There are some uncomfortable questions that need to answered here!
Borepatch: Complacency: All you can say is they all got lucky. If you ever work as an R.O. on a range for any event, here's the anti-complacency video of the year.Range Officer Nightmare; and who is to blame?
Watch, think. Then discuss:
This surprising event .. a man caught downrange taping targets after the next shooter is already halfway through shooting the stage ...
The questions that need to be answered include:
- The Range Officer is responsible for ensuring that the range is clear before starting the next shooter. Where was his head? (Bob, this is taking the "Extreme Shooters" concept just a little too far, don't you think? If you're such a flaky RO, aren't you just asking for trouble when you wear a shirt with your name plastered all over it?
- What's with the guy who was downrange pasting the targets? What happened to HIS "Situational Awareness"? Didn't he hear the (clearly stated, in a loud voice) range commands?
- Is this an uncomfortable validation of the old mantra "IPSC WILL GET YOU KILLED!" (??)
- Apparently, this was one of those matches where the emphasis has been placed on "MAKE THE SQUADS MOVE THROUGH EACH STAGE QUICKLY!" What's so efficient about putting a squad member in danger?
- Speaking of which .. where was the rest of the squad? Weren't they looking out for each other? Don't they realize that they're all part of the "SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE" mantra?
- Didn't the shooter do his own walkthrough before he started his run? Didn't he wait until the stage was clear before he got into the starting box?
- Apparently, not even the video-camera guy was paying attention.
- **(And Finally!)** This is the thing I've been complaining about for YEARS! The problem with Vision Barriers is the they don't allow everyone to see the stage at all times. Safety is EVERYBODY'S RESPONSIBILITY! Stage Design and Stage Construction (even at club matches) should be allow full visual access to every corner of 'downrange'.