Does shooting help you de-stress?


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Nathaniel Firethorn
January 12, 2003, 08:52 PM
I'm starting to find out that bullseye is a good stress reliever, but blamming away with heavy artillery does the opposite. Does anyone else have this experience?

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Capital Punishment
January 12, 2003, 09:02 PM
Some things that lower my stress-

1. Eating.

2. Letting off a few rounds down range, although, i dont always have easy access to the range.

3. Singing. This is a big one. :)

4. Talking about it! This is probably the most effective one. Talk to someone that will listen-a good friend, your wife/girlfriend, whatever. Hey, the person might even give you some advice on your present situation.

Edit- Oops, i read wrong. I thought you said shouting . :D

4v50 Gary
January 12, 2003, 09:04 PM
A .38 or .357 revolver, plenty of ammo, couple of speedloaders and natural point shooting. Fun, relaxing and good destressing.

Neal Bloom
January 12, 2003, 09:07 PM
For me shooting helps relieve stress. Concentrating on accurately placing the bullets on the target puts me into a focused state of mind and I can drive the stressors out of my mind.

Waitone
January 12, 2003, 09:27 PM
Leme see here

--Intent focus on a distant object.

--Slow, measured breath control

--Intent concentration on small muscles

--Visualization of a desired outcome

--Repetition of a sequence of physical actions


All the characteristics of meditation. . . . .or pistol shooting or golf.

Pistol shooting is a marvelous way of clearing the mind.

10-Ring
January 12, 2003, 09:37 PM
Because shooting is such an individual sport & you have a major sense partially cut off, I am able to relieve stress when I go shooting.
Actually tho, I can relieve stress as long as the activity I'm doing is fun and I can forget the source of my stress.

Redlg155
January 12, 2003, 09:40 PM
Depends on your definition of "stress reliever". If it means bringing you to a more relaxed, focused mental state then yes, bullseye shooting can help.

But for a real "Stress Reliever" I like nothing better than going to the range and shooting at different targets. Then shoot several mags out of my autos to wreak some havoc on the countryside. After a coke and a smile...I'm good to go.

One is releasing tension through mind control. The other releasing tension through physical release.

I'm from the heavy artillery school of thought! :D

Good SHooting
RED

10-Ring
January 12, 2003, 09:40 PM
Because shooting is such an individual sport & you have a major sense partially cut off, I am able to relieve stress when I go shooting.
Actually tho, I can relieve stress as long as the activity I'm doing is fun and I can forget the source of my stress.

squire
January 12, 2003, 09:42 PM
without a doubt

shu
January 12, 2003, 09:47 PM
I had given up chewing (tobacco) several times. A hard habit to kick. Unless you bite off more than you can chew, there is no need to spit. (I used to fly with an oxygen mask on and a chaw in the cheek.) A far more sociable habit than smoking, and a strong nicotine hit. I had likewise given up drinking several times.

About three years ago I was starting to get into shooting and had the hots to get a glock 31, something I could no way justify. The concentration of target shooting at an outdoor range I found to be an excellent diversion, good relaxation; a mini-vacation.

I made a bargain with myself to get the Glock, but no more alcohol or tobacco. From time to time I add another firearm to the collection, or something for the reloading bench. If I find myself getting stressed out about something, or thinking of a scotch-on-rocks, I begin to plan what to work on the next trip to the range, or what new load to work on.

m.i.sanders
January 12, 2003, 09:54 PM
Yep. Bullseye, and benchrest are relaxing, but I find clays to the trick better.

happy old sailor
January 12, 2003, 09:54 PM
absolutely.

in my mind there is me, the gun, and the target. the rest of the world goes away. when thus achieved, it is a good shot.

rudiments of shooting are very simple. grip, stance, sights, target, and trigger control. the rest is in the mind. when shooting, there is no room for stress in there. so for a little while, i am free.

m.i.sanders
January 12, 2003, 09:55 PM
Yep. Bullseye, and benchrest are relaxing, but I find clays do the trick better.

m.i.sanders
January 12, 2003, 09:55 PM
Yep. Bullseye, and benchrest are relaxing, but I find clays do the trick better.

m.i.sanders
January 12, 2003, 09:56 PM
Yep. Bullseye, and benchrest are relaxing, but I find clays do the trick better.

Dan Morris
January 12, 2003, 10:05 PM
The concentration required in any type of shooting totally lets me forget problems! Been using it for therapy for years!
Dan

rick458
January 12, 2003, 10:05 PM
I liked going to PSC and going to one of the rear fully bermed ranges with some ipsc targets I would do fine sight trigger work but towards the end I would just hammer the target with full mags at full speed that is a stress reliever (I would always close with more trigger sight control work):D

Rebeldon
January 12, 2003, 11:00 PM
Shooting helps me relieve stress, unless I'm having problems with my gun. Then the stress gets worse.

PATH
January 12, 2003, 11:11 PM
Shooting is great stress reliever!

larryw
January 12, 2003, 11:26 PM
I often go to the range with the primary purpose of blowing off steam. Being able to focus on nothing but breath, sight alignment, squeeze is a great stress release.

blades67
January 12, 2003, 11:37 PM
Shooting is one of the ways I decompress. When I can't get to the range I just get one of my guns out and clean it. Not as good, but better than going to work.:D

blades67
January 12, 2003, 11:39 PM
Double tap.:uhoh:

enfwago
January 12, 2003, 11:42 PM
It helps me relieve my stress. Until I run out of ammo.:)

blades67
January 12, 2003, 11:53 PM
When I run out of ammo I just go home and make more.:neener:

GoldenLoki
January 13, 2003, 01:24 AM
Yes.

The larger the caliber, the more stress that is relieved.

Reactive targets add even more stress relief... melons, eggs, old TV's etc.

GL :p

Sactown
January 13, 2003, 02:27 AM
Benchrest shooting relieves my stress. I didn't find that pistol shooting relieves as much stress for me...probably cuz I start to stress that I'm not shooting so well.

Sactown
January 13, 2003, 02:28 AM
Benchrest shooting relieves my stress. I didn't find that pistol shooting relieves as much stress for me...probably cuz I start to stress that I'm not shooting so well.

4570Rick
January 13, 2003, 03:06 AM
After a work place violence episode, upper and mid mgnt. were sent to a stress mgnt. psy'gest. Long story short, by writing on a target dot that whitch bothers me, and blasting the target dot to pieces, stress just seems to drain out of me. Interestingly, the more accurately I identify the problem, the more accurate I become and the more effective the "Therapy" is. :D

joeislove
January 13, 2003, 11:06 AM
Absolutely.

The act of preparing, laying out my stuff, keeping the four rules foremost in my mind, becoming one with the target, and firing the gun all combine to force other concerns out of my mind. I always leave the range feeling very relaxed.

A very "Zen in the Art of Archery" kind of thing.

45R
January 13, 2003, 11:14 AM
Shooting is alot of fun. Fun is RXed for decreasing Stress :)

Shooting for me is more of a fasination. Having a very contained explosion release a projectile from 800FPS to over 3000FPS were the slightest movement can send the bullet a few inches off at what ever distance your aiming at.


Very fun.:neener:

bogie
January 13, 2003, 11:31 AM
Shooting is pretty relaxing for me - I think the main reason is that it is decidedly analog. Especially benchrest. It involves a LOT of concentration and attention to detail, but it's a different kind of concentration/detail than I deal with at work.

Of course, every so often it's fun to just go out and blow stuff up.

Betty
January 13, 2003, 11:32 AM
Shooting does relieve stress most of the time for me, unless I'm having malfunctions, etc., or I'm having a "poor shooting day". Then I get cranky.

I'll also watch TV, cook, or excercise to relieve stress.

Blackcloud6
January 13, 2003, 11:52 AM
Yes, shooting is a stress reliver. Blasting cans, milk jugs, clays etc. really lets things go. I do it a lot.

dairycreek
January 13, 2003, 11:56 AM
when I concentrate on it. And, that's the secret - concentration on something other than the problems that are causing the stress in the first place. As "runt_of_the_litter" mentions, exercise is really effective for most people. I have a close friend who goes to the potters wheel and throws pots. Lord! Does he have a collection of pots. Good shooting:)

StuckintheUK
January 14, 2003, 08:55 AM
Target shooting can help me with stress but I find putting out some tin cans and blasting away with some full auto airsoft to be far more therapeutic. (until I remember that the Thompson in my hands could be chambered for .45acp rather than 6mm plastic balls if I lived in a country where the gun laws weren't so awful)

Ledbetter
January 14, 2003, 12:26 PM
1. Benchrest shooting (.22 or .30-06, doesn't matter)
2. The shotgun sports, mostly trap.

I forget everything else while I'm shooting. Solely focused on the gun (safety, handling, marsmanship) and the target.

CMichael
January 14, 2003, 12:42 PM
Nothing like blowing a clay pigeon to smithereens to release stress.

spacemanspiff
January 14, 2003, 12:42 PM
honestly, i relieve stress by playing MOH online. got a great server where its rifles and pistols only, maximum ten users and it utilizes a force script to keep the teams even.

going to the range is sometimes more hassle than it is worth, considering it takes me at least an hour from getting all the gear together and driving over there, then setting up, realizing i forgot some of the more important things, like targets, or staples, and then the RO is calling it 'cold' every ten minutes for at least ten minutes so i'm just out there standing around, and lately i've been going at like 3 or 4 pm leaving me only about an hour of decent shooting time.
the best way for me to go to the range is if i have all day and i can get there right when they open. i can take my time and not feel rushed. but that doesnt happen too often.

LeadPumper
January 14, 2003, 02:18 PM
I do many things to de-stress and lower the blood pressure. Rifles, pistols, shotguns, billards, video games, model trains. All involve precision, hand-eye coordination, and concentration (if you want to do well that is!).

Firearms are the one thing that might just save my life one day. Out with the bad stress, in with the good.

-LeadPumper

Frohickey
January 14, 2003, 04:13 PM
All the characteristics of meditation. . . . .or pistol shooting or golf.

I don't think that I will be calm and relaxed out on the golf range... I mean, there is O.J. Simpson, looking for his wife's killer out in the golf ranges.

To think that there is a homicidal maniac loose in the nation's golf ranges, just makes me break out in hives. :what:

St. Gunner
January 14, 2003, 10:19 PM
Last semester to a BA in English, i'm a gun owning conservative guy with a real libertarian leaning, at a place torn between total fascism, socialism, and liberalism. I ordered 1500rds of 8mm mauser ammo at the start of christmas break. It'll probably be gone by Spring break, something about coming home, grabbing the rifle out of the rack, strolling outside and letting fly at the sillohoutes at 300yds and hearing the clanging of that 1" steel plate seems to make all the evil thoughts and stress induced muscle tremors go away.:D Asked why I continually submit myself to that cesspool called college, I reply that I am part masochist and enjoy testing my mental pain threshold. Shooting has kept me sane and sometimes even made me enjoyable to be around.:)

Last semester only took me 3,000rds to get through. Something about the slamming of the steel buttplate and the ring of steel targets.

Bruz
January 15, 2003, 06:37 AM
Does shooting help you de-stress?

Depends if I hit the person causing the stress! :neener:

ruger357
January 15, 2003, 06:40 AM
It helps alot.

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