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Specialized ProfessionIamA Former employee and manager at what was the largest indoor shooting range and gun store in Texas. AMA!

Feb 19th 2018 by dancingferret • 5 Questions • 23 Points

My short bio: Had cancer as a baby and now cant walk, been through a lot in hospital and now want questions!

My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/cxbQd

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Thank you for being a positive representative of gun owners. For the question, Scars: fanboi hype or freaking awesome?

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What type of cancer?


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Assuming you mean the FN SCAR rifles.

They are long stroke piston operated so that is a major point going for them. The SCAR 16's inabality to use PMAGS is I think pretty much a disqualification though. The SCAR 17, on the other hand, is the lightest 308 rifle I have ever shot and it is every bit of an 800 yard gun even with its 16 inch barrel.

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I had a neuroblastoma on my spine, essentially the tumor crushed my spinal cord meaning nerve signals cant be sent beyond a certain point.


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did you ever saw someone steal bullets?

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Are you in high school or university? If so, what major? If not, what do you plan to do?


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We did have one person try that I know of. Our gunsmith stopped him at the door and politely informed him were the checkout was. Considering our gunsmith at the time was a former Marine NCO and biker complete with the look, the guy just put the cans down and left.

Our security cameras got his plate number and a good shot of his face and we forwarded that info the the Sheriff's Office.

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I live in Ireland so I'm in the equivalent of the last year of high school. I have had a lot of medical complications over the last 2 years resulting in me missing a lot of school so I'm not going to do well in my end of year tests (which are very important for getting into college here.) I'm still not sure exactly sure what my plan would be for the next few years but ideally it would be get better health wise, then do a portfolio course or fetac course (alternative ways of getting into university but they take an extra year) and then study graphic design and go on from there!!


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lol, what did you guys do with empty bullet shells

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Im in university rn so all the high school stuff is relatively fresh in my mind. If you need any help with your subjects at all, feel free to message me and maybe i can tutor you :)


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Sold them.

The range was definitely the money maker at that operation, and selling the spent brass made nearly as much as lane and gun rental fees.

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Thank you I appreciate it! I'll keep it in mind and dm you if I want to take you up on that offer :)


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What was the weirdest or most interesting experience you’ve had?

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I have often wondered are there things that are put in place to assist you like ramps, lower counters, tables with open spots that your find less functional or counter intuitive? My second question, is there something small that we can do everyday that would help you?

Thanks for doing this, best of luck on your journey and make the best of it, also welcome to reddit.


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I guess I'll add one that is more on the weird / creepy side.

We were involved in a promotion for the Battleship Texas and were the dealer that processed I think 2000 Colt 1911 pistols with custom engraving depicting the battleship. They were probably 1600 dollars if I remember right and were the kind of gun you put in a display case, not use for anything nefarious.

One guy came in to pick his up. There was nothing at all unusual about the transaction. The guy seemed normal, his NICS check came back proceed, he left the store with the gun.

15 minutes after the NICS check was submitted (I know because I checked), we get a call from the US Marshal's Service. The deputy on the phone excitedly asked if the guy was still in the store, which he wasn't. He then asked if I had the 4473 handy, which I did, and then asked for our fax number so he could send over a copy of the search warrant in order to get a copy of the 4473.

Forms 4473 are legally considered tax documents, so there are very strict controls on who we can release them to. Usually, even the ATF needs a subpoena or warrant to leave our property with them, or even a copy of the information from them.

Apparently, this guy was such bad news that someone at the FBI noticed him after the NICS check cleared, called the Marshal's Service, and a Deputy US Marshal swore out a search warrant, in front of a judge, for all the info we had on him within 15 minutes.

The same Deputy called a few hours later asking if we could send a hard copy of the info thru mail. He told me at the time that the Highway Patrol had arrested the guy on the way home.

Never found out why they were so interested in him.

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There is only really one instance that comes to mind about counter intuitive assistance because at least where I'm from (Ireland) things are generally well thought out before anything gets done, and it would have to be ramps that are but in place but are far too steep to use easily. Now if I'm with friends it wouldn't be a problem but if I am out by myself it can be a challenge. As for something small you guys can do yes there is! If you see someone who might be struggling with something ask if you can help! Be it a heavy door, trying to carry things or trying to climb up one of those steep ramps help is always appreciated! However please don't be one of those people that help without even asking... I've had a few occasions of people starting to push me/ take things off me/ try to help me with situations that I didn't need and it just makes an uncomfortable situation for everyone involved.. Hope this was a satisfactory answer and thank you :)


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Why indifferent? Care to elaborate. I understand it may be due to a slight bias to Glocks (good firearms) but before I go purchasing an XD I need to know what I'm up against and would appreciate opposite views if there is any.

I am not very familiar with CZ (or firearms for that matter as I am a first time firearm purchaser) but I know that CZ also has backside safety (my reason being I'm safety due to inexperience. I don't want to be the guy who shoots himself in the leg while holstering a firearm) and I was told to consider them. May I ask your opinion?

As for Windlam, I hear they're like Colts and where respected for their quality. Plus the fact that the company is said to be respected for it's efforts in hiring the previous staff and has experience in firearms. If there isn't anything more to it and there is better Colt comparables then I would be interested in your opinion on this as well?

Why the 320 for sig? May I ask?

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What are your pronouns?


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I can't in good faith provide a reason not to go for an XD, unless you have shot one and did not like it. They simply work. Everything else is personal preference or logistics (if you or family / friends have the same gun it can make some things easier / cheaper). If you like how they feel and shoot, and you do not have a compelling reason to go for something else (if you have to ask you don't), then go for it.

CZs do not have the backstrap safety. The only guns that do are the XD(m/s) family and 1911s to my knowledge. CZs usually have a traditional thumb safety, except for the D models that do not have safeties but instead a decocker (which I would suggest if you were to go for a CZ, as the safety equipped models do not have a way to safely decock on a loaded chamber.

Also, a backstrap safety will not save you from shooting yourself while holstering, as you will usually have it depressed anytime you are actually holding the firearm. The only way to ensure you do not shoot yourself is to rigorously observe the Third Law of Gun Safety: Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made the decision to shoot.

Please do not compare Windham to Colt. Anyone who tells you Colt makes quality anything has not been following the industry for at least 10 years. Colts are, at best, middle ground rifles for high end prices. They also lost the military's contract for making both M4s and M16s to FN at least 6 years ago. For quality issues.

Windhams will not lead you wrong. As far as other brands go I would say either BCM or FN-USA. If you want to spend a bit more money for a piston operated AR Patriot Ordnance Factory makes the Puritan which is fantastic.

The SiG P320 has an issue where if it is dropped, and hits the ground on the back of the slide it will fire, without the trigger being depressed. It took considerable pressure and confirmations in testing by third parties to get SiG to even acknowledge to the issue, and then they only conducted a "voluntary upgrade" of the trigger pack, rather than issue a mandatory recall and advise users to not use the firearms until they were fixed.

SiG basically covered up an extremely dangerous defect for fear that it would undermine their bid for the Army's Modular Handgun System contract, as well as scare off countless police agencies. Not to mention that it was based on perhaps one of the worst designs to ever come out of the company (the P250), and the Army is now seriously reconsidering their decision to award SiG their contract, due to QC and reliability issues.

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He/him/it