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shooting=therapy

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by horsemen61, Feb 19, 2012.

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  1. horsemen61

    horsemen61 Member

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    I don't no about the rest of you but the other day all of the pressures of being a functioning member of society got to me. So I went shooting and I gotta say it was very therapeutic. Am I the only one who feels like this or do this
     
  2. Pindarslight

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    Nope, shooting helps me with my mental disorders I have. When I lost my motorcycle due to epilepsy I needed something to do I'm depressed, angry and tired of the bs. Shooting is awesome nothing better the popping caps in a paper bully.
     
  3. Swami

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    +1000

    Best therapy ever.
     
  4. Inebriated

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    I feel better after shooting. I often go to the range if I'm in a bad mood. That or golf. At least I'm good at shooting, though. lol
     
  5. Dizzy

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    Anything that you enjoy and holds your complete focus will help you reduce stress. I often find that shooting, playing a video game, or riding a motorcycle helps manage any stress I have at the moment.
     
  6. T Bran

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    Shooting is the best therapy but reloading comes in a close second. Having something you can do at home when you cant get to the range helps redirect your thoughts. It is also pretty satisfying to be self reliant.
    I'm running low on empty brass so I guess it's time for some more ''therapy''.
     
  7. PoserHoser

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    Nothing quite like doing mag dump out of my 1911 to relax
     
  8. AirForceShooter

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    2 hours at the range and I'm completely relaxed.
    To me it's the ultimate zen work-out.
    Intense concentration with a singular purpose.
    It's amazing

    AFS
     
  9. Romeo 33 Delta

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    T Bran ... that's EXACTLY how I feel about it!:D
     
  10. The Lone Haranguer

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    I call it "group therapy."
     
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    Shooting has proven very psychologically helpful for me. When I first began shooting, I was more or less very downtrodden and lacking in any sort of self respect or spine, having had it literally beaten out of me for the better part of a decade. I started shooting and noticed how I quickly could achieve some small measure of skill. It became a point of pride and something I only I could do which my brother could not; I had a practical skill of my very own which I enjoyed to exercise and nobody could take that fact away from me. While I was firing my gun, I was in control; nobody could hit me, abuse me, or coerce me to do anything. I needn't fear anyone and I could act freely. Destroying targets gave me an outlook for the pressure and fear I endured all day every day alone. If I felt badly bout something, or stressed out, or worried, or on those rare occasions where I felt anything like anger or sadness, then I'd make an excuse to leave the house. From there, I'd grab my gun and go shooting. It evaporated those worries and gave me an outlet, for friends assumed I was joking, parents would ask me if I wanted therapy, and my brother would give me a physical and verbal beatdown. I dared not to tell my teachers, because it was not their place to be my psychiatrist and anything I told them would somehow come back to haunt me. The best and cheapest therapy I ever got was to take a large size photo print of whatever was bothering me and blaze away at it until it disintegrated. Me before shooting: "You seem very tense and anxious." Me after shooting: "You seem happy about something." I've never run into anyone who could fret when handed an FAL and faced with a menacing group of paper plates.

    +10000 for shooting as therapy. It calms those feelings of autophobia and hoplessless for far less money and stigma than a therapist would need. Sp, come on, if it sounds much cooler to say that you run tactical courses than to say that you give somebody $120 to tell them about your problems. I'm not a disbeliever in therapy, but most issues and downers don't need that sort of attention.
     
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    I just returned from a therepy session I organized to help three of my college buddies cope with their divorces. Two had never fired any gun before.They enjoyed the .22 and 9mm pistols, .22 rifle and 20 gauge, but they drew the line on the Mosin Nagant. Everyone left with a smile!
     
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    Blam-blam-blammity-blam-blam.

    Its thereapeutic just to say it.

    Throw your arms in the air and give it a try.
     
  15. Buck Kramer

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    Mag dumps are my friend.
     
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    Shooting and reloading during a quiet afternoon is therapeutic to me!
     
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    My daughter is in nursing school. Sometimes she'll come home for the weekend and tell me she needs some range therapy. We fill up a bunch of gallon jugs with water and set off for our favorite shooting spot where she blasts a bunch of jugs with her favorite .357 rifle. Afterwards we discuss why blowing stuff up is so strangely therapeutic. Haven't been able to say why, it just is.
     
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    My office is 10 minutes from the range. I can leave, shoot 150 rounds, and be back in 45 minutes. Very therapeutic indeed.
     
  19. Serenity

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    l shoot at an outdoor range in a beautiful setting and getting out there on a surprise sunny day is a great way to beat the winter blues.:cool:
     
  20. Ishoot1st

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    Have to agree! I like to park and hike out to a nice shooting spot with my kids and the dog. Out in the beautiful outdoors blasting through cans and the sound barrier...the smell of gun powder....its the best therapy money can buy! And nothing is more rewarding than watching your kids learn to shoot and take on a love for firearms and the outdoors.
     
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    No you not the only one, I have been doing that for 50 years.

    Jim
     
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    I found this out back in the 70's. I would take the hardest kicking shotgun I had and after two or more boxes life would start to ease off and sanity returning. Even today when it gets more than I can handle I will load up my gun-buggy, walk about 400 ft and let rip. So far I have cut one tree down and working on a second.
     
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    No doubt about it. It's one of the best therapies there is. My work is pretty stressful and I have several work bodies who don't own a gun but go with me to the range often to chill out.
     
  24. Ishoot1st

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    "I found this out back in the 70's. I would take the hardest kicking shotgun I had and after two or more boxes life would start to ease off and sanity returning. Even today when it gets more than I can handle I will load up my gun-buggy, walk about 400 ft and let rip. So far I have cut one tree down and working on a second.". Quote

    Backyard range? Soo lucky!
     
  25. Hardtarget

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    Better believe it! Every so often I tell my wife I have an appointment with Dr. Sam and Dr's Smith and Wesson. She gets her coat and off we go! :D

    Mark
     
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