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Plinking by yourself...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sean Dempsey, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Sean Dempsey

    Sean Dempsey Well-Known Member

    There's no real range around where I live. We have a unsupervised place out by the fairgrounds, but it's really just a cleared out dirt lot against a hill.

    there's a place about 5 minutes from my house, another just desert area where lots of people go to plink. It's just basically out on some trails, there's a few big berms you shoot into.

    I want to get at least 200 rounds in practice a week, but I can never find people who want to go shoot with me, and I have never gone alone. but now, I am wondering if I should just go by myself.

    Is this something to consider, or is it a major no-no? and if I do decide to go alone, what are some precautions the rest of you take? My wife is against it, but I hate only getting a chance to shoot every few weeks.
  2. There are some major minus' to consider if shooting alone...
    1. it is not nearly as much fun
    2. if you get injured there is noone there to help
  3. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    I do it all the time, but that's because:

    1. My range is in my back yard.
    2. I have no friends. :( ;)
  4. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Man, if I didn't shoot alone a good part of the time I'd never get to shoot.

    I do let someone know where I'm going and when I'll be back, but I do that all the time.

    It's relaxing too, I can take all the time I need, fiddle with my guns between shooting sessions; clean them, adjust sights, do any work that needs to be done, test handloads etc. Just have some quiet time to think. It's my favorite way of shooting.
  5. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    I've shot with someone else MAYBE 5 times. I always go alone, because A) No one I know shoots, B) my "range" is a long government road leading into government woods that no one ever uses that's located just a mile and a half up the road.
  6. DRMMR02

    DRMMR02 member

    Man I wish there were places like that around where I live in Michigan.
  7. Sawdust

    Sawdust Well-Known Member

    I dunno, Larry.

    Anyone with a range in their backyard is my friend, or, I'd like them to be. ;)

  8. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    Just about anything that you ever do is safer with a buddy. That's why the military is big on the Buddy System. Stifles individual freedom a bit, but is more fun and tons safer.

    That said, I'd say shooting by yourself is probably no worse than hiking by yourself, and is _far_ safer than swimming by yourself.

    The more important question: how many noobs could you get into shooting if you tried? There's got to be somebody at your church, workplace, burger joint you frequent, friend-of-friend, etc. who wants to try out shooting, but has never been invited...

  9. Short of shooting yourself in the foot or a particularly nasty KB, I'm not sure what you are that concerned about. Wear your eye and ear protection, stay aware of your surroundings, and don't get lazy about the 4 rules just because no one is around to see you.

    Just take a cell phone, tell your wife where you are going to be and when you are coming back. Make sure to call her when you are running late, since no man can keep track of time while shooting.
  10. jlbraun

    jlbraun Well-Known Member

    Only concession that I make when shooting alone is keeping the AK loaded and accessible. I do tell someone I'm going too. Shooting alone on public land tends to bring one into contact with some people who can sometimes strain the definition of "responsible and upright citizens".
  11. halfacop

    halfacop Well-Known Member

    Where do you live in Michigan?
  12. grampster

    grampster Well-Known Member

    We have thousands of acres of state and federal forestland in Michigan. I take a two track less than a mile from my house into the Manistee Forest. Natural pot holes make good places to shoot; natural berms and many times the DNR dumps stumps out here too. They make great backstops especially against a hillside.
    Just make sure you clean up the area of targets and police your brass.;)
  13. Sean Dempsey

    Sean Dempsey Well-Known Member

    Some good points have been raised, I feel much better about it now.

    I want to go alone to do some serious practice. Most people want to shoot 30-50 rounds and then they are done, or too hot, or tired... I am there to do 200 rounds slow and controlled into designated targets, chart my improvement, and practice technique. So, I'm not really doing it for fun, I'm doing it as sort of a "workout"...I want to be able to be pretty accurate with my handguns.

    I think I'm gonna give it a try. I'll give the wife my schedule, and all that, then head out. She was really scared, but as a college graduate :)barf:), i did PLENTY of reasearch with statistics... so if I am more inclined to die swimming alone than shooting - I'll take my chances with shooting.

    Oh, and +1 the comment about running into unsavory characters at the informal desert ranges. Half the time, I think I'm gonna be running into Zed from Pulp Fiction... pretty freaky looking vagrants.
  14. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Well-Known Member

    If your wife is against you shooting by yourself, then tell her to come with you. Then take her to dinner afterwards. It's a date, almost.

    If she's against you going by yourself, and won't go with you, go anyway.

    My wife doesn't like me to hunt by myself. I rarely get a chance to go with people that I would want to go with, and she doesn't really want to come. So I do it anyway, because it's important to me.
  15. DRMMR02

    DRMMR02 member

    Ann Arbor. The closest place I know is almost 2 hours away in lapeer.
  16. lionking

    lionking Well-Known Member

    quote;The more important question: how many noobs could you get into shooting if you tried? There's got to be somebody at your church, workplace, burger joint you frequent, friend-of-friend, etc. who wants to try out shooting, but has never been invited

    one might be surprised to find there are alot of people who want to.At my work,because I can talk about shooting,I have had a few times where a co-worker has wanted to go or found someone who already likes shooting.

    I am a introvert by nature,so if Im solo I enjoy myself anyway.I prefere to shoot solo specially if Im sighting in a rifle.But other than that it is much more fun to have a friend or friends along.

    I rarely go to a public range,I prefere the great outdoors out in the middle of nowhere because its nice to get away and the freedom to shoot anyway you want.I stress out in the middle far far FAR away,and with a place that has no way of rounds harming anybody.

    Now that summer is ending and cooler weather will be coming Ill be going out more often.Goodbye mosquitos.
  17. Glockfan.45

    Glockfan.45 member

    I almost alway shoot alone. I go out to my parents place in the country, they have 30 acres in the middle of nowhere. I like the tranquility of being outside in the woods on a crisp fall day just me, my thoughts, and whatever gun/guns I decide to bring along. About the only time I shoot with somebody is when my little brother is home (he still lives at home) he will usually come down into the holler and run a mag or two. The closest range to me is at Olins facility, and they are only open to the public two days a week, and always crowded. If I go to the indoor range in Belleville during the winter (which is usually rare I take the few months to save money on ammo for new guns) I go during the afternoon when vacant. I wish we had some public land around here to shoot on as my parents are selling their place, and soon I will have no choice but to go to the range :barf: .
  18. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    That's not plinking.:)

    Some things are best done alone, or with a friend of like mind. That might be one of them.

    The other day, I set up a little air rifle range from the couch, through the living room and to the back of the patio. I shot alone, because it wouldn't be safe any other way (1000 fps scoped air rifle is not your father's BB gun). I wanted some scope practice.

    Shooting can be fun and social, but it can also be practice. I work out, shoot, etc., with a serious mindset. And I use the skills in a social context. It's cool either way.
  19. Grizzley Adams

    Grizzley Adams Active Member

    oh shooting by yourself is fun,i shoot by myself all the time because i live up in the mountains so there aint no one up here cept me my computer and my dogs,lol.so i go shoot targets i make out of wood or just do some other stuff like axe throwing and such.i make some in the shape of deer and goats and diffrent animals and i like it because you can think about diffrent things like loads and what you can do to improve your accuracey and such,and you dont feel embaressed if you miss.then once a year after all my practice me and some other folks who live in the mountains or just enjoy mountain man sports as we call em all get together and have a little contest.so dont rule out shooting by yourself it really can be at times more rewarding and productive than shooting with a bunch of folks.a lot of times you can be like :banghead: how did i miss that shot,and it was because you are so worried about impressing your buddies.
  20. History Prof

    History Prof Well-Known Member

    Jorg (post 9): You beat me to it.

    I always think Matix and Platt when I am in the desert by myself. I always tell my wife where I am and I always carry a cell phone. Further, I always have at least one gun loaded at all times.

    For those who do not know, Matix and Platt were the two bank robbers in Florida who got into the infamous 1987 shootout with the FBI, which lead the FBI to realize that 9MM was underpowered, which led to the development of 10MM and .40S&W. <DEEP breath>.

    They obtained their automobiles by carjacking people in the everglades who were target shooting by themselves.

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