Range Etiquette question

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Our favorite outdoor range is closed(fire ban) so me amy 2 sons go to a local indoor range. Last time there..a couple shooting what looks like some AR something..THEN...hauls out a 50BMG and bangs away..My son was in the next lane and that thing HURT. I was standing behind him and that hurt ME.

So, the ?..do ya think the 50BMG shooter should warn everybody to stand back? Should the range safety guy warn everybody? Should this caliber not be allowed(10 lanes, 25 yard max..pretty standard indoor range).
I donno..even a 223/556 is pretty painful when you are next to one.

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This is all getting rather silly. I know many ranges have banned 50 bmg, and I don't blame them. I know many people enjoy a good thump on the shoulder, but the concussion of a super magnum retort is more than the body can take. Whether it's toxic masculinity or just plain foolishness--enough!
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When we teach gun safety and range etiquette starting about fifth grade or so, we rarely see these kinds of problems.

Oh.

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CDFingers wrote: Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:36 am When we teach gun safety and range etiquette starting about fifth grade or so, we rarely see these kinds of problems.

Oh.

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oh, don't get me wrong, yes i'm a whore, i'd shoot it too. once, just before i leave. it's probably been 20 years since i've shot at an indoor range, i don't like them too stuffy and loud. and some of the people...

i guess my point was that there's something seriously messed up with a person who brings 50bmg to a pistol range. more than just rude and thoughtless.
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Check the range rules before going. It sounds like this range doesn’t have restrictions on what can be shot in their lanes. Talk to the manager as well, perhaps ask if they could limit where these large caliber guns can be shot.
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Indoor ranges I've been to generally have posted prohibitions on types of firearms and calibers that can be shot, the people checking shooters in point to the sign to remind them. I find someone shooting a 357 in the next lane annoying enough. Usually concrete floors and walls, nothing to suppress the sound.
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The indoor range I frequent is fairly modern, apparently, as it has a little bit more sound attenuation stuff applied to the walls between the stalls and to the first six or eight feet of range wall.

There is a prohibition on shot shells (any shotgun must be using slugs) at this range, so I hope they disallow .50 BMG. I know that when I bring a long gun, they ask me what caliber I'm shooting, but since my only current long gun is an AR-platform, I don't know what they'd say about something huge.

And, yeah, to the point made by CDFingers, despite that I wasn't allowed toy guns as a kid (since real guns are not toys, Mom didn't want there to be ANY conflation problems), I learned some firearm safety stuff in high school ROTC. I was glad that some of those lessons stayed with me--being a more stable shooting platform was good when I was shooting film instead of bullets (hobby photography), and the stuff I learned taking safety classes when I restarted shooting last year did nothing to contradict what I remembered (but added to what I remembered, which was the point of taking the instruction).
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Duuude. A .50bmg at an indoor rage? That’s getting close to a flash bang grenade going off in the room isn’t it?

Most them rifles have a muzzle device that redirects flash/energy to the sides and back. Standing in the next lane is the worst place to be concussion-wise (the shooter enjoys the most protection from the report).

But I’m surprised they allowed such a rifle at any indoor range. Is there any concern for not capturing all the energy into the berm material and damaging the back wall of the building?
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Small update..I sent 2 messages to the range saying that I didn't think a 50BMG is a great idea..no answer back..maybe time to find a new range. This one is so close tho, not expensive, good in every other regard...Can't wait till the outdoor range opens back up..closed for fire danger..

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lurker wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:03 am definitely time for a new range. what's next, claymores?
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As to etiquette I understand the appeal of allowing bigger calibers at your for profit range. It absolutely stinks when the closest range to you does not allow you to shoot your chosen firearm. And I've found that to be a frequent problem where I live.

That said I'd say fair is fair, someone shooting a 50 bmg should be required to rent out the stalls to the left and right of them, and wait for a less busy time if that is not available. If you can afford a 50 bmg and its ammo, then a 2 stall buffer is hardly an inconvenience.

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One outdoor range fairly close to me has forbidden 50BMGs from their range because somebody shot one and the bullet land inside an RV at the Texas Motor Speedway. The range was held liable and settled out of court. They also don't allow steel core bullets. They say it tears up the berms.
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lurker wrote: Thu Jul 29, 2021 8:03 am definitely time for a new range. what's next, claymores?
Proper claymores are silent. So are dirks and sgian dubhs. :wink:

Last time I hit the rifle range, I had to double up even though the couple shooting were two lanes over and we were outdoors. I imagine .50 BMG with proper ear protection would be like .357 without any. I once experienced a .38 starter pistol at close range in an enclosed space. My ears rang for days.

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