questionsdo you enjoy going to a shooting range?

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I've never been but I'd like to go.

The thing is, I've never fired a real gun. I've fired BB guns, paintball guns, water guns and potato guns but nothing that could actually kill someone (barring a freak accident). And there's a reasonable chance I'd fire one or a couple of shots and decide that I just didn't enjoy it and didn't want to do it anymore. So, if I do go, it needs to be with someone who will understand that, who I trust and who will be fine with me firing a shot or two, setting down the gun and backing away slowly. Haven't found that person quite yet.

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@gt0163c: Well, shoot... I'd take ya o.O Doubtful ya live near me though (and I'm rather broke anyway).

To be honest, I'm not entirely comfortable with guns. I have some fun trying to hit my mark as I get into $50 of ammo, but handling them I still have a certain level of uneasiness.

I think it's a good idea to do it at least once to take off a lot of the stigma you might have for gun.s

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Haven't been to the range lately; probably need too.

I have a concealed carry and do so.

Getting to know your weapon and what works best for you isn't cheap - as you found out - but once you're comfortable it's worth the effort.

My wife didn't want to shoot but went to the range with me a couple of times. The first time, a friend that I was there with, simply asked if she was ready to start. He set her up on a lane and she found out it wasn't so bad after all. Took her turns with a .45, 9mm, .380, and a .22.

She's not interested in going all the time, but likes being there just watching. She does know how to handle what I have at home and can hit what she needs to hit.

Next step is to move further out into the country and have the opportunity to shoot on our land. We could here, but things are much closer than I'd like.

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I don't get to the range as often as I'd like. Both of my daughters enjoy shooting, as do I. Daughter #1 is quite good at it and better with a 12ga shotgun than I am (trap and skeet).

Handguns, I have a .45 ACP, .380 ACP and .22LR (actually a conversion kit for the .45). I like shooting all of them.

My next handgun will probably either be a .22 (debating a revolver or pistol) or a 9mm pistol.

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Never been to a range, but my dad works with a guy who owns a bunch of land, so I've been there to shoot. I've shot a .308 rifle, a 12 gauge, a .22 pistol, a .38, and a .45 altogether.

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Shooting those old single action revolvers can be much more accurate because you are not pulling the trigger and hammer at the same time and they tend to have heavier barrels. Great gun for recreation, but not home defense.... unless you're fast. For home defense, find a model and size that fits your hand comfortably and then try the different calibers. I'm not a large human being and figured a 9mm would be a good round for me to shoot in a Glock, but found I'm naturally more accurate with a larger .40 cal or .357 magnum. If you're interested in finding that personal fit, it takes research, money, and time as noted above. Or just buy one of each...LOL! Good luck!

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I used to belong to an outdoor range that had 3 pistol ranges and two rifle ranges. It was an hour away from me so I'd load up the car with a 5 or 6 guns and spend all day there. I always brought my Ruger 10/22 as it was so cheap and fun to shoot.

Old cowboy guns are fun. I have a single action Ruger Vaquero. In fact, for a while I used to shoot in cowboy matches. They are scenario matches using 2 revolvers, 1 lever action rifle, and a shotgun. (Plus you got to dress up like a cowboy.) They were a ton of fun.

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I go out to the country with my AR-15 and shoot random things (beer cans and crap I buy from woot)it's kinda fun but when I go to the range I take my Glock 19 and I usually have a blast

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@jseureau: I appreciate your pun, sir.

I've fired a few guns at ranges before. Not my thing, really. Although, I did feel pretty powerful holding something so deadly in my hands.

I just went so I would know enough about guns to be able to use one in an emergency. That is something I would recommend to everyone, even those that are completely averse to guns. I wanted to learn how to operate semi-automatic handguns and revolvers, learn where to aim, how to properly align the sight picture and the proper respect for such a deadly weapon.

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I shot all the time as a kid growing up but haven't really been shooting since I got married because my wife wasn't into it. I had her take a lesson from a professional since she needed to be able to shoot for her job and she found out that it's a lot of fun when you know what you're doing. So now we go whenever we get the chance and split a box of ammo between the two of us. The biggest thing, I think, is just being comfortable with the gun and knowing what kind of damage it can do in careless hands. Be safe and have fun.

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Here's a tip: Lollipop your target. Visualize the target as the candy and the front sight at the end of the barrel as the stick. Put the "candy" at the top of the "lollipop stick" and squeeze off a round or two. Do this a few times and see where you hit. Adjust your aim slightly up or down if needed. I think you will be pleased at the results.
It also helps to have someone watch your hands as you fire. It's possible you have a tendency to jerk the trigger. Even though I'm a tall woman, I have smaller hands with a shorter length of pull. As my hands tire, I will jerk the trigger, especially when firing some of my husband's larger gripped guns.
I love my little .38 Rossi. My Kel-Tec .380, not so much, but since it's compact & slim, that is my go-to carry.
Try the lollipop method and PM me later over on the Woot side. I'll be interested to see if it works for you.

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There seems to be an uptick here in Wisconsin now that we ditched the Draconian law of no CNC.. sorry Illinois, you're the only weirdo in the neighborhood now..

I don't own any guns but my dad and a bunch of friends do. I tag along to the range whenever possible.. I love it!

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I love going to the range. It is fun for handguns, but if you shoot anything else at the range you just look ridiculous.

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@mstislavski: Are you only thinking an indoor range? I go to an outdoor range and we have 2 max distances for rifles: 100 yards and 200 yards. I, typically, shoot 50 & 100 yards. On the pistol range, I start at 21' then go out to 50' (I think).

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Yes I enjoy shooting in a range because it's comfortable and I feel safe. As a gun noob my b/f has been taking me often as he loves shooting and owns several handguns and rifles. I'm a terrible shot and feel really weak shooting handguns with a lot of recoil so being relaxed in my own "space" is what will help me get better....eventually.

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@coconutextreme: Shooting a weapon with low recoil is honestly the best way to start out if you're unsure of your ability or you're not as strong as you feel you need to be. My wife has to fire the Beretta 9mm for work and hated using it until she was made to shoot a .22 by her instructor. After a few sessions with the .22 she then got the confidence to use the 9mm and has become an excellent shot and has no problem using it at all.

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@zuiquan: You are right. There is a big difference and it is better to start off with an "easier" gun. I did not mention that now I was given as a gift a .22 which is easy and fun to shoot. But as I said in my first post the b/f owns his own hearty guns which are unfortunately the ones I started shooting with.

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I go to the range as often as possible. If you are going to own any type of firearm you need to be proficient with it. It blows my mind that some people buy guns for self defence and never bother to become familiar with it or learn how to properly fire it. Thats how accidents happen. In a situation when you need to use it and your adrenaline takes over you will only be as good as your training. I love going to the range and anyone who owns a gun should do the same several times a year. OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.

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I like to go to an outdoor range that a buddy of mine is a member of. The part I dislike the most is the lingering smell of burnt gunpowder, yech.

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@martmann4: That and the smell of diesel are the BEST!

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In addition to @lavikinga's lollipop tip, it is important to focus only on the target and not on the sights. (This is because your eye is not physically able to focus on both something close and something distant, so trying makes your eye jump back and forth and your accuracy suffers.)

I didn't learn this until after I'd been shooting for over two decades and had my own guns for a couple of years. When I stopped focusing on the sights, my handgun aim improved greatly (same size groups at almost triple the distance).