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Old 04-20-2011, 04:38 AM   #1
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What does it mean to you to be a shooter and outdoors men? Beyond the zombies and defending ones self what does it mean to you?

For me it is about sharing a passion for a great sport. It is about being the guy on the firing line that sees another shooters struggling with something and going over and offering some advice or help. It is about having good fun with the whole family. It is about meeting new people at the range. It is about having a passion and love of something that can be passed down from generation to generation. It's about seeing the guy two benches down checking out your new AR and you saying here is 30 rounds you want to give it a go? It is about having a single mom neighbor stopping by to say hey my son wants to learn how to shoot would you be able to teach him how to shoot. It is about seeing the Eyes of a new shooter when the pull that trigger for the first time and hitting the target. It is about saving all your American Rifleman and American Hunter Mags to give to the neighbors son for him to read.

So lets here it.
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Old 04-20-2011, 04:43 AM   #2
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What does it mean to you to be a shooter and outdoors men? Beyond the zombies and defending ones self what does it mean to you?

For me it is about sharing a passion for a great sport. It is about being the guy on the firing line that sees another shooters struggling with something and going over and offering some advice or help. It is about having good fun with the whole family. It is about meeting new people at the range. It is about having a passion and love of something that can be passed down from generation to generation. It's about seeing the guy two benches down checking out your new AR and you saying here is 30 rounds you want to give it a go? It is about having a single mom neighbor stopping by to say hey my son wants to learn how to shoot would you be able to teach him how to shoot. It is about seeing the Eyes of a new shooter when the pull that trigger for the first time and hitting the target. It is about saving all your American Rifleman and American Hunter Mags to give to the neighbors son for him to read.

So lets here it.

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Well said Tango. Thumbs up.
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For me, it gives me confidence and I feel strong when I shoot. My worries melt away when shooting, I feel empowered and in control and my ego gets a big boost. I don't feel helpless and buried under what life has dished out when I go shooting. I am exhilerated. It is a challenge to try to beat my personal best every time I shoot. I am new so I definitely learn something new every time I go. It is meeting new people and making friends who share the same passion. But mostly it makes me feel able to go back to my every day life with more confidence and courage.

The only other thing I can compare it to is when I had a horse. I'd take her out trail riding and it was so therpeutic to feel the rhythm of the horse's steps under me, to be out in the woods on a beautiful day. I would talk to my horse and just relax and feel happy and content. Shooting gives me the same comfort and relaxation.

Does that make any sense?
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Thumbs up here as well.

I will offer a few from a different perspective.

It means knowing that if you had to survive off the land, you know you will at least have red meat.

It means teaching the next generation to respect firearms and ethical hunting.

It means exercising one's right to 2A.

It means gun owners don't knock another gun owner's gun.

It means there is the freedom of we the citizens that cannot be refuted by big gubmit despite how hard they try.
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The chance to get away from everyone and go for a walk in nature by myself. There's nothing more relaxing than getting home from work or school and simply forgetting everything that had happened that day, grabbing the O/U and going for a walk down by the creek. I don't even need to fire a shot, just watching the water, insects, birds and frogs is plenty relaxing enough.

Another thing I like is the control. I don't mean that I feel tough because I have a gun and can kill, I mean that I have at my fingertips a precision instrument. Every input I make gives me tangible results. I have no idea why but that gives me great satisfaction

Great thread Tango
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Very well stated Tango! You are indeed a much better, caring, selfless, empathetic man, than I can ever strive to possibly be myself.

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For me, I love to shoot, I love to clean my guns, even when they aren't dirty! I have respect for firearms, for the potential lethality of them, the precision mechanics of the them. That respect, to me, also extends to my everyday dealing in life. Showing respect for others rights and feelings. I cherish every minute that I get to spend with my son teaching him how to shoot, just like my Pop taught me, I am lucky that I even have the very same pistol to teach my son with that Pops taught ME with! I love that! I can't wait till my daughter is old enough to start with the .22!
Being a gun owner and shooter also brings to light how fragile our rights are. Not just 2A, but all of them. Along with educating my son about firearms, I also educate him on the constitution and what being an American is all about!

Being a gun owner also makes me feel more like a TRUE RED BLOODED AMERICAN!!!
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Thumbs up here as well.

I will offer a few from a different perspective.

It means knowing that if you had to survive off the land, you know you will at least have red meat.

It means teaching the next generation to respect firearms and ethical hunting.

It means exercising one's right to 2A.

It means gun owners don't knock another gun owner's gun.

It means there is the freedom of we the citizens that cannot be refuted by big gubmit despite how hard they try.
Well said, and the bold is one of the main reasons I'm getting back into shooting/owning firearms.
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You pretty well summed it up. Good post!
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