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How many of you use plinking as Stress Relief?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Dksimon, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. Dksimon

    Dksimon Member

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    How many of you go out and let off some steam at the range?
    I know it makes me feel better to go blow through some ammo after "one of those days"
     
  2. Bobarino

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    i do. i'll either go the the local indoor range and practice a bit with my CCW if the weather is lousy or if its possible, i'll go shoot trap. shooting trap is a wonderful stress reliever. scoring a 25/25 makes all the rest of the world go away. :)

    Bobby
     
  3. dmazur

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    I don't know if I'd call it "letting off steam"...

    I've heard it referred to as Zen with lots of noise. For me, it's a kind of meditation, and a competition with myself.

    So, it's a pleasant diversion. That is a form of stress relief, as is watching a movie.

    But I don't show up angry and feel less so when I pack up to leave.

    (Anger isn't conducive to good marksmanship... :) )
     
  4. Dksimon

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    well the kind of shooting I'm talking about isn't exactly based on marksmanship. I like to load up the clip on my sks and let them all fly as rapidly as i can.
     
  5. dmazur

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    Maybe I'll have to try that some time.

    My dad told me about a trip he took to Japan. They had rooms you could rent for a half hour (no, not that kind of room...) which were filled with cheap porcelains & glass.

    They gave you a bat and let you have at the contents of the room in private.

    Then they cleaned up the mess and set it up for the next customer.

    Their clientele consisted of Japanese businessmen, primarily.


    The closest I've come to "let 'er rip" is knocking a row of 7 cans over as fast as I could put the laser dot on them...

    Of course, to let off steam I suppose I have to build up some stress first... ;)
     
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    I used to be able to do that. Until my finances took a dive. Now I'm lucky to let off a few mags of 22.

    But I'll admit, bump firing my Saiga always brings a smile.
     
  7. Dksimon

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    The porcelin sounds like great fun. I always have my parents save any glass jars or bottles so I can shoot them (and pick up the remnants) out on our property.
    I'm currently in college so stress is not hard to find.

    Actually this site is great, whenever i get a minute I start reading threads and space out whatever else is bothering me.
     
  8. Regen

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    No plinking but, yes

    Yes, I use target shooting as stress relief. By concentrating my focus on shooting, it keeps me from thinking about sources of stress in my life. Similar to meditation in many respects, but with a score at the end. :)
     
  9. AirForceShooter

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    it's totally Zen.
    There's noise?

    AFS
     
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    You bet, same here. I get almost the same effect from reloading a couple of boxes of plinkers for the range.
     
  11. Sato Ord

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    Only every chance I get!
     
  12. kludge

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    Cathartic, yes. Stress relief, meh. Maybe in the overall effect.

    relax, breathe, hold, squeeze, follow though - repeat
     
  13. jackstinson

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    I shoot in my basement daily and try to make it to the range once a week.

    Jack
     
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    Abosolutely....I even find myself heading out to the range just to talk if Im not going to shoot. College plus 35hr work week generates more than enough stress for me.
     
  15. Cliff47

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    I look on a trip to the local indoor range as a mental health exercise. A certain amount of Zen-like concentration/meditation, and the effect of the office just goes away...
     
  16. armoredman

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    Shooting, reloading, and casting have a requirement of total concentration. Doing any of these while distracted or preoccupied, can be dangerous, so all my worries fade from the scene as I begin. Also why both my reloading bench AND casting area face blank walls with no other distractions.
    Stress relief? I suppose, the same as richer business men play golf or polo, the same as us working class slobs play poker and barbeque, sure.
     
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    There are the zen sessions with the scoped single-shot or long-barrelled revolver and there are the scream therapy sessions with the WASR-10, Mini-14, and Tec-22... and the long-barrelled revolver as well.

    Almost as satisfying as demolition derby and flat-track!
     
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    Oh yes. During breaks between semesters, to relieve stress, 8 members of my nursing class go to the local range- indoor during bad weather, outdoor during good, and blast away. The ladies are learning a valuable skill, and the guys are blowing off stress. Necco wafers and pop cans, beware.
     
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    I was thinking about this on the way home from my last trip to the range. It has been a rough winter for many reasons...probably for many of us...and last Friday was particularly stressful. I just felt sort of in melt-down mode. I lit a cigar, drove to the range, and fired off a box through the snubby. Before I began I concentrated on breathing and getting myself focused, forcing myself to relax. Money is tight, and I'm not going to waste the cost of range time and a box of ammo. I did some pretty good shooting...and felt a lot more together afterwards. I wondered if anyone else gets that "therepeutic" effect.
     
  20. JohnL2

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    Fellas. You don't know what stress is.
     
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    With all due respect for whatever you are going through...I do.
     
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    Friend of mine and I were just talking about this. I talked him into coming to the range with me last weekend, he hadn't been shooting in about 11 years, been going through a lot of stress lately so I brought him along to the small bore range. Brought my .22's with me and my .45-70 just because. We spent about 2 and a half hours there, blew through a box of 500 rounds. I didn't shoot much, rather just hung back offered him advice, BS'd with my buddy the range officer.

    On the ride back to his place he was sitting in the passenger seat when he looked at me and simply said "That was very relaxing and more fun then I remembered" It made me think, I never really looked at it for stress relief, more of an activity that get's me out of the flourescent lighting, into the fresh air and moving around. A good activity. But as I started to think, I do kind of feel better after a shooting session. More relaxed and just a better outlook on everything. Hard to describe really
     
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    I use shooting as stress relief regularly. I used to "have to" go out at least 3 times a week, but now it's down to one, but nothing is better for me than blowing away a stack of bricks with the .357 mag, some precision shots with the 30-06, or toasting 3 or 4 boxes of clays with a buddy to ease the workday stress.
     
  24. rainbowbob

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    If a couple of bricks of .38's and the range fee didn't equal a tank of gas - I'd be shooting at least once a week. For medicinal purposes.
     
  25. DWARREN123

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    Shooting does relax me and so does reloading. I have fun on both ends!:D
     
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