Shooting--Group or Individual Activity for You?


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Cosmoline
September 17, 2009, 03:42 PM
In my experience there seem to be two major types of recreational shooters. There are those, such as myself, who shoot by themselves and rarely if ever participate in group events, competitions, etc. There are others who seem to shoot only in groups or as part of some organization.

Personally I have a very low tolerance for any rules regulations and requirements beyond the basic range safety rules. And more than that when I'm working up loads or trying out new guns I'm in a zen space apart from all others. That's one reason I like doing it. I'll shoot with other people but only in the sense that we're both at the range at the same time. I'm probably pretty extreme though.

On the other extreme would be folks totally dedicated to competitive or group events, who shoot as part of an organization or team.

Where do THR users fall on this spectrum?

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halfded
September 17, 2009, 03:45 PM
I'm in the "leave me alone and let me shoot" crowd.

CigarGuy
September 17, 2009, 03:48 PM
My recently moved-back-home daughter and I started together a number of months ago and still enjoy going together.

FullEffect1911
September 17, 2009, 03:49 PM
I'll go to my range by myself or with my buddies.

I have yet to participate in any sort of competition or games.

Though shooting clay birds is a whole lot more fun with at least one other person.

Hk Dan
September 17, 2009, 03:50 PM
I almost never shoot alone any more. Seems like there is always someone who wants to tag along, or whom I meet at the range. It then becomes a mini-competition, and we have a blast. "Hey--how fast can you draw, shoot, reload, and shoot again?", "Bet I can beat ya in a Bill Drill at 10 yards...", or "Think you shoot the plate rack from 75 yards?", etc.

Shooting alone is okay, it's just better for me with a friend along to keep me honest. ;)
Dan

General Geoff
September 17, 2009, 03:50 PM
Shooting--Group or Individual Activity for You?


Yes.

mcdonl
September 17, 2009, 03:50 PM
I prefer to shoot alone, but also enjoy competition.

3pairs12
September 17, 2009, 03:54 PM
I like either. Sometimes my daughter or buddy will come with me, but if have to go by myself it certianly doesn't hurt my feelings.

SsevenN
September 17, 2009, 03:55 PM
I shoot alone sometimes, I preffer to shoot with one to two other people.

I'm not a big fan of crowds through...

Gryffydd
September 17, 2009, 04:19 PM
I don't mind shooting with a couple of friends, and I certainly don't mind shooting by myself. I'm with Cosmoline in hating all the additional rules that come along with the larger more organized group settings.

Granted, the larger the group, the lower the lowest common denominator is likely to be, the tighter the rules need to be...but that still doesn't make them less annoying.

Jim Watson
September 17, 2009, 04:24 PM
I put group because I am a competitive shooter and my main objective is to enter a match and do as well as possible. Sure, I need solo practice but that does not qualify as a mix to me because it serves the purpose of match preparation.

ccsniper
September 17, 2009, 04:26 PM
really depends. If I am zeroing a rifle, I don't want anyone around. but if I am shooting a .22, I really like the company.

Kevin5098
September 17, 2009, 04:37 PM
Usually shoot by myself, but once in a while the wife or one of the kids comes along. I actually prefer trap shooting in a group. I tend to shoot better in a squad than when alone.

mcdonl
September 17, 2009, 04:40 PM
Thats great cigarguy... shooting with family is always a good exception.

KarenTOC
September 17, 2009, 04:45 PM
I picked "mix of both" because that would be my ideal range session: shooters go to the range together, but each has a lane and shoots alone. Socializing comes after the range session. I rarely get to enjoy the ideal because I don't know a whole group of shooters lol.

possum
September 17, 2009, 05:03 PM
shooting i like doing by myself, however when i train( not in a course) i like to have a training partner one atleast, however since all my training partners have left that is kinda difficult and i am always looking for training groups/ partners. normally i have training partners that have been to courses either with me/ ones i have been too or similar, as we can push each other to do better, and re enforce the drills techniques etc.

additionally i prefer to have a training partner that is better than me, that is another way i continue to push myself and get better.

Erik M
September 17, 2009, 05:38 PM
My brothers sometimes venture out with me with thier weapons in hand, but If they arent around I dont let that stop me.

M2 Carbine
September 17, 2009, 06:57 PM
I have my own range and average shooting 4-5 times a week by myself.

While I like shooting alone, it is more fun shooting with friends.
I also enjoy teaching people basic shooting.


I would invite more people to shoot on my range but because we have become a society of sue crazy jerks, land owners have to be careful who they allow to shoot on their property now days.

mljdeckard
September 17, 2009, 07:07 PM
It's not that I really LIKE to shoot by myself, but I find that if I wait for others to go with me, I never go. For legitimate busy reasons or lame excuses, something always happens.

I go out with my dad a lot, and we always SAY we're going to shoot, but the truth is, he doesn't ever actually shoot unless I initiate.

shotgunjoel
September 17, 2009, 07:09 PM
I'll go to my range by myself or with my buddies.

I have yet to participate in any sort of competition or games.

Though shooting clay birds is a whole lot more fun with at least one other person.

Very much agreed. I like to go out and shoot and get into my zone, but sometimes it's great to go shoot with one or two good friends and have a good time. Another plus of shooting with others is that you get to share guns; then everybody gets to try something new.

DMK
September 17, 2009, 07:13 PM
When I shoot rifles, I like to be left alone to concentrate on what I'm doing. Sometimes you get guys at ranges who just go there to BS it seems and that gets annoying quick.

On the other hand, I enjoyed handgun competition in USPSA. It was a lot of shoot & scoot, run & gun type stuff. Your adrenalin got up and it was cool to sit on the sidelines and chat with the rest of the folks about what worked and what didn't.

Two completely different types of shooting.

kda
September 17, 2009, 07:58 PM
Since two people probably wouldn't be considered a "group" I checked "alone" in the poll survey although I almost always go with my wife of a friend down the street.

Oonzpoonz
September 17, 2009, 08:03 PM
Well, I'll say I'm an alone shooter;
My lady comes with me occasionally, I buy her ammo since she can't most times.
I can't afford to do that every time I sharpen up so I go alone.

My friends are afraid of guns or aren't interested anyways.

damien
September 17, 2009, 08:08 PM
Like eating and sleeping, both, depending on who is available.

Cosmoline
September 17, 2009, 08:28 PM
Interesting responses! I would have expected a lot more in the group category.

FROGO207
September 17, 2009, 09:08 PM
I can spend a whole day by myself working up loads or practicing but shootin with the guys (and gals) or in a competition is just as fun. I guess sending hot lead downrange is the end-all answer.

benEzra
September 17, 2009, 09:26 PM
Personally I have a very low tolerance for any rules regulations and requirements beyond the basic range safety rules.
With you there.

And more than that when I'm working up loads or trying out new guns I'm in a zen space apart from all others. That's one reason I like doing it. I'll shoot with other people but only in the sense that we're both at the range at the same time. I'm probably pretty extreme though.
That is very much me. That's also my preference when sighting in a scope, or trying something new.

I do enjoy shooting with others, though. USPSA pistol and rifle matches are a blast. So I like a mix of both.

Lakeshore
September 17, 2009, 09:39 PM
Usually shoot alone. Sometimes I shoot with my son which I enjoy but I wind up supplying most of the ammo since I'm a semi-auto guy and he's a revolver guy.

wrs840
September 17, 2009, 09:40 PM
I shoot with my wife, or one or both of my brothers, usually at a range we have all to ourselves. That's the way I like it best, given my druthers.

Les

The Lone Haranguer
September 17, 2009, 10:14 PM
I like both. However, when I want to get actual shooting done, I fly solo. When in a group I enjoy the camaraderie but wind up getting little trigger time in.

Mags
September 17, 2009, 10:20 PM
When I shoot to test or sight a weapon or test a specific handload I prefer to go it alone. When I am training or just casual shooting I prefer to have a buddy come along. For the training aspect if you value their opinion a friend can provide good insight on your shortfalls. And of course wasting ammo is best done in large groups. :)

chieftain
September 17, 2009, 10:56 PM
I answered "BOTH".

I enjoy the social intercourse when shooting competition. Particularly as I am no longer very competitive because of my health, I would miss the "guys", the banter, and shooting the 'bull'.

BUT!

The most relaxed I have ever been in my life, is behind the open sights of my rifles shooting at the longer ranges, M1 Garand, M14/M1A, 03-A3 Springfield, 1917 US Enfield etc. It is almost a "ZEN" state. Really it has always amazed me how much more relaxed I am after firing a string.

Go figure.

Fred

searcher451
September 17, 2009, 11:06 PM
I generally shoot with my son or my wife, and sometimes with both. I seldom if ever go alone to the range.

Frightener 88
September 17, 2009, 11:11 PM
I dont shoot at a range, so I dont shoot alone. I typically dont like to have more than 3 people with me, however Ive had groups of over 10. Never any problems.

NMGonzo
September 17, 2009, 11:33 PM
I compete in "who buys the biggest handgun" ...

My buddy wants a .500 now :)

c919
September 17, 2009, 11:45 PM
Either me, myself and I, or The Mrs. and I.

doc2rn
September 18, 2009, 01:31 AM
I prefer small gathering of gunnies who know how to shoot no more than 4 or 5.

lions
September 18, 2009, 01:56 AM
I enjoy hitting the range with my family and friends but most of the time I'm on my own. As others have mentioned, it depends on what I'm doing. I would say I prefer a group, not sure what it is though, maybe the competition and the camaraderie.

HK G3
September 18, 2009, 01:59 AM
I've always gone to the range with friends.

Never gone shooting alone before...

DeepSouth
September 18, 2009, 02:00 AM
pistols and rifles = alone.......generally

shotguns = skeet shooting with buddies....generally

Yellowfin
September 18, 2009, 10:19 AM
I like a combination. I like being in a group sometimes because of the opportunity to try each other's guns to see if there's something I'd like to buy, as well as have good first hand information. It's fun to have a display of beautiful guns out like folks do with classic cars, isn't it? :) Other times I like to be alone or just with the wife to do some testing and/or practice so I'm not shooting my worst in front of others, or doing fine tuning which doesn't need distraction. Shooting clays with friends is great when it's a good day, bad when it's a bad day--if I'm nailing it, I'd sure like to have people see it, but if I'm missing, I don't want people thinking I suck. I think everyone is that way to some degree or another.

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