what "trick shots" can you do?


December 12, 2009, 07:16 AM
Was watching a couple of episodes of Extreme Marksmen I had TIVO'd the other day and it made me wonder if we had any extreme marksmen on THR.

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Kind of Blued
December 12, 2009, 07:31 AM
Well, those guys can shoot that well consistently, however, if this is a "share your stupidly lucky shots" thread, I have LOTS of those, and I'm sure everybody else does too. :)

December 12, 2009, 07:45 AM
Yep, we all have had those. We'll limit the thread to "what trick shot can you do consistently"?

December 12, 2009, 07:47 AM
Never tried a trick shot. I do not think I could safely pull one off.

December 12, 2009, 07:50 AM
Well, I can hit water from a boat.


December 12, 2009, 07:55 AM
Here is one I like to pull out once in a while:

I keep a bag of balloons in my locker at work (indoor range).

I'll stuff one inside another, blow up the inner one to about 4-5 inches and tie it off.
Then I'll blow up the outer one to a few inches larger and tie it off.

I'll hang the whole thing downrange about 10 yards. I'll shoot only the outer balloon, then try to pick up the smaller one and hit it before it hits the ground. It kicks out at random angles each time, so while it is an achievable challenge, it isn't easy.

December 12, 2009, 08:52 AM
With something that approaches consistency, I can shoot a hand tossed clay from the hip with my benelli M1.

December 12, 2009, 09:51 AM
I can break clays one handed, but that's hardly trick shooting. I know a guy with one arm that breaks 'em all that way.

December 12, 2009, 09:53 AM
I can hit the berm every time. :)

December 12, 2009, 09:54 AM
Best shot: I shot a flying dove, once, with a Crossman BB gun (yes, it was illegal - single projectile gun - but a) I didn't know that; b) whoda thunk I would have hit it; and c) statute of limitations has expired).

Since then, I'm lucky if I hit one with a shotgun!


December 12, 2009, 09:56 AM
Once upon a time at Boy Scout camp I did the 'split a black powder rifle bullet over an axe head to break two clays' trick pretty consistently. I think the distance was about 10ft.

December 12, 2009, 09:58 AM
I can light wooden matches with a .22......about 50% of the time.

December 12, 2009, 09:59 AM
Did not mountainpharm say, “what trick shot can you do consistently?”

December 12, 2009, 10:08 AM
wahl now......I kin hit 12 silver dollars in mid-air with my Ruger 3 screw , sittin' in a BarcaLounger, sippin' a mint julep. My ex-wife still loves me and my kids never ask for money. ya betcha..!!

December 12, 2009, 10:40 AM
Still workin' on this one:


I'd like to finish it off by flipping the nickel in the air and shooting it.

Mt Shooter
December 12, 2009, 10:59 AM
At 20 feet with a 45 apc. I can split a card on edge. It sometimes takes more than one shot, but never more than three. Ditto with a quarter, those are hard to find though. Where I see them hit is not where they are so far only recovered two.

December 12, 2009, 12:01 PM
i can do the card trick too...we have all our students do it the last day of our 3 day classes

the .45 makes it easier than a 9mm...we usually shoot from 7-10 yards...it's all trigger control

December 12, 2009, 12:12 PM
Back in my muzzleloading days, 30 years ago, I did the axe/clay pigeon and split card trick many times.

Nowadays I'm best at missing, very consistant too!

December 12, 2009, 01:39 PM
I've shot a smiley face on the target in an indoor range in front of witnesses with a S&W 25-7 .45 Colt. Damn accurate pistol!

December 12, 2009, 01:48 PM
I was playing around the other day by putting a large-ish soup-can (a little bigger than the regular Campbell's soup can) behind a regular 12-oz soda can. Trick was to shoot the soup can and not knock the soda can over. Even more fun was trying to add one of those little 6-oz soda cans in front; shoot the soup can, then the 12-oz soda can, then the little one.

Distance was about 10-15 yards with a Uberti SAA clone chambered for .357 Mag. shooting handloaded .38 Spc. I was able to be pretty consistent too, considering I had the sun in my eyes.

December 12, 2009, 02:04 PM
I like to shoot an apple off my wife's head.

December 12, 2009, 02:09 PM
I can hit the small side of a large barn
from the inside
(well, 9 out of 10 anyway)

Kind of Blued
December 12, 2009, 02:41 PM
I can consistently hit three hand thrown clays (~90%) and three thrown behind the back almost as well (~50%). I could do the three behind the back 90%, but it's just a matter of the "throw" being awkward.

Also, just started practicing the two hand thrown clays, shoot the first right-handed, shoot the second left-handed. Very awkward.

December 12, 2009, 02:46 PM
Easy trick that works every time: stack two glass bottles and have two shooters aim at the bottom bottle. The second shooter fires when he hears the first shot--result is both bottles busted.

December 12, 2009, 02:49 PM
I can consistantly miss the bullseye at 65 feet, does that count? :p

Mt Shooter
December 12, 2009, 04:42 PM
...it's all trigger control

This is very true, but are not all "trick shoots" about trigger control.

December 12, 2009, 04:47 PM
With my nylon 66 I can consistentely hit hand thrown golf balls, limestone rocks and quarters. Stingers will go right thru a quarter. My oldest son is better than me cause he has younger eyes. He can hit dimes and pennies.

The Bushmaster
December 12, 2009, 06:14 PM
"Trick shot"?? I'm not sure if it's a trick shot or not, but... I'm better then most, but not as good as some.

Yeh...Right...351 WINCHESTER......................................

Mt Shooter
December 12, 2009, 06:25 PM
I can throw a washer in the air using any caliber rifle or pistol and it has a hole right in the center....EVERYTIME!

Kind of Blued
December 12, 2009, 06:26 PM
Yeh...Right...351 WINCHESTER......................................

I've seen people do these shots many times. I see no reason not to believe him.

M2 Carbine
December 12, 2009, 06:54 PM
what "trick shots" can you do?
I don't know if it could be called "Trick" shooting but I shoot pretty well with my eyes closed.:)


I use to say the Texas CHL qualification was so easy you could pass it with your eyes closed.
I followed exactly the qualification rules, except I didn't shoot at 15 yards so I forfeited 50 points. For each shot or string of shots I started with gun pointed down, eyes closed.
Passed with points to spare.:D

I am not too impressed with shooting up close, 7 yards. So I thought I'd try 7 yards with my eyes closed. I picked a Taurus PT99 that I hadn't shot in a couple years to rule out "muscle memory". The 1 and 2 refers to the 1st and 2nd magazine.
I totally missed three times.

The day I brought the CZ40P home. I shot a few magazines at ten yards and was so impressed with how naturally the gun pointed I tried five shots with my eyes closed.

I like 38 J Frame S&W revolvers.

December 12, 2009, 07:09 PM
Yeh...Right...351 WINCHESTER......................................

I've seen people do these shots many times. I see no reason not to believe him.

+1, seen it several times, from different shooters.

My best one was calling (which individual berry) and shooting a China Berry off of a tree with a .22lr, at about 30 yards offhand. But I'll fully admit it was the gun, more than me. Just gotta love that old 52b. It did win me $10, but I couldn't get them to go double or nothing. So I don't know if I could repete it.

Also, I can regularly hit a clay at 100 yards, off hand with a .22lr. When I say hit, I mean the center section to keep from busting the ring. Some had the whole center section broken out, others just had a small (~1/4") hole shot in them. Did this one with a couple different rifles.


December 12, 2009, 07:54 PM
I can draw and shoot golf balls with my heritage 22 pistol....oh yeah out of the air!:neener:

December 12, 2009, 08:06 PM
One trick I'd love to do is split a playing card in two sideways. That'd be something.

December 12, 2009, 08:31 PM
One trick I'd love to do is split a playing card in two sideways. That'd be something.

1. align you sights on the card
2. start pressing the trigger straight back
3. when your sights drift... stop pressing, but don't release the pressure you have on the trigger
4. when the sights are back on target...start pressing again
5. repeat steps 2-4 until the shot breaks
6. do not hurry to make the shot go off
7. collect both halves and take photo

December 12, 2009, 09:34 PM
I was reluctant to post as I knew there would be doubters. Those who doubt haven't practiced enough and or don't posess the necessary skills.

My oldest son has the same skills as his old man and he's a better shot than I am. His friends all doubted his skills too.

Now call me a liar.

December 12, 2009, 09:46 PM
thanks 9mm.

December 12, 2009, 10:03 PM
I'd say (never truly tried it, but I'm confident) that I can most-times hit a bad guy if he's in my house, with a load of 00 buck.

That's only if I owned a firearm of course. Lost all of mine in a boating accident. :)

December 12, 2009, 10:07 PM
One trick I'd love to do is split a playing card in two sideways. That'd be something.

The way I always did it back in my muzzleloading days was to keep the sights lined up and lean slightly to the right or left to see the white line of the card, when the white line disappears its time to shoot. Usually not extreamily hard with a .54 or .50 caliber. Try it with a .32 caliber flinter.

December 12, 2009, 10:36 PM
Many years ago when I was younger I would throw an empty aluminum can into a fast flowing mountain stream, and with my nylon66 I would shoot the can at just the right place to make it fly straight up in the air about eight feet, and then I would shoot the can two more times while it was in the air before it fell back into the water. The can was about 30 to 40 feet away when I shot it. I could do this consistently and would sometimes put on a show for friends. On the other side of the creek there was a steep mountainside for a backstop so it was safe. But now because of health problems, I doubt if I could do that.

December 12, 2009, 10:38 PM
Hitting the paper with my bi-focals

December 12, 2009, 10:53 PM
Well not in Iowa for sure.

John Wayne
December 12, 2009, 11:13 PM
I can break a hundred clays straight if I jump up and down on the box.

December 12, 2009, 11:30 PM
years ago I first stumbled upon THR because of a post by a shooter who had a really nice ruger 10/22

his trick shot was that at 50 yards he could hit an empty 44 magnum case head on...while it was swinging from a pendulum. He put a rolex watch on each side of the 44 magnum case to up the risk factor.

The Bushmaster
December 13, 2009, 10:06 AM
351 WINCHESTER...I didn't call you a lier...But you do tell a good story...

My we are touchy today...Go get another cup of coffee and calm down...

December 13, 2009, 10:41 AM
I once shot a flushing quail with a 4" .38 S&W (Not Spl). No one believes that one either. :scrutiny:

I was like whoa s*** for a minute myself. :uhoh:

Flame suit on.........:cool:

And I don't drink coffee. :D

December 13, 2009, 02:25 PM
Most awesome shot of any kind that I ever did......

Hear a ruckus in the yard...open door...see a stocky black dog plucking one of my game roosters...he sees me see him....he grabs rooster and runs...I'm pressed for time to dispatch him....the 22 is in the bedroom (Crap), but the longbow I shot last night is still in the living room....grab strung bow and a arrow (just happened to be a blunt) , run, come to anchor....that arrow flew like it was riding a rail to his arse....bowled the dog over at 80 yards....he dumps the rooster.... It was a beautiful thing to behold. Only wish now that I'd grabbed an arrow with a broadhead or that the .22 was closer. :)

December 13, 2009, 02:46 PM
at 25 feet with a scoped air rifle i shot through a piece of black sewing thread that was hanging & tied around the neck of a plastic figure sitting on a horse.had to try it after seeing the good the bad & the ugly.

December 13, 2009, 02:54 PM
I made a tin can dance with a Browning HP some years ago.
Unfortunately, that's also when I discovered that BHP's cause hammer bite on my wide hands. However, I was having so much fun I didn't notice the damage to my hand!

Steve Marshall
December 13, 2009, 03:06 PM
I took basic training in 1968. Part of our firearms training was a course called Quick Kill. In essence they taught virtually everyone to shoot small metal discs thrown into the air.... with a Daisy air rifle that had no sights. Some of the guys could hit aspirins.

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