What do you do for fun (safe) things at the range?


April 2, 2005, 03:25 PM
Sometimes when going with friends at the range, sometimes bringing a variety of guns is enough. However, sometimes bringing the Delta Elite or the S&W 627 using the ammo with the biggest fireball is enough to bring a lot of grins and chuckles. :eek: :D What do you do to enhance your fun factor?

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April 2, 2005, 03:53 PM
Yep - fireballs good ........... :evil: :D


Then there is the sometimes necessary ''euthenizing'' of defunct equipment of various kinds ..... remembering of course to clear up after. :)

First HDD to meet its maker, was perforated by .223's at 100 yds ... 5 from my Contender and 5 from caseydog's Encore. The Seagate had a coupla .454's at 50 yds!!



April 2, 2005, 04:42 PM
Shoot a LOT!!! Bring a variety of firearms and shoot 'em all :D

Start with pistol ConTact (IDPA type), go to the skeet field, then shoot some pins and finish with the rifle range. The variety is a kick, especially when you go from focusing on the front sight and locking in the sight picture to forget the sights and keep the gun moving.

To enhance the fun factor I guess I'd have to say the side-by-side competitions are the best……..that’s where we each engage targets simultaneously and see who is the fastest/most accurate.

April 2, 2005, 05:01 PM
I really enjoy shooting platic bottles filled with water. Two or three liter bottles make big splashes but 20 oz. bottles are a little harder to hit and still explode pretty good. Just remember to clean up you plastic.

Nathaniel Firethorn
April 2, 2005, 08:43 PM
A .22 ultimate works really well against an invading army of crummy Springsteen CDs :neener:

- pdmoderator

April 2, 2005, 08:50 PM
I always try and get some rapid groups in for fun. set targets like this

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and shoot bottom left, shift, top right, and see your groupings. Change mag and repeat opposite.

Also: Water bottles, as mentioned, are lots of fun. Baking soda and vinegar is also fun, and biodegradeable.

Baloons filled with welders gas shot with tracers are fun, and safe if done correctly. Common sense must be used!

April 2, 2005, 09:34 PM
P95, I love that fireworks-at-dusk pic! About two months ago I used it as a desktop background at work (hope you don’t mind) and it never failed to get the attention of visitors.

I too take particular pleasure in euthanizing old computer hardware. I currently have the carcass and viscera of an old Compaq laptop arranged in a stylish mosaic on a cherrywood file cabinet. When people stop by, they are compelled to reach for a piece to examine. That’s when I stridently caution them, “DON'T DROP THAT NOW!!!”

I wonder if I could apply for a National Institute of Arts & Letters grant to further my work…

April 2, 2005, 09:47 PM
The best fun I could have is to lug my computer to the 25' line and shoot it with my 44 magnum. I do not understand the workings of these 'drive-me-crazy' machines. Somedays it works great. Other days it just does not respond to what it did yesterday. Can't live with them...can't live without them. :banghead:

chris in va
April 2, 2005, 10:04 PM
I'd like to know about this myself. There's an outdoor public range not far from here and I need to know what to bring for 9mm and .22.

April 2, 2005, 10:09 PM
At our private range we can shoot only paper targets, so we'll go out to the desert with our full-autos and shoot up whatever everyone brings. Freon and propane tanks, computer monitors, printers and hard drives, clay pidgeons and tannerite. Nothing like blowing stuff up! :D

Standing Wolf
April 2, 2005, 10:50 PM
What I did for fun at the range this afternoon was shoot next to a guy who had a Smith & Wesson 500. Ow! Ow! Owwwww! My poor ears!

Guy B. Meredith
April 3, 2005, 12:45 AM
Falling plates, IPSC stage practice, draw/present/double tap silhouettes. Exterminate pagers.

April 3, 2005, 01:00 AM
Plates and Bowling Pins are fun, especially when there's a timer available.

I also enjoying blasting dead HDDs and CDROM drives.

Zach S
April 3, 2005, 01:06 AM
I used to rent the MP5, until he gave it away for a measly eight and a half grand.

April 3, 2005, 01:15 AM
my mom just retired from her job. My dad was already retired and is very glad he no longer has to hear the alarm clock in the morning. We're going to shoot it sometime soon for his revenge. :evil:

April 3, 2005, 01:33 AM
Reactive targets. Usually a big bag of cheap apples or oranges. Biodegradeable. :D

Browns Fan
April 3, 2005, 06:52 AM
Chris, love your HDD degausser! :eek: :cool:

The "exit wound" on the seagate is pretty cool!

April 3, 2005, 08:02 AM
Ever been totally P.O.'ed by rude, thoughtless cellphone users? Get hold of a bunch of dead cellphones and blow 'em away. Does wonders for your morale!


April 3, 2005, 10:30 AM
You just can never practice tactical scenarios and their variations enough, but one thing I always try to do is challenge myself on taking head shots on the Hostake-Taker targets.

I have a paper Hostage Taker target of a slime-ball holding a gun to a little boy about the same age as my little guy, and another of him doing the same thing with 'the wife'. I have tacked these on to my cardboard IDPA target and used them to work on my accuracy skills.

While the scenario I'm practicing is seriuos business, I truly enjoy tactical skill improvement and in particular when I can show progressive improvement in my ability to put double taps where I want them. In the case of the hostage taker targets, I really focus in and launch on good shot straight at the eye-nose area of the hostage taker.

Okay okay -- I also enjoy blowing up watermelons with my shotgun.

April 3, 2005, 10:35 AM
Shoot pictures of ex-girlfriends.
It helps to release stress. Afterwards, I'm usually cracking up.
Sometimes, I'll buy a cheap stuff doll or stuff animal--something really cute and cuddily. I love blowing it up and seeing all of the stuffing on the floor :evil:

April 3, 2005, 10:39 AM
The best fun I can have at the range is to bring along one of my children. My daughter has not shot in a few years but, my son still loves it.

To make it more fun for both of us we:

Use exploding targets. Really neat, commercially available, they make a loud bang when hit right. Have to be stored safely under lock and key.

Use Cowboy and Indian plasttic men as targets, or those little green army men. Only about 2 to 3 inches tall.

Shoot trap (we just started this last year - loads of fun).

When I have been able to do so at a range, I shoot at cans. Just tin cans. They make a great target, and are quite reactive when hit.
They clean up pretty easily too. Water bottles are next on my list of to dos, but with colored water in them.

Tactical shooting is ok too but I do that more to train than for fun, although it is fun. I don't train my young one yet on this but maybe soon.......

All the best,
Glenn B

April 3, 2005, 06:01 PM
At the indoor range, I sometimes use the sillhouete target that has point values on the target from COM, to the extremities. I practice shot placement on the numbers.

Another indoor fun game is taking those AOL cd's that come in the mail, and tape them to the target. I can usually get 6 on target. Reactive, and great exercise for shot placement.

April 3, 2005, 09:38 PM

April 3, 2005, 09:50 PM
Anything that explodes is great as a target. When I lived in Ca. (1978) we shot at the dump about 5 miles out of town in 29 Palms. Great thing about that was no clean up.

Coconuts are fun. I guess its the liquid center and hard shell that makes for a spectacular event.

April 4, 2005, 12:25 AM
Ditto. TANNERITE! What a hoot!

Here in Idaho, I get it at andersoncorner.com.

Dean C
April 4, 2005, 12:46 AM
Got to go with the produce myself. Like previously posted, a bag of oranges and apples is a great "atta boy" when they turn into juice. A 30 foot spray at 80+ yards is fun with something big. (45/70 really makes a statement).

Another was the two 4" thick water soaked phone books. We were trying to captuer a .40 pistol round but I think 3 books would have been better. The aforementioned 47/70 left a hole about the size of my thumb through both and a paper trail that wouldn't end.

What fun, with not a lot to pick up.


Redneck Revolver
April 4, 2005, 09:06 AM
me and a few friends have an old redneck tradition: a shooting car! my one freind has left several holes trhough the old v10 truck engine with his .500, and me, ive put more then my share of shrapnel into the passanger side withmy nagant and now my yugo.

April 4, 2005, 12:42 PM
i like to wedge empty shotgun shells into the top of the target stand and plink them off with my m48a. can only do it consistantly at 25 yards. any further out and i cant focus on them over the front sight.

another fun thing is to set up in the lane to the left of WA and hear him whine and complain about the shower of brass as he tries to get groups with his swede. each week i tell him to get on my left, but he never remembers. :D

April 4, 2005, 12:52 PM
A great stress reliever for me is that I take old Avaya 6408 Digital Display Phones with me to the range. I hang them from my target holder and then blast the crap out of em usually starting with the dangling receiver and working my way up. Something about destroying equipment you work with daily gives me a nice feeling of satisfaction. ;) Oh and the absolute best ever is when I hit one of these damned phones at 200 yrds with my 50 cal. Oh the experience of seeing tiny pieces of the disintigrated phone dropping from the sky is just more joy then I can express with words. :D

10 Ring Tao
April 4, 2005, 06:40 PM
Did someone say tannerite? (yellow labeled bottle)


There wasn't much left of that tableau, and a big piece of that monitor sailed like 75 feet into the air.

April 4, 2005, 10:04 PM
Glad to see the Teletubby getting what is due! :evil: :D :D

10 Ring Tao
April 4, 2005, 10:21 PM
There wasn't even fuzz left from the little guy or the parrot.

Teletubby go bye-bye.

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