A common term you hear out on the shooting range “Fire” is usually a word we like to hear on the range.  When said as a range command, it is synonymous with a whole bunch of lead being sent down range, and for us shooters that is a good thing.  For newer shooters  a range command is an order given by an instructor or range safety officer on the range that instructs you to perform a certain act.  In the case of “fire” it means to shoot.  On a standard indoor or outdoor range this command is heard quite often.

Out here in the West, where I live, we have many shooting areas that are not organized indoor or outdoor ranges.  We western cowboys and cowgirls like are open ranges, literally.  Open land against a good back drop, like a hill or a mountain, is a great place to shoot.  Shooters head to open spaces to avoid crowds, prices or they just want some fresh air.  Even though these open lands are a bit of a drive it allows more freedom to shooters.  Sometimes, ranges put restrictions on caliber, targets and a variety of other items, so shooters truck it out to the bad lands to enjoy those shooting platforms. These areas usually reside on BLM (Bureau of Land Management or State/Federal land.

Out there on the ‘open range’ you won’t hear a lot of range commands, it is left up to the shooters to be safe and watch out for each other.  However, you might on occasion during the summer months hear someone scream “fire” unfortunately it will probably mean you should run instead of shoot. During the summer months the dry grasses only need a spark to cause large and extensive wildfires.  Many of these fires are blamed on shooters.  Many of these fires can be prevented if shooters would take some precautions out there in the dry grass. When it is hot shooters should stay away from shooting steel core or jacketed bullets, tracer rounds or incendiary rounds.  Choose areas to shoot that are away from grassy areas or clean the grass away from the area you are shooting. Use extreme caution with explosive targets like tannerite. We have to be responsible shooters in order for us to keep our rights and privileges.  Owning weapons won’t mean much if we can’t shoot and practice. 150,000 Acres have already been burned in Utah alone this year by wildfires.

However, we as shooter and citizens need to be watchful and concerned that these fires are not pinned on shooters for political reasons.  While the things I have mentioned earlier might cause fires, most shooters are not shooting these types of rounds they are shooting lead or copper jacketed rounds that do not cause sparks. BLM as of late, wrote up a report that rounds are so hot because of friction when leaving the barrel of a gun that they will just start fires on their own. This is not true and can not be reproduced.  News programs perpetuate that shooters are the cause of most of these fires, which is also not true.  It is important for us to be responsible shooters but we also must be vigilant community organizers and some times public relations specialists, so that we are not unrightfully blamed for these fires.  It is hard to fight false perceptions, but it is important.

Safe Shooting…ready and fire.


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