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How many of you actually like to shoot?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by WhiteKnight, Sep 2, 2004.


Do you like to shoot?

  1. Yes

    403 vote(s)
  2. It's okay.

    14 vote(s)
  3. Not really.

    4 vote(s)
  1. WhiteKnight

    WhiteKnight Participating Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    I know this is a firearms forum and all, but I'm curious as to how many of you actually like to shoot.

    For example, the majority of the hunters I know like to hunt but don't shoot more than 3-5 sight-in shots per year.

    Likewise, I know a couple of people that own a gun for home defense yet only fire a dozen or so shots per year.

    Yet both of these groups consider themselves "shooters" and are referred to by friends/family/coworkers as "gun people."

    Personally I like shooting most anything as long as the recoil isn't too bad. However I have a buddy who absolutely loves recoil, and gets a disturbing satisfaction by going throw boxes of 3 1/2 shells at the range.

    Please keep in mind I'm not going to make fun of you if you don't like to shoot. I will, however, wonder to myself if you've ever tried a .22 rimfire. ;)
  2. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Mentor

    Jan 26, 2004
    I like to get to the range every weekend for practice with the 1911, MKII, CZ75B, scoped .308 bolt, Enfield, etc., at targets from 7 to 400 yds. :D
  3. Amish_Bill

    Amish_Bill Participating Member

    Nov 29, 2003
    atl ga
    3-5 sighting shots a year? I drop that many mags of ammo through several different guns each range trip.
  4. Black Majik

    Black Majik Mentor

    Sep 13, 2003
    Orange County, California
    I love to shoot anytime funds allow. :)
  5. kudu
    • Contributing Member

    kudu Senior Member

    Jul 17, 2003
    north central indiana
    I get out about every other weekend and shoot 3-4 rounds of skeet and the occasional round of trap and sporting clays. So I average about 75 rounds of shotshell ammo a week.

    I can plink around the the yard any time I want with .22s. And if I get real ambitious, I can set up my target frame out in the field and shoot 700 yards with my long guns. :D

    My handguns and rifles only get shot a few times a year, but my shotguns are out and about almost every week.
  6. GrayBear

    GrayBear New Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Sierra Nevada Foothills
    Like to Shoot

    I like to shoot so much I even enjoy patterning shotguns.

    In fact, I even pattern shotguns for other people!


  7. Mulliga

    Mulliga Senior Member

    Jan 13, 2004
    Gainesville, Florida

    :confused: :confused: :confused:

    My guess is everyone on these forums likes to shoot something. :)
  8. Majic

    Majic Mentor

    May 3, 2003
    You are just kidding right? Just look at the post count under folks name and take a wild guess.
  9. 444

    444 Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    I know exactly what you are saying. I know hundreds of people that own guns, and would be considered "gun people" that might only fire a gun once a year or even less. I know a lot of hunters who at most check their zero before hunting. A lot of them figure that once they zero, that is done and there is no reason to ever check it again. They don't fire a gun at all unless they are hunting or getting read to hunt. For them, they enjoy hunting, not shooting.
    I also have read countless posts on this board written by people who ONLY own a gun for self defense. They probably practice with it, maybe even a lot, but I wonder if it isn't just work to them: they feel the need to aquire and maintain their skills but arn't doing it for enjoyment. I know a lot of people who bought a gun strictly for self defense and have never fired a single round through it. They don't think about guns, talk about guns, participate in any activities related to guns. They have a gun in their nightstand, dresser, car or whereever. They know it is there, but actually firing it never crosses their mind. I work with a guy that is very right wing. He went out and bought some type of handgun, I guess for self defense or possibly just because he considered it his duty as a right winger to own a gun. Some other people told me that they went camping with him and his wife. At some point during the trip, he and his wife took their handgun, hiked miles away from everyone else. He loaded the handgun and fired one round. He handed the gun to his wife and she fired one round. They then put the gun back in it's case and hiked back.
    When I was growing up, I think just about everyone owned guns. But, I think very few of them every fired them. They might have been passed down through the family over the years, they might have been a war trophy, they might have been won in some raffle; who knows where they got them. They were pretty much just considered a fact of life, but I dont' think they ever really shot them or talked about them. To many, they were just a tool. I remember people would occasionally shoot a varmint, or maybe shoot down a wasps nest with a shotgun. My dad was a prime example. He owned at least a half dozen guns. His great grandfather owned a gun, his father owned a gun, my mothers father owned a gun............... and my dad ended up with all of them. He stuck them up above the duct work in the basement and never touched them again, until I started begging him to let me shoot them. Since I moved out, I am pretty sure he has never fired another gun.
    I know a collector who for many years bought lots of guns and knew all about them and their history. But, he never fired them. He was strictly a collector. He has since turned himself around and now buys guns based on how they shoot.
    I even have known at least one guy that talked about guns and even bought gun magazines. Yet he didn't own a gun and had never fired one.

    I am not one of these people. I am into this hobby primarily for shooting. I do sort of collect guns, I do hunt, and I do own guns for self defense. But 99% of the reason I own guns is because I enjoy shooting them.
  10. m.i.sanders

    m.i.sanders Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Upstate SC
    I shoot every chance I get. It's not as much as I'd like, but I manage to get to the range 2 or 3 times a month. Work keeps interupting:mad:
  11. MikeK

    MikeK Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I love to shoot but I don't get out as often as I'd like. I've only hunted once - nothing against it.

    I've introduced all five of my nephews and one niece to shooting (working on the rest of the nieces). The one nephew that enjoys it the most was happy, but pretty expessionless (teenager) when shooting most of the guns. Then I loaded up a Ruger SP101 2" with .357. What a smile after shooting that! Personally I prefer the .38 Specials in that gun.
  12. jamz

    jamz Participating Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    I'm a maniac, maniac at your door
    I get out at least once a week, mostly more. It's nice having a range a few minutes walk from the office. :D

  13. spartacus2002

    spartacus2002 Participating Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    Absolutely love it. Every Tuesday night = 100 rds thru my 1911. Don't get to shoot my M1A enough, though :(
  14. cerberus

    cerberus member

    Mar 29, 2004
    Kimber Country
    At one time

    I was just crazy about reloading and getting out to shoot years ago. Just had to be out shooting every weekend. As the years passed I noticed that I could shoot just so good and I could shoot this good even after not shooting for Months. It just took about 100 rounds of any of my guns and I was again shooting about the same as always. Like riding a bike you never forget how. I found as many have that it's a lot about trigger pull reflex and eye contact on target. Happens quickly and you don't hold breath and mess around with the trigger. You sight and shoot. So now I go to the range about every two Months and shoot 200 to 300 rounds in each gun I take. It's really not that much fun anymore.:rolleyes: It's really more of a gun check thing. I could just as well dryfire at home but that would not be checking the guns as to being fit for service.:)
  15. Hkmp5sd

    Hkmp5sd Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Winter Haven, FL
    Let's put it this way....

    In planning for my retirement home, it includes both an indoor range in the house and an outdoor range with shooting stations on the back porch.
  16. Chut1st

    Chut1st New Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    I am blessed to live in the country with lots of room to shoot. Don't shoot every day, or even every week sometimes, but probably far more than the average. Most Sunday afternoons find a bunch of us shooting trap or pistols "out back". Nothing better than to pop some caps with my pals then retire to the workshop for a cold adult beverage (never mix the two).

    Love everything that burns powder. From .22 rimfire to .454 Casull and .416 Rigby. Next major purchase will probably be a .50 BMG rifle, most likely a Viper.

    Am I a gun nut? H***, yeah, and proud of it!
  17. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    Built my own pistol range off the back porch and pay for a range membership for long range. Just got 1000 rounds of 7.62x51 shipped in after having bought 300 weekend before last. Yeah I guess I like to shoot.:D
  18. cracked butt

    cracked butt Mentor

    Jan 3, 2003
    SE Wisconsin
    I would shoot every day if I had more time and a decent range closer to me. AS it stands, the range that I shoot pistols/rifles at is 60 miles away,and the local trap range has very limited open shooting hours and I work an odd schedule.

    Every time I go shooting, I have to plan my entire day around it- 2 hrs travel time, 1 hr of loading everything in my truck, 3 or 4 hrs of shooting, 1 hr of cleaning guns. When my kid gets a little older, we'll go alot more.
  19. geekWithA.45

    geekWithA.45 Moderator Emeritus

    Jan 1, 2003
    SouthEast PA
    If I had a backyard range, I'd invest in reloading equipment and shoot every single day.
  20. Snaps

    Snaps Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    I like shooting bottles, cans, sometimes I can get a bunch of bottle caps, whatever I can get my hands one. Only thing I don't like shooting is 2D paper targets.

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