Which guns to take to the range?


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Sheslinger
June 20, 2003, 03:47 PM
I know, everyone should have my problems, but Cslinger emailed me earlier asking which guns I want to take out tonight. So I ask you, "What's the best TGIF gun for you?"

Ok, I am a geek but my thought process kind of reminds me of an episode of TNG when Q becomes mortal and asks Data what he should have to eat, and Data says something along the lines of, "I often found that a particular choice of a meal is directly linked to the person's mood at the time", and when Q responds, "Well, I am in a dreadful mood, what should I have?", Data says, "When counselor Troy is in the bad mood, she usually gets something chocolate, like a chocolate sundae", and Q says, "I'll have 10 chocolate sundaes, I am in a very bad mood".

So, would 10 chocolate sundaes be an equivalent of a 12 gauge for a Friday range trip after a long work week?

Sheslinger

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cslinger
June 20, 2003, 03:49 PM
you truely are a geek. A bigger geek then I. What have I done to you?:D

cslinger
June 20, 2003, 03:51 PM
I forgot to mention I will be bringing.....

A Colt 1991A1 for my .45 shooting pleasure followed by an light dose of .32 through the Walther PP.

If I am feeling particularly saucy tonight I may just put some .357 through the Vaquero.

davidtdm
June 20, 2003, 03:55 PM
It's 12 ga theropy night.:D :D :D :D :D

Okiecruffler
June 20, 2003, 04:02 PM
I find nothing is quite as calming as the gentle nudge of a Mosin M44 against my shoulder, over and over again.

Tamara
June 20, 2003, 04:05 PM
Heh.

For decompression, I want to shoot something loud that you really need to hang on to. My personal favorite de-stressing method is to wander out into the back yard with a cylinder or two's worth of ammo and my 3" .44 Magnum.

It'll make your sinuses tingle. :)

themic
June 20, 2003, 04:05 PM
if you have any EBG's

"Evil." Black. Gun.

Skunkabilly
June 20, 2003, 04:09 PM
Depends what I shoot on saturday...getting it pre-dirty :D

AJ Dual
June 20, 2003, 04:09 PM
I find I used to take too many guns to the range at once. Usualy because I wasn't going often enough, and felt the need to bring everything. :(

Now I make an effort to take no more than three, max. And get more quality time and more familiar.

You run the risk of becoming "jack of all guns (trades) master of none". If it means you've got lots of "safe queens" so be it.

Okiecruffler
June 20, 2003, 04:12 PM
How I miss my little Texas homestead, and going out on the back deck with my SKS, bumpfiring 20 rds into the creekbed while screaming at the top of my lungs. Can't do that at my new digs. Well...maybe...just once..:evil:

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
June 20, 2003, 05:37 PM
You got that right, Cruffy. Last Sunday I ran a boxful through my .30 Carbine Blackhawk at the range. Obscenely loud with an appropriately frightening muzzle blast. The folks at the other end of the line came over to see what it was and they were shooting a 629....and thought I had the Big One.

Something suitably grotesque and obnoxious is always in order when I need Range Therapy. Short barrels and overbore cartriges are just the thing. Milsurp carbines, AOW shotguns, bigbore snubbies...make it loud and harsh to help me get in a better mood.

But then again, I'm just weird sometimes.

Regards,
Rabbit.

Smoke
June 20, 2003, 06:25 PM
Sounds like 00 - 12ga. to me.

Nothing like the destruction of 00 on a target and the nice thump on the shoulder.

BallisticTip
June 20, 2003, 07:51 PM
12 gauge for a Friday range trip after a long work week is good, also a sport utility rifle, with hicap mags works to.
:D

cool45auto
June 20, 2003, 10:24 PM
Friday after a long work week? Sounds like a job for the SKS!:cool:

Dave R
June 20, 2003, 10:31 PM
My designated de-stresser is my CETME.

BIG booms. Holes right where I want them to be. No time wasted working actions or handling cartridges. Just booms and holes. Booms and holes. Purity of shooting.

Crimper-D
June 20, 2003, 10:54 PM
Very Soothing after a hard workweek:evil: No need to use a spotting scope either, you can SEE the holes this thing makes
with the nekked eye at 50yds!:D The blast, buck, flame and smokescreen are a hoot.
The rangemaster sees me coming with the case for the frontstuffer pistols and banishes me to the farthest bench = downwind:neener: :p

4Truck
June 20, 2003, 11:14 PM
Nothing says TGIF like the AR and all the 30 rounders I can get my hands on...:evil:

BozemanMT
June 21, 2003, 12:29 AM
a TGIF gun has got to be a semi-auto
Period. Revolvers are great, but not after a long week of total :cuss:
I would also vote with the person who said big booms.
Maybe a 1911 copy with a really really big magazine.
and for rifles, well, it would have to be a EBG. NO argument on that one.
At my range in the rifle area they have gongs (great big thick metal plates hanging via chain) at the different yard areas. So, no walking down to do targets, no wondering if you got it directly in the middle just instantaneous feedback and a pretty good sized (12 inch) thing to shoot at. Very satisfying, esp. with a EBG. bong bong bong dink (miss) dong dong dong.
yeah.
That's my vote.

CasualShooter
June 21, 2003, 01:27 AM
If its a thump on the shoulder ye want, a NEF handi-rifle in .45-70 with heavy loads will handle that right nicely :)

OTOH, for noise and something to "hang onto", it's hard to beat me .54 cal Lyman's Plains Pistol with patched round ball and 50 gr of FFg. It makes me 629 with full house .44 mags seem like a pussycat. :D :D :D

Bowlcut
June 21, 2003, 02:08 AM
Dear lord sheslinger....you are a geek. bigger one than me. that you thought of that eppsiode....or is it bad that i know which one you are talking about :D

But friday night shooting is fun to say the least. The hi point carbine is really turning out to be one of the funnest guns i have. well the mosin m44 is that still yet but cant shoot it indoors. pulling an ENTIRE box of 12 guage though Darrin's 590 was a great stress releiver. That last tube was as fast as i could controlably pull the trigger. Once i swear i hit the ducting...but i didnt. boy that 590 gets hot...needs that heat shield darin *hint hint*.

Cslingers 45 was fun, been forever since i shot one....and without a big bob tail i still get bad hammer bite. Dave and his impression of a .22 machine gun is always funny. And dareing him to go for tripple taps was fun as you really have to think about that third pull.

Darrin
June 21, 2003, 04:08 AM
75 12ga target loads: $15
200 .22lr mini mags: $8
100 9mm: $11
Range fee w/targets: $15

That come out to....... *grabs calculator* ................ a fun Friday night! :evil:


Yeah, the heatshield will be ordered next week. :fire:

lazarus
June 21, 2003, 09:19 PM
I love taking my Armscorp M14 NM out to the range. I get lots of "wannabees" there with their M16's working out (with scopes!) at the 50 yard line. Pop, Pop, Pop...... Then I start out at 100 or 200 yards (open sights) with the 7.62....WHAM, WHAM, WHAM...... and I'm grouping about 1.5 moa or so. They can't belive it. Damn, I'm 50 plus and can shoot circles around these pups! God, I love this sport! heh, heh, heh.......

cool45auto
June 21, 2003, 09:35 PM
Darrin:

"75 12ga target loads: $15
200 .22lr mini mags: $8
100 9mm: $11
Range fee w/targets: $15"

You forgot to put:

Fun day at the range: Priceless!!

Kharn
June 21, 2003, 10:02 PM
I just got back from a range session with my girlfriend and brother, we shot my two 1911s, Ar15, AK and Remington 597 (with Bushnell 3-9x32 scope).

The Evil Black Rifles were for fun/craps and giggles, the 1911s were supposed to be for practice/refresher (but we couldnt hit anything due to being massively out of practice) and the Rem 597 for a confidence booster by blasting 1" groups if we had any problems with anything else.

Kharn

garrettwc
June 22, 2003, 12:20 PM
Ok, I am a geek but my thought process kind of reminds me of an episode of TNG when Q becomes mortal and asks Data what he should have to eat, and Data says something along the lines of, "I often found that a particular choice of a meal is directly linked to the person's mood at the time", and when Q responds, "Well, I am in a dreadful mood, what should I have?", Data says, "When counselor Troy is in the bad mood, she usually gets something chocolate, like a chocolate sundae", and Q says, "I'll have 10 chocolate sundaes, I am in a very bad mood".

I must really be bad then, because I could here that pompous impertinent tone of Q's in my head while I read this. :rolleyes:

My first choice would be my 1911 but cslinger already called dibs.

Next would be a .22 and either some old Ritz crackers or some of those annoying exploding paper target pasters you can buy at the range. (sort of silly fun watching stuff go flying)

Third choice would be similar to Tamara and the others. Something big and loud like a 10mm or a big rifle. The whole "Thor's Hammer", "Master of all I survey" sort of thing.

4v50 Gary
June 23, 2003, 12:00 AM
Start with a box of clay pigeons. Line all of them up against the berm. Now, put the fully loaded 120 round AR mag in (if you don't have a C-mag) and blast until you're dry. That should help with decompression. Don't forget your war-cry while you're shooting.

duckfoot
June 23, 2003, 12:12 AM
FAL MMMMUUUURRRRRRRHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

RustyHammer
June 23, 2003, 01:39 PM
Bring the entire safe .... just remember to insure the 18-wheel trailer you're pulling them in!

OEF_VET
June 23, 2003, 01:43 PM
Good way to liven up a sour mood: my SAR-1 with fully loaded 75 round drum, fired as fast as humanly (and safely) possible.

<Homer voice> Hmm, noise, smoke, recoil, hmm.

NapAttack
June 23, 2003, 10:29 PM
Definitely the .22. The focus and concentration needed for accurate shooting just pushes all problems aside.

Usually a few rounds with the Trailside to warm up. A few rounds with the 46 to get into accuracy work and then on to the .22 rifle to switch off. Wind down with a few rounds through the M1 carbine just for sheer fun.

Hand_Rifle_Guy
June 24, 2003, 12:01 AM
Clean miss. Every one. The key word here is relax.

Big boomers and recoil engines have there place. It's bright and early on a Saturday morning after a good refreshing night's sleep and a good dose of brain-scintillating coffee. Gotta make those liberal yuppies that moved close to the range and who constantly complain about the noise really regret closing that pretentious bar with the ice buckets full of vodka shots last night.

For the perfect Friday happy-mood maker, you need centerfire plinkers of absolute reliability, easy-to-accomplish accuracy, and mild recoil and report. This allows for delicately applied force over distance with thoroughly satisfying precision, but withOUT the effort required to control a handful of violent rocket exhaust or withstand face-slapping muzzleblast.

Centerfire is a requirement by virtue of the neccessity of sufficeint "thwack factor". Plinking also needs reactive targets, but start off with something easy to hit initialy. Getting the satisfied glow of success is a great warm up to more challenging targets later.

Guns should be things like PPC revolvers in .38 Special, .44 Triple Locks, 1955 Targets, SAA's, target grade 1911's with match loads, that sort of thing. NO magnums. NO high-intensity rounds like 9mm or other such high-pressure numbers. Booms, not bitter cracks. Pushes, not abrupt snappy flips.

Long guns are represented best by pistol-caliber rifles like leverguns or Lightning pumps. Ruger PC carbines, Marlin camp rifles, and even the M-1 Carbine can work here so long as the high-pressure rounds don't find their way into handgun mags. The upper limit for guns of this ilk are .45-70's loaded with factory 405-grain bullets at blackpowder speeds, preferrably in a somewhat heavy single-shot. No "Marlin only" loads. We're trying to wind down here, so leave the Earsplitten Bonethumpum Loudenboomers at home.

Targets start out with milk jugs or coffee cans at fairly close ranges. Work your way down to charcoal bricquets tossed underhanded as far as convenient. Steel gongs or flipper targets are good choices also, if they're handy.

The point here is easy, satisfying fun. Avoid annoyance at popping and pounding. Steer clear of the irritating frustration of difficult targets. Try not to concentrate any more than absolutely neccessary. This isn't a competition or an improvement drill.

The key word here is relax.

:) ;) :D ;) :)

Tommy Gunn
June 24, 2003, 12:19 AM
Must get a Dillon 650 just to feed one of these.



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