The Importance of Range Time – I hope that if you have read anything of what I have posted in the last few years, one that you have taken to heart is training, and when I say things like that, I am telling you almost as much as I am telling myself. It is hard to get out there and shoot, I know, between work, bad weather, ammo cost, time, kids, spouse, chores, and trying to relax before the work week…it seems near impossible. However, it is a necessity. I went out this weekend because I deliberately planned to go. I wanted to test some reloads, go shooting with a buddy and take advantage of a 70-degree sunny day. Unfortunately, every other person who had a firearm decided they too wanted to participate…which can be frustrating. Let me explain. The range I went to is pretty good, rifle range out to 200 yards, target stands provided, and good Range Safety Officers but is heavily controlled, and for good reason. I love when people are getting into shooting for the first time, but holy cow there are a lot of things people have to learn, and it can be daunting. For example, there was one individual that decided he wanted to show off his AK style rifle to his lady friend, which if you know what you are doing and are getting her on board, go for it. However, he didn’t, and he put a hole in the roof of the building…. he was promptly ejected. This was something that had he asked for help, he could have prevented. I watched how two young gents brought out their brand new ARs to go shoot, and were all over the place, and couldn’t get it to group at all, not even hitting paper…. because they didn’t zero their iron sites, and thought it was like Call of Duty…after some guidance and a hundred dollars in ammo later they were out to 100 yards reliably hitting the bullseye.