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Its just too hot to go shooting...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Lone_Gunman, Jul 24, 2005.

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  1. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

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    Anybody else had this problem this weekend? We are sweltering down here in the Peach State.

    It is currently 95 degrees, heat index is 103 degrees, and humidity is 65%. This is at 5 oclock in the afternoon! Its been this way for the past couple of weeks. I think we need some hurricanes to blow us in some wind and rain and cool things off for a while.

    I tried to go shooting, and was literally soaking wet within about an hour.
     
  2. sumpnz

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    Only 95? THat would be a heck of a relief here. And spare me the "but it's a dry heat" crap. 115 is damn hot, no matter the humidity.
     
  3. El Tejon

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    Could be worse. You could be out on the range all weekend like me. :D

    But, I get to shoot under the watchful eye of THE Pat Rogers. :D
     
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  4. joab

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    Even after last year I would welcome a light tropical storm or two.

    I am spraying lawns now, at least through Aug, the thought of doing anything outdoors on my off time has not even entered my mind
     
  5. Eightball

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    Yes, it's been blazing up here in Louisville, roughly the same conditions as in the original post. However, I did go shooting on a buddy's horse farm (he was there, if anyone cares to ask), from under a tree :D . Only after our range session was finished did we realize that the majority of our shots skipped off the ground and into his fence :uhoh: :what: . But, other than that--screw nature, if I want to shoot, I shoot......unless my range is flooded :banghead: (which has happened before :eek: ).
     
  6. chenzzo

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    Went to the range down here last Wednesday, and even under the awning at 8:30 in the morning I has sweat dripping down in my shooting glasses. It was worth it though....always is.
     
  7. Lone_Gunman

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    Sumpnz... yea, but at least its a dry heat!

    Seriously, I was out in Nevada earliere this year, and it was over a 100, but I swear this seems worse. Sweat just won't dry, and if sweat won't dry, your body's natural cooling system is useless.
     
  8. Cesiumsponge

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    Anything above 80-85F here in WA is considered hot and most people aren't adjusted to weather that warm...and it's been hitting above that a few times each week for the last month, with humidity. Not many people here have A/C to combat it. I'd rather run around outside in sub-freezing snow with shorts on!
     
  9. Kamicosmos

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    KC area has been hot too, pushing 100 and while humidity has been somewhat low for this time of year, it's still muggy and miserable!

    Haven't been outside much. But, did shoot a pin match on an un-air conditioned range. Was soaked with sweat, and I was taking a break to step out to the air conditioned shop after each round! Sheesh. Times like this make me look at Montana...


    (Course, in January, when it will be -10, wind chill of -30, and ice on the roads, I'll be wanting to move to Arizona!!)
     
  10. BryanP

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    Bleh. It's currently 95 with a heat index of 105 here as well. Too hot to do much of anything outside. Especially for those of us sporting "extra" insulation ... The only shooting related things I've done today are to sort out the junk from the last range trip, putting ammo back in the right places, etc..

    I went outside to trim the weeds in the ditch at the street. Decided that was enough yard work.

    Bob The Big Dumb Dog wanted to go out and play. I went out there with him threw the ball across the yard. He looked at me as if to say "Are you out of your effing mind?" :uhoh:

    That was enough outdoors for today. I've been inside working/playing on various things the rest of the day.

    Oh, and sumpnz ...
    A buddy of mine who used to live in Alamogordo New Mexico had a standard response to the "But it's a dry heat" line. "Yeah? So's fire." :D These days he lives in Seattle.
     
  11. Don Gwinn

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    According to the wall thermometer, it's 93 in my living room right now. :fire:

    No wonder I can't cool off . . . . I've got dinner in the oven in the kitchen; when that's done, I'm going to take it to my lovely wife and kids upstairs in the air conditioning and watch movies.

    If it's like this tomorrow, we'll spend the day touring bookstores and going to the movies again.
     
  12. Declaration Day

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    It's been deathly hot here in MI, too.

    I own a lawnservice company, and after my work days are over, I retire to the air condition.

    Until we get some relief, any unnecessary outdoor activities are suspended.

    Thankfully though, we've been getting enough rain to sustain the lawns in this heat.
     
  13. AK103K

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    Dont ya just love the heat index? After all these years, they finally got something for the summer(to make you feel hotter), to go with along with the wind chill in the winter. :)

    Then again, those of us who work outside, all day, year round, dont ever seem to die form these horrible extremes. I guess it must be because I'm from that elderly generation that had to walk to the range to shoot, uphill both ways, barefoot, in only 98* weather. I guess this heat index thing is for the "new" generation. :)
     
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    Yikes! When it gets that hot, I figure it's time to give my pistols a work-out . . . at the indoor range. ;) Sure, it's a bit of a drive, but then again the car has AC and the apartment doesn't.
     
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    I forgot to add...

    Last time I went shooting when it was hot, I had plugs and muffs. When I started to sweat, the muffs trapped moisture and made my glasses fog up like a car windshield on prom night. I took 'em off and it went away, but plugs by themselves aren't quite enough ear protection to satisfy me.

    Can't win!
     
  16. bearmgc

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    Haven't been out shooting in almost a month, with temps in the upper 90's. Tried to go up in the mountains last evening and the swarms of mosquitos were unbelievable, couldn't shoot for swattin. I feel like I'm a prisoner in my air conditioned home, heehee. :eek:
     
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    It was 97 here in WI today, with enough humidity to push the index well over 100 degrees.

    I just can't shoot in hot weather, or certainly not shoot halfway decently. My hands sweat, my eyeballs sweat, and my brain boils.

    It wasn't quite so bad when our club had a roof over the shooting benches; at least there was some protection from the sun. But now those are gone.

    About the only thing I got done today was take my wife's car to the car wash. Mine can stay dirty, since it doesn't have A/C.
     
  18. Tag

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    Tell me about it... I've been working on the shore of Lake Superior and it's still been over 90...
     
  19. NMshooter

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    Do not care about heat, cold, rain, snow, or even the nasty wind that often brings dust storms reminiscent of Saudi Arabia.

    If I want to go shooting (or any other outdoor activity, for that matter) I pack my things and head out the door.
     
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    Come to Texas!!!!

    100 degrees and 60% humidity!
     
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    Its 95 here today, feels like 108. I wonder how they get the feels like temp?
     
  22. Souris

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    I shot a pistol match yesterday on an outdoor range.
    By the time that the match was over there was no one around to see the scores; just me, my buddy and the match directors. Usually we sit around and jaw, test handloads or bond with a new gun; yesterday we sat down to jaw and realized that we all wanted to be somewhere cooler instead!

    I have needed to clean and oil my carry piece every single day this week. It doesn't look like next week is going to be any better :( I think that I may wear it out just keeping it sweatfree and oiled every day!
     
  23. Larry Ashcraft

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    Hit 99 here today. THR member bratch and I went out to the range to try out his new Veprs. At least we had the place to ourselves.

    Yesterday it was 105, and we were trying to have an outdoor birthday party for my grandson. Imagine twenty some 4 year olds (and nine horses) trying to stay cool AND have fun. Nature intervened and a thunderstorm came through about 3:00, the temperature dropped 20 degrees.
     
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    Yes, I have the same problem.
    I am normally a very active shooter. But, I haven't shot in a month. It is too hot. For the past week it has been close to 120 degrees. 120 degrees of dry heat :barf: Wouldn't you love to have been there when the early settlers were crossing Death Valley to tell them: Yeah, but it's a dry heat ? :D
    We won't talk about the fact that it rained all night or about how it was raining so hard when I was driving home from work this morning that I almost had to pull over. And I won't mention the fact that I am currently working in Laughlin NV where it is even hotter than Las Vegas and has the Colorado River running right past town. :eek:
    So, the other day, I decided that I was going to go shooting. I went to an indoor range and shot a Ruger Mk. II. I hadn't been to an indoor range in 10 years at least. I hate indoor ranges. But, I was happy to have a place where I could shoot something.
    I skipped my usual monthly matches that I practically never miss: I just don't enjoy it when it is this hot. One thing I will say for Nevada. This horrible heat only lasts a couple months of the year. Next winter, when it is in the 70s during the day, I will be out every day. :neener:
    But, I have decided to make this indoor range shooting a regular thing. I have been neglecting my handgun shooting in favor of rifle shooting. So, shooting indoors might be just what the doctor ordered for something a little different.
     
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    I had to qualify this week. Laying on blacktop in mid-day sun 95 degrees and humitity through the roof it wasn't fun.
     
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