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Life lessons you've learned from shooting

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 19-3Ben, May 6, 2011.

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  1. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Member

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    Ok, so there are certain things you learn as a gun guy/gal that only apply to the firearms world, but there are other things that you've probably learned as a gun person that would be applicable to other fields of interest, or possibly great life lessons.

    Here are two that I've learned as a gun nut.

    -Don't go cheap or you'll regret it. Buy once. Cry once.
    -When properly applied, a little bit of oil can go a LOOONG way.

    What things have you all learned?
     
  2. gym

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    Don't miss when someone's shooting at you.
     
  3. seuadr

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    if you think it might be a bad idea.. it is.
     
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    Make the correct decision and make it FAST but don't hurry.:what::D
     
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    Keep your toaster loaded and close by. Don't trust people that haven't earned it yet.
     
  6. Ohio Gun Guy

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    You wife will always say no.

    Sometimes you have to ask for forgiveness instead of permission when buying a gun.
     
  7. Rembrandt

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    My son once told me how invaluable the hunting and shooting experiences of his youth were when he later went to war. Those experiences gave him an edge others in the military did not have. As a leader he used those lessons to save lives and later was awarded two bronze stars for combat actions. Sometimes we never know what path life will take us, it's always good to be prepared for worse case scenarios.
     
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    easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
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    when in doubt, keep firing.
     
  9. twofifty

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    If you are presented with a decent opportunity that will keep you in the game, take it.
     
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    Always make sure you have as much distance between the eyepiece of the scope and your skull as possible BEFORE you pull the trigger......:cuss:
     
  11. BP Hunter

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    But seriously, be patient and be more tolerant of people who may offend you. I speak for those who CCW. One time, while I was driving, some guy blocked my exit when everybody else gave me an opening. I politely waived my hand to him to move back so I could get out. He just gave me a finger. I lowered my sunglasses actually out of anger. He gave me the finger again. My blood boiled naturally, but because I was CCWing, and I knew road rage could get ugly, instead of returning him a finger, I gave him a peace sign and let the IDIOT go.
     
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    Have good tools; take the time to do things right; above all, ENJOY THE PROCESS!!

    For way too many years my wife and I dealt with long hours, long commutes, impossible deadlines, and all the joys of managing our respective offices. The one exception was when shooting muzzleloaders and handloading. That was a matter of safety as well as accuracy but it was also therapeutic. I gradually learned to apply those lessons to most parts of my life. The result is a better attitude in general and improved health.

    Jeff
     
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    Aim with care...it's easier to fix a busted window than to fix a busted skull!
     
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    Always know where your towel is...wait, thats not the advice you were wanting :D

    Shoot until the threat goes away or you run out of ammo.
     
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    Personal protection is a personal responsibility, people won't always be there to get you out of jams, and inflated egos won't impress those who know more/have experienced more than you. I've probably learned a whole lot more but those are some important ones.
     
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    Take the price tag off the gun before getting home.;)
     
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    Common sense safety matters aren't "common sense" to everyone.

    Being "right" isn't everything.
     
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    ALWAYScarry a single action Colt revolver with the hammer down on an EMPTY cylinder.

    P.R.
     
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    RESPONSIBILITY

    I learned at a young age that there is a state of mind that you must have, a subconscience awareness when in the presence of a firearm, that there cannot be a mistake. There must always be that frame of mind that the b#ll***** has stopped, I must be careful, and aware of what I'm doing or someone could get hurt.

    That quality or idea has carried over to my driving also...especially when the whole family is in the car.
     
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it :evil:
     
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    Train until drawing and firing is instinctive. Once under attack, you don't usually have time to think it through.
     
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    Pillage first, THEN burn.
     
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    Wear hearing protection, not just for shooting but any high decibel activity. Unfortunately learned this lesson too late to prevent hearing loss from shooting large caliber handguns without ear protection before I knew better.
     
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    It hurts to shoot without hearing pro in anyway. If it doesn't bother you, then the damage is already done.
     
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    An honest man does not necessarily mean a happy man.
     
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