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Old 01-02-2019, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I honestly don't know if it's happening or just my personal perception but going to the range these days feels an awful lot like it did back in the '90's for me. I guess "fudds" are the slang of the day but it seems like "they" are a growing majority these days...just like they were when I was a kid.

I'll make no excuses... my interest in guns has always centered on military weaponry since I started shooting in the early 90's and it feels like I've been around long enough to see the trend come full circle.

Am I right or wrong?
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I don't know about where you are, but here in Eastern WA, shoot whatever you want, AK, AR, Garand, whatever. You might get some reproachful looks if you are shooting "full house" .50 BMG rounds in a rifle with a muzzle brake or comp - but just because you are making way too much noise.



Me, personally, the last thing I am going to do is look down my nose at what another guy is shooting. If the shooter follows Uncle Jeff's 4 Rules, and in general acts like they know what they are doing, I have no beef with them.



I personally have some nice, valuable old guns, but I see no point in being a snob. [mod cut]

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Old 01-02-2019, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Hopefully this can stay in the Guns and Hunting section instead of being moved to the Politics and other Controversy section.


I have never looked down on what someone is shooting. People buy guns for a variety of reasons, price is always a consideration, and what works for me, may not work for you. I have large hands so I tend to gravitate towards the larger guns in the first place.


But from what I can gather at the local gun store, the AR-15 style is still very popular. With prices ranging from $600 - $3000.


One of the guns that I own is the Metro Arms "The American Classic II", brand new it is around $800, this is one of the smoothest shooting 1911's that I have ever shot. It will keep pace with 1911's that are at least twice it's price tag. It is not as good a say a NightHawk Custom, but it is 1/4 of the price of a NightHawk Custom.


Many would look down on the Metro Arms because it is made in the Philippines. I think it is well made, and more than a reasonable 1911 for $800 or less, especially if you get one used.


I can speak from experience with the Metro Arms, I have run it side by side high end Kimber's, a Springfield Armory TRP, and my NightHawk Custom, it is not quite as good as the TRP or Nighthawk customer, but then again it is half of the price of a TRP and as I said 1/4 of the price of a NightHawk Custom. So it is a good overall combat type of 1911. You know you can hit the target with it. And when it comes down to it, that is all that matters.
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:20 PM
 
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"Am I right or wrong?"
probably right. there is pushback, as you call it, to the military "style" RIFLES.
i have not noticed any pushback against the pistols. basically, if it is black
with a big magazine, some shooters at our range will move to another
lane to get further away. this is not frequent at all, but i have seen it.
it might be the bullseye shooter (firing once per 10 minutes) is put off
by the emptying of a 30-round magazine in 10 seconds. we had to
build a new .22LR range for the the children, since their mothers did
not like to be beside (or close to) tactical reloads while their
children are just learning the basics.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Personally I've seen nothing but smiling faces when I haul out my small collection to the range...most guys run ar's or some AK variant anyhow and If I take the K98 or G43 I get lots a smiles and good comments or questions depending on the age of the person.... Funny but it seems the younger guys recognize the scoped G43 faster then some of the oldsters....Benefits of video games I guess.....
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:24 PM
 
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No pushback here.

I've even carried mine to range outside the bag

No one has said a thing
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:38 PM
 
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I haven’t noticed it if anything the opposite... there is certainly a pushback against people using super loud and concussive brakes at local ranges...but that’s more a common courtesy thing.
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Old 01-03-2019, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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I'm from NYC where very few people can legally own ARs, AKs, etc. The closest thing to a "black rifle" that most can legally own is the ARES SCR.

So often, I do get some pushback at my range. Most of the regulars known me by now and don't care since I always offer to let them shoot mine. Most have over the years. Also there is a lot of "look the other way" amongst gun owners here because we are so under attack constantly we only have each other to support ourselves.

We did have one range officer who caused a lot of problems for a while until the issue was brought up at a monthly meeting and the club president laid down the law: whatever is legal for that particular person is legal at our range, period.

Unfortunately, no one can load more than 5 rounds in a rifle magazine regardless. That's a range policy which mirrors NYC's ridiculous law.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I haven't been to the range in many years but I remember that most of the members that enjoyed their military styled rifles were veterans or law enforcement officers that wanted to keep up with their shooting skills.



Nothing wrong with that.
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Old 01-03-2019, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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The last few range visits that got me thinking about this were with "high end" guns so maybe the sneers were more about dissing the fool who was parted from his money (me ) but I don't rapid fire or play "tacticool" otherwise.

I don't know... could just be me but I've gotta wonder if the continuous B.S. media blitz against so called "assault weapons" is taking it's toll even within the wider gun community.
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