Jeremiah in Utah was disqualified from an IDPA match recently because he thought he heard the Range Officer tell him to load and make ready when he really didn’t. Jeremiah said that the RO’s on his squad had been fast and loose with range commands all day, and he thought he heard the command to make ready and pulled out his gun to make ready, and then the RO told him that he was disqualified.
This is a BIG pet peeve of mine. As an RO it’s my job to basically be the designated driver for the shooters on my squad. I’m working so they can have a good time. It’s not the time for me to be cutting it up and joking around, having conversations, asking people about their new blaster, and most of all, making up my own range commands.
If you’ve been around the shooting sports for any length of time, you’ve certainly heard these before:
“Gas it up, cowboy!”
“Make it hot”
“Grip it and rip it!”
Things like that. If you’ve ever said these things to a shooter, stop it. If you say it to me, expect an unimpressed glare until you tell me the proper range command.
Not only should RO’s use the proper command, but in my opinion, they also shouldn’t be spending a bunch of time chatting with shooters and things like that. When the shooter comes to the line, answer his questions clearly and concisely, and then get things rolling.