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Do You Get Competitive at the Range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jdkelly, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. jdkelly

    jdkelly Well-Known Member

    When shooting at the range, do you ever find yourself engaged in an undeclared shooting contest with a person you don’t know in another lane? If so, what triggers the competition?

    I know if another shooter mimics my target placement (I have a sequence I shoot), that I’ll move the target out until one of our groups comes apart.


  2. PlayTheAces

    PlayTheAces Well-Known Member

    I don't get competitive, but...........

    Once in a while if someone with a decked out 1911 is in the vicinity and I have it with me, I'll get out my old series 70. Now this gun is mechanically excellent, but truly looks like it's been thumped by a ugly stick. Spent some time outdoors laying in mud among other things (before I acquired it). It's always funny to see the reaction, as most of the time it'll keep up with other 1911's.

    Then I'll say something like "Say, you don't know how to get one of these apart do you? They tell me I should clean/oil it, but after all these years I still can't figure out how to disassemble it!"
  3. Werewolf

    Werewolf Well-Known Member


    When I'm shooting I'm concentrating on what I'm doing - not what the guy in the next lane over is doing.

    No time limit where I shoot either so I'm not on the clock but I am there to shoot not socialize.

    In fact unless they interact with me first no congress occurs between myself and others on the range. If someone does initiate a conversation I'm usually happy to participate but that first interaction only happens maybe 1 in 4 trips.

    In any event no competition ever takes place.
  4. rayra

    rayra member

    "Do You Get Competitive at the Range?"
    No, unless it IS a competitive event. Other than that, what is the point of getting distracted during Practice time?
  5. XLMiguel

    XLMiguel Well-Known Member

    Wellllll, sorta. I figure some days you give lessons, some days you take them. Mostly, I shoot for myself and my own improvement, but it's like when two sail boats meet on the same tack, you're just naturally going to trim up sharp and see who has the boat speed, who can point higher. You're racing, whether the other guy knows it or not. :cool: It's just natural to compare how you're doing to those around you.

    And I do believe competiton improves the breed.
  6. Sven

    Sven Senior Member

    I'm in a zone, just the target and me. Reminds me of when I used to pitch in Junior Baseball. Just me, the catcher and the batter - no crowd noise, nothing else going on.... I'm the same way at the range.

    Between strings, I reload usually walking around a bit and see what's going on. Good to take a break, but if I am looking at their stuff it is usually to see their gear, not their groups.
  7. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    I'm usually quiet and keep to myself when at my regular shooting range. But I'm really quick to correct anyone near me if they improperly handle a firearm, especially if I see the wrong end of the barrel pointing towards me.

    There are a few regulars and the rangemaster that I always see on weekends who I talk to, and it's always good friendly discussion about guns and non-gun topics.

    Sometimes someone I don't know and never seen before will ask me a few questions, and I answer them nicely, but I try not to spark too much conversation about how they're shooting or how I'm shooting.
  8. ocabj

    ocabj Well-Known Member

    Oh, and I think the number reason for me to ever spark any conversation at the range with the guy next to me is to ask him if he's saving his brass. :D
  9. cool45auto

    cool45auto Well-Known Member

    Not intentionally. I'll watch out of the corner of my eye while reloading. I like to see how the others are doing and what they're shooting.
  10. JDSlack

    JDSlack Well-Known Member

    only compete with myself.
  11. WonderNine

    WonderNine member

    Don't lie you guys, you know showing off toys is fun. :evil:

    I don't get competitive at all, but I am interested in how/what other people are doing especially if they're firing a gun that interests me.
  12. longtom4570

    longtom4570 Well-Known Member

    Me and a buddy went to the range to burn up some ammo shooting mostly 223 and other stuff, so was every else sooo i says lets bring out the heavy arty, i break out the 1903a3 and start shooting, boy talk about getting every ones attention:what: :evil: so ya a little competitve:D
  13. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Well-Known Member

    Sometimes I wonder how I stack up against some of the other guys at the range, but I really don't compete against anyone. Like posted earlier, I compete against myself.

    When I go to the range with my buddies, I get excited when they shoot well, and vice versa. (Well, there is this one buddy....nah, won't go there.) It's more fun that way, eh?
  14. Darrin

    Darrin Well-Known Member

    Only competition here is with the group I'm at the range with. Even then it's not totally a competition, just joking around. ("Wow, man, you suck! I can do that left handed.":D)
  15. Guy B. Meredith

    Guy B. Meredith Well-Known Member

    I don't compete as I am usually very focused on improving myself. I can shoot decent groups, but figure I can get a big head when I can keep up with a Bullseye shooter. Gonna be a while.

    However, I will get over next to loudmouth studs who strut about all the noise they are able to make. Usually they are kicking up the mud about 6 feet out and I like to give them a good reference point for where they are in reality.

    If someone is learning and having problems I will ask if it is okay if I make suggestions and do so with their consent. I do like to socialize and make others feel good about being there and their accomplishments.
  16. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    That's it, in a nutshell JD!
  17. sm

    sm member

    When I competed in clay games? Oh you bet I did, it's a guy thing :D I competed with myself oh sure, but put money on the line...well, business is business. I'd get so focused I'd have to be told the round was over.

    Yep I'm competitive, with myself especially and foremost, no denial. I had to actually quit being so serious because I'd do crazy stuff like shoot 16 practice rds of skeet in one day. That was the day I quit being so serious. My shooting improved, my scores went up,and began having more fun. Competeitve nature was and is still there .

    I applied this to all other shooting also. I call it having serious fun.
  18. J.J.

    J.J. Well-Known Member

    I am such a horrible shot I can't "compete." Wish i could see people like some of y'all when i go to the range.. I would love pointers but no one seems to care to help me out.. i try to make conversation and work my way up to getting the mind if you show me a tip but rarely do i get talked back to. So i just sit back and watch the guy next to me and try to mimic him/her.
  19. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    In a word: No.

    Not every competitive person is an a-hole, but EVERY a-hole is competitive. I shoot to please myself, screw the rest of the range.
  20. timbo

    timbo Well-Known Member

    Well, for me, I'm at the range primarily for my own amusement, secondly for practice. When I go to the range, if I meet a nice person there and a friendly competition comes up, sure, I'm up for that. One time in particular I met a guy who had never shot a .45 auto before, not to mention a USP, so after trying out his Sig 226 in 9, we had a match of our own on 50 yard targets... except we shot the other's gun. Tons of fun, kinda wish I would meet more people like this at the range.

    Oh, and try not to laugh at all the guys that go nuts and hit nothing at the range, I'm one of them. Concentrating on targets and getting the bullets on target is nice and all, but sometimes you just want to blast away at the target.

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