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Old 01-29-2011, 10:23 PM
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I am not in the military and I salute all you guys.

If you're active duty, but not a shooter of any kind, like my friend who's a systems administrator in the Air Force stationed in Germany right now, are you allowed to practice with weapons on a firing range on downtime if you want to?

I asked him, he said he'd never thought about it and didn't know the answer.
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Old 01-29-2011, 10:38 PM
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Not really, I don't know about the Air Force, but in the Army your unit might schedule some range time if they have the time and budget, and you might go if budget allows and you have the time available. You don't just check out your issue weapon and head down to the range for some target shooting whenever you feel like it though.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:12 AM
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Some Air Force bases have a Rod and Gun club where the "military public" can shoot at. However, the Combat Arms range is strictly for training, qualification, etc.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:20 AM
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What I do know is that even non-combat arms units are dragged out every few years to re-qualify budget and timer permitting.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:30 AM
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What I do know is that even non-combat arms units are dragged out every few years to re-qualify budget and timer permitting.
EVERY SIX MONTHS (for active, 12 for reserve), time and budget damn well better allow for it or some officer is FUBAR. At least in the Army. Of course, these days we use the ancient video game system known as the EST 2000 to qualify half the time.
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:35 AM
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the EST 2000... what a piece that thing is...
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Old 01-30-2011, 10:50 AM
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Only prior to qualification

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I am not in the military and I salute all you guys.

If you're active duty, but not a shooter of any kind, like my friend who's a systems administrator in the Air Force stationed in Germany right now, are you allowed to practice with weapons on a firing range on downtime if you want to?

I asked him, he said he'd never thought about it and didn't know the answer.
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:04 AM
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the EST 2000... what a piece that thing is...
For qualification yeah it's garbage, but running it is fun, I get to do all the MP shoot/no shoot scenarios with the m9 when no one is around. I spend about 15 minutes fixing it for every 15 shooting though lol.
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I have been trying to get pistol/rifle qualled for almost 10 years now. still a no go for me.
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No, only time you can shoot your weapon is either during training or qualification. No one can just take out their weapon from the armory and take it down to the range. It takes lot of work and man power to run the range in the military. For example, they need to have medical personnel, road block personnel, staff NCO to run the course, and permission from the range operator. Also, they need to have a vehicle just in case someone gets hurt and they need to transport that individual.
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It is nice to be Infantry and deployed. I just call up a test fire and shoot a bunch of crows to confirm zero.
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I spend about 15 minutes fixing it for every 15 shooting though lol.
ouuuu one that kinda works
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ouuuu one that kinda works
Heheh, yeah or I'm just good at fixing it lol.
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I think this is going to really depend on your leadership, Funding and where you are at. Some times we would get some range time and be able to go as long as there was a certain amount of NCO's. We also had an indoor range that we could shoot at. That was cool. We had to use a a different upper receivers. When your Job is to go out and fight bad guys you are going to get more chances to shoot then if your Job is to fix AC units.
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Here is the scary part about non-shooting jobs in the military. CCW wave the training for a DD214 or a Military ID in some states
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Air Force won't let you use their ammo or guns unless you are doing routine qualifying but rod and gun clubs and asking the CATM guys if you can shoot at the range and usually they will let you.
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