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Geriatric Gunnery?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Ironbarr, Jan 7, 2003.

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A "healthy" work-around forum??

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    15 vote(s)
    41.7%
  3. I'm thinking...

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  1. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

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    I've recently been posting subjects re work-arounds for eye and hand problems and have had replies providing sage advice. Also, I was steered to and read some really important experiences of others (TFLers, mainly) regarding their efforts to maintain their shooting world while some body parts didn't work very well. There's a lot of arthritis, some Carpal, cataracts, new glasses, and a host of other UN-goodies out there.

    I wonder if there might be an interest in a forum for such discussion - kind of "all in one place" rather than spread out across different forums as part of different thread subjects.

    Think about it and give a Yea or Nay.

    -Andy
     
  2. 10-Ring

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    Seems like too specific a topic. It would just be two guys talking about their aches & pains. If that's the case, pick up a phone! :)
     
  3. PATH

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    I think it's okay. Some of our shooters are up there in years so why not. Other shooters may have conditions that affect their shooting. I see np problem with something like this.
     
  4. bogie

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    Actually, a forum dedicated to disabled/older/whatever the (*&)(^ politically correct term for folks who are sorta crippled up would maybe be interesting...
     
  5. Topgun

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    OKAY so who DOES make a twin mount

    for a walker?
     
  6. sm

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    nay

    I figure this gets placed where needed and found using search function. If not someone always seems able to find link here or TFL.

    Strategies
    Gen. Handgun
    semi's, or wheels.
    so far has worked
    be it a cane, or choice of firearm, grips...etc
     
  7. armabill

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    How about: "Alternative Shooting Styles"
     
  8. KMKeller

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    Too specific I believe.
     
  9. DamnedDirtyApe

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    I'd spend far too much time there.
     
  10. Leatherneck

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    Nah. It'd just be a buncha old guys bellyachin about where they hurt. In the general discussions, the youngsters can witness all the old-timers' gripes and --maybe--LEARN from them.:banghead:
    TC
    TFL Survivor
     
  11. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    As people get older, their conditions become unique and extremely varied from person to person.

    Sadly enough, many of their conditions that affect shooting are by no means unique to the older set.

    No.
     
  12. dairycreek

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    To the younger set

    I am one of those old guys who might find value in such a forum. If you think it would not be valuable to you then you probably shouldn't go there. If you get to be my age and can still shoot - you will be really fortunate. Remember! Getting old ain't for sissies! Good shooting:)
     
  13. Ledbetter

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    Actually not a bad idea. Guns offer protection for many "disabled" persons. I'm sure they would welcome a place to get info.

    How about

    "Shooting Ergonomics" or

    "Tactical Physical Ailments" or

    "Common Shooting Ailments"
     
  14. Preacherman

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    I've posted a link to this thread in the Staff forum, and we'll see what the other moderators and administrators have to say. Thanks for the input so far, guys. Anyone else who would like to comment, please do so in this thread, for moderators to weigh your opinions.
     
  15. sm

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    I did not mean to imply any disrespect to any member of age, or with conditions that affect shooting. I'm 47, I can appreciate not being able to dosome things I did at an ealier age.

    Hey I'm a big champion of respecting our best natural resource, our elder members of society. Disabled, recovering from injury, I'm respectful and empathize.

    My thinking is a situation/question needs an answer, under the headings we now have,I can learn from everyone. Handguns and arthritis[see hndgns] Which revolver? [go there] Semi[[semi]. Shotguns and retina tear [I'll search shotgun].

    Case in point: I had double knee surgery in '93...almost 10 yrs ago...I may have been younger...I assure you I can relate to being 'disabled' or limited in activities. Emergency appendectomy--BTDT. Anaphalatic Shock-heck I just wanted to survive, muscle atrophy kicked in- I could not open a soda can,or use a can-opener. No aspirin for me-ever!!

    Stealing a Title from a SWAT article a while ago-if a forum opens up I suggest, Disabled-but not Defenseless
     
  16. Blackhawk

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    Ironbarr,

    I'd like to change my vote to yes.

    An old timers forum on THR would be great because it adds to rather than detracts from the rest of the forum.

    Anybody searching for yadda-yadda would find whatever's in the threads in other forums plus there would be a specific place to post appropriate new threads.

    Preacherman's post made me realize that -- not by anything he said in particular, but just that it would be on THR, which, I presume is what you intended all along.

    Sorry I screwed up your poll....
     
  17. Ironbarr

    Ironbarr Member In Memoriam

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    Blackhawk...

    I appreciate your re-think. No sweat - you haven't screwed up the poll... I haven't voted........... yet. :D

    I've been searching TFL for some references that might lead some to understand the intent. And, yes BH, it wasn't consolidated on TFL, and I thought it useful to do that here. As time goes on, there'll be more folks UN-enjoying their habits and maybe there'll be a source for both help and inspiration in one spot.

    I haven't put a group of links together from TFL; much of what the forum might see is buried in posts of other subject matter. Maybe some interested folks here could check out a few search keywords and link them in. Afterwards, if it becomes a forum this thread could become edited by those who edit in order to preserve the info - not necessarily the banter.

    My thread title was meant to attract attention - not to name a possible forum. Maybe I should have put "geriatrics" in quotes, huh?

    And I shy away from "disabled" and words that tend to diminish folks. But, I see a forum open to solving some physical event by providing OPE - Other Peoples' Experiences, and encouragement re getting past a gun-related hinderence - as does this one thread re a lost trigger-finger tip due to a power saw: http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=141404&highlight=eye .

    Any way - let's see where it goes.

    BTW: I changed my mouse to left handed, and am practicing the left side strong as per my brethrens' advice in my http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=505

    Slow - but a start.

    -Andy
     
  18. Monkeyleg

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    It's an interesting idea, and a timely one for me. I did something to my back that's giving me pain; after two hours standing at the range last Saturday it was so intense I thought I was going to vomit. The funny part is that I outshot every youngster on the range!

    There's a thread in there somewhere. "Shooting through the pain?"
     
  19. J Miller

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    I'll vote yes. I'm still a youngster, mentally anyway, but my body has just reached the half century mark. I've got problems that I deal with, and if something someone else says can help me, or something I have tried can help others why not.

    A comment about the search feature. I find them of little use. Many times the subject doesn't have a normal name. I can't find it. I think a forum specificly for this would be good.

    Just like any forum, if someone isn't interested, they don't have to enter.
     
  20. Robby from Long Island

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    I would probably vote "yes" also even though I never think of myself as old, at least not yet.

    But I was reminded a year ago when I tore my rotator cuff lifting weights that I can't do now what I could do when I was younger.

    After the operation, the surgeon said I completely tore my supraspinatus tendon with retraction. Bottom line was, no more of my favorite shooting which are varmint rifles. I was really P.O.'d
    but realized it was my own fault. So getting older isn't always getting wiser. Once in a while it might be fun to talk to some of the other "slighty older set" and see if they also do dopey things that prevent them from having fun.

    Safe shooting.
     
  21. JohnBT

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    I'll post this for my father since he doesn't do computers. He's smart enough, just stubborn.

    While visiting my parents at Christmas, my father told me that he forgot to renew his carry permit. He'll be 81 this Saturday.

    Of course, since he attends church with the clerk of the court, the secretary and the judge it shouldn't be a problem getting it renewed when he goes to town.

    His memory really is good. He did remember to renew his NRA and gun club memberships.

    John
     
  22. happy old sailor

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    why not. if it don't work out, it can be scrapped.

    might take another poll on who is the oldest. or, take a poll on all ages determining an average, mode, median, whatever.

    a prize for the youngest: 50 BMG. naah, cost prohibitive
    a prize for the oldest: box of Exlax, hehe

    does any other gun related site have an old fogie forum. not to my knowledge. anyone know of one ? could be a first here.
     
  23. hansolo

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    What could it hurt(besides my artha-rightus!). I am early-Fifties and hope the heck I will be able to participate in this fantastickly-fun sport when I have more hair in my ears than on top of my head. :rolleyes: P.S. The WWII and Korean Vets are passing-on all too quickly: I say, do anything we can to honor them and all "more experienced" folks.
     
  24. Calamity Jane

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    Still a youngster here, too, but...

    I think it's a great idea. There are lots of folks who could use something like this.

    I concur. They are a national treasure, pure and simple.
     
  25. New_comer

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    Hmmmm... I think it's a good idea!

    I don't think it would be overly "gripe"-oriented.

    So I'd say 'Yea'! :D
     
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