donh wrote:Listen to this Alpine Range People:
The Alpine Range (Fort Worth, TX) has had problems in the past. I have had problems where people feel that they are above the rules, that they can stay at the shooting rail, that they can continue to load their magazines while people are downrange, and if you tell them to get back behind the yellow line, they just grin at you -- I can't change people myself, but if you value your life, you had better learn to speak up and speak out to put these people down!!. Sorry, but I get tired of this, and I don't want to hear of people getting shot because ... yadayadayada....
I did once bark at a father-and-son combo who ambled forward of the line at Alpine to put up a target while my buddy was shooting; I swear, I don't know how some folks actually make it to adulthood.
I was a volunteer RSO for 11 years at Milnerton Shooting Association in Cape Town, and they had a cool setup to prevent stuff like that. The Founders' Range, where all non-members had to shoot handgun, was under the control of 2 or 3 RSOs and the layout was like this:
The green is the fence behind which non-shooters could watch.
Red is the unload line behind which shooters stand while the RSO's check the firearms on the 2 (light blue) long benches before allowing people forward to check and patch their targets - and you can only go through the swinging gate (black with red X) when an RSO unbolts it (no need for it to be locked, the RSO is right there).
The bench is too high to be easily-vaulted and chicken/barbed wired underneath the bench keeps any rug-rats from straying - excellent control. If I ever open a range, this is exactly what I would want.