Ever Gotten Bored of Shooting at the Range?


January 18, 2003, 04:49 PM
At a match today I found myself kinda bored today. Bored of my KZ45 and bored of shooting. Maybe I not get enough sleep, or maybe it was that I had to wait an hour for the last stage to clear up so we can finish the match.

Has anyone else gotten bored of shooting WHILE shooting?

I really miss my Beretta :( :banghead:

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January 18, 2003, 05:05 PM
All the time. Maybe I need to start shooting competitively. The indoor range I go to doesn't allow any straying from the ol' "pick up the gun from the bench" routine. No holster drawing allowed unless you are LEO. What makes them more qualified than me at practicing presentation? Anyway, maybe I need something else just don't have the time and energy right now.


January 18, 2003, 05:23 PM
shooting at the same targets does get boring.hopefully when I get out to the country,I will have some different targets to blow up.


January 18, 2003, 05:23 PM
Puching paper can get old.
Sometimes I need to shoot THINGS. Much more entertaining.

January 18, 2003, 05:23 PM
nope , just bring a good book to read ..:p actually I can outlast my freinds and ammo supply , I ussually wind up buying a box or two by the days end ( Btw I reload most of my ammo I shoot ) . between rounds (pardon puns ) I read a book on shooting or a magizine .

January 18, 2003, 05:27 PM
I was at an IPSC match.

I get bored there and at IDPA, maybe I'm wired to shoot steel.

January 18, 2003, 05:30 PM
We usually bring the entire collection when we go so there's lots of variety. Get tired of punching cardboard at close range? Pick up the M1A have at it. Wanna make some noise? The Mosin does that. :D

Also, using a very nice unsupervised public range helps loads. I can and do practice drawing from concealment, rapid fire and positions other than "normal".

January 18, 2003, 05:37 PM
One day about 10yrs ago at the outdoor range, we had all been doing rifles then all switched to handguns. We took a break and were just sittin around bored, shootin the sh*t, when I notice downrange a badger cruising around a little past the 50yrd mark. Well, everyone just kinda looked at each other with expression of naaaaa, then I notice the same mens expression transform to a hmmmm? One of the guys say's, "well, it is furbearer season". hehehe

Gila Jorge
January 18, 2003, 05:49 PM
I made the mistake of going to a silhoutte shoot one time...took all friggin day to shoot 40 shots.
What a crock. I hate supervised shooting...!
I go out to the desert and make my own range in an arroyo. Its sage and my friends join me in fun.
No damn boredom. Don't shoot by the numbers.
On winding arroyos can make a BG alley...with targets at each bend. Lots of home made fun.
Carry the cooler with food and water and diet cokes...no boose...oh, yeah I'm diabetic...hense the food. Always have food and drink inthe desert. Maybe anough guns and ammo for a small war also as lots of wets and druggies are infiltrating things out there. La Migra can't or won't catch them. Need a Congressional investigation of this...or get the Tucson boys to expand there base of operations....to El Paso sector. No boredom!

January 18, 2003, 05:51 PM
I just shot 150 rounds of 440 corbon,emptied the range in about 1/2 hour lol.
had it all to myself.reloading has its advantages,150 rounds would have cost 150 bucks,it only cost me $30 to hand load it.
better than lifting weights,shesh finding muscles I never knew I had. I love blasting!:neener: :D :banghead: :cuss: :evil:

January 18, 2003, 05:57 PM

El Tejon
January 18, 2003, 05:59 PM
Bored? Who are you? And what have you done with the real Skunk?:D

January 18, 2003, 06:00 PM
I go through spells where I want to shoot every day. Then there's times when I just don't feel like shooting at all. I get the same way with my motorcycle. Even with my wife.

Right now I want to go shooting but physical problems won't permit. :cuss:

Some of you should be very glad that you can shoot at things other than paper targets. There's not a range anywhere near me that allows anything but.

Standing Wolf
January 18, 2003, 06:13 PM
I've never been bored shooting, nor reading good books, nor painting, nor making love, nor eating pizza, nor...

January 18, 2003, 06:54 PM
I like shooting!

I just dont like packin up all my stuff, drivin to the range, checkin in, hauling my stuff to the bench, setting up, then packing up, hauling it back to the truck, driving home, unpacking, then cleaning up....

Now Ive got it down to this..every time I leave town I take two boxes of ammo for whatever I am carrying, then on the way I find a nice spot, pull over and blast...lot easier...


Dave Markowitz
January 18, 2003, 07:56 PM

I have never gotten bored at the range. I like guns and shooting too much.

January 18, 2003, 09:29 PM
The only time I am ever bored at the range is if the ammo runs out. :uhoh:

And that's just not right. :D

January 18, 2003, 09:35 PM
Bored? Try something a little different for people in southern California. I haven't had the time to do it myslef but thats going to to change soon.


This is by the Shooting Sports Alliance.

January 18, 2003, 09:50 PM
I love to shoot.

Never go to an indoor or supervised range, so the targets are whatever I take with me. Paper targets, cardboard, wooden blocks and tin cans, baloons, paintballs, fruit, clay pidgeons, bricks, cinder blocks, steel plates, water bottles, bowling pins, shoot-n-see stick-ons, pumpkins, budget cola...

Cleaning up sometimes takes a while... :)

January 18, 2003, 11:06 PM
Sigarmed, the SSA match is by far my favorite, and you can shoot it with shotgun, too.

I can't go as much anymore because I teach gittar at church :( and :) at the same time.

January 18, 2003, 11:26 PM

I'd much rather plink in the desert.

St. Gunner
January 18, 2003, 11:35 PM
Not very often but it has happened. I have learned some neat words at IDPA matches when things go wrong during a stage for people.:D I try to liven things up at times, shot a carbine match with an M44 Polish once, placed 36th out of 42, but I was the only one with a bolt.:D I'm in the process of building a Turkish Scout rifle, it goes to the gunsmith tue. for the weaver rail to be installed. I plan on shooting it at some carbine matches.

But ranges do get boring after awhile, so I built my own, now I shoot what I want to shoot. Clays, steel, silos, you name it. At most ranges here you must use the bench, at the house we shoot out of the truck, prone, standing, sitting, you name it. I wish I had a tall backstop to try some arial stuff, but maybe someday. My neighbors claim the steel silos keep crime down, they have robbed every street but ours around us. So today I shoot for the safety of my fellow man.:D I normally shoot everyday, a few exceptions, but most of the time at least 10-15 rds. Normally about 4 times per week I take out an old Turk and shoot at 300yds at the steel silos, 5 offhand, 5 sitting, 5 prone, and 5 supported with some sort of rest. Maybe once a week I drag the 870 out and run a box or two of slugs through it or one box of birdshot. Then I can of scatter shooting a pistol out onto the other days and on occasion shoot rifle and pistols.

I've yet to get bored here at the house shooting. Another good target is raw eggs.

January 18, 2003, 11:37 PM
Go to Knob Creek, Kentucky in April or October and you get to do this:


Mike Irwin
January 18, 2003, 11:51 PM
Oh yeah. I often get bored while at the range.

Especially at competitive events where it's a long time between strings.

January 19, 2003, 12:25 AM
Man, whenever you have 4 hours of waiting to do maybe 12 minutes of shooting...REALLY BORED...MIND NUMBINGLY BORED! :cuss: Especially if I'm using a gun I'm not being at least competitve with :fire:

January 19, 2003, 12:39 AM
Man, whenever you have 4 hours of waiting to do maybe 12 minutes of shooting...REALLY BORED...MIND NUMBINGLY BORED! Especially if I'm using a gun I'm not being at least competitve with

Did someone shoot IDPA this morning? :D

January 19, 2003, 12:44 AM
Skunk: is something ELSE bothering you?

January 19, 2003, 01:20 AM
Thats why I plink. Much more fun.

Dave R
January 19, 2003, 02:17 AM
Plinking is much more fun than the range. The range shows what the gun can do under ideal circustances. Plinking shows what YOU can do under more realistic circumstances.

Range is necessary for sighting in scopes, evaluating loads, etc.

Once you get the components right, plinking teaches you what to do with them.

January 19, 2003, 02:43 AM
Absolutely!!!! I've been shooting at my indoor range once a week for almost 2 yrs now. (Except holidays and weekend o.t. at work) I've gotten to the point now that I got through 200 rds in about 30 mins. Accuracy is very good, I think it is time to go on to IPDA or IPSC style shooting

January 19, 2003, 02:47 AM
Yes, especially if one gets into the habit of punching static paper targets. If you think about it targets are the other half of shooting.

While trying to accurately punch holes in paper targets can be fun, there is the whole world of reactive or moving targets to enjoy.

Unfortunately such targets or target systems are just too expensive for me to buy. That's why I emailed Jim Scoutten on American Shooter to request that he do some segments on targets, especially reactive and moving stuff.

I have a safe place to shoot out my back door and six 4x4 foot target stands I built for under 60 dollars. Still I would love to be able to set up a target mover, turning targets, and other reactive targets so that I could practice more realistic shooting senarios with shoot/no shoot situations, and failure to stop situations.

I have drawn up plans for all the above to use on my little range area - all under 300 to 400 dollars and some that would cost just a buck or two, but I always get stuck on the power source and control. I have thought of using garage door openers for the power/motor and their remotes as the controllers, but having never owned an opener I'm not sure if it would work as I don't know if the controller can make the opener start, stop, and reverse while running and therefore don't know what I would have to build/use to get it to do so.

January 19, 2003, 03:12 AM
I have been getting more and more bored at the range lately, I sometime dread going. I am sick of not being able to shoot a rifle more then 100 yards, I have to shoot sitting at a concrete table and chair. Shooting paper is not as much funny as it was before, I would love to be able to shoot horse apples, oranges, golf balls anything besides paper. Now that I think about it, it is not shooting that I am bored with it is the range.

January 19, 2003, 09:59 AM
I will be doing SSA steel madness myself this morning...i find it very fun...what makes it even more pleasureable is I shoot with friends, that makes the biggest difference.

when its desert time though, watch out.



January 19, 2003, 10:16 AM
I agree plinking is fun after doing serious paper punching.

January 19, 2003, 11:42 AM
Afford enough ammo to get bored.:( Maybe some body could send me a truck load and I'll see if I can bore myself.;)

January 19, 2003, 11:45 AM
Skunk: is something ELSE bothering you?

Actually I guess I'm doing alright. 10-ring and I shoot the same IDPA match, and there are only 3 berms, but the match is getting close to 40 shooters. Lots of new people, a good thing, but the club is growing so fast it's getting hard to keep people moving and sometimes the wait between stages is awful.

We're there from about 830 and don't leave till about 1300, with less than two minutes of actual trigger time.

4v50 Gary
January 19, 2003, 01:16 PM
Go to a police range where there's about two squads of officers. Then the rangemaster sets up a scenario that only one person gets to shoot at a time. Boring.

BTW, we were warned about this in some instructor class and it's best to give the non-participants some sort of instruction or drill to practice to avoid "down time."

Duke of Lawnchair
January 19, 2003, 01:23 PM
Always have food and drink inthe desert

Words to live by. Desert shooting is what you make of it. Gila Jorge's style of shooting is what makes desert ranges so much fun!

January 19, 2003, 02:02 PM
Thats when I pull out my Beretta and start shooting at the 200yd targets.

January 19, 2003, 02:47 PM
But a new toy usually fixes that. Then I have reason to go to the range.

Chris Rhines
January 19, 2003, 03:27 PM
Sometimes at IDPA matches. I try to keep boredom at bay by helping RO, pasting targets, or blathering with my pards about what we did wrong and strategys for the next stage.

I hate plinking. It seems like a waste of time and ammo to go out and shoot without a plan (unless steel and pins count as plinking, but even then I devote some time for practice.)

- Chris

January 19, 2003, 04:08 PM
'the Range' = BORING

I have been on orgainzed ranges while living in Hawaii and a few times since.

I'd rather just go out and shoot on BLM land and always manage to blast a box or two while out fishing or whatever. (and I do alot of fishing and 'whatever'!)

January 19, 2003, 04:23 PM

January 19, 2003, 09:03 PM
I'm getting sorta pissed off about having to choose EITHER full magazines OR rapid fire, because the gun club limits me to 1 round every 2 seconds and the state rang allows rapid fire but only 3 rounds in the mag.
I'm also getting sorta bored with nonreactive targets.

January 19, 2003, 11:28 PM
I always do, the range I go to is so regimented. No double taps, rapid fire or anything fun. Punching holes in paper once every two seconds...yeah....fun....

Then I switched to shotguns and clays, trap, skeet and sporting...now thats fun! :D

January 19, 2003, 11:59 PM
Steel plates give an audible feedback, and that's why I like them a lot better then paper.

I have also started shooting rifles more then pistols; pistols are great, but I have discovered that I enjoy taking my time and hitting a target at 300 yards with my rifle; especially steel plates; the audible response to a good hit is instantly rewarding..

I have found most of the women I take shooting, prefer steel plates to paper..

Uncle Ethan
January 19, 2003, 11:59 PM
Are boring unless you can go at a non-std time, like 10 am or 2 pm on a tues, etc. Thats why I switched to desert shooting. Find a sandy wash and set up your own course with your buddies and have competitions. We shoot every year for the Palen cup and the Bradshaw cup- strictly .45's, lots of shooting and fun. Plenty of trigger time and harrassment.:D

January 20, 2003, 02:51 AM
Can't wait for the next steel match. I couldn't go today and I haven't gone in months and it's driving me nuts :(

I need steel!!

January 20, 2003, 03:29 AM
Currently NO

Helping with new shooters for CCW, new hire for armored guards, security guards, or the LEO practicing because they haven't shot since last time they qual'd--NO WAY I can get bored.

trying not to get shot, Safety, range rules, muzzles, the two deputies with .40 Hk's with horrendus trigger pulls that both have ammo stuck in chamber-UN Fired ammo, corroded they hadn't shot since last qual, and they can't hit from 7 yds--missed total paper plate and the silouette it stapled onto...the 3K tricked out tactical whiz bang gun that can't hit paper, and jams, the pistol grip shotguns (I Hate pistol gripped shottys) and having to teach a armored guard how to shoot--whom has never shot a gun in his 26 yrs of living...bandaids for the girl whom forgot to NOT place thumb there, warning the 3K tactical turkey to keep muzzle downrange, Ok well try this gun for fit for this young mom CCW student-0H NOooo---run an tackle 3 K tactical gun idiot and physically remove his firearm for sweeping most persons and him cursing and denying his sweeping while he ignores commands and continues to sweep...NOPE Not bored, plum tuckered out though.

Kahr carrier
January 20, 2003, 03:44 AM
NOPE NEVER ,There is a lot of characters that go to the range I go to and it is fun to watch them in action.:neener:

January 22, 2003, 12:52 PM
Huh? That's the craziest thing I have ever heard! Bored?????? With shooting?????

January 22, 2003, 07:33 PM
i rarly go to public ranges anymore-dull,boring,poor ventilation and restrictions up the hoopla.i rather hop in the car and drive half an hour to the country where i can drive to the range and walk around plinkin and shooting any gun i wish.its best to ask around at the gunshops and local depts as to who doesnt mind(in fact,some farmers will even pay you to shoot their pests)its much more fun plinkin a lump of dirt or walking along a hillside and watching the animals and listening to the sounds.no range fees,fresh air and freedom to plink is what you need.ive even felt so relaxed,ive fallen asleep under a tree only to be awakened by 15 cows standing around sniffing at me.you just never know what youll find plinking in the country.

Shooter 2.5
January 22, 2003, 08:09 PM

MMM, bored at an IDPA match??

Let's see, I get there about 8:30 and start to set up the match, At 10, we start and I'm one of three range safety officers with 25 shooters.
Halfway though, the scorer that I had switches off with someone else. About 12:30, the lunch call is made but I'm still stuck on the line with the last of the shooters. About ten minutes later, I head for lunch and ten minutes after that, the call to start the next stages is heard with someone yelling that they need me back on the line. Around 1:00, some of the shooter have left for home and I'm pasting targets and I'm still the range officer. As soon as the light gets better, I start taking pictures with the digital while I'm the range safety officer and pasting targets. I take between 20 to thirty pictures. At that time more people have gone home.

Around 3:30, we're done and ten people are left. I'm one of four people putting the stuff away with six people picking up brass.
I get home around 4:30. Clean the guns and upload the pictures.

January 23, 2003, 12:33 AM
I am a diehard desert shooter, I bring my own targets. I like shooting empty shotgun shells with a 22lr

Shooting at the range is a pain, literally.

The roof is made from tin, and when someone is
firing a 50BMG, the resonation is incredible.

I don't like getting showered with casings from
full auto fire, when I am trying to sight in a rifle.

I will shoot a steel match occasionally, and that's about it.


January 23, 2003, 12:46 AM
Geez, I never knew how good I had it at our IDPA -

Register by 0900, then we break up into 5 squads of 8-10 shooters & 2 RSO's (or more). Each squad goes to a bay, and you rotate through the bays in squads. Done by 1300 - 50-100 rounds downrange, and 5 stages done. Don't really have time to get bored between shooting, reloading, painting, & shooting the breeze with each other.

Each time I'm done shooting, I'm fired up to do it again. I've been considering competing in 2 divisions on the same day. I'm told the SEPSA shoots (Jacksonville's IPSC) are more fun. Well, you throw more lead downrange at least.

Sounds like you need a better range - are there any other clubs nearby?

Me, I wish I could find a decent 2 gun or carbine club to shoot with.


Shooter 2.5
January 23, 2003, 11:01 AM
The IDPA range is only two months old. The real problem is the people who aren't asked to participate which is the people in charge's problem. One bay with three stages that can only run one at a time.

What I do dislike is after taking 25 to thirty pictures I always ask someone to take a few of me and I always get a whiny answer. No one trusts themselves with someone else's camera. They did offer to buy a memory card for me which I refused. It was a nice gesture.

Guy B. Meredith
January 23, 2003, 09:12 PM
At one time I began to get bored with target shooting.

I took up action pistol and in the course of self improvement decided that I needed to work on my shooting grip and consistency. I remanded myself to the target range for remedial shooting where I am becoming increasingly interested in working with grip and accuracy. I now see it as a really intriguing challenge.

And my groups and scores are improving. Nothing like putting a couple hundred rounds through a ragged 3 inch hole with a revolver from the offhand position. Catches the attention of wannabes that are doing shotgun style patterns resulting in a lot of he-man muttering about faulty firearms.

With enough practice I'll get good someday.

Like the man says, "Keep them in the 10 ring".

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