I went out to Cushman on Friday morning about 9 A.M. to fire at 300 yards. When I arrived there was a father and son already shooting. About 30 minutes later one more guys arrives who sets up off to our left. He is firing some kind of handgun on the rifle range. Every thing is going smoothly when the father and son call the range cold to go and check their targets, so I go ahead and walk out to mark mine. Keep in mind there are only 4 people total on the range.
The father and son check their targets at 100 yards and walk back off the line to their truck to get something. The guy with the handgun apparently sees them walk by, doesn't say a word to anyone or even look downrange and commences to sight onto his target and fire off a shot. I had walked about 50 yards back from my target and was in plain sight when the round came whizzing by me. I let out a yell and start waving my arms, as he raises his pistol to fire a second time. I literally yell as loud as I can and the father and son go running towards the guy yelling too. He finally catches on (he had hearing pro in) and puts the pistol down.
What would your actions have been? What could I have done different?
As I come walking in he approaches me to apologize. I told him the round came by me close enough to hear and with only 4 people on the range it should have been extremely easy to keep track of people not to mention checking the range before you fire. He said he was sorry and it wouldnt happen again. No kidding right. He fired off a couple more rounds and packed up and left. I know if I did something like that I would have immediately packed up all my gear and left. I had to walk a few laps to cool off. I couldnt believe he went back to shooting.
One of those days. Be extremely careful out there. I think this incident has soured me for sure on Cushman range. When you walk out there to check your target you are literally putting your life into strangers hands.