I'm thinking of joining as well, even though I've not yet even set foot in the place. (I have bought two Glocks and a Sig 556 from the Issaquah store, whose staff are truly a pleasure to work with, so I'd expect the same quality experience at their range.)I joined as a member a few months back, and have to say this is easily the nicest range on the Eastside.
"You are using ammunition which we do not allow, I am confiscating it from you". Never once did he ask us what we were shooting, or if we had more, or if we knew that it was not allowed, simply dug right into our range bag and took it.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience...this is their loss. I'm a regular at WCA and this has yet to happen to me. If I remember correctly, Wally World sells a few different types of 9mm. From knowledge, I know they sell 115 grain 50 round Federal Champion, 115 grain 250 round UMC, and possibly 115 grain Winchester WB. If your friend bought these types of ammo, it should not be an issue as they are all brass cased. I can't remember if Wally World sells steel cased ammo...possibly Brown Bear?
While I agree that the situation could have been handled differently, hopefully this doesn't taint your experience at WCA. I would call the range and see if you can sort this out? If you remember the build, height, and facial features of the rangemaster that did this, it should be pretty easy to find out who it was. There aren't too many people that work there. Please update us!
We are going again on thursday, and if the same guy is there, I might approach him and let him know how we felt about the situation, just ask that he inform us if we are doing something against range protocol. This range is still much better than anything else around here, they still have my business. A bad day at WCA is better than most my range days at Lewis, but I have disgruntled NCO's to blame for that
his issue was not with the casings, but rather that he insisted that we were using "steel core" ammo, and that they were likely to cause dangerous ricochets. I've never even heard of steel core 9mm, let alone that is sold at Walmart.