Bad day at the range. . . .


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bushmaster1313
June 20, 2010, 12:23 AM
Yes, a bad day at the range beats a good day at the office.

However, last week when I went to the range I did not enjoy shooting my rifle or my shotgun.

I think I was tense and my neck was sore.

First time in 30 years of shooting that I did not really enjoy myself.

Anyone else have a similar experience?

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Zack
June 20, 2010, 12:25 AM
Gun range is always fun. It's not so fun when you come home with a sore arm from shooting to many shotgun rounds or x54R :D it's not so fun when there is a lot of people..

*edit* well it is a bad day at the range if its over 100F soooo hot... Have to take breaks so weapons cool down.

Evil Monkey
June 20, 2010, 12:58 AM
Pistol shooting pisses me off. It's hot, humid, my arms are shaking.......what a mess.

......but I get better and better with every range trip.

R.W.Dale
June 20, 2010, 01:01 AM
yes when the weather is 1/2 MOA from being in the triple digits as it is here currently.

Luckily as close as I am to the range I have the option of shooting or not shooting as easy as you please with no large amounts of pre planning required

Arkansas Paul
June 20, 2010, 01:48 AM
Can't say I have ever had that experience.

wojownik
June 20, 2010, 02:13 AM
I've only had three types of "bad" days at the range. One was where my eyes were just to tired/strained to do much. I pulled out a pistol, could see worth a dang, and packed it in without firing a round.

The really bad day was a bad safety day. Lots of bad discipline all around,

But the worst day at the range I've had - and it's been recurring more and more frequently - is me just driving by the range, not being able to stop in because I don't have the time anymore...

ljnowell
June 20, 2010, 02:13 AM
Just remember, a bad day at the range is better than a good day at work, the in-laws, dentist, etc.

DasFriek
June 20, 2010, 02:23 AM
I had a bad range day 3 days ago.
Ive been really getting into .22lr benchrest shooting and after a half hour i started getting a tension headache. I knew it was best to just pack up and head home as the neck strain and pressure was not gonna get better.
And taking muscle relaxers and pain killers at the range in the dosage i needed wasn't safe for anyone.
But i went back the next day and with 4 different ammo's i averaged .5" groups at 50 yards.

Maybe you need a new gun or something else thats new and fun to test and play around with.

DT Guy
June 20, 2010, 02:39 AM
I've had 'bad' days-when you don't move forward toward goals you've set, when you fall below the standard you were at last outing. All of those can have me feeling bad.

Approached as recreation, it's hard not to enjoy shooting. Approached as a perishable skill I'm trying to maintain/improve upon, it's very, very easy to have a bad day.


Larry

NAK
June 20, 2010, 07:05 AM
So far I've never had a bad day at the range, but perhaps I should do a lot more research...maybe a couple of more time a week :)

hardluk1
June 20, 2010, 10:25 AM
I hate indoor ranges and for that fact formal ranges in general.Can't pratice draw and fire or real life pratice. I find there is no where to just have fun. Shoot at cans or bowlling pins, nowhere to shoot at long distance anywhere near me anymore. I grew up in sw fl and shooting was a every weekend afair. Take your atv if long distance was involved and have a bit of a competition. NO where to shoot a 22 with the grand kids. Blow up gallons of water or pop can, well shake'n up so they can understand what a 22 can do and enjoy it. Even shooting a hunting pistol at 100 yards has got'n me chew'd on by a range master because it a (rifle ) range not for a handgun, even if i can shot 3" groups. I have two ranges with in 1 1/2 hours,, One has only a 100 yard rifle range and only handgun formal bullseye shooting. The other has no handgun and no short range at all. One forestry range thats almost always maxed out . So you guys with a private place to shot be thankfull.

dusty14u
June 20, 2010, 10:30 AM
I think you are finished with firearms. I will take them off your hands. I will send my address so you can box them up and ship them to me. I will provide a clean, safe and fun enviroment for them. Its the least I can do.;)

INSULATION TIM
June 20, 2010, 10:40 AM
It takes me 45 minutes to get to my range, so I just muscle through it when I am there.

Some days are more enjoyable and productive than others.

qajaq59
June 20, 2010, 10:45 AM
I don't always shoot as well as I should, but I'm just glad I can shoot at all.

danprkr
June 20, 2010, 10:50 AM
Took my wife once, and she had a migraine. That was bad for her what with the noise and all. Me too because I hate to see her suffer with them.

And of course in TX the heat can get you, fortunately I'm able to plan my work days so that if I wish I can be at the range at daylight when it's coolest, get my shooting in, and then go off to work.

Of course the worst day is when, and I've done this, you get there and realize that you've either brought the wrong gun or ammo. Because they don't match. :what:

martywj
June 20, 2010, 12:16 PM
I agree with saying : A bad day at the range, beats a good day at work. But that applies to almost anything shooting, motorcycling, fishing, or geo-caching.

I had a good day at the range yesterday. My lovely wife told me I could go and play by myself. I went to local indoor range called On Target http://www.ontargetfirearms.com/ I had to wait for a bit to get on due to a number of folks qualifying for security training class.

I had brought 4 guns with me to shoot today. The first was a Sig Mosquito 22lr. We have had this gun for a few months and probably have run somewhere near 600 rounds through it. It is fun to shot and eventhough we have to use CCI Mini-mag ammo it it fairly inexpensive. It still is having some fail to feed issues. I am hopefull that these issues will go away with more rounds through it.

The second gun I shot was a Smith & wesson Model 36-10 snubbie that I purchased from a member on this board. This was my second time out with this weapon and it just keeps getting better and better. The gun shots well, but I am not as accurate with it as I would like to be yet.

My next weapon to try was a newly purchased Springfield XD40SC. I ran over 200 trouble-free rounds through it and amazed it the acuracy of this little gun. It makes me look like a expert marksman. It will definitely go into the CCW lineup when the holster for it arrives.

The last of the day was rifle that I have had for awhile, but had never fired. A Marlin Model 60 22lr that belonged to my Father. It has a small Tasco Scope on it, and it really a joy to shoot. I was only shooting 15 yards, and i need to go to outdoor range where I shoot further.

In other words it was a very GOOD day at the range for me!!:D:D:D

Texas Gun Person
June 20, 2010, 01:29 PM
I shoot outside... and it's just been so hot and humid recently. Summer in Texas. :(


Just think... next month and August it'll get really hot. :D

ghitch75
June 20, 2010, 01:38 PM
I hate indoor ranges and for that fact formal ranges in general.Can't pratice draw and fire or real life pratice. I find there is no where to just have fun. Shoot at cans or bowlling pins, nowhere to shoot at long distance anywhere near me anymore. I grew up in sw fl and shooting was a every weekend afair. Take your atv if long distance was involved and have a bit of a competition. NO where to shoot a 22 with the grand kids. Blow up gallons of water or pop can, well shake'n up so they can understand what a 22 can do and enjoy it. Even shooting a hunting pistol at 100 yards has got'n me chew'd on by a range master because it a (rifle ) range not for a handgun, even if i can shot 3" groups. I have two ranges with in 1 1/2 hours,, One has only a 100 yard rifle range and only handgun formal bullseye shooting. The other has no handgun and no short range at all. One forestry range thats almost always maxed out . So you guys with a private place to shot be thankfull.

yes i like shootin' on my range......1 of the biggest reasons i moved to the sticks.....h%$l i shoot out my back door:what:.....i know with in a few mags if i should go back to the house.....then if i come back to quick the g/f says " whats a mater can't hit nothin'? ".....then i give a look:cuss:.....LOL

billybob44
June 20, 2010, 02:00 PM
My Son+I just got back from enjoying some of this Indiana Hi temp/hum., at the range. Some .357,.45acp+9MM---Great Fathers day....

ghitch75
June 20, 2010, 04:07 PM
down here it's 93F 67% humidity= 113 heat index.... just rude out!!!

racine
June 20, 2010, 04:49 PM
That would be when you shoot yourself, someone else or had a favorite gun blow up. I shoot to blow off steam so every day, even when I don't shoot very well, is a great day. Probably why I don't enjoy IDPA much because I feel like I have to work rather than play. As a contrast to yours, I had a great day yesterday doing a club Garand/bolt action match. It was hOT, huMID, but I shot well despite my M1 inexperience and had friends help me learn the idiosycrasies of my new best friend (JC Garand). Did I shoot a perfect score? No, but I hit what I was aiming for 85% of the time. Enjoy that cup that's half full...

Shadow 7D
June 20, 2010, 06:18 PM
Yeah, shooting prone to qualify on my M-4, in -65F weather in Fairbanks alaska because my battalion commander had to prove he, the EX-ranger ran a harder ship than the infantry, lets just say that barrel heating and POI issues get really bad at that cold

so does contact frostbite from touching your weapon, and glasses fogging, and stiffness from the freezing ground, best thing about the range was that I was a medic and that meant I had an ambulance to hide in, with everybody else, sardine have it spacious.

Not fun, but most days are much nicer

stickhauler
June 20, 2010, 07:58 PM
I went over to the range today, started out doing pretty decent on that 1st magazine. Then the bottom fell out and things got worse. But, on the up side, I didn't suck any worse today than normal. But I'm not loving this hot humid Ohio weather too much. If this keeps up, I'll have to take the grandson along to tote an ice chest of cool beverages to keep from melting out there.

Sauer Grapes
June 20, 2010, 08:48 PM
I've been having more bad days lately than ever. I've gone from just shooting, to now setting goals for improvement. When I take a step backwards, I get really pissed. It seems to have taken some of the fun out of shooting.
Maybe I just need to chill and relax a little more so it's more fun.

Shadow 7D
June 20, 2010, 09:06 PM
On a different note, I have been considering a pellet gun like the Gamo whisperlite to plink (inexpensively) in my back yard (I live in suburbia) or my basement, so I can set a goal of what I want to work on when I go to the range. That way, there is less plinking and more practice.

jnyork
June 20, 2010, 09:34 PM
The worst day at the range is vastly better than the best day at work. :D

rattletrap1970
June 20, 2010, 09:45 PM
Honestly.. I went to the range yesterday and there was a match going on. Kinda bummed me out because there was a benchrest match going on and I of course have to obey the range rules of the match. I Brought 250 rounds of ammo and used 35 in 3-1/2 hours. I would have preferred to shoot at my own pace, however, shooting at that particular range was the last thing me and my Dad did together. So I appreciate every minute I shoot for all the ones he won't. Don't mind me... rough day, father's day. I'd shoot in death Valley for 5 minutes of range time again.

kenno
June 20, 2010, 10:05 PM
I built my own range, it can be your's too if you can find it.
An old Zen Master once said "If your doing 'it' and 'it' ain't fun, then why are you doing 'it'?
When I am shooting, I am training. I will introduce bad mags, bad ammo, even a bad gun, just to make the training a learning experience. That does not mean I make it a torture session. 'Perfect' Practice Makes Perfect Muscle Memory. If your dieing from the heat or from chiggers and mossies your practice is not perfect. Go home, turn-up the AC and practice dry-fire indoors, thats what the TV is for, it's a training tool! Believe me if push comes to shove and you are in a swamp with chiggers and leaches sucking away on you but the bad guy is 6 feet away, you'll be as still as a stump and your muscle memory will be intact.

LRS_Ranger
June 20, 2010, 10:16 PM
The only bad days I have had involved going when I had a time constraint on myself. I also have decided that if I bring a newbie, I'm not going to try and shoot myself. When I shoot I go into my zen-forget everything zone. Anything that tries to pull me out of it winds up annoying the heck out of me.

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