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Yunus 11-17-2010 02:20 AM

Why do you like firearms/guns?
I'm not sure what else to ask to refine the question as I want it semi generic, I have my reasons but what are yours?

buckhuntr 11-17-2010 02:36 AM

I don't know exactly. Maybe because when it goes boom, deer (or doves, squirrels, etc) fall down, and I eat well. :p

I grew up around guns and hunters, and always have enjoyed plinking and hunting with various guns.

dog2000tj 11-17-2010 02:41 AM

I used to be very active in sports and training, something I enjoyed very much. Since my injuries limit the amount of physical activity I can enjoy I needed another preoccupation - enter firearms :D

I really enjoy going to a range and testing my abilities to put rounds on target. I find it very relaxing and soothing, being outdoors, firing off rounds and gauging my successes/failures. I now shoot 3 different calibers that are complete different from each other - forcing me to expand my understanding of shooting even more.

That and I would like to be somewhat prepared for the impending Zombie apocalypse ;)

dunerunner 11-17-2010 02:42 AM

Marksmanship is a challange, carrying a concealed weapon is a responsibility and ownership and gun knowlege is my duty as a citizen, to provide for defense of my property and family.

Yunus 11-17-2010 02:46 AM

Zombie apocalypse is a reason of mine but I think primarily for me it's like Dune said. Marksmanship is a challenge. Hitting a small target from a ridiculous distance with a hand held device is freaking awesome!

gregs887 11-17-2010 03:01 AM

x3 for the zombies. There is a huge thrill for me in hitting that little target. There is also the comfort of having at least the illusion of self sufficiency should the **** entirely hit the fan. And seriously who doesn't like explosions and loud noises?

JR36 11-17-2010 03:19 AM

Responsibility, self-sufficiency, there's no one else I trust to protect myself and those I love, the rush of sustained fire and because they make loud noises.

zhuk 11-17-2010 03:35 AM

Was pondering this with a fellow club member on the weekend while at the range.

I can understand in the US and more 'gun-friendly' societies there is family tradition, national custom and a natural drive for self defence to help provide some explanation. But doesn't it possibly go deeper than just that?

When I first fired that lil .410 shottie way back when I was 17 while up the country, it was instant obsession, I'm not exagerrating. From that moment I wanted a gun bad...started plotting how to obtain a replica (as you could do back then under 18 with no licence required) until my parents very firmly said NYET! So I suppressed the urge...the 1996 laws came in...20+ years went by....

Last weekend, we were discussing how we all came to fall into this weird (to the vast majority of Aussies) enthusiasm...and why it hits so hard when you do catch it. I feel it's kind of like a contagion, that you are inherently disposed to the disease in the first place, but need that first exposure for it to become active :p

Otherwise, why does it descend upon certain people with no prior experience or exposure to firearms, who most likely have never ever seen one, except on TV/movies?? Very often no one we know has ever handled a gun, and the society around us is largely either indifferent or downright antagonistic towards the only the most afflicted prevail :confused:

It's an intriguing mystery I can only put down to something somehow weirdly biological/neurological that gets triggered (no pun intended lol)

So there you go, my theory: Gun lust as beneficial pathology :D

DrumJunkie 11-17-2010 04:00 AM

Beyond the obvious hunting and protection answers I find it very relaxing to shoot. Being I do most of my shooting here at home it's nothing to grab a couple boxes of ammo and some type of firearm and think about nothing but the act of shooting. And peripheral stress just melts away. I also look at firearms as an art form. It's way beyond a tool thing for me I like seeing how they where put together.. Form as well as the function.

cpttango30 11-17-2010 04:04 AM

Because they are effing fun.

You can't tell me that aiming at a golf ball at 100 or 200 yards and hitting it is not fun. You can't tell me you don't enjoy going to the range teaching learning and having is not fun.

That and it pisses off the liberal and sheeply's out there.

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