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Offline ida83704

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Shooting Sports
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:42:31 PM »
[this was part of another post, but I'm re-rigging it and putting it here]


I think every gun owner should participate in shooting sports, at least occasionally.   

Shooting sports donít have to be expensive to participate in.  IDPA is fairly cheap to shoot for example, just show up in your carry gear++ and 150 rounds of ammo(youíll prob only shoot 80 to 120, depending) and a $10 match fee. 


Another inexpensive type to look into is .22 rimfire.  Locally there is plenty of .22 rimfire to participate in, Steel Challenge, Silhouette, Ruger Rimfire Challenge, Rimfire Multi Gun.



Here is why I think participating in shooting sports is a good thing
* it is fun
*it is challenging
*it is interesting, setting up a rifle on a benchrest shooting groups or standing there banging away with a handgun is not very interesting after a while
*you can justify new gun purchases to the wife/gf
*you can justify why you íhave all these gunsí to cement headed friends who donít like guns without some long drawn out debate
*you will shoot more because you have a reason to shoot more
*you will meet a bunch of good people and make new friends
*you will learn a lot
*you will be a better shooter
*you will challenge yourself
*a shooting match is basically practice that is scored, if you want to approach it like that
*you can track your improvement fairly easily
*you can watch some good shooters and learn from them
*you can watch some newer shooters and learn from them too
*your gun handling and safety skill will really improve, it is rare to see a match shooter have poor gun handling skills



++as long as your carry gear is ok with the rule book




Generally there are 3 types of people who participate in shooting matches and all are valid reasons
1.  those who are there to win
2.  those who are there to do the best they can and improve/challenge themselves
3.  those who are there to shoot some guns but mostly just go to a social event and hang out and chat.




Generally club level matches are relaxed fun shoots.
It is State, Regional and National matches where the participants will focus more and chit chat less






here is a quick list, that most are shot locally

Steel Challenge
Ruger Rimfire Challenge
IDPA
USPSA
Silhouette-.22 rifles, centerfire handguns, Black Powder Cartridges at a wide variety of distances
NRA Bullseye pistol
NRA Highpower
NRA Smallbore
Benchrest
CMP-Civilian Marksmanship Program
Tactical Rifle
Battle Rifle/ Vintage Military
Subgun/Combat Shotgun
Cowboy Action
Wild Bunch
3 Gun/ Multi-Gun
Trap
Skeet
Sporting Clays
5 Stand
Black Powder and Muzzleloading
Appleseed
Air gun
Palma




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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013, 10:10:39 PM »
Why donít people show up and shoot matches?

I try to bring one new shooter to each match I shoot.  Often I canít manage to do that, but each new shooter always ends up having a good time and shooting other matches also.

Currently there are between 200 and 300 active shooters who participate in shooting sports in the area, I think.


Can you imagine the political clout if there were 5,000 active match shooters in the area?


and expanded to the entire USA?








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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2013, 10:58:44 PM »
I have twins and can't make it to matches.   :o
My wife is sick
My kids are sick
I am sick
I'm not good enough
I'm too good for that
I shoot like I train, and I don't want to learn bad habits
I don't have the right gear
I don't have the right clothes
I don't like the rules they are stupid
It's too cold
It's to hot
It's raining
The sun is too bright
It's too windy
It's too dangerous
They won't let me use my 25acp
I can't use my Miami vice holster
Too many people
Not enough people
Ammo is too expensive
Everyone talks politics
No one talks politics
I'm scared
I'll just watch

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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2013, 11:26:53 PM »
I have twins and can't make it to matches.   :o
My wife is sick
My kids are sick
I am sick



I LOL'd, 




Offline Reverend_Ink

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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2013, 12:26:02 AM »

Generally there are 3 types of people who participate in shooting matches and all are valid reasons
1.  those who are there to win
2.  those who are there to do the best they can and improve/challenge themselves
3.  those who are there to shoot some guns but mostly just go to a social event and hang out and chat.


Honestly, I'd like to try a couple matches so that I can fit #2 and #3.  I'm hoping to pick up a .22 handgun soon so that I can get out there without needing to pay for the ammo in my .45 (poor college student). 

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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2013, 08:39:33 PM »
Why donít people show up and shoot matches?


I would like to show up, but am not sure where/when. I checked the calendar and there are no events listed there.

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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2013, 09:15:32 PM »
I would like to show up, but am not sure where/when. I checked the calendar and there are no events listed there.

Jeckel, check out the Shooting Sports subforum.  We try to post information about upcoming matches, engage in friendly banter about who won, who tried to win but lost, what kind of gear, but most importantly where/when/what. 

Our shooting schedule is pretty full, and generally speaking there is some sort of match to shoot each weekend.  In the spring we will be starting up Steel Challenge on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30, and its a pretty open format.  Arrive any time before 7:45, register, grab a score sheet and run thru the stages. 

If you go to Parma's website, you can sign up for the weekly email that LuvMy45 puts out which is a pretty good synopsis of the shooting events for the upcoming week. 

Lastly:  There is a Steel Challenge Match this Sunday at the Nampa outdoor range.  http://www.boiseshooters.com/index.php/topic,17465.0.html

Hope to see you at the range sometime. 

PS, we're also available if you have any questions about guns, gear, and stuff you'll need to shoot one of these matches. 
Life is hard.  It's harder if you're stupid and can't shoot straight.

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Re: Shooting Sports
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2013, 09:40:26 PM »
I would like to show up, but am not sure where/when. I checked the calendar and there are no events listed there.



and as ekuo said, check the shooting sports subforum here

and as a general rule each gun clubs calendar is more up to date than the Boise Shooters calendar
so check the calendars at each of these local clubs for all the info


list of local gun clubs, all within an hour or so of Boise/Meridian

http://www.parmarng.org/

http://nragc.com/

http://gcrgc.org/

http://www.blackscreekrange.com/