Did you ever just QUIT?


August 1, 2011, 08:50 PM
Ever go to the range, take out a gun, fire one shot, and quit shooting? I have done it a couple of times. The first I can remember was a S&W Model 19 2.5" back in the early 70's. A beautiful gun, just out of the box, loaded up with magnums (as I recall), took aim at a bullseye target at 20 yards, and punched out the "X". I had a friend there to witness, and I just figured it as never going to ge better than that, so I put it away, with a big smile on my face. Went on to shoot other guns that day. It pretty much happened again yesterday. Drove out to the outdoor range I belong to, and the 25 yard pistol range had three cars and about 6 people there, so I backed up to the 50 yard range....all to myself. I posted my targets (so cheap, I just taped up a leftover silhouette target so I could shoot on it), and brought out the Colt Super 38. I fired 9 rounds at center mass on the silhouette, and then picked up my M1 Carbine, and challenged myself to a head shot on the same target. After surveying the target, I had 9 good hits in the chest, and a nice, single carbine hit in the forehead, dead center. I put the carbine away, and opted to fire the Super a few more times, and then later try my Colt .32 1903 and S&W 1006 for a magazine. The 10mm was still sighted right on, and the .32 was keeping all the shots on the silhouette (which I patched as I shot, keeping it clean to score). I just let myself shoot for fun, although I was really concentrating to hit with them at 50 yards. Any time I slacked, the target showed it. Has anyone else just quit shooting a particular gun when you got that "pinwheel" or record shot, right out of the gate?

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August 1, 2011, 08:53 PM
Once. I took a shot at a bowling pin at 500 yds with my remington 700 in 30-06. Had one friend on a telescope watching, and I had enough time to get back on the scope to watch it get hit. Didn't need to shoot that one anymore that day.

August 1, 2011, 09:08 PM
Yeah. The first time I shot my just-purchased shotgun. I didn't have hearing protection yet. (I did the next day!)

August 1, 2011, 09:09 PM

Doing it once is a fluke. Being able to do it repeatedly is confidence-inspiring, and is evidence of proper practice.

When I take a brand-new shooter to the range, if they bag a bulls-eye (usually at 3 yards) I set that target aside and let them take it home for bragging rights and positive reinforcement.

But I also encorage them to keep shooting... so they realize that replicating that feat is not a given. And although I do not press the issue, they often want to move the target out a bit...and are then faced with the harsh reality that poking the center out of the target isn't as easy as it looks.

BTW, I always encourage them to come back next week (or the week after that) to enjoy the range experience again. Only a few take me up on that, but about 10% do...and become gun owners and somewhat regular shooters...and a few NRA members.

August 1, 2011, 09:11 PM
Only when I dry balled a caplock rifle. If I get a bullseye first shot I always try to duplicate it. Rarely manage to. I shoot till the ammo runs out, even if my groups get worse. The object of the exercise isn't to get a target with nice holes, but to train myself to shoot and keep practicing. So I will keep at it in rain, snow, when my eyes are getting tired and when spent brass is smacking into me.

Besides, if I don't shoot the lead I have to carry it all back.

August 1, 2011, 09:20 PM
The object of the exercise isn't to get a target with nice holes, but to train myself to shoot and keep practicing.
Bingo. For me, I'm going to keep coming back, because I am commited to improving my shooting.

With a new shooter, I want them to have a positive experience, so I will be happy to let them take a one-holer home, only because it may encourage them to return and do it again...or learn to keep trying to do it again.

August 1, 2011, 10:17 PM
I will occassionly keep nice targets to show my ole man. He competed in Bullseye competitions when I was a kid, he shot well not great but he can still embrass me on the firing line with the right gun. His eyes aren't as good as they once were, but I'm still competing the phantom of years past.

Today, I punched out the X on the 25yd slow fire target with my 625 double action. I could've stopped right there, but I wanted to decimate the bull. My goal is to have all the shots land in the bull, shots in the white are screwups. Until I get all the 50 of 50 in the bull I wouldn't be truly satisfied. Hard to do for the hobbiest shooter.

Perfection is what we're all trying to attain. Being "in the zone", "go with the force Luke", or "to many minds". That's what I'm trying to achieve, I've been there a couple of times and it's a truly wonderful experience, a place where the mind and body are truly one.

August 1, 2011, 10:23 PM
My grandfather told me a story about a friend of his who, when they went hunting once, was dared to shoot a duck in flight with a .22LR. He took the dare and dropped one on the first shot. He then packed up and left. Grandpa said he left because he didn't want to be dared to do it a second time.:D

August 1, 2011, 11:33 PM
I did it with a S&W 460 once. I hit dead on where I was aiming at 25 yards. I probably would have shot more, but it was a rental gun. My friend shot a few rounds after me :-)

Shadow 7D
August 2, 2011, 12:42 AM
Yeah, went out, wasn't a good day, bad weather, head wasn't in it,
I realized that I wasn't doing anything but throwing money down range
switched to the .22 then wrapped it up early.

August 2, 2011, 01:42 AM
Once. One year I bought myself a Christmas present, a Smith & Wesson model 29 "Classic Hunter" before they named it and it had the adjustable front sight. Anyway, the range was closed since it was December so I drove down the highway and pulled off. All I had for a target was a pop can which I put on top of a snow berm, backed off 20-25 yards and let one off. That pop can went straight up about 10 feet! That was enough for me.

August 2, 2011, 02:33 AM

i don't care about impressing anyone.

August 2, 2011, 08:02 AM
Never quit.

But there were a few times where I should of never even started in the first place.

August 2, 2011, 01:53 PM
Once about 6 months ago, only my experience was the opposite. I was shooting so poorly I was only reinforcing bad habits, so I packed in in after firing less than 50 rounds.

August 2, 2011, 02:00 PM
Oh hell no! As much effort as it takes me to get around to going and getting there? I ain't quitting until I'm fried from sunburn, eaten up by skeeters, out of ammo, or the sun's gone down.

August 2, 2011, 02:51 PM
These replies have been very interesting. I kind of compare it to golf. I don't play golf, but if I ever hit a hole in one, from the frist drive of the ball, I think I'd just go to the clubhouse and have a few and celebrate. That is about how happy I am when I have done similar with the gun. It's never going to get better than that. I guess I DO get a lot of practice in, though, so I never feel cheated by not shooting anymore on those particular occasions. I can see if you have waited all week, or month, to go out. I'd keep shooting for those reasons, too.

August 2, 2011, 03:10 PM
Not me, I go shooting to SHOOT. I could blast the x ring out of everything and I'll just keep going. I see no reason to quit with a smile on my face because of success, I'll just change targets. But everybody likes different aspects of our sport, some guys strive for sub-MOA perfection on paper, rednecks like me just love to bust soda cans full of water! I could do that all day long.

August 2, 2011, 06:32 PM
I guess that "One shot, One kill." thing keeps running through my head. :D

357 Terms
August 2, 2011, 07:47 PM
Yep, I installed some Tru-Glo night sights on my XDm last year, took it and 150rnd to the range, Shot one mag and inserted the second and felt something hit my shoe! the rear sight, I didn't tighten the set screw. No allen wrench, went home with the sight in my pocket.

August 2, 2011, 08:04 PM
I hit a clay pigeon on the berm at 300 Yards with a Spanish Mauser FR8, I was done with it for a while after that 1 hit quiter.

August 2, 2011, 08:36 PM
Mossberg 88 12 gage with 3" magnums or slugs...two shots.... find a sling for my arm....and go home for a hot compress; make appointment with dentist for replacement of fillings that fell out after second shot........order 410 gage shot gun. Sweet woman wants to know why I am walking funny with my sling and Crick in my neck........ tell her my fillings hurt..........she wants to know if I want soup or steak?

August 2, 2011, 08:53 PM
Nope jusy savor the moment and try to duplicate

rednecks like me just love to bust soda cans full of water!

Try balloons. :) some binder clips on the knot or add a lenth of string to the binder clip.

Very challanging

August 2, 2011, 10:11 PM
My first shot with that revolver hit dead center. The next two were very close. I shoulda quit then.

Chris Rhines
August 2, 2011, 10:21 PM
No, no, not ever. When I'm shooting well, it motivates me to keep practicing.

If I'm shooting badly, I can't focus because of other issues, or if I'm just generally not having a good practice, I might end practice early. I try to force myself to do a few magazines of slow-fire accuracy work, just as kind of a mental reset.


Shanghai Dan
August 2, 2011, 10:23 PM
A hot load from an S&W500. Hit the target, decided I'd rather not punish myself physically or aurally with the remaining shots, and handed the revolver back to the owner. Too many shots from that hand-cannon would have done a number on my aging wrists, and ruined the rest of the day.

August 2, 2011, 10:26 PM
Does this count if you are a sniper on a mission to shoot one guy?

August 2, 2011, 10:45 PM
Ah. One shot, one kill....the way it's supposed to be. :)

August 3, 2011, 12:06 PM
I did it once with a NIB Beretta Tomcat, but only because one round was all it was good for before going off the rails. :mad: In all, I fired 66 rounds through it before sending it back to Beretta for good.

August 3, 2011, 01:11 PM
I'll never be one of those guys that puts 5 rounds into one ragged hole...... but its sure fun trying! Thats the fun of this sport, maybe a fluke of sorts one can get them all "fairly" close to one hole, this is why I continue to go back...... maybe one day!!

August 3, 2011, 01:29 PM

August 3, 2011, 01:42 PM
I technically don't pay anything to go shoot, but because the range is 15 miles away I make a point to shoot at least the same amount of time it took me to drive there from the time I put my gate code in, and to the time I sign in and sign out.

August 3, 2011, 02:09 PM
I will quit if I'm shooting badly for whatever reason. If I'm shooting really well, the only reasons I'll stop are running out of ammo or sunlight. I reinforce good practice, not bad practice.

August 3, 2011, 03:08 PM
I don't always shoot to "practice". Sometimes, all I want to do is challenge myself. I've reached a certain level of performance and ability, and if the challenge I put to myself with a given weapon is met, I move on to other things.

August 3, 2011, 04:46 PM
Consistency is why I practice. if I brought more ammo for that gun I'd be shooting it. You may have just got lucky.

August 3, 2011, 05:24 PM
Week before last, I showed up at the range with one firearm. A bolt action rim fire that is magazine fed. I forgot the magazine.

It is so annoying to have to single load, 200+ rounds of .22lr with a scope and extractor cuts in the way.:o


August 3, 2011, 05:58 PM
I've been tempted, a time or two, when the first round; first magazine is right on.

But, there's always been 50 or 100 more rounds in the bag to shoot that day . . .

August 3, 2011, 11:06 PM
I understand your point.

Yes, I have quit while ahead. Many times.

Last time, about six months ago, with a 50 round group with my HK P7....I did great....the planets were aligned.....and.... I took the target down and (while I wanted to frame it and put in my living room), I put a thumb tack thru it and display it in an inconspicious place in my shop.

Meanwhile, back at the range, and after the HK, I switch to a different gun and got my usual not-bad but good-enough results. But still....after the HK....it was a great day simply to be alive.

So I understand your point, don't I?

Back to your point. The posted target in the shop reminds me of the shooter that I CAN be, that I am capable of, that I can do again....and maybe even again.....after all, I don't believe that there is such a thing as dumb luck.

Cactus Jack Arizona
August 4, 2011, 01:09 AM
It happened to me, once. I was shooting my little Savage .22LR. I shot one complete mag's worth (10 rounds) and had started on the second mag. I tweaked my back after the second shot, just because my normal back pain wasn't enough for me that day. :rolleyes: I could barely breathe without looking like the combination of the leaning tower of Pisa and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. :eek: I packed up, did kind of a half-walk, half-crawl out to my car and left. It was my best day ever!!!!! :uhoh:

August 5, 2011, 01:03 AM
When stars..........
Few years ago, I arrived to the public range ona Sunday morning I guess we were only five shooters and the range officer close to me talking about the perfect weather we had, no mosquitos, no hot (around December) after placing the target at seven yards as warm up.Waited for the speakers to say line is hot. Load with four rounds the CZ75 as usual, focus, breath and shot the first with perfect X so neat, so round hole on top of X that barelly see it. I called him, man Im done for today told you it's a perfect day for shooting, removed the mag, packed and went home with a texas smile in face. I kept the target for some time.
I had joy enough to go home because I felt that I handle of variables as I should for once.


August 5, 2011, 11:59 AM
Nope. And it's not likely to ever happen. I have never ran out of ammo at the range because I often take twice as much as I'm gonna shoot. But for the past couple of years I shoot behind the store where I buy most of my guns. Impossible to run out of ammo there unless they do. But I do remember being in the mood to throw some rabbit in the skillet one day in the late 60's and I only fired one round and quit. I was hungry and the skillet was waiting.

August 5, 2011, 06:26 PM

When I go to the range there will be many rounds spent that's for sure :D

August 5, 2011, 09:37 PM
I've went home with 199 out of 200 rounds in the boxes still before.

Stepped up to the range, smurf target, shot at the little guy and hit him square in the head. I smiled and left.

It was a good day to be alive.

Brian Williams
August 6, 2011, 03:09 AM
I don't go home when a great shot happens, I try to replicate it. I was shooting my S&W 35-1 at 30 yards and a few young former students of mine were at the 50 yardline scaring a 1 liter water bottle with an AR and an AK, I leaned over while they were reloading and popped the bottle in the middle and knocked it off the post. When they looked up from putting in new mags they looked at each other and asked did you hit it? when they turned back down range, I put a 22 right thru the middle of the cap and blew water all over. They looked over at me and I just grinned and held up my little 22...

It was a great time to explain Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast.

Zach S
August 6, 2011, 06:53 AM

I had been at the range a while, and the guy in the next lane offered to let me shoot his S&W 340PD(?). A little snub nose, .357 magnum, that didn't weight anything...

Now, I really eased back on that trigger, because my 1911s have me spoiled - I didn't want to jerk the shot. I put one of those .357 magnums in the ten ring, said "ouch" along with a few other colorful words, opened the action, and told the owner thanks as I handed his pistol back to him...

That was enough for one day.

Iron Sight
August 6, 2011, 07:20 AM
Many of my 1st shots of the day are my best. I keep on shooting just to prove that theory.

August 6, 2011, 10:44 AM
A friend an I were shooting balloons with our carry pistols. I decided to break out my rimfire. I pulled the trigger once and both balloons ruptured. I was like ok Im done. Later as I bent down to grab my earplug that had fallen and noticed the first casing was from a shot shell. I eventually told my buddy. Eventually

August 6, 2011, 02:46 PM

August 6, 2011, 05:12 PM
Did you ever just QUIT?

............only after runnin' outta ammo.

August 6, 2011, 06:07 PM
My Mom shot a gun one time...a .22 rifle from a moving pickup truck at a running jackrabbit...and killed it. She handed back the gun and said "I'll never top that" and never touched another one.

August 6, 2011, 07:38 PM
^^^^That's the best so far!

August 7, 2011, 01:01 AM
Did you ever just QUIT?
............only after runnin' outta ammo.

Same here. A bad day at the range is better than a good day at work as the saying goes...

August 7, 2011, 01:36 PM
Don't get me wrong guys, I love to shoot. I have a name for those that won't shoot when it's too cold, too hot, raining, snowing, windy, etc. Fair weather shooters. Woosies. I like to challenge myself, and feel when the going gets tough, the tough lie in the mud and rain, and keep shooting. If I plan to go shooting, I shoot. I do like to stop and smell the roses sometimes,though, and getting a one shot "kill" on a target is a moment to be savored, just like that rose or patch of fresh raspberries. I might just have to stop shooting to savor the moment.

August 7, 2011, 05:45 PM
I've voluntarily quit shooting once before I was ready... was at my local range shooting my normal set of groups, failure drills, Bill drills, etc. when the door to the range opens and I smell perfume... not the type that a sophisticated more grounded woman would wear but something that smelled like youth. I looked back from my stall and saw them, two 22 year olds, wearing shorts that barely covered their butts, tight tank tops, 3+ inch heels, and carrying the range's rental Glock and a zombie target. Nice to look at but the little safety officer on my shoulder said "get out now".

Fearing for my safety, I packed up my toys and left. Sure enough while talking to the staff one of them discharges the gun into the floor 2 feet in front of them... just saying... some times you just know its time to go. Range staff went in to educate them on proper gun handling and safety as I left.

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