We’ve all seen it. Someone holding a gun incorrectly at the range. Or, more alarming, someone failing to follow one or more of the four rules of firearm safety. As in the photo above.
If you’re at a supervised range, you’d hope the range safety officer would step in when someone does something dangerous. But they can’t be everywhere and see everything, particularly at a range with a large number of shooting lanes. In a situation like that, lots of experienced shooters will step in (or leave immediately).
But what if you see something that’s not dangerous, but bad form? A situation where a little help from someone with more experience could help a new or inexperienced shooter? Something like, say, the grip used in the stock photo above.
The reality is, lots of people don’t take well to being corrected, no matter how well-intentioned the advice given may be. Sidling into the next shooting lane and asking, “Mind if I give you a shooting tip?” might be intended as help, but might be perceived as annoying interference.
We all want to grow the shooting sports and get more people into guns. The more Americans who own firearms and have fun shooting them, the more effectively we can defend and extend the right to keep and bear arms. But tapping a stranger on the shoulder and telling him or her what you think they’re doing wrong may not be the best approach.
What do you think? Do you offer help or assistance to other shooters at the range?