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Old 03-02-2010, 04:43 PM
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Something so VIOLENT

Can be so peace full. I'm talkin about when I go to the range, slip on my ear protection and fall into the zone. All my worries, stress and thoughts of what I did that day, go away. Breath slow, in and out. Focus only on the shot. Relax. How can such a violent act as an explosion and a projectile being launched out of a steel tube at anywhere from 800fps to 2500 or more fps, be a relaxing moment? I need it. I don't do anything that is equal to it.
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Am I NUTS?
Do you find your happy spot firing a weapon?
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:52 PM
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Decades ago, when I worked in manufacturing, nothing relaxed me like
heading out to the range and shooting outrageous loads in my Ruger
Super Blackhawk.

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:56 PM
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yep...cheaper than a shrink..
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Old 03-02-2010, 04:58 PM
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total relaxation after i shot my load.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:10 PM
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Shooting is a serious business that takes your full attention, which is exactly why it's relaxing; your mind is so focused on what you're doing that there's no 'bandwidth' left for worrying about things. Yes, I like to spend a day out there, get some things done, open up some new questions, hang around watching others and looking over my targets again while I smoke a cigar and have a Coke or whatever (coffee in cool weather). Then I'm ready to head home with a truck load of dirty guns and empty ammo cans. I'm fortunate enough to be a member of a non-public range, and since I'm 'retired', I can head down there any day I feel like it, and there's usually only one or two geezers there on a weekday. Most of the time I'm alone on whichever range I'm using at the time, and that's when I really experience that 'zone' where its just me and the gun. Soon I'll be going with a new AR-15 and another one with a slightly shortened barrel. Then I have to refresh the sight-in on two AKs. I also have to re-sight a scoped bolt-action and shoot a .45 for its first time. A new gun is always fun - there's that little idea in the back of your mind that its going to blow up or go auto on you! But, the more you take, the more you have to clean, so I won't be doing all that in one trip.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:16 PM
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They're too small and not loud enough. Try one of these.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgTk5-JX8qI
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:17 PM
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I wouldn't mind one of these on my grampa's land. Looks like a fun toy actually. Might become peacefull and relaxing after a while as well
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:23 PM
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I'm like alot of others here. I belong to a members only outdoor range. It is open 8am to sundown, every day, except Sunday starts at 10am. I can go whenever i want to and weekdays are the best. Pretty much guaranteed I'll be the only one or maybe just a couple others.

Good times, good times. I go to relax. When I don't get to go for a couple months, I get antsy, then my wife makes me go.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:25 PM
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I like your wife.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:30 PM
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Can be so peace full. I'm talkin about when I go to the range, slip on my ear protection and fall into the zone. All my worries, stress and thoughts of what I did that day, go away. Breath slow, in and out. Focus only on the shot. Relax. How can such a violent act as an explosion and a projectile being launched out of a steel tube at anywhere from 800fps to 2500 or more fps, be a relaxing moment? I need it. I don't do anything that is equal to it.
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Do you find your happy spot firing a weapon?



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Old 03-02-2010, 05:41 PM
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Can be so peace full. I'm talkin about when I go to the range, slip on my ear protection and fall into the zone. All my worries, stress and thoughts of what I did that day, go away... How can such a violent act as an explosion and a projectile being launched out of a steel tube at anywhere from 800fps to 2500 or more fps, be a relaxing moment?
I've made a very similar observation to friends and family on a number of occasions. It is indeed very relaxing.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:47 PM
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Then I'm ready to head home with a truck load of dirty guns and empty ammo cans.
And targets with holes in them.

As I'm driving out the range road, I think of all I accomplished at the
range.

Sitting here now, I think, "Hmph . . . in the grand scheme of things, I
didn't accomplish anything." Still, it's a good feeling. It's important
to me. Don't know why.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:49 PM
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not really relaxing, I'm normally just jumpy when I'm shooting

I always leave with a headache and feel like crap. =[


even though I feel like I've accomplished getting a little bit better at shooting my gun, everytime I go out I shoot 150+ rounds at a farther away distance than before
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:54 PM
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Sounds to me like you need better ear muffs... and at 15, those are a must since losing your hearing at any age should push you towards a good set, losing it so young would be a shame.
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:56 PM
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Wearing plugs and muffs would probably be enough. Double protection
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:59 PM
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I purchased a bolt gun in .338 Winchester magnum recently.

My blood pressure drops considerably when I fire this gun. Or if I really want to chill out. I blow through a few clips out of one of the M-1 Garands.

It is great for focusing your attention away from things that do not really mean anything.

Keep your powder dry.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:19 PM
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It would calm me down more if it wasn't in a indoor range. Too bad us Australians have to shoot at an approved range instead of some forest with nobody around.

That'd really be relaxing.
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Old 03-02-2010, 06:21 PM
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Can be so peace full. I'm talkin about when I go to the range, slip on my ear protection and fall into the zone. All my worries, stress and thoughts of what I did that day, go away. Breath slow, in and out. Focus only on the shot. Relax. How can such a violent act as an explosion and a projectile being launched out of a steel tube at anywhere from 800fps to 2500 or more fps, be a relaxing moment? I need it. I don't do anything that is equal to it.
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Am I NUTS?
Do you find your happy spot firing a weapon?


Let see here we all Know you are Completely Off Your Rocker.
I always enjoy shooting my Guns, it releases the BS from the rest of the Day.

He does have a Wife, that is how she relaxes by letting charger go shoot his guns. So he stops

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:24 PM
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Clyde, you know my wife too well.
What up whit dat.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:39 PM
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Am I NUTS?
I think you're completely nuts. And I'd love to be shooting right there next to you. I know EXACTLY how you feel, because I feel the same way. My wife tells me I'm nuts to be able to relax in such a loud, possibly dangerous environment, but when I'm at the range I can block out all of life's stresses and be in my own little world. An IDPA match is a totally different story-I haven't learned how to really relax there yet. You'd think after a couple of years I would be over it, but that first beep on the timer on the first stage still makes makes me want to poop...
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:46 PM
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They wouldn't call it happy blasting if it wasn't fun...
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:17 PM
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I can relax totaly at the range. A group of us used to go to the old Second Chance Combat shoot for a long time. When the shoot ended, Richard Davis - Second Chance's owner at the time, invited us to come up in the spring and fall to shoot. We would shoot about everything, I would shoot a few 100 rounds thru my 1911, Mausers, FAL, Enfield or guns belonging to one of the other guys and go back to my chair watching the others shoot. I'd be so relaxed, I'd doze off.

As to your question 69charger, "Am I nuts?". We don't know you well enough to answer that question.
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:29 PM
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You can get into a Zen frame of mind there. Or into the zone as Bagger Vance talked about. (Book was better than movie as usual, but movie wasn't bad.)

I noticed that when shooting trap that when everyone on the squad got into the flow, it was just that, flowing, effortless. No thinking step by step, just fluid motion all across the squad with a steady rhythm. When it all came together it was just pure joy of motion that produced a feeling that can't really be explained or analyzed.

Yep. Ur nuts. Just ask any gun grabbing hater.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:06 PM
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I love shooting anything, but the thing that relaxes me the most is settling in behind a long gun and shooting around the 700-800 yd mark. My buddy and I take turns shooting 10 rounds each, then rotate to the spotting scope. The scope is great, but laying behind the rifle, concentrating on my breathing and trigger control...that's where I love to be.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:38 PM
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I relax more when I am by myself and on a weekday at the range.

I know I sound like and ammo hoarder, but when I take others like my son, they like to blow through rounds like there is no tomorrow, there is no way I will take full ammo cans. To the more casual shooter, they see my ammo stash and think that I am ready for armageddon, the fact of the matter is that I probably only have 6,000 rounds or so {mostly rifle}, and they are bought when I can. The last time I took four guys, we burned through $100.00 of ammo in probably a half hour.


I guess I am saying it is enjoyable shooting my own ammo, not so much when others do so.
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