Re: Bad Experience at French Creek Outfitters
Not sure which RO is being discussed. I've shot at FC numerous times, at many different times of day throughout the week, and:
1. I've never felt unsafe.
2. I've never seen any wannabes or gang-bangers there. If it was that bad I wouldn't shoot there, and if it ever does get that bad I'll stop going there. Just my personal view, but I don't want to be associated with those types of people.
3. I have walked out of the range with my loaded carry weapon before. Instead of going to the glass to show clear, I just show them the holstered weapon in my waistband, and I get a thumbs-up. I've done this with more then one RO there, and never had a problem.
There are reasons the ROs are strict, and in many cases it's because they see some genuinely dumb things done by shooters. Aub and I were there awhile back, and two young guys were screwing around in adjacent lanes. Not gang-bangers or wannabes or anything, just two guys messing around with each other, having fun. One of them took it too far and double-tapped his buddies target. Big unsafe no-no shooting across lanes, and the RO threw him out.
Understand that FC is also a "walk-in" range where no memberships are required to shoot, so consequently they get a LOT of noobs who have never even held a weapon before much less shot one. As a result (and also because of insurance) they have no choice but to be strict. One accident from some idiot who's never handled a weapon before, and they could wind up out of business.
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