why go out to the range these days...

Discussion in 'Main Message Board' started by IdahoSharpshooter, Mar 20, 2020.

  1. K22


    Jan 24, 2011

    1. I'm in my mid 70's and have only a limited number of range days remaining in my life - I can't afford to give them up. However I try to be smart about it, i.e. social distancing - hygiene, etc. per CDC guidelines. Besides, the last time I was at the range it was mostly deserted. We are probably more at risk going to the grocery store than the range.

    2. Going to the range is a great way for me to relieve stress - great for mental health and a way to temporarily remember happier days. I don't want to get the virus, especially being in a high risk group but my wife and I are more concerned about our daughter and grand children becoming infected.

    3. I only shoot about 10 to 12 rounds per range session so it's not like I'm going to expend my entire supply by visiting the range once or twice a week. It's just a joy to be out and doing something I love to do - life is short - can't waste any days.

    Life is filled with risks - living in fear is not living but being macho and foolish isn't smart either. Thousands of people world wide die every day from non virus related deaths. Cancer, heart disease, car accidents, etc. didn't disappear just because the virus appeared. Be safe - be sensible - but live.
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  2. Bill K

    Bill K Silver $$ Contributor

    Oct 16, 2011
    Same thought.. Plus my range is open, unless the road is too muddy, then all members are asked to not drive in and make ruts.
    Or I can just roam out my back yard, for the most part, and head into the mountain or sage and shoot on acres of public land. Sure is nice.
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  3. granite1

    granite1 Gold $$ Contributor

    Mar 15, 2008
    Because I want to.
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  4. hoz53

    hoz53 Gold $$ Contributor

    Mar 13, 2010
    i thought about taking a bucket of clorox and dump it on the bench:D
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  5. afret

    afret Gold $$ Contributor

    Jan 17, 2018
    I was going to go to the range yesterday and this morning but changed my mind. I've been watching all of Trump's daily pressers and seeing how hard those guys are working, I thought I should at least do my insignificant small part and try and follow his 15 day plan.
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  6. Big_Daddy

    Big_Daddy Site $$ Sponsor

    Apr 19, 2019
    I go because I enjoy shooting.

    I have more loaded ammo and reloading components then I could probably ever use.

    BTW....I have not bought a single thing since this virus stuff started. No need to hoard.

    I have always maintained my supplies at a certain level.
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  7. IdahoSharpshooter

    IdahoSharpshooter Gold $$ Contributor

    Dec 7, 2007
    good answers, mostly. I just don't have as much fun chasing brass with my Grandsons under 60-degrees.
    You go to the range alone, you shoot as much as YOU want. Take kids along, and since they aren't paying for the ammunition; they have no concept of replacement costs.
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  8. MoneyWaster


    Feb 14, 2009
    Took my kids and wife out for some .22lr plinking in northwest Nevada today. On a 1 mile stretch of road out into the countryside I must have seen at least 15 other people off to the side of the road shooting targets; lots of handguns and ARs. Shooting is alive and well in the Reno area.
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  9. Evan

    Evan Gold $$ Contributor

    Mar 1, 2010
    Does >6 miles count as enough social distance? I had a grasslands ranger drive by a couple times... in the past 3 years I've been out there. Occasionally one of the ranchers will drive by when they have their cattle out there. Right now it's still winter dead and brown so no cattle. I'm all by myself out there. It's a peaceful meditative place to go.
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  10. riflewoman

    riflewoman Gold $$ Contributor

    Feb 24, 2015
    4CB49F9A-D97F-4D6B-9FB8-7B99C0803104.jpeg Warm day, Ranges closed. No where to go. So I made some S&W52 food.
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  11. jackson1

    jackson1 Silver $$ Contributor

    Dec 1, 2017
    Going in the morning, Need regular therapy sessions. Call them mental health days. Shotguns on the weekends, rifles and pistols during the week, followed by sessions of cleaning and handloading. Keeps me reasonably sane. My wife will be working from home, so she can run Grandpa's day dare. May not send many round down range but do enjoy my friends. Nothing like a couple of old fools solving the world's problems.
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  12. Downhill

    Downhill Gold $$ Contributor

    Dec 31, 2009
    Simply because that is what I do. I go to the range 2 to 3 times a week. There I pursue a lifetime passion, I practice to improve my ability, I compete with the drive to win matches and I go to the range to be around like minded individuals.
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