18 thoughts on “Gun Range Protip”

  1. Sorry………..

    That might have been me, I do tend to that direction….

    I’m the guy who even when out hunting will stop to pick up brass found in the woods, even if it is in a caliber that I do not own a gun chambered in.

    One of my happiest days out hunting was when I came across a spot where someone must have sighted in their rifle, 60 rounds of pristine 30-30 brass just laying there! And I actually have a rifle that shoots that too! Came home smiling even though I did not see a deer all day.
    I think I’m a Brassaholic……

  2. I had to fight with someone last weekend on why the .223 I was shooting was still mine even if it was on the ground next to me.

  3. Was he the range safety officer? If not consider yourself lucky.

    A lot of the ranges around here – officially or unofficially – view spent brass as part of the ‘range fee’ on top of the regular range fees.

    Oh, heh and regards you previous ‘range courtesy’ posts, any brass that hits me in the face is mine. 😛

    1. The RSOs at the range I shoot at ask before sweeping my brass. I don’t actually keep my brass, in fact I prefer to donate it to the range that I shoot at; that’s why I also want reloaders to ask before diving into my brass.

  4. One day I was at the range and some guy sounded like he was letting of small nuclear devices and flinging pretty, nickle plated brass all over the place. One whacked me and I noticed… IT WAS 10MM BRASS! Being shot from NEW rounds.

    Guy didn’t reload so he had no problem with me collecting his brass when I asked. Although I’m pretty sure I creeped him out just standing behind him for an hour, catching the brass in mid air.

  5. I squee more than shriek. But I do ask first, at least if it’s obvious that it’s not my own brass (hard to tell sometimes).

    Best thing is when people see me picking up my brass, and start handing me theirs if they’re shooting the same caliber. It’s like having people walk up and hand you money.

  6. As someone who shoots Production, I never get tired of watching the brass hounds go after .38 Super (or worse, .38 Super Comp) after a match. Open guns are expensive to own AND feed.

    1. I shoot .38 revolver at our USPSA matches so I always get all my brass. Our club president shoots 38 super comp and a real good way to stay on his good side is to make sure you give him any brass that’s his. Maybe that’s why he is always willing to squad with me?

  7. I met a guy like Robb Allen. He saw I was shooting 5.7X28 and drooled. He sent his very cute 10yo daughter over to ask if I wanted my brass because “Daddy wants me to learn to shoot his PS90, but the ammo is soooo expensive!”
    How could I turn her down? In fact I went through 500 rounds that day.
    She and her dad were there a week later and she was shooting his PS90, and doing well for a new shooter.
    They were disappointed that I was shooting .40 that day.

  8. I don’t think enough gun stores advertise well enough that they will buy-back brass. I don’t reload, but I do get $2-$2.50 back for every $10 I shoot. I know it’s a good deal for the store, who just resell it at double that, but it’s still not a bad discount for me overall.

  9. At our range (very nice indoor facility), management lets shooters recover spent brass – provided it hasn’t gone forward of the firing line.

    While I worked there we had one incident where a visitor crawled under his bench and started walking around downrange during live fire to recover .30-06 cases. His gun didn’t hav time time to cool down before he was escorted from the building. The best part… After I told him he was to leave he asked if he could get his brass seeing as how we were under a cease fire.

  10. We’ve got a more interesting range setup down here. It’s maintained by the city (I kid you not), and there are no range safety officers (public range, no fees). All that aside there are two oddities that I’ve seen:
    (a) Yay, it’s SWAT day at the range! I assume there’s something against reloading with the local police (I’m sure that it’s a liability with a capital L), but they leave their once fired match grade (mostly federal) .308 all over the place. And yes, we have asked before we picked it up.

    (b) We’ve got a couple of old ladies (as in actual old ladies, no metaphor here) that drive around in a beat up pickup all day and just pick up whatever brass somebody leaves behind. I can’t imagine this is really worthwhile, but somehow it must be for them…

  11. Wait for the shooter to leave before descending like a vulture. (The range I shoot at when I can is a club out in the middle of nowhere, mostly unmonitored.)

    It is a good day when you leave with more brass than you came with.

  12. That’s how I lose most of my 10mm brass. And it’s the range employees that do it! They sweep up my brass as it’s being fired and when I turn around, I MIGHT be able to recover 5 casings out of the 16 I fired.

  13. I most be shooting at really great ranges because when i shot in matches everyone helps you pick up the brass and then hands it to you and when i’m there just practicing people leave my brass alone or asks if i reload before trying to take the brass. The one time i saw someone stealing other peoples brass at a bowling pin match, people not shooting told them to stop stealing and give it back to the shooter

  14. At one of my clubs the board is so cheap paying the RSO that she has to sell brass.
    When I am at that range I will leave 200 .45, 150 .357, and maybe 100 9mm. Not counting a load of .22.
    At my other clubs, you best ask.

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