Are there things I'd like to see changed? Certainly: warmer (in the winter), cleaner (air, mostly) and safer.
For the times when I've been present:
- There is always an employee at the desk.
- I have never seen an employee station themselves at the lanes.
- There are cameras at the lanes and some of them point in the right directions.
- Sometimes the employee(s) at the front are able to watch the camera display.
- Occasionally, an employee will walk back to the lanes and walk through (behind the shooters!), but not often.
- More frequently, when there are two employees working, one will walk back and loose a few rounds at an empty target holder from time to time.
- A guaranteed way to get some attention is to empty a magazine in a hurry. (Someone always walks back when that happens!)
- When there is only one employee, I've never had a visit to the lanes (they stay at the desk).
Recently, I found these two items of note on the back wall:
Since I wasn't present when those two holes were created, it's tough to say what I would have done.
- Taken a moment for a quick review of NRA's Three Safety Rules?
- Dropped and taken cover?
- Calmly packed up and left? (stopping to talk to the front desk)
- Or, as an acquaintance said, "run out with my butt on fire and yelled something to the guys on the way out the front door"
I did show the two photos to the fellows at the front desk and one went back to investigate, but I didn't really get a sense for how it might be prevented in the future.
And now that my partner and I made it home safely, here are the questions:
- Do I let the remaining two weeks on my membership expire and never go back?
- Do I write a letter to the owners, enclose my photos and explain why I'm not renewing?
- Do I write a letter, enclose the photos, ask for a response and wait for an answer?
- Am I over-reacting and I should just keep an extra eye open when others are also at the range?
I'm not certain I ever thought about not having an RSO present until that day. I had always been in favor of self-policing on the range, but perhaps RSOs are actually needed? A quick search of the surrounding known ranges doesn't come up with any hits for RSOs. I'm guessing that having one shifts liability somewhat and probably increases range fees.