People who want to protect their families come from every walk of life and socio-economic background.
I usually greet fellow patrons with a “good morning” or “what’s up” or “what you shooting over there?”
After the exchange of pleasantries, the mission at hand
It’s hard to tell who’s NEW though. I recognize the faces even if I don’t know the names. Not too many folk go to the range on Monday mornings at 11 AM! 🤷🏾
I don’t wear my Gun Critic hat when I’m around them unless it becomes extremely necessary due to safety concerns.
Talk to them. I use every opportunity to point out that I instruct kids with rifles(4H) which often leads to discussions about other firearms. Some times, I even make a really nice looking target, and get asked “where’d you learn how to do that?” It makes a nice conversation.
Hint #1 : you can tell new shooters by looking at their targets.
Hint #2: unsolicited advice is often rude and rarely welcome.
Hint #3: be nice, smile and stay in your lane.
If their being safe at the range I leave others alone unless they approach me with questions, concerns, or comments.