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Why do you shoot what you shoot?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kamagong, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. kamagong

    kamagong Active Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    I'm a pistol shooter, plain and simple. I'd love to own a tricked out AR, or a nice scoped Remington 700, but truth be told, I don't have much call for those weapons. There aren't many long distance ranges in Northern California, and most fun toys like the AR are unavailable here. So I stick with my 1911, not because I don't want the other stuff, but because realistically it's what I can use on a regular basis and thus become proficient with.

    Are there others like me? Do any of you find your circumstances shaping your buying habits?
  2. BridgeWalker

    BridgeWalker Active Member

    Aug 20, 2007
    Lansing, MI
    I'm pretty free. It appears that NFA stuff is disallowed in MI, but I've never looked into it, and all I'd want anyway is a suppressor.

    I shoot trap because it's fun.
    I shoot pistol because it's fun and I'd like to CCW (not much point right now; don't have a carry gun yet and spend muc of my time at school.)
    I shoot rifle because it's fun, and a good skill in the event of TEOTWAKI

    Pretty much, I shoot because I like shooting. And I shoot anything that is out there. Not so much with the centerfire rifle because of ammo costs, but that is what the .22 is for.

    Pretty much my shooting choices are dictating by costs and my mood. :)
  3. CTPistol

    CTPistol Member

    May 16, 2007
    NY Metro
    not really....my interest comes in waves...

    at times all I want to shoot is pitsols, sometimes 1911s...sometimes plastic guns...sometimes revolvers.

    Other times I just want to shoot old 30-30 rifles at bowling pins

    other times I just want to shoot a nicely scoped AR at golf balls.

    other times its the O/U on the skeet field.

    variety is the spice of life.
  4. redneck2

    redneck2 Mentor

    Dec 25, 2002
    Northern Indiana
    Seems that you're a victim of your circumstances.

    This is my attitude also. While Indiana may not be the God's paradise that Kali is, I shoot in my daughter's back yard just down the road.

    10 & 12 gauge shotguns for hunting & clays. Varmint/target rifles. A couple levers for fun. 1,000 yard stuff. Most everything covered from .22's to 45-90.
  5. Nix

    Nix New Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    when i go to the range i shoot everything in my sig... i dont take my toys that arent listed in my sig for they were bought private party... so yeah i guess this governments coming policy's do affect what i shoot.
  6. Will Fennell

    Will Fennell Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Rock Hill, SC USA
    a little of this, a little of that......

    I shoot a LOT of somethings, and a little of a lot of others.....

    I'm a teaching professional Sportingclays shooter, so I shoot quite a bit of shotgun shells[ about 25,000 last year ] through my DT10 O/U.....

    I take my personal defense seriously, so I practice with my CCW pieces and "ready rifles" regulary......various 1911's, a new love affair with a BHP, a P3AT, and AR and FAL....

    I'm a "reformed" IPSC limited class shooter, and a die hard custom 1911 fan, so I shoot them quite a bit. Occasionally, I'll shoot a IDPA match for fun....again more 1911 range time:D

    I take my hunting marksmanship seriously, so that means range time with the .17's, .22's and big game rifles.....

    I take my wingshooting seriously, so more shotgun practice and as much birdshooting as I can work in, more 12 ga and 28 ga time:neener:

    I'm thinking of trying some longrange precision shooting[hopefully joining a friend who shoots 1000 yard benchrest competition for some informal long range funtime/learning].....so a new SAKO .260 Varmit model has my attention for "recreational shooting" these days....

    Oh yeah, I LOVE my Milsurps also.....I've taken deer with my 03'A3....what a blast!

    So, if it goes bang....I'm into it;)
  7. OpFlash

    OpFlash Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    Wake Co. NC
    Yes. When I bought my first AR I sold it almost immediately because I discovered that I had almost no suitable place to shoot it, but I had the same misconception you do that it requires a lot of space.

    You're correct that a Remington 700 wouldn't be good for much other than long range target practice when at the range, but a rifle such as an AR or AK can also be used for defensive drills and competitions that I find much more entertaining. I'd check around, I bet you can find some defensive style rifle/carbine courses or matches in your neck of the woods. They are way more fun (and some would say arguably useful) than punching paper from a benchrest.
  8. Shaner

    Shaner New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Blue Grass, Iowa
    The only circumstances I see that shape my habits are limited range distance and money.

    The longest distance at a nearby range for me is 600m. I'd sure like to buy a Barrett in a .416, but that would be overkill for this short of distance. With that in mind, you can see the money issue involved there, too...

    There's plenty of shotgun style ranges available...

    Sporting Clays, if I'm willing to shell out about $30 a round, is available. I think at that price I tell the range owner to get bent...

    Trap- Haven't done it in years. Seems a little boring to me.

    Skeet-Done it regularly as a kid and went a couple of times last year. Although fun, I don't have the right shotgun for this application.

    To sum up my point of shotgun, I just don't have much interest in it, that's all.

    So, for the most part, I allow my own interests command the circumstances. If I don't have the means to do so, then I'd move. Of course, some people don't have that luxury...
  9. DMK

    DMK Mentor

    Dec 24, 2002
    Over the hills and far, far away
    I also like to have a variety of arms to shoot. Seems to be a common theme on here and TFL.

    Sometimes, I'll take something like my old WW1 issue 1891 Mosin Nagant and much more modern Imbel FAL to the range together and shoot them side by side. Or I'll shoot a modern 1911 with Novak sights and then see how well I can shoot an old 1911A1 with the original sights John Browning put on there. It's interesting to compare and contrast.

    Then again, sometimes I'll get on a revolver kick for a while and that's all I shoot, or I'll only shoot 9mm, or just 22LR for like a month. Sometimes I want to see how fast I can unholster and get all my shots in the ten ring at ten yards. Then sometimes, I'll put a target out at 100, lay prone with a sling, shooting slowly and methodically. I've gone through optics phases and then times when I want to see how well I can do with iron sights.

    I do own guns I've only shot once or twice and I have other guns that I've put thousands of rounds through. I still love 'em the same.

    So the answer very much varies depending on my mood for that week, month or season. However, it does explain why and how I filled up 7 gun cabinets. :)
  10. Gord

    Gord Senior Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Behind enemy lines
    Thus far, because of my age and until recently having lived in CA, I've not had much opportunity to practice with handguns, therefore I shoot rifles much more proficiently, therefore my interests tend to lie there.

    If you gave me x amount of money, I can probably think of a long gun I'd buy with it before I'd buy a handgun.

    I'm looking forward to "coming of age" (21) and honing my pistol skills as well, but at the moment being unable to buy a handgun from an FFL or handgun ammo from anywhere makes the whole concept sort of "meh" to me. Can't carry even if I could purchase, anyway.

    I'll stick to my long-range plinking for now. Hitting small things at great distances brings a smile to my face well enough.
  11. browningguy

    browningguy Senior Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Houston, TX
    I shoot shotguns least of all, but do go to 4-5 sporting clays tournaments a year. I shoot pistols a bit, a little IDPA when I can and just fun shooting at the range. I shoot rifles a lot, because right now I'm really interested in precision shooting, and I do a bit of hunting.

    My interests vary according to the phase of the moon and the alignment of sunspots. Sometimes I go on a pistol shooting binge and that's all I do for months. And don't listen to my wife when she says I have adult ADD.
  12. Roswell 1847

    Roswell 1847 member

    Nov 20, 2007
    East Tennesseee
    Lately I've been shooting Air Rifles and CO2 pistols more than anything else. More convenient since health problems prevent my getting out to the country much these days. Plus I'd just gotten a bit bored with firearms for awhile.

    I recently started seriously collecting some older types of firearms. Older guns, both firearms and airguns, have a lot or different and often ingenious ways of dealing with the same functions, I like to study the various designs.
  13. revolverman357

    revolverman357 Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    I shoot handguns, revolver and semi-auto. Grew up with a father who was a handgunner, I guess that's where I get it. As far as long guns, just 22's and shotgun, I don't really have a proper place to shoot high powered rifles, so I don't own any. I can shoot handguns in my own yard, so that's what I stick with.
  14. MRIman

    MRIman Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    City in the Hills,NY
    I just like "trigger time"!!!! Me and any thing I'm shooting.
    More fun if the daughter steps in(not often at 13 now).
    We need to work on that.
    I'm happy with a couple of bricks of .22 and all my 22 rifles.
    Ammo prices are going "through the roof",went back to the old
    .22 for fun time plinking.
    Picked up 3 this month,can't have too many .22 rifles!! ;)

  15. gbran

    gbran Senior Member

    Jan 21, 2003
    I find it hard to believe you live in northern CA and can't find places to shoot long guns. While there may not be ranges in your specific area, hunting and or areas open to shooting shouldn't be far away from you.
  16. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 22, 2002
    Kampong Cham, Cambodia
    I shoot centerfire revolvers and both in 22lr, 22lr cases are disposable and the centerfire is easier to gather from a revolver. I shoot handguns mostly because of the ease of being able to put up to 8 in a bag and haul them all in one bag along with ammo and a takedown Marlin 39M.

    I also like to take my Marlin 1894C in 357, one caliber many guns.

    occasionally I take my 1911 because I have a lot of range pickup brass in 45 ACP.
  17. esmith

    esmith Participating Member

    Apr 30, 2007
    I shoot milsurp, it's cheap and is still fairly plentiful.
  18. El Tejon

    El Tejon Elder

    Dec 24, 2002
    Lafayette, Indiana-the Ned Flanders neighbor to Il
    Different reasons:

    1. Because it is what I've trained with.
    2. Because shooting this or that firearms brings back pleasant memories of good times or relatives now gone.
    3. Because I want to experiment.
    4. Because I want to have fun.
    5. Because someone showed me a better way.

    Inter alia. However, mostly--because I want to.:neener:
  19. Officers'Wife

    Officers'Wife Senior Member

    Aug 23, 2007
    A long way from heaven and too close to Chicago
    I shoot rifles because I enjoy the challenge of putting a little 32 caliber ball into a 1 inch target at 200 meters.

    I enjoy hunting deer with a bow and arrow. Again, for the challenge as well as the meat comes in it's own handy and tannable shopping bags.

  20. jrfoxx

    jrfoxx Senior Member

    Sep 23, 2004
    In a sense, yes.There are absolutely NO restricions on guns here, I can get what I want, when I want, for whatever reason I want, thus I have more than a few guns I have no real need/use for, other than I wanted them cause they looked like fun, or were for my milsurp collection, or I thought were neat/unusual, etc.Only restricting factor is MONEY.Speaking of which, I dont have a suppressor or full-auto yet, so can anybody loan me like $15,000 to help a brother out?Pretty please? I'll be your bestest friend forever....:D
    No? Alright, screw you guys then.Cheap, selfish bastages....:neener:

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