GUNS: Loaded weapons BEHIND people on the firing line?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/02/12/american-sniper-chris-kyle-never-had-chance-to-draw-gun-texas-ranger-says/?intcmp=latestnews

REGIONS
‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle never had chance to draw gun, Texas Ranger says
Published February 12, 2015
FoxNews.com

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The body of Chris Kyle, the former sniper killed at a rural Texas gun range in 2013, was located by rangers wearing a loaded 1911-style semiautomatic pistol that was still holstered and with its safety on, a Texas Ranger testified on Thursday.

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Tim Moore, an attorney for Routh, said Kyle and Littlefield’s text exchange shows how Routh was spiraling out of control. He told jurors that Routh was suffering from severe mental strain that day and thought he needed to kill the two or they would turn on him.

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In another earlier report, it was asserted that both men were shot from behind.

I don’t know how the range worked there, but I know how some ranges in NJ and VA operate.

There is a range safety officer, who’s watching what happens. And loaded weapons are NOT allowed BEHIND people on the firing line.

There’s no doubt that is NOT a perfect solution.

But a loaded weapon BEHIND two experienced shooters would have not gone unnoticed.

Just an observation.

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One thought on “GUNS: Loaded weapons BEHIND people on the firing line?

  1. I think you are right in that different ranges operate differently. More importantly, I think that different people have very wildly different mindsets; the military often does things completely different then civilian ranges.

    I don’t know the range they were at but many ranges out here are unsupervised at least by paid range officers. In many private ranges, and some public ranges, each person acts as a range officer.

    The other aspect to consider is we don’t know when they were shot. Were they shot as they got to the range, during what should have been the middle of their session or the end as everyone was packing up. We also don’t know if Routh shot them with a handgun or handguns he was using on the range or something he had hidden on his person.

    It is conceivable they were practicing drawing from their holsters, went down range to change targets and were shot after they trusted Routh to be on the firing line with unloaded weapons. Or they were shot as they were leaving. We simply don’t know.

    Bob

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