Public Shooting Range Training Wheels in Korea

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A friend of mine, in Korea, shared a video of him shooting real guns in South Korea. His video isn’t public so I can’t share it. However I found something similar.

You can see the pistol lanes have a chain that runs across and the pistol is attached to the chain. This is to prevent shooters from breaking the 180 degree rule. I suppose this will also help shooters, who are not familiar with pistol recoil, to prevent muzzle climb and hitting themselves in the face. I suppose you can never be too careful however I think it is a little much. I think they need to take the training wheels off and let them make some mistakes so they can have a better appreciation and understanding of weapon manipulation.

Oh and take a look at the shooters. They are all wearing bullet proof vests. You can never be too safe I suppose. I was told by my friend in Korea, that the vests and chains are the result from too many suicides in Korea. Apparently people would go to the range to commit suicide. So the chain helps prevent people from pointing the gun unsafely. Although they could spin the gun backwards/upside down at themselves which defeats the purpose.

Here is a Korean Article about the ramping up of range safety measures due to accidents and suicides.

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  • Zach

    One of my best buddies just returned to Korea after a spell of high school in the US. The day before he left, my friends and I realized he had never been shooting or held a gun.
    So we remedied that :)

    It’s a shame that weapons are practically unfound in Korea. The men there should all know how to use them well, because of the mandatory service.

    • FourString

      ^Yeah Switzerland style. Such a shame though that South Koreans are probably more likely to commit suicide however, considering the higher societal pressures (school and beauty)

  • gunslinger

    gun range i used to go to had Auto Rentals. They had you strap the barrel to the lane so it didn’t rise and shoot the ceiling.

    although i do think the vests are a bit much. granted that same range had one of the lane tops get a ricochet back and put a hole in it.

  • SafeArmsReview

    I spent many years in Korea and to have a gun you have to have a LOT of money. Gun ranges were pretty rare back then. My wife’s cousins came from Korea to visit us and we went shooting – they were amazed with all the guns, pistols, rifles, carbines, shotguns, etc. They loved it and are the talk of the town.

    They had a blast.

  • 1leggeddog

    I cringed a bit during that video where the guy shooting what looked like a Desert Eagle had someone go ahead and touch his gun every other round, even one time WHILE he was shooting.

    Good way to lose a finger! Or two…

    • hydepark

      Agreed. I think the reason is they must roll their own for that. Those rounds looked WAY underpowered and that’s probably why it wasn’t cycling. Poor Eagle can’t stretch its wings.

      • hydepark

        I take that back. After looking at the video more closely it looks like it’s a .357 model. My bad.

    • gunslinger

      the first part of the DE portion looked like the gun was jamming, and the range guy had to clear it.

      not sure why he had to touch at the end, one looked like he was making sure the hammer was down?

  • nick

    Guns mounted to chains, must be Dianne Feinstein her wet dream.

    • Yellow Devil

      Not unless they are behind a partition somewhere in a museum exhibit with the words “Don’t Touch”.

  • Morgan

    The range employee groping the gun is a very “Asian gun range” thing, for lack of a better descriptor. It’s kinda weird actually. Put me off going to the range when I lived in Thailand. Pretty much between each shot the dudes would reach out and touch or squeeze the gun. I thinks it’s because so many tourists with egos and no proper safe handling skills would use the same ranges and the instructors had nightmares of some guy waving the piece around for photo opps between shots. Anybody else shot in Asia to confirm my opinion?

    • Nicholas C

      I experienced the waving thing back in college. I volunteered to show Japanese Foreign Exchange students American Culture. Took them to a range. When the employee handed them the revolver, they immediately pointed it at each other to take pics. The employee and I nearly had a heart attack.

      • Morgan

        I think the BIG problem with ranges open to civilians in Thailand specifically is that they are typically part of large entertainment centers. So, at the same location as a shooting range you’ll also find go cart tracks, paintball arenas, airsoft and possibly a monkey playing cymbals for cash. This environment attracts tourists in board shorts and Thais with little firearm experience. Yes, these places host IDPA comps too. But it’s not conducive to serious shooting and safe practices. So out come the very “hands on” employees. I was very uncomfortable in those ranges. Naturally, if Asians visit the US, they’ll bring some pretty bad habits with them. Lots of possible scenarios to cause your butt to stovepipe.

      • Phil

        Makes you think, maybe the rest of the world has it right with restricting their citizens rights to firearms. I say Americans are most understanding, responsible, and deserving of universal gun rights.

        • FourString

          Dunno if you can make a generalization about character like that. I’d say it’s more that the rarity of civilian firearms over there lends to the reckless examples. We Americans are not immune from idiots mishandling firearms all the time either, but less of us do so simply because we’ve had the exposure/access to firearms to begin with.

  • Justin_GA

    Ok everyone can hate me, but I kinda like the chain idea. Especially when training someone who is new to shooting sports. I find that it’s the older people I train break more safe handling rules then children. I think it has to do with “learning” aspect. Adults tend to think they know everything. Also I like the vests that they wear at the range. I’ve personally been technically shot twice at ranges. (Both ricochets that didn’t require a hospital visit.) The last time I was shot was with a .45 to the chest. It didn’t penetrate but bruised me and felt like someone shooting me with a frozen paintball. Since that last incident I wear a vest and as weird as it sounds some indoor ranges wouldn’t let me use the range with the vest on.

    • gunslinger

      i don’t have a problem with some type of restraint, especially for new shooters. the number of people on youtube that give someone a gun to fire and after the first shot they do the 180 with the gun and sweep just about everyone. yeah, not cool.

      • Justin_GA

        I offer free training for adults and children. Adult males with a little firearm experience seem to be the only one’s who do the sweep everyone with the gun. The wife’s actually listen and are always better shots then there husbands. Though children are the the best when it comes to safety. Some people don’t agree with my “Fear of God” speech to children, but it worked for me and my family and it seems to work with others even though it’s not PC. Putting the fear of God in them speech…..ie. This is a firearm….it only takes one simple mistake to take the life of yourself, someone you love like brother or sister, or someone else. You go to church and believe in God correct? Then you believe in the Ten commandments correct? If you believe in the 10 commandments that mistake just sent you to hell for eternity. No do-overs, no forgiveness, no nothing. So before you touch that firearm I want you to understand how important SAFTEY is!…….

        • Ken

          I’ve noticed the same. I’ve even had plenty of guys slapping the trigger like it’s a video game controller or something.

        • Tim

          “If you believe in the 10 commandments that mistake just sent you to
          hell for eternity. No do-overs, no forgiveness, no nothing.”
          That bit here. Needs to be printed on a t-shirt.
          Strong stuff, but this is exactly how it is.

          Although from personal experience, I’ve seen a young adult/big kid(not sure which lol) with no firearm experience come close to sweep me and a couple other people, not because he didn’t listen or think it wasn’t dangerous but because he was just deeply uncomfortable holding a firearm and started turning around with a loaded glock in his hand to ask for directions.
          All he had to do at that point was point the thing in the right direction and press the trigger but his fear was interfering. In hindsight I think if we simply had him dry fire before giving him a loaded gun, we would have probably avoided that awkward situation.
          That was a cool afternoon though, at an outdoor range somewhere deep in NC with various foreign exchange and local students and just one other guy at the furthest lane possible.

  • John

    I have a Korean co-worker. I once offered to take him shooting AR-15s. His answer was hell no. He then told me the story of his time in mandatory service and spending all night out in the field looking for one missing 5.56 fired brass from his platoon. I guess that’s one way to learn to hate guns and AR-15s.

    • 1776patriot

      What a nation of pussies, if that’s the general attitude how can the citizenry ever hope to resist the day they get steamrolled by the Norks?

      • FourString

        What a retarded blanket generalization

      • billyoblivion

        Tell you what Hoss, you make that comment within hearing distance of a ROK Marine.

        Then come back and tell us how many teeth you have left.

  • Vhyrus

    Seems like you could really easily bump fire those suckers that way.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    The range I worked at had chains single point attached in front of each gun. New Yorkers who had never seen a gun would come and be very insistent that they could not possibly be shooting “real” ammo, so they would try and do all sorts of stupid things besides turning 180. This was after they were already given a demonstration of how the guns were shooting real ammo.

    The chain helped.

    One time I had to draw on a woman who unhooked an AK47, with somewhere between 1 and 6 rounds in it and turned facing a group of 50 people so her husband could get a photo, finger on the trigger and everything. She started getting mad when she was told to put the gun back, this was not cool. Once drawn upon by myself and another RO, she dropped/threw the AK on to the concrete and started yelling/screaming. If Yelp would have been around she would have left us a poor review.

    • Gallan

      You must be a U.S cop, first instinct is to shoot people, lol.

      • JSmath

        You must be an idiot, responding to a short story without comprehending what was said. I’ll help you out, all those words can be pretty intimidating to read all at once:

        “She started getting mad when she was told to put the gun back, this was not cool. Once drawn upon by myself and another RO … ”

        Their first reaction was to ask her to act as everyone is required to, as everyone that goes to a range signs a document swearing they will. She probably didn’t like it, but they very likely kept her from accidentally murdering someone with a NDF – that’s a “negligent discharge of a firearm”, in other words shooting a gun unintentionally.
        Good R.O.

        In USAF Basic, the guy right next to me swept me and everyone behind with his M16 -after loading- between firing sessions. Dude got drawn on, put on his face, dragged out, and screamed at for a few hours. I don’t think he ever made that mistake again, I actually think he didn’t even get recycled, just a little bit of trauma. Same can’t be said for the tard who asked to use burst, was told no, and then did it anyway. That’s just how some people have to be taught critical life lessons, when only a few inch pounds of force could have resulted in the loss of someone’s life.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          100% correct. Yea, that comment was so stupid I wasn’t even going to touch it :)

      • Geodkyt

        SOP for ROs who work at gun stores with rental firearms, dude. Because, what’s the easiest way to get a loaded gun in the store? Rent it from them.

    • engjin

      This in PA? We have public ranges that are more like tourist attractions for people who come from communist states who only have seen guns in movies. They advertise “shoot the gun so in so used in Dirty Harry xxxx”

      I’m scared to death just driving by those places…

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea, it was PA. This range is long shut down, but I do have to admit there was a Dirty Harry sign under the 44mag :D

        It was actually really safe and a decently run place. That’s of course one of the reasons it’s shut down now. There is another one in the same area that is defeinitely more sketchy. You have clearly been to the Poconos :)

  • Zachary marrs

    Saw this when I went to Hawaii, lots of Japanese tourists calling it the “wild west” god help them if they went to Arizona or Texas

  • Ken

    This is why I don’t like shooting at public ranges. I’m a member at a private club and I like it that way. It’s not only rarely crowded, it really cuts down on the idiocy.

    When I was shooting at an indoor range in Las Vegas with a family friend, some tourist muzzle swept me with an MP5. He had rented a full auto one with two mags of ammo. He did two mag dumps at a close up target and left it mostly clean. The instructor locked the bolt back, and handed it to him with the empty mags to take back to the counter. He put one of the mags back in, dropped the bolt, and then proceeded to muzzle sweep everyone while he carried it out pointed forwards.

  • stimr2

    The shooting ranges in Korea are also popular with Japanese tourists. There was a fire at a shooting range that killed a group of Japanese tourists.

  • Eric

    I did a full experience at Daegu shooting range before I left Korea this time. I did their skeet/shotgun and handgun in the range. the handguns were similar, chained up. Being a relatively regular shooter, I was almost unnerved by not loading my own and that, but it was par for the course. the biggest thing to me was getting in a comfortable position where I wasn’t pulling or pushing the chain. very small window for that. Shotgun was a bit more “normal” but they held the ammo. you would shoot, break open, they would hand you (in my case) or load, the next rounds, and then you’d lock and go. It was my first experience with Skeet/trap or whatever. It was fun, but the gun control was very interesting. The “pro” shooters down the range doing their thing were running much more like a normal match you see on TV. complete with tons of ammo and their shotguns just hanging out on a rack. This was in a very large competitive arena. I can write more if you want.

  • Jim Chambers

    Are the masks for lead safety or biological protection?

  • JT

    In Hawaii they do it to keep the tourists from committing suicide, among the more obvious reasons. People would blow their savings on a nice vacation, go to the range, rent a gun, and blow their brains out because guns were illegal or hard to get where they were from, or so I was told by a RO over there. I did see a hole in one of the lane dividers though

  • Acecool

    I don’t like the idea of having a second “trigger” through the trigger-guard. My finger is enough. Also, what will stop them from rotating the gun back on themselves? Nothing.