My paranoia prohibits me from being completely unarmed at any point :lol:
That said, it's always holstered/not being handled when people are down range. Another big thing that happened while I was on the machine gun range at Ft Stewart a couple of weeks ago that is a big concern - accidental discharges. I don't know how it happened, but we all have to be careful.
I was the one who said sign the rules. yep- maybe I went a bit too far there. But, as Fordnut said- Everyone needs to know the rules. It is very difficult to help someone correct their unsafe behavior when they do not know they are behaving unsafe.
I agree with Tigerstripe.Changing configuration?You are handling a weapon and this WILL NOT be acceptable if someone is down range.I don't care what you are doing or how safe it might be in your estimation or in actuality.It leads to all kinds of problems.
There are people I personally trust to do such a thing with me down range but I never know EVERYONE on a range. Even IF completely safe, gun handling when someone is down range is still really worrying and rude because the other person just doesn't know what is going on.
I don't think holstered sidearms are the same as guns laying on tables, pointed down range. I'm not saying holstered guns need to be emptied. More like condition 1. Guns on the bench should be Condition 4 when not in use. Chamber flags are great but not everyone carries them around and I don't think you could ever get 100% of the shooting population to. Best to have solid rules that apply whenever a gun is present that require no special diddles.
Also, I feel like this has become two conversations. One is about the Shootzenfest specifically. The other (my point of view) is general public range safety awareness.