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How times per month does everyone target shoot?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Jim NE, May 26, 2011.

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  1. Jim NE

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    Either at your favorite range or on your property, if you're rural. I'm just curious.

    Also, how often do you think (on average) someone needs to practice to become a better shooter? I know every person is different, but I'd like other people's opinion.

    It seems to me that once a month will keep you familiar with your firearm, but won't really make you a vastly better shooter. What do you think?

    Also, doesn't it make sense that the more and varied your guns are, the less profiicient you are at any one gun?

    Thanks - Jim
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

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    It depends...In the winter when I can't do other activities I enjoy outside, I reload and shoot. I don't mind going shooting when it's 30 degrees. During those months I might shoot 1k rounds a month. In the summer, I tend to do other things.
     
  3. vaherder

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    Just about everyday.
     
  4. schnauzer

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    3 times a week if during League season.
     
  5. gregj

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    My son and I will go to the range almost every saturday.
     
  6. BossHogg

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    Twice a week till the outdoor range got blown away by storms. I'm down to once a week because of the $20 fee for the indoor range. I'll be glad when the outdoor range opens back up it was only $3.
     
  7. yustinus1973

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    Not as much as i sould lately, as for how often i think someone should practice to be consistent with there firearms, well as much as possible imho, ammo and time permitting, both getting very expensive. As for only shooting with one pistol so that you get really good with it, and not spend any time with any others. Well if you want to get really good with one specific pistol ok i don't see a problem with that but i like to switch it up and condition my self with all of my firearms, and have fun to.
     
  8. rellascout

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    As much as I can. I normally shoot at least every other week. 200 to 300 rounds a range session.
     
  9. Overkilll0084

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    Practice/plink usually once a week. More if I can make it happen.
    Also, Bowling pin match every Thursday evening, at least until the summer break.
     
  10. mgmorden

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    Right now it's about every other week. All depends on the rotation though. I was going once per week pretty regularly for a long time but a lot of stuff cropped up lately.

    Overall though some things learned never leave you. I equate it to something I was told in college: "50% of what you learn here will be outdated within 2 years of graduation. The other 50% will last you the rest of your life.". Shooting, like many things, is kinda like that. Shoot a lot and you'll learn a lot of lessons that you'll never forget and you'll always be a better shot. That's things like stance, how to grip the pistol, simply being able to diagnose the reasons behind missed shots, etc.

    There's a lot of other stuff though that just requires constant practice, and no matter how good you are, if you're away from the range for a while those skills start to deteriorate.
     
  11. IlikeSA

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    Once every two to three months. I'd like to do it more, but I am not working, so money is tight. I do dryfire approximately an hour a week, at various times. If you dryfire properly, you will develop proper habits and overcome flinch through muscle memory, in addition to developing arm, shoulder, and hand strength; all which are necessary for long shooting practices.

    If you want to get better, I would suggest getting an instructor who knows what they are doing and can dedicate one on one time to you. I say that because I could not shoot a pistol worth a flip before, and after 3 days and 3000 rounds in police training, I became MUCH better.

    I say get an instructor because blowing 3000 rounds and developing bad habits is a waste of money. Find an instructor or someone who knows what they are doing to help you. Listen to them with a humble attitude, and ask questions. I find that a lot of guys are much more difficult to instruct than women, because guys have pride and a feeling of "I can do this thing, and need minimal help." Get over that, and be humble and ready for correction.

    Another thing that will help you is a .22 pistol; cheap to shoot, and accurate to the ranges one normally shoots pistols. I learned a lot shooting 22 pistols, and still bring mine when I shoot because it is good to shoot in between strings of centerfire to calm the nerves and correct flinch, if it develops.
     
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    It was once a week until gas got so high. Now about once a month. Anti/greenies reading this are gloating, no doubt.
     
  13. OldGunMan

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    Once or twice a week.
     
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    My range is about 30 miles and 45 minutes away. After I got laid off last year, I would go once a week. Now that I have a 40 hour a week job again, I've been once in the last 4 months. Over the summer, when college sports are over, I will probably go at least once or twice a month. Have to split days off between groundhog hunting (can't do that on Sunday in VA) and going to the range.
     
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    I try to go at least once a week to shoot. Not target shoot, but to try drills and stuff like that.
     
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    1 X week., usually 300 rounds of centerfire per trip.
     
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    I try to go once a week, but it doesn't always happen. 2-3 times a month probably.
     
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    I live very close to a nice outdoor range. It's only $4 to shoot as longas you like, and they furnish targets.

    I try to go every week.
     
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    I am a retired farmer and have my own range here on the farm and..

    shoot about 3 days a week-usally in 2 hour sessions. I usually reload at night about twice a week. Sometimes the grand kids come to join in as well.
     
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    More than a lot of people Bowl. My ex had it figured in hours, I'd have to dig out the paper work, but roughly 3-6 times a month and all day long. We used to shoot pins on thursday nights and call it bowling.
     
  21. Dobe

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    That's the life I want.
     
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    Once and sometimes twice a week.

    Recently I've been shooting with my club's IDPA weekly drills and skills group about 3 times a month. In addtion shoot twice or three times a month in various competitions.

    In addition to my semi auto shooting I also shoot a lot of revolver. And yes, I totally agree that having a lack of focus on any one gun and one style of shooting does mean it's harder to actually get better in any given style. But in my case it's all for fun and giggles and I enjoy shooting the variety more than I worry about going after the #1 spot in the placings.
     
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    Once every other week.
     
  24. Jim NE

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    I'm jealous.
     
  25. armoredman

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    Got feeling kinda guilty after reading/commenting on this thread - just came back from the range, spent a couple of hours doing pistol work, drawing from concealment, triple tap, all at 10 yards, etc. MAN, did I need that! :( :eek: Spent too much time with rifles the last year, and my pistol shooting suffered badly. :banghead: Back to the basics!

    Pardon the terrible phone camera picture.

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    Need to go more often!:eek::what:
     
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