Working Shooting vs Luxury/Recreational Shooting


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The_Shootist
January 20, 2008, 11:00 PM
Well, with ammo prices on the rise, how many break down their range trips into needed practice vs more recreational shooting.

For example, I have no problem burning 100 or sounds of .38spl + 9mm per week (guess that works out to 200 rounds :D) as my primary carries are a Taurus M85 snub and a G19 - plus 50 or so rounds of .22LR run through my Cheetah for fun and further practice that won't bankrupt me. Also some .32's through my P-32 to make sure it works still as that is a deep concealment occasional gun. All of its for CCW practice as I carry a gun whenever I leave the house and regard this practice as a necessity, like milk ,gas, bread etc.

But when I get the feeling to pull the 686+ or 1911 out of the safe (both of which I guess you'd call "second string" carry pieces) and peruse the current prices for .357/.45 ammo, I think "How badly do I want a range session with these pistols (sometimes VERY badly :D, particularly the 1911)". These pistols I consider practicing with a luxury, as my G19, when stuffed with Golden Sabre +P's and a back up standard cap mag would do the trick under all but the most perilous civilian self-defense scenarios. Same with my snubby, which I'm getting surprisingly good with.

At the same time though, I figure there is a certain merit to being familiar with a wide variety of handguns as you never know what the future could force on you.

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