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How many guns do you take to the range?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by InkEd, May 21, 2011.

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  1. InkEd

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    On average, how many guns do you take to the range? How do you decide which ones to bring with you?

    I currently take about 10 guns to shoot and spend about 2-3 hours at the range. However, I am thinking that I might start to bring fewer guns and just go more often (possibly for shorter time). Basically, I will be shooting just as much but kind of dividing up the "work load." (Not that playing with guns is to be considered "work.")

    I am having difficulty deciding how to pick.
    Should I just grab whatever tickles my fancy that particular day?
    Take defensive guns one week and fun guns the next?
    Semi-Autos or revolvers?
    Large and small caliber?
    Full size and compact?

    I am leaning toward the first choice (just whatever I feel like shooting that day) but I just have such a hard time deciding which ones to bring AND the few times I have done that I always wish I had brought one of the guns I left at home.

    Sorry for the neurotic whining rant BUT how do you guys decide?
     
  2. WNTFW

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    Too many early on.

    Now I bring my carry gun, for SD just in case. I like to keep some self defense options.

    .22lr pistol does not take up much space. I also like to bring a .22lr rifle. I don't not always bring them.

    Then no more than 2 centerfire rifles.

    The trick for me is to have a plan for the range session. It may be to work on load development, run particular drill, work on a position, use of a sling, drawstroke, blah, blah, blah. I maybe have a list of 1-3 goals and 1-3 backup goals. Less is more sometimes. I try to concentrate on the task at hand and not sidetrack myself with what I am not doing.

    I also go with 1 or 2 guys. Sometimes I meet them at the range. Sometimes we ride together. I tend to decide if it is a rifle or pistol session and do one or the other. I also shot matches so that is an in & out deal with 1 gun needed for the match.

    So bottom line is 5 max. Anything more than that become unrealistic & cumbersome. Then ammo & support equipment add up for 2 guys in a pickup truck.
     
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    I bring my off duty (lcp, 642, & m&p45c) plus one of my ARs.


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  4. Unistat

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    Since I visit the indoor range at least once a month, I usually just bring one or two. Always, I bring my carry gun and sometimes I'll shoot my backup gun or another handgun. Once or twice a year I'll take my old HD shotgun out just to get some rounds out of it.

    It's only when I make a trip to the rifle range that I am tempted to bring more guns than I ought to. I just get out there so rarely and all my long guns want to play. I need to move to the country so I can have a backyard range, sigh.
     
  5. TheDriver

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    Carry gun + 2-4 others. If I am "hosting" a bunch of non-shooters it's more.
     
  6. Zane

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    I usually bring 2 or 3 at most. I find that my attention waivers after an hour or so and so does my accuracy. Last week I had 5 specific shooting related goals and I went to range on 3 different days.
     
  7. JoeMal

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    It really depends for me. Sometimes if I want to shoot cheap I will just bring my Marlon 60 to plink. Sometimes I will also grab a .223 if I want to shoot a little larger caliber. I normally always bring my Glock and run at least 50 through it for practice as its my HD gun. Sometimes I will bring 3, 4, or 5 guns..sometimes I take 1. It just depends on my mood and what I feel like shooting
     
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    It varies. I can go with as few as 1 or 2 or as many 5 or 6. Depends on what I feel like that day.
     
  9. towboat_er

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    I always take my primary carry gun. And then I'll take 1 or 2 more to play with.
     
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    Recently, I have only been taking one. I keep my Mark III close at hand and try and stop by the range when I am running errands for my wife. I love the little pistol because I don't have to pick up brass and it is truly quick and easy.

    When I have permission, I take one center fire handgun, my .22 target, and typically one center fire rifle. Today I am taking two because I am sighting one in.
     
  11. Tommygunn

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    Only two at most, really.
    Lately I have been getting more interested in .22LR handguns. They're fun and as everyone knows they are cheap to feed.
    I now have four of the buggers.
    While they are fun I have discovered one thing that is true for me: I do not start off with a .22 and transition to a centerfire caliber. I did that once and it was a mistake, because I couldn't hit anything with it. Now, I had shot that gun before (a Sig SP 2022 9mm.) and it's a perfectly good and accurate weapon. But not after I "get used to" the .22.
    However, if I start with the centerfire gun, I can do well and then transfer later to a .22 and I'm OK. Go figure ......
    Maybe a weird quirk........
    Anyway, having more than 2 guns and it's clutter and I enjoy being safe; clutter works against that IMHO.
     
  12. WNTFW

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    Tommygunn,
    I'm with you.
    If I am to shoot centerfire pistols I shoot them first. My thinking is if my carry gun is ever needed for SD I will not have warmup shots. So, I judge my carry gun shooting as the first shots coming out the holster. Cold bore so to speak.
    Now I have been shooting when I only shot .22lr. I absolutely love .22lr. If I start with them I generally won't get off of them.
     
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    2-3, unless I am trying to work-up a target load, then I just take 1 and several different loads.
     
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    I usually only bring 2-3 (not including my daily carry) depending on who's coming with me. A big reason for that is because I strip and clean all my guns after every fire and I don't want to have to clean more than 3 at a time :)
     
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    Bring as many as you have time to shoot/clean. I brought 10 today, but only fired 6. Even then I took about 3hrs to fire those to my satisfaction. After 1-2hr at full focus my eyes get tired and I swap over to the 22s for bottles and cans plinking.
     
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    Between one and four at most.
     
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    I usually take about three pistols and no more than two rifles. I just don't feel like hauling around more than that at one time. Not to mention, I'm at an indoor range that charges $15.00 per hour. I can't afford to shoot all day anyway.
     
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    5-7 if I am taking a new shooter. 2-3 if it's just me.
     
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    Usually 5-6 rifles and pistols. But I spend all day at the range when I go.
     
  20. texgunner

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    My usual range arsenal is either one rifle and two handguns or two rifles and one handgun. Usual range time is about three hours.
     
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    When I first started shooting I'd tote out pretty much every gun I owned to the range when I went. That got old fast :).

    These days I'll usually take 3 per trip. Typically a .22 and two centerfires. I'm also shooting handguns almost exclusively these days. Only time I take rifles is before deer season to make sure the scopes are on.
     
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    5-6 at most, unless I'm entertaining friends who I want to show some oddities to - maybe 10-11 if that is the case
     
  23. MistWolf

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    I simply take what I want to shoot. Sometimes I shoot them all, sometimes I don't
     
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    If I can get there early enough, I take 4 rifles and 4 handguns. Usually only 2 and 2. That's enough for many hours of fun...
     
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    Well, on a nice sunny day with little wind, I'll take my AR15 since I trying to work up a load for it. I'll take a pistol or two with me to have something to shoot if someone is shooting on the rifle range. We have a lot of firing positions but if I go to the pistol range, there is a good chance that when I'm done shooting pistol, whoever was on the rifle range has left. I belong to a club that isn't all that busy most of the time.

    If I come to shoot handguns, 4 seems to be the limit for me. After a certain amount of rounds, it quits being training for me, and just blasting caps. Ammo is a bit expensive to waste.

    Clutch
     
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