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cslinger
April 1, 2003, 04:01 PM
I am going to head to the range for a little out of the ordinary 12 gauge therapy.

Sorry I just felt the need to share.

Does anybody else just go shoot to shoot sometimes. No groups, no discipline(other than safety), no cares, just plain ole' fashion 8 year old make a big boom, play with your toys fun.

Chris

DISCLAIMER: I don't mean doing stupid stuff that will get you or anybody else hurt or barred from a range.

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DMK
April 1, 2003, 04:06 PM
Man, I don't blame you one bit. I wish I could make it to the range this afternoon, but it just isn't going to happen for me today.

There's not to much after a bad day that will put a smile on your face like booming away with a 1911, SKS or Garand.

10-Ring
April 1, 2003, 04:11 PM
Oh man, I envy you! I can't wait til Saturday! I haven't shot in 2 weeks & I really need to now.
In the past, I have been able to go shoot just for the fun of it. Lately tho, I haven't had the time :(
Like I tell my non-shooting friends...it's better than a crack habit and cheaper too! :D

pax
April 1, 2003, 04:11 PM
I am going to head to the range for a little out of the ordinary 12 gauge therapy.
Gone to hunt the bluebird of happiness with a 12-gauge, are you?
Does anybody else just go shoot to shoot sometimes. No groups, no discipline(other than safety), no cares, just plain ole' fashion 8 year old make a big boom, play with your toys fun.
Not often enough!

Couple weeks back I was at the range with a couple of buddies. Not my usual range, not for "practice." Just to play around. One of them had me fire off 20 rounds in his DE -- someone had given him some ammo and he doesn't enjoy shooting anything that's not his own reloads. So he handed it to me and said, "Get rid of this stuff, would you? I need the brass."

Well, shoot. What a terrible thing, to have to shoot off some ammo for someone else, in a nifty cool gun no less. :D

Came home grinning.

pax

You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. -- Al Capone

cslinger
April 1, 2003, 04:13 PM
There's not to much after a bad day that will put a smile on your face like booming away with a 1911, SKS or Garand.

Boy I would love to make it to the outdoor range on a beautiful day like this but unfortunitely that ain't gonna happen.

I just happen to have a bunch of 12 gauge laying around and I just found some 9mm I forgot about so I am going to head to my indoor range, which is still a bit of a drive, and just sort of zen out, so to speak, with just me and the guns.

I normally like to see the range busy, as that means it will stay in business but tonight I am hoping for a ghost town.

Chris

cslinger
April 1, 2003, 04:16 PM
Gone to hunt the bluebird of happiness with a 12-gauge, are you?

Ok, that just became my quote of the week for work. Heck I may just use that for a signature line in the future if you don't mind.

I love it.

:D

Chris

Bulldozer
April 1, 2003, 04:24 PM
I won't be going to the range soon enough!!! Just finished home-brewing some 158 LSWC-HP in 357 magnum brass that I am dying to test out for expansion and chronograph speeds.

Also want to try out some other handloads from a buddy.

pax
April 1, 2003, 04:26 PM
I'm flattered. :)

pax

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. -- George Bernard Shaw

cslinger
April 1, 2003, 04:26 PM
Where you from in MD? I hail from there originally.

Just curious really.

Chris

Greg L
April 1, 2003, 04:41 PM
Yep, consider it recoil therapy.

Greg

cool45auto
April 1, 2003, 05:58 PM
Yeah, shooting just to be shooting is nice. If I end up with some stray rounds that won't fill my MAGAZINE I'll just shoot at a can or something, always being safe.

A bad day at the range is better than my best day at work!:D

Hawk
April 1, 2003, 06:38 PM
I've long been an advocate of recoil therapy.

Today's session was "function checking" a 91/59 "shorty" Mosin-Nagant at the nearby indoor range. Twenty rounds of 7.62 X 54R settled me down nicely.

Greg L
April 1, 2003, 06:52 PM
:eek: Hawk,

I'm sure though that the blast unsettled anyone near you (which of course is part of the fun of recoil therapy :D ).

Greg

Kharn
April 1, 2003, 07:15 PM
I havent hit the range in 5 MONTHS (college and bad scheduling caused that one) and cant wait till Saturday when I finally get a chance to go. I already have 4 guns that I need to shoot for the first time, hopefully a 5th if I can find some 7.62x25 (CZ52s arent exactly popular in back water Maryland).

Kharn

Standing Wolf
April 1, 2003, 09:06 PM
I went to my friendly local shooting range this afternoon. I didn't shoot very well, but at least I shot, and it was good for both the soul and the wrist.

Redlg155
April 1, 2003, 09:16 PM
I'll probably do that tomorrow. Now if I can find some nice reactive targets that will stand up to the hammering of my FAL. :D

Good Shooting
Red

foghornl
April 2, 2003, 09:07 AM
Nothing to relieve stress quite like the "bounce" of the 1911-A1 [or insert name of favorite weapon here] in your hand.....:D :D

cslinger
April 2, 2003, 09:12 AM
What a nice range session. Sheslinger went with me, to my surprise and rattled off a few rounds herself.

I went through a few fast seven shot strings of 12 gauge and managed to bring back the "bluebird of happienss".

It never ceases to amaze me what a 12 gauge is capable of. Even with the cheap bulk 12 gauge ammo I was using, six or seven shots just literally shreads a target. I can't imagine what seven rounds would do to an intruder. The force of impact must be unimaginable.

Anyway a great time was had by all.

Chris

Monte Harrison
April 2, 2003, 09:22 AM
Take some milk jugs and two-liter pop bottles, fill them with water and blast them with hollowpoints. That'll cure what ails yeh. Be sure to clean up after yourself.

MeanBone
April 2, 2003, 07:50 PM
I headed out the range the other day with my Benelli M1 Tactical and realized I was only going out just to feel some recoil. Just needed to!

MB

blades67
April 2, 2003, 07:59 PM
Going to the range just to make some noise is good therapy now and then.:D And it's fun too!:D

pax
April 2, 2003, 09:42 PM
You know what's weird about how shooting takes away stress?

It's not weird that shooting takes away stress. But I think a lot of people think shooting is a way to get your "aggessions" out -- like you're violently attacking the target and imaginatively blowing away people who annoy you.

It's not like that at all.

Shooting clears my brain and helps relieve stress because I have to slow down. Pause. Take a deep breath. Think of nothing else but this one shot. Think of the mechanics of it -- how I hold the gun, how I stand, how I line up the sights, how I gently squeeze the trigger, how I re-align my sights after the shot breaks.

When I shoot, shooting is all I can think about. I can't think about the stuff that's bugging me, about the rotten kids and the annoying traffic on the drive to the range, about my sick grandma or anything else. I can only think about shooting itself.

Shooting is pure concentration on a difficult physical skill, while being calmly conscious of my breathing and what my body is doing.

It's yoga.

pax

There is not one blade of grass, there is no colour in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. -- John Calvin

Trisha
April 3, 2003, 02:43 PM
My coach gun (still no recoil pad) is great for that kind of therapy; just out-and-out have fun blasting - then it's usually the FP-6 with slugs to take on a string of gallon milk jugs.

By then enough of the unwinding is over, and I can just enjoy a .45. . .

Ditto, pax: it's meditation and yoga and kendo forms all rolled into one unique discipline, and when I'm brassing the range, I'm smiling and completely relaxed.

I can focus on writing my novel for days afterwards, with no distractions coming to mind for some reason. It does clear the head!

Trying to hit a grapefruit with a throwing knife at 20 paces fills in sometimes, but nothing beats trigger time. (It's an 'El Presidente' style drill, and this morning I was only 2 for 5 with an assortment of blades)

Trisha

Mastrogiacomo
April 3, 2003, 03:01 PM
I do that. When I get to the range, I'm not thinking of dead on balls accuracy -- just having a blast. I go through 100 bullets between two guns in about an hour and feel like Chow Yun Fat in the process. You know what Cyndi says: "Girls just want to have fun.":D

warddc
April 3, 2003, 03:07 PM
I like that silence that the hearing protection gear gives you. No other sounds in the world (make sure you turn the volume down for those with electronic muffs). Then line up the sights, breath and squeeze. You feel the recoil, hear a distant 'boom' from the discharge. Repeat.

Very soothing.

I think I'll take the 357 out tonight for some therapy.

Dave.

pizzaaguy
April 3, 2003, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by PAX:
Shooting clears my brain and helps relieve stress because I have to slow down. Pause. Take a deep breath. Think of nothing else but this one shot. Think of the mechanics of it -- how I hold the gun, how I stand, how I line up the sights, how I gently squeeze the trigger, how I re-align my sights after the shot breaks.

When I shoot, shooting is all I can think about. I can't think about the stuff that's bugging me, about the rotten kids and the annoying traffic on the drive to the range, about my sick grandma or anything else. I can only think about shooting itself.

Shooting is pure concentration on a difficult physical skill, while being calmly conscious of my breathing and what my body is doing.
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EXACTLY!
;)

Thanks for putting that into words. Well said.

12.7x99mm
April 4, 2003, 01:37 AM
dude all the time.

:D

twoblink
April 4, 2003, 12:28 PM
Cslinger, if you are impressed by a shotgun..

Try a nice clean piece of paper, a 12 gauge... and shoot... a SLUG!!

:D You will be amazed at the size of the hole.. :what:

cslinger
April 4, 2003, 01:31 PM
You know of all the firearms I have had the pleasure of shooting, full auto, .50 BMG, classics, antiques, M203s.......and so one, I have never ever shot a slug through a shotgun. Never.

Mmmmm mental note, buy some slugs.

coonan357
April 4, 2003, 02:38 PM
cslinger make another note make sure the choke is out of the gun before you bruise your shoulder !! or atleast gut a butt pad ( not for your rearend either !

Yeasterday (4-3-03 ) I was supposed to go shooting with my buddy and would up cutting down trees instead !!! how did that happen , I liked Yoga master pax's way of stress relief which is true ..

dav
April 16, 2003, 01:25 PM
... a lot of people think shooting is a way to get your "aggessions" out ... It's not like that at all.You really have a way with words, you said it all just right.
I concentrate so hard at the range, everything else fades...

Matrogiacomo wrote:
"Girls just want to have fun." Mastrogiacomo, I thought that was "Girls just want to have funds!" ;)

Hardtarget
April 16, 2003, 11:00 PM
Recoil Therapy...thats what I need. The last trigger time I had was a .17cal air pistol. Thats like getting a cracker when you wanted a " Dagwood" style ham on rye. I think I'll go repack my range bag. It needs some of the real stuff in it!...weekends commin' up.
Mark.

556A2
April 16, 2003, 11:34 PM
Yep, drive out to the middle of nowhere, and let loose. Taking the Mosin out this weekend in fact for some "recoil therapy". :D

Kentucky Rifle
April 17, 2003, 09:04 AM
Only I like to shoot my AR at dusk. The fire-ball is spectacular!

KR :)

Bobarino
April 17, 2003, 12:55 PM
Every friday night, my girlfriend works until about 11pm. so every friday night, i get to go to the range, usaully all by my little lonesome self, and shoot to my heart's content. i just bought a bunch of ammo really cheap for my primary carry gun, and bought a new gun just for this type of therapy. the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 is VERY theraputic in this respect. and even cheaper than a couple hours with a real therapist! shootin' stuff is a great way to blow off steam. then i go home and clean guns while watching some comedy movie to put me in a good mood. if i didn't get a chance to do stufff like this, i'd go crazy. and when i can't shoot, i fly. just as much fun but way more $$$.

Bobby

Powderman
April 17, 2003, 01:22 PM
For serious practice:

Glock 22 and a bunch of ammo.

For competition:

.45 ACP Nat'l Match, Ruger Competition .22--and a bunch of ammo.

For just plain fun, making lots of noise, blowing big fireballs, putting huge holes in paper and unbelieveable stress relief:

Winchester Defender 12 Ga., with Hogue Comp-Stock and 3" magnum slugs, or--

.45 Colt 1917 New Service or Ruger Vaquero, with 230 grain slugs on top of a healthy helping of Blue Dot.

Ooooooh!! The fireball!! The thump! The roar!!

The grin, ten miles wide!!!!

Oh, yeah! :cool: :D :cool:

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