his accreditation.

Yes, when you're certified yourself, it can be a little annoying to have some kid with the words, 'INSTRUCTOR' emblazoned across his chest telling you what to do; but, (but!) during the 15 years that I've been using this range 3 shooters have ended up shooting themselves (All were seriously wounded - one fatally so.) All of the instructors at our local, 'pay 'n shoot' gun range sport an array of expensive sidearms; and the quality of their pistols seems to lend credence to the logo on their chests. Do these fellows need to go armed while they're telling the general public what to do?

Yes, as annoying as I occasionally find some of these guys to be, unfortunately they do. We are less than 60 miles outside of New York City; and only 40 miles from Philadelphia. Both of these cities are crime-ridden metropolises that are home to (I guess) all of the most notorious street gangs in North America. Gang members are ALL involved in drug distribution, sales, and violence.

These guys ain't NRA members; neither do they live, 'by the Bible'. Their realities are NOT the realities of normal law abiding citizens. Nevertheless, if they haven't got a police record (Yet!) they are as much entitled to purchase, use, and even carry a firearm as you or I. On public ranges - and, sometimes, right inside my own rural neighborhood - I'm forced into regular contact with these people.

Druggers and gang members are a lawless and unfortunate reality of everyday living in modern 21 century America. As far as owning and using guns is concerned, many of the young men (and women) coming up through the gangs' ranks are on an equal legal footing with the rest of us; and, if you're going to shoot at public ranges you'd better get smart fast, and realize that YOU'RE NOT ALONE while you're on these ranges.

In my experience the way most average law abiding citizens protect themselves is exactly the same way police officers protect themselves, too. ....... We go out of our way to get to know each other and tend to band together in small groups while we're shooting at public gun ranges. Pennsylvania Game Commission rules require the first person to arrive at a public range to be, 'the designated RSO'. Know what? I can't think of a better way to get yourself into trouble than to decide to obey the rules and attempt to actually be a public range safety officer.

At private or supervised shooting ranges everybody knows a specific set of range commands, AND understands that he has to obey them. However, this is NOT TRUE of public (and often isolated) shooting ranges! More than once I've had a friend tap me on the shoulder to tell me to lower my gun because there was someone walking downrange! The concept of clearing the ENTIRE LINE appears to be alien to too many, 'casual' shooters! I'm waiting for the day when the Game Commission finally establishes a set of universal range safety commands and procedures; but, realistically, I don't expect anything to change on these public shooting ranges during my lifetime.

People aren't naturally cooperative; there are, also, strong tendencies to, 'do your own thing' in our (otherwise) closely regulated society; but (but!) guns aren't automobiles! It's been my distinct experience that too many people show an almost natural personal resentment to being told how to do things right at a gun range. (I'm saying that some people can very easily become annoyed or even angry while they're on a public firing line!)

A few years ago I was shooting at a crowded, but isolated, Game Commission range when two of the line shooters began doing some very dangerous things with their loaded guns. I was the only one there with an instructor's patch on his jacket; and I took it just as long as I could before I walked over to them to, 'have a word'. Their reaction was predictable: surprise, resentment, anger, and finally a refusal to listen. After the third (stern but polite) warning I introduced those fellows to the modern miracle of the cell phone and called the Game Commission's, 'Hot Line'. I didn't like having to do that - I really didn't; but it had to be done. I felt a certain amount of relief when a very grateful WCO came to see me that evening in order to thank me for what I'd done. He told me, 'There should be more people like you!' I smiled at him before replying, 'You mean stupid!' He knew what I meant.

Should, 'range masters' be armed? Yes! Beyond any shadow of doubt modern American range officers should be armed - NOT just for their own personal safety, but for the safety of others as well. The only possible objection I might have is that an armed Range Safety Officer should, also, be visibly certified as such by a certification agency like the National Rifle Association.

Using guns in public entails a certain amount of risk: Risk from the consequences of your own behavior as well as the behavior of others. It's almost a, 'given' today that not everybody on a busy public firing line is going to be an entirely law abiding citizen. Rather than being perturbed I, personally, find it reassuring that somebody else (besides myself) is on the line and watching out for everybody else's personal safety. Trust me! Being a range safety officer is NOT an easy job. You just never know who you're shooting with or standing next to.

True story: The terrorists who were planning to attack New Jersey's Fort Dix actually trained with their fully automatic AK-47's at the isolated public shooting range that I frequent! So, help me! I used to go there and see these enormous piles of spent cartridge cases lying on the ground and think to myself, 'Who, the heck, is doing this?' It must have sounded like World War III when those guys were there! You can imagine my surprise when this crew was captured; and I found out what had been going on at, 'my little backwoods range'!

We're NOT in Kansas, anymore! ;)

I'd add in addition to the above reasons, I work as a RSO at a local outdoor range, that doesnt accept credit/debit cards. Meaning I'm dealing with a fair amount of cash, you want me to deal with the above plus cash drops and be unarmed too? Personally I say you can step up and do my job.

AKR
10-10-2012, 21:54
At the GSSF match this summer, the rules required open chamber on all firearms not in use on the firing line. I understand the reason for these rules. Given some recent events, I was uneasy about being "unarmed" in a large gathering of people where the rule was close to "no firearms" (at least ready). I respected the rules, but my Glock was in my holster and I always had 2 full mags always at the ready beyond those I used on the firing line. This was my compromise at complying fully with the event's rules and being prepared. While I moved around at the match, I noted how many of the range officers and other participants had arrived at exactly the same solution.

Sam Spade
10-11-2012, 01:01
Does your insurance know that your employees are armed, and does it have any requirements re training of employees to make sure they are qualified.

Sounds like you're thinking backwards.

If the insurance company wants to forbid something, they need to do so in advance. It's not the insured's responsibility to get permission for every contingency of life.

That which is not forbidden is allowed.