I feel the need to ask this again........


June 25, 2005, 01:21 AM
I have seen a lot of threads lately where people are asking about the tactical virtues of this or that firearm or somebody has asked a question about a gun and been told that it is not tactically viable.

So anybody else out there besides me shoot for FUN now and then. Not for groups, not for training, not cuz somebody out there surely needs killin' but just for the raw viceral fun of it.

You know........

Walther PP for those James Bond fantasies......

Maybe a nice single action or lever gun for when it's time to saddle up?

I nice tricked out AR15 with all the goodies not because it is ubertacticool but because it is the Lego of firearms.

Now I have guns that I consider my go to defensive firearms but more often then not it's all about the fun for me. Pistol caliber carbine....sure it's no short AR but they can be darn fun.

So who's with me? Let's take a moment and indulge are inner childs and play army or cowboys and indians or cops and robbers......uh safely of course.


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June 25, 2005, 01:27 AM
I completely agree. Not that I don't think CCWability is a virtue to look for in a gun for some people in some situations. But, it seems like any time you ask a handgun question, you get "well xxx would make a great CCW gun." (not trying to give anyone crap, but i found it funny that CCW was mentioned in another thread where I talked about buying a Taurus 608 with a 6" or 8" barrel :p )

You could ask about .500S&W vs. .460 for whitetails and you'd get a response talking about the lack of IWB holsters for guns in either caliber. :D

english kanigit
June 25, 2005, 01:43 AM
screw tactitool, its mil-surps for me...

Plus the part about me living in Kansas kinda puts that whole CCW out of the question... :fire:

Black Majik
June 25, 2005, 01:50 AM
I usually always shoot for fun. No EBR for me. No CCW for me either. For home defense, I dont see the need to clear, or would I ever clear a house by myself. I do practice, because I enjoy shooting.

I do however, enjoy reading abou techniques, and once in a while reading SHTF or tactical threads are fun :D

June 25, 2005, 01:55 AM
My wife's SIG P232 is of questionable tactical value, especially in a non-CCW state, but I love to shoot it.

My son inherited a turn of the century Marlin model 93, and I can't hit water jumpin out of a boat with that thing, (That blade sight makes no sense to me...) but I love to shoot it.

Come to think of it, most all the stuff I shoot is fun.

June 25, 2005, 02:41 AM
I know what you mean. My carry gun is generally a .45 or an HK of some type, but I bought a Ruger Blackhawk last year, just for the sheer fun of it. I wanted to shoot .45lc, and since this shoots .45lc and .45acp, it sounded like a good deal to me.

June 25, 2005, 02:46 AM
"...they can be darn fun..." No question about it. Shooting is fun. It doesn't matter what kind of shooting or with what. Ya know, cslinger, who the hell would want to live anywhere that you need a gun just to be safe? Other than because you can? Takes the fun out of shooting because you like to shoot.

June 25, 2005, 03:50 AM
hmmmmm shoot ... just cause it's fun ? Never thought of it as just silly fun, but I guess most of my shooting falls into that catagory. I have a Walther P38 my dad brought back from WWII. He traded a bottle of gin with a G.I. while delivering gas to Patton. He gave it to me and I really just enjoy shooting that pistol ... light and easy as a .22. I have a S&W 686 PP that has a little more recoil, but the PP sure reduces the muzzle flip and I enjoy shooting that handgun. I'll spend a couple weeks loading a half dozen boxes of shells, using an old Lyman Tong tool ... a couple hours here ... a couple hours there ... I eventually get a half dozen boxes loaded. These are quiet, peaceful, easy hours ... an enjoyment all in itself. It is definately fun to go out to the range and shoot off 2-300 rounds in a few hours that I spent a couple weeks putting together ... kinda like spending all day building the sand castle on the beach, then destroying it in a few quick minutes. If I can keep all the shots on a 6" paper plate at 17 yards, I am very happy. ... if not, I'm still happy.

Yeah ... I find it fun just to shoot the damn cartriges I just loaded, and they work ... beats fishing. :rolleyes:

Happy Shooting :)


June 25, 2005, 04:34 AM
shootin just for the sake of hearin bangs all I can say is hellya my personal fav is a ruger mkII with bull barrel .22 is the most fun nothin like grabbin a brick and headin off somewhere to rap off some rounds and I find it just pure fun thanks for remindin me in this high tech more pressure world with everyone runnin around beeper this, fax me that and cell me from the car to the office that at least once in a while its fun to be a 13yr kid just going out to plink some cans or tear some paper just because I can thx. :D :D


June 25, 2005, 04:36 AM
although hook686, there is still alot to be said for tossin a line and drownin some bait :neener:

June 25, 2005, 05:29 AM
I don't shoot because I've got a CHP. I've got a CHP because I enjoy shooting and like guns. A CHP is just another facet of the jewel. Of course feeling like I could defend myself if "it" ever happened is not a bad thing.

What could look less "tactical" than an old, fat guy, wearing a fanny pack?

June 25, 2005, 07:38 AM
MOST of my shooting is that-just for FUN! I shoot a lot of handguns in a variety of calibers, all fun. I REALLY like to shoot for nastalga too. For example, I always get a 'buzz' out of fireing off my old DCM (NOT CMP!) M1 Garand. And shooting the Ruger #1 in 45-70 is a real hoot! And if those old 98 Mausers could talk, what tales they might tell!

Isn't that the name of the game---FUN????????

June 25, 2005, 08:10 AM
My love of hunting is what initially got me interested in recreational shooting. The ability to capably use a firearm to defend myself, while certainly nice, is more of an incidental benefit to me.

I shoot for the sheer fun of it...end of story :)

June 25, 2005, 08:13 AM
I shoot for fun and recreation. I find that target shooting is an excellent way to get out, get some exercise, and enjoy the day. Plinking is a lot of fun too, but the ranges around me are all "paper targets only" type places. Of course, sometimes I miss the target completely and end up shooting old chunks of wood and other such rubbish that accumulates at the end of the range. It is an accident though, I swear.

Bruce H
June 25, 2005, 09:11 AM
Anybody looking at my targets or watching my great wingshooting ability would definitely classify it as fun. There is no practical application for my great ability.

June 25, 2005, 11:18 AM
A good gun collection is as diverse as a smart financial portfolio. Mine ranges from pocket .22s to long-barreled .44 magnums, from blackpowder revolvers to hi-cap load-once-shoot-all-day polymer autos. Rifles range from ultra-short lever-action carbines to muzzleloaders. I refuse to be pigeon-holed. If it goes BANG, there's fun involved, and I don't want to miss it. :D

Old Fuff
June 25, 2005, 11:48 AM
Well yes indeed! The Old Fuff tends to enjoy vintage arms that sometimes don't digest +P very well. My Daddy once told me to avoid gunfights and such because they could be hazardous to one's health. Even here on the U.S./Mexican border I seldom get involved in more then one or two shoot-outs a week ... :eek: :D

June 25, 2005, 12:21 PM
Different guns for different jobs.

I have a Kel-Tec for carry.
12 gauge for hunting (in Indiana this is all we get for hunting)

Ak 47, CETME, lever action rifles, big pistols all else just for the FUN of it.

I like my toys...

June 25, 2005, 12:27 PM
99% of my guns are for hunting of some sort, yes the hanguns too. Only a few were purchased with defense in mind.

Big Gay Al
June 25, 2005, 01:34 PM
Whenever I go shooting, it's for fun. Most ranges around here don't allow you to draw from a holster and shoot. So I'm pretty limited in that.

For the drawing part of the training, I practice at home, with an UNLOADED weapon. Or I use an airsoft for practice.

But my target shooting is strictly for fun...and of course target practice, which is fun also, and useful at the same time. :D

June 25, 2005, 01:35 PM
Im sorry, but I am offended by a post talking about shooting being fun. FUN, who told you you could have fun...

Mods: please remove this thread immediately as it has no tactical value. And quite honestly, I am offended by the word "tacticool". This sight is for serious shooters only and those of you who don't understand that should just go play....elsewhere. :uhoh:

Um, sorry, I had a flashback to the last few threads I've read and got confused...


All my guns are for fun, including my CCW, because I also shoot it in IDPA matches (with real ammo, BTW, no light loads here). But i must say, I have the most fun when my shooting partner and I set up scenarios, regardless whether we are shooting handguns, shotguns or rifles. I also enjoy shooting long range from the bench/kneeling/prone, but I try to make that a game also, setting targets at varying distances and rolling dice for order of engagement.

June 25, 2005, 02:24 PM
All oif the shooting I do is fun (some more serious fun, other types just pure fun). The only time I did not shoot for fun was when I actually shot at people in self defense. That was too scary to be fun.

June 25, 2005, 04:53 PM
I'm with ya'. The next 3 guns on my list are just for fun guns.

1. Buck Mark
2. A shot gun that I can trick out into a tact-i-kool gun just cuz.
3. A single action 45 long colt. Something all rustic looking.

I already have my CCW guns, and when I shot them it's always fun :D

June 25, 2005, 04:57 PM
Chris, you've shot with me. You know I'm not shooting for groups. :neener:

Most of my shooting is basically for fun. I try to spend a little time working on control and accuracy, but what it comes down to is I enjoy punching holes in defenseless paper targets.

June 25, 2005, 05:04 PM
Concerning your sig...
I went to high school in Hawaii and boxed on the HS team. I was good, real good. However, whenever I got in the ring with a Samoan, I'd out-point him for a couple of rounds, then he'd get bored and knock me on my keester.
You can't hurt the SOBs. Having said that, once you make a friend of a Samoan, he's a true and loyal friend for life in my experience.
Off topic I know....

June 25, 2005, 05:18 PM
Everything I have is for fun--the ability to shoot good groups is just an added bonus :D . I don't buy things for "tatical" this or "modular" that--I buy things because I wanna go have a good time. I have different fun with the different guns (big bore for blowing the crap outta things, my SKS for a lower-kick alternative, my .22 for when my shoulder dies due to the others). For me, shooting is the fun. I buy guns cheap, shoot them hard, and go home happy; I couldn't care less about how things would fare in a mall-ninja "tacticool" situation, and anything will work for HD. Just my opinion.

June 25, 2005, 05:25 PM
Concerning your sig...

Hey Biker. At first I thought "Why is he asking about my P220?" :)

The fake Margaret Mead quote is a joke from an old Bloom County strip. And yeah, I'm familiar with Samoans. I went to high school on an American Air Force Base in Japan and I knew a couple of them whose parents were there as well. Nice guys.

June 25, 2005, 05:32 PM
Ya got me. I don't think I could've out-boxed your P220 either. Got about the same chance as with a Samoan....

June 25, 2005, 05:43 PM
...but just for the raw viceral fun of it.

I confess. Alot of my shooting is for fun. Not only that, I own nothing "tactical". Even my handguns have the fragile, non-glow-in-the-dark, target sights on 'em. :p

I got an uncle that lives in Bowling Green, KY. Next time I'm down there I'll drop you a PM for a fun shoot if you're interested.

Standing Wolf
June 25, 2005, 06:42 PM
I shot tin cans this month for the first time in at least fifteen years. What a hoot!

June 25, 2005, 09:10 PM
I just got in, took a 1944 Radom, 1911A1, 1943 Browning High power, and a Beretta 96. My face is still hurting from the smile.


June 25, 2005, 09:24 PM
All of my guns are for fun. Really out of all my guns, only my SP101 was purchased as a 'defensive sidearm', and even then, I shoot it more out of fun than because I need to practice with it.

I've only hunted once, with one of my guns. A couple like my Contender and Marlin 22 were bought with hunting as a possible use, but they have only killed paper so far.

My Beretta 96 was bought cause I liked seeing them in Movies. I bought both my Vaquero and Marlin 1894 to satisfy 'little boy' dreams of cowboys and indians. I have a Desert Eagle, an AMT Automag II, a WASR, etc.

Yeah, I have CCW and I do practice with it. Different guns get rotated into the CCW and HD roles, and I'll practice with them accordingly. But, those same guns also blast cans and plates and pins too.

It's all about FUN! :D

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