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Heavy Metal Hero
April 6, 2007, 07:24 PM
Today I went to the Manatee Gun Club in Manatee, Florida. For anyone in the area I recommend this range very much.

http://www.manateegunclub.com/

After much debate on whether or not to take the newest girlfriend out to the range or not, I decided to give it a go. I am sorry I did, however. Not only did she enjoy it so much she wants to go back soon, she also out shot me with my Nylon 66 .22lr rifle!

She seemed more focuses and more intuned with her accuracy. I began to humor her by telling her how well she was shooting until it sank in: I was being outdone by a first timer!

She even went as far as saying how she wants her own gun. Have I created a monster? :)

In other news, today was my first time shooting at 565 yards. I have to say it was quite an experience with 7.62x51. I never knew how far 500+ yards was until I saw it in person. All in all it was beautiful weather (a little windy), and a fine day for shooting!

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Reddbecca
April 6, 2007, 07:26 PM
We always have been better shooters than men. I don't know why though.

ArfinGreebly
April 6, 2007, 07:28 PM
It's never a bad thing to bring another shooter into the fold.

Unless, of course, you have a sensitive bank account.

PPGMD
April 6, 2007, 07:55 PM
The Manatee Club is nice, though it's very far out into the boonies. I prefer to goto a local indoor pistol range, though I like to top in there once a month for some outdoor shooting.

scurtis_34471
April 6, 2007, 09:02 PM
Nice range. Its a shame its so far from where I live (at least two hours).

Heavy Metal Hero
April 6, 2007, 10:00 PM
It is about an hour and a half away from me (Pasco County), but every once in a while it is worth it.

P5 Guy
April 6, 2007, 11:01 PM
That's the best range in central Florida.:) And it will not be in the boonies much longer. Every time I go there the housing development gets closer.:uhoh:
It is a 110 mile round trip for me and when I go I tend to bring too many guns and ammo.:evil:

mek42
April 7, 2007, 12:10 AM
My next firearm purchase isn't going to be an AR that I'd like to plink with. Nor will it be a 375 H&H to get a taste of the big bore experience with. Nor will it be a 45/70 to use as a black powder cartridge platform. No, my next firearm purchase is most likely going to be a 2nd 22 LR because my wife has decided that my 10/22 is really HER 10/22.

I'm glad you had a good time at the range with your girlfriend. As for being outshot, welcome to Murphy's law of shooting - the other shooter will always shoot better with your guns than you do, especially if it is a significant other doing the shooting.

bensdad
April 7, 2007, 12:16 AM
A new Marlin Mod. 60 would make a super May Day present. They come in some kind of fancy new stock material now. I bet she'd love it. ;)

pignock
April 7, 2007, 09:35 AM
Reddbecca said:
We always have been better shooters than men. I don't know why though.

1. No ego invested in knowing how to do such a "manly" thing.

2. A brain better suited to multitasking. Look at all the stuff that has to happen correctly and in the proper order for a bullet to go where you want it to - sights, target,trigger control, breathing - I'm suprised it takes as little practice as it does for a man to be able to shoot as well as a woman.

The only time I think men are consistently better shooters than women is when speed is involved.

Heavy Metal Hero
April 8, 2007, 09:11 AM
A new Marlin Mod. 60 would make a super May Day present. They come in some kind of fancy new stock material now. I bet she'd love it.

Yeah, too bad I can't legally purchase a gun for her in the state of Florida (or any state for that matter I think). I guess she will just have to steal mine. :uhoh:

iamkris
April 8, 2007, 09:56 AM
She seemed more focuses and more intuned with her accuracy

We always have been better shooters than men. I don't know why though.

In my experience teaching, I've seen this and believe it is driven by three things (some of which is noted above)


No ego involved (I'm a man, I must be able to know how to shoot)
Hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills are generally more refined in women (men can kill and butcher the mastadon, women create thread from the sinew and intricate clothing - no stereotyping intended of course)
Men seem very focused on lots of noise, blast and carnage versus actually hitting something

Heavy Metal Hero
April 8, 2007, 10:59 AM
Men seem very focused on lots of noise, blast and carnage versus actually hitting something

That is the most true statement I have heard in a while.

AirForceShooter
April 8, 2007, 11:17 AM
I have to check it out again. first time i went there was 4 years ago. I sure didn't get a warm and fuzzy feeling then.

AFS

fatelk
April 8, 2007, 11:56 AM
My experience has been that women have watched fewer Rambo movies as teenagers and actually listen to instructions better with fewer preconceptions as to how to shoot.

My wife likes to shoot (needs lots of practice), but with two little ones we rarely get the chance to shoot together. I think mostly she likes it because I do, and I will put on my best smile and patiently attend the occasional quilt show with her.

Life is good.

obxned
April 8, 2007, 12:06 PM
Hey, I like 'lots of noise, blast and carnage', but I still put'm where I want'm!

mek42
April 8, 2007, 07:29 PM
Yeah, too bad I can't legally purchase a gun for her

You can't buy it and bring it to her, but could you buy her a gift certificate for the total amount and go with her to pick one out?

Jim Watson
April 8, 2007, 07:43 PM
Why not? Is she not a resident of Florida? Does she have a criminal record?
There is nothing wrong with buying someone a gun as a gift, even Sarah Brady has done it. It is only an illegal straw purchase if it is intended for someone who cannot legally buy their own.

Heavy Metal Hero
April 8, 2007, 09:47 PM
Why not? Is she not a resident of Florida? Does she have a criminal record? There is nothing wrong with buying someone a gun as a gift

Not quite of age to purchase her own yet. Close but not quite there.

It is only an illegal straw purchase if it is intended for someone who cannot legally buy their own.

I did not know that. I assumed only direct family (Father to Son, Husband to Wife) could give a gun as a gift. It must be for those who aren't old enough. Thanks for the info.

Tonight she asked excitedly when I was going to take her again. :D

tinygnat219
April 8, 2007, 10:28 PM
Heavy Metal Hero,

Wrap it up and give it to her as a present and don't let her go!

:evil:

Jim Watson
April 8, 2007, 11:08 PM
Well, if she is not of age, then it isn't legit to give her a gun. Maybe you could work a deal with her parents. You cradle robber, you.

Heavy Metal Hero
April 9, 2007, 08:44 AM
You cradle robber, you.

That's not fair, seeing as you have no idea how old I am. :neener:

PPGMD
April 9, 2007, 09:05 AM
That's not fair, seeing as you have no idea how old I am.

We demand pictures so we can judge for ourselves. :)

I got to get out of Bradenton, the field is rather slim for women under 60. :barf:

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