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
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
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"either way, you were guilty by association, so you were smited...." JD
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!
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?
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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
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 idea...so only the most afflicted prevail
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
Illigitimi Non Carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down
Originally Posted by skullcrusher
Yes, at WalMart, you can pick up a gun, ammo, ski mask and your antidepressants all in one trip. Darn convenient if you ask me...:D
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.
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