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Pack It In?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Potatohead, Jun 30, 2013.

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  1. Potatohead

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    Do you guys pack it in and quit when you're obviously "off" at the range?
    Or do you stay, and try to hammer it out? Is their anything else that you work on that requires less concentration maybe? This morning i had A sneaky suspicion that I was just slinging lead for the sake of slinging lead. Much different from the few trips before this where i was really zoned in and working. My range is 45 min away so its hard to just pack it in. Its Kind of like visiting one of those casinos out in the sticks, and deciding your not winning and dont want to play cards anymore-nothin much else to do you know? You guys got any tips on easier things to work on or how to zone back in?
     
  2. Potatohead

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    Oh, none of you guys ever have an "off" day? lol
     
  3. Walkalong

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    I have off days with pistols. I just try to enjoy myself anyway, don't let it frustrate me, and certainly do not take any load testing serious.

    Rifles? Not so much an off day, as just a lack of patience to make the shots.
     
  4. MikeJackmin

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    I find it can go either way.

    Everybody has weaknesses in their technique, and some days those weaknesses become obvious. On a good day, it's a gift, because you can try different ways to fix the problem, and it's a lot easier to find your way when the problem is easy to see.

    Other days, it's just a waste of good lead.
     
  5. itsa pain

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    if I am off I leave . no sense wasting ammo. no one is giving ammo to me lol
     
  6. Lex Luthier

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    Everyone has their own tolerance to specific situations. We all like to be good at our hobbies. Nothing wrong with taking a break.
     
  7. Queen_of_Thunder

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    There are days when everything is going great and I stop with 1 mag. Then there are days when I start to have trouble and when it happens I pack it in. I don't want to create problems with my shooting so I take time off to settle down. I'm lucky enough to have a range with TV,WiFi,Kitchen,Bar and pro shop so there is always a way to relax at the range if you are not shooting. I'm here now having lunch and using their WiFi.
     
  8. Reloadron
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    The timing is interesting. :)

    Tomorrow I plan on going to my outdoor range. I'll drag along several guns.

    I have a Colt AR Sporter Target. I want to run some .223 loads through I have worked up. I'll shoot that at 100 yards and chronograph my shots. If things go well and I am shooting well I'll run maybe 100 or so rounds through it. If things aren't going well I'll move on to my .308 bolt gun or my M1A and run some out to 200 yards, likely after 50 rounds.

    Between shooting any gun I'll find time to relax and BS with the other shooters. Maybe walk over and shoot some pistol or some .22. I always drag at least one pistol and one old .22 bolt gun along.

    When things don't go well I just move to something else to shoot or the BS mode. The range is a good hours ride so when I do the outdoor range it is a day as in at least an 8 hour day. I just drag enough stuff to keep myself amused. I never "pack it in". :)

    Up here in NE Ohio I cherish the time I can shoot outdoors as freezing my butt off isn't my idea of fun. Not as young as I once was. Also, finally retired this will be my "Summer Of The Range".

    Ron
     
  9. JohnBiltz

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    I have bad eyes days and days where I would do better throwing rocks. The bad eyes days I switch to just using lasers. The better off just throwing rocks days I quit. Better to not practice than to practice bad habits.
     
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    I try to get to the range twice a week. If I find I am having an off day I will definately pack it in early.
     
  11. Sam1911

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    The question has a couple of answers. Having an "off" day when you're practicing is just an opportunity to analyze WHAT's got you screwed up. Sit down and figure out what is throwing off your best work. Run drills to practice the fundamentals until you've isolated and beaten the problem.

    Of course that comes with experience. You have to be aware enough to understand what you're doing and what causes various kinds of problems. "Oh, it's just an off day," simply means you aren't aware enough to see what your mistakes are. Get some help, ask for some advice, and solve your problem.

    Then there's match day. In competition, having an "Off" day is all in your head. You can goof up and feel yourself fall behind. You can goof up and come out ok. You can nail the fundamentals and still get tagged by dumb bad luck. Or you can simply be outclassed by a competitive rival who's been practicing a little more than you. Your response to all of those situations is the one thing you control completely. Focus, clear your head, and persevere. If you pack it in and give up, you've beaten YOURSELF.

    And in the end, YOU are the only one who can defeat you.
     
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    I've done just that--pack it in. Probably been the better for it.
    I've also not done so and been the worse for it.

    If I know my training time is limited, I'm much more apt to dog it out and train "through" it.

    But, as with much involving shooting, it's the mental state you have to cultivate, not the results on the paper. After all, the "real" world will not call a time out for rain, excessive heat, blistering cold, or the like.

    The harder thing, I have found, is to not per-emptively call off a trip to the range because the weather is awful (been over 100º here in north Texas of late, miserable conditions that make a miserable day at the range worse). But, mindset is the first key part of toolset, so, one dogs on.
     
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    I have to be having fun.I will stay if shooting poorly.I will even leave early even if shooting well and not having fun.Mood,weather,firearms and other club members all have factors in the day of shooting
     
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    I am more likely to leave the range over behavior of others when I am not on the line than over my performance on the line. You have to get in the "zone". That fly doesn't bother me. The bead of sweat running down my nose doesn't bother me. The vapor collecting in my shooting glasses - don't think about it, just wipe it off and get back on the scope so I can focus.

    If I am not hitting anything, I may step back, drink something, eat something, go to the restroom, etc, but I'm not leaving over it. I'm getting back behind my rifle, or putting up a fresh silhouette for my pistol, and trying again.
     
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    I've had bad shooting days, but generally I have a plan and stick with that plan unless I feel that I'm so off that my ability to concentrate may be the problem. Then it's time to "pack it in."
     
  16. Potatohead

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    wow. thanks for the posts fellas. another thing, i think i went through more ammo today than i ever have. just slinging down range hoping i'd hit the bullseye i guess. very disappointing since i did so well last time especially, i was hoping for more. one thing though, i think i got cocky-i barely did any dry firing this week, unlike last week when i had a pretty good outing. i think that had a lot to do with it
     
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    If I'm having an "off day" I usually switch for my .22 pistol. First I'll just blaze away a bit, then I'll really slow down and work on fundamentals. I'll think, "Even if it takes me 5 minutes, I'm putting five rounds in the orange center of the target." Usually this means shooting slowly, apply one pound of pressure the trigger, then one more, then one more- until the shot breaks. I'll kind mentally chant, Front sight! Front sight! Front sight!

    Once I get it dialed in again I try to put another mag or two through my 9mm or .45ACP just to make sure I leave the range on a "good note."

    Of course, if I'm really just not "feeling it" I'll leave instead of wasting ammo.
     
  18. stompah

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    I usually have 4 types of bad range days:

    Back pain - usually start off well then deteriorate. If I didn't have a few advil before I hit the range I pack it up.

    Caffiene shakes - I natural have a slight shake in my hands. Couple that with a couple of Red Bulls or coffee & my groups start opening up. Depending on how bad they are dictates if I stay or not.

    A true bad day - sometimes I just need to step back and examine what I am doing, correct the problems and then step up to the line again. I never leave early for a day like that.

    Uncomfortable with my neighbors - some days at the range I am there for 4 hours and nothing sketchy happens. Sometimes 2 or 3 mags in and I leave for fear of my safety.
     
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    No, I dont. I shoot competitively and my range trips are 75% "work" and 25% fun. I push myself through it when I am off, just like I do in competition. When I complete the number of rounds I set out to shoot, then I just start plinking for fun and I could care less if I'm off my game then
     
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    I haven't shot competition for many decades, so when I hit the range, it's basically for fun and SD practice. If I'm "off,"I just switch guns for a while and/or maybe go outside for a smoke.

    Sometimes that works.

    Sometimes it doesn't.

    When I was competing, though, I'd only have a little coffee in the AM just to get the innards pumping enough to evacuate. If I was having a bad day on the line, I'd stop for a while within the time constraints and try to imagine that I was just back at home, plinking on my own range out in the west pasture.

    Sometimes that worked.

    Sometimes it didn't.

    In both cases, it was a question of relaxing and not caring about that last #&$%$ flyer even though I called it.

    Terry
     
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    I'm 68, retired and at this stage in of my life burning some gunpowder is just pure joy. I'm not trying to empress somebody of how good I am, I'm just out there to have fun.................good day, bad day.............it don't matter.
    If I'm having a bad time hitting the target............who cares! I'm out shooting just for the fun of it and as long as I can put some lead down range?
    Well...................what else matters?:D
     
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    I had a few but 90% of my bad days are due to other shooters not being THR.
     
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    Every day isn`t perfect. That`s the test.
     
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    I bring more than 1 handgun.
    If I struggle with one, I pick up another.
    Some are easier to shoot than others due to size or caliber.
    I always warm up with 100 .22LR. I can usually tell if I am dialed in
    after that.
    I always end up the session with my 1911.
    That usually takes away any "bad" sessions.

    Ending with a 1911 gives you a good taste.
    To me, they are the "easiest" to shoot and are very satisfying.
     
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    The only time a bad day bothers me is if I am trying a new load and I can't tell if the errant shots are from a load my gun doesn't like or just me.
     
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