A bad day at the range

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by Mouser, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Mouser

    Mouser Active Member

    Well there is really never a truly BAD day at the range...and my range is in my back yard.

    Between the summertime heat and associated chiggers here in Arkansas I have not shot any in several weeks...my shooting was doo doo.:( Even with my trusty Browning. I cant remember the last time my shooting was this bad....I stopped after 50 rounds as I could not take it any longer!

    Back to basics....how do you guys and gals combat rust and lack of practice to ensure you don't have a day like mine? I started shooting at 20 yards and that probably was my first mistake but I just couldn't get settled down for some odd reason....grip, focus on front sight, squeeze and pow...miss:eek:
  2. rn-cindy

    rn-cindy Active Member

    At least you didnt have somebody there heckling you...Have a day like that with Annie Okley (readygirl) asking "what are you aiming at..." bla..bla..bla.. And blasting everything in sight with her hand cannons, .556, and slug gun...sheesh.. that girl has enough energy to power a small town. Sounds like you had a nice peaceful time shooting your gun,. I would just be glad for that, and do better next time.

  3. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    I hope you do not have bad driving days.:p:D
  4. gr8oldguy

    gr8oldguy New Member

    Shooting skills can atrophe very quickly. Since you can shoot in your backyard, try shooting often, but not very much. Maybe only 5 or 6 rounds at a time. It will keep you in practice. I know all about the heat and chiggers in Arkansas. When I was a young man I used love to go camping in Arkansas. Still go to Mountain View once a year. good luck
  5. Mouser

    Mouser Active Member

    no...I have not...but then again, I cant remember the last time I struggled so bad with my shooting either. I mean my first group wasn't a group...thought I was shooting blanks! I know it is all concentration and mechanics...snatching the trigger and combined with anticipation of recoil...my first group is often poor but this was really bad :eek:

    I just put the gun away and sulked into the house for some soul searching.
  6. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

    Ouch! How is your eyesight lately? Depth perception off? Maybe a full physical might help? if you feel fine, maybe take a shooting refresher course. Also, the instructor can see if you picked up a bad habit. Slumps do happen though. Ask any professional athlete. They always get third party help to get back into the game.
  7. JW357

    JW357 New Member

    Maybe snap caps? Load up some snap caps in a couple mags, and practice the fundamentals inside?
  8. vincent

    vincent New Member

    Sure, shooting proficiency is a perishable skill. But if it's only been a few weeks, I doubt you 'rusted' that much...

    I had a terrible day 2 weeks ago...(if there is such a thing as a 'terrible' day at the range ;) )...couldn't see squat, couldn't hit squat, basic fundamentals sucked out loud, I thought I'd had a stroke I didn't know about...:mad: It was infuriating...

    Some days are just not your days, best to forget about it and try again next time. If you take it too seriously...(like I did that day)...it'll stop being fun...:cool:
  9. Fred_G

    Fred_G Active Member

    I have found dry presses to be a great help with the ammo shortage. I had a great day at the range yesterday. Nothing outside of the 9 ring on a B27 at 7 yards. I am not a bullseye shooter, I usually practice flash sight shooting.

    Did have some fun with the Ruger 22/45.
  10. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

    Bad day at the range, a horse fly takes a nose dive in the coffee mug!
  11. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I was on a Harley road trip once and we stopped over at the Ozark Folk Center Dry Creek Lodge. Someone made the comment that it sounded like the name of a song.
    So I wrote this little ditty:

    Ozark Folk Center Dry Creek Lodge

    She was sitting alone in the
    very last pew
    of the little Baptist Church
    in Mountain View.
    I sat down beside her;
    (She was saving me a place,)
    and we first held hands
    singing “Amazing Grace.”
    When church was over, I
    met her outside
    and ask her if she would like to
    take a ride
    in my brand-new long-bed
    diesel Dodge
    over to the Folk Center
    Dry Creek Lodge.
    The very next morning
    I knew for sure
    her love would last and
    her heart was pure.
    We wed in April and
    in the month on May
    the doctor said
    “you’re a daddy, Jose!”

    Now, fifty years later
    my hair is gray
    but I still remember
    the very first day
    that I sat her down in
    my diesel Dodge
    and took her to the Folk Center
    Dry Creek Lodge.
  12. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

    Some days things don't click. I go bowling with the church league and some nights are just "off" even though I understand what I'm doing wrong or what I need to do.

    I don't get the range time like I used to, and lately I've been shooting a lot of handguns which are not my best. Sometimes I have to get real analytical about what I'm doing wrong. I refer to it as knowing not translating into doing. I know my handgunning skills could be better and I'm always looking to improve, so when I see groups start to spread more than usual or shots landing on paper but outside the target I start to think about what I'm doing wrong. Grip, stance, how I'm squeezing the trigger. Usually when I calm down and think it through I get better.

    Frustration kills my accuracy everytime. It doesn't have to be me off target. Having a lot of issues (FTF, FTE, etc.), an obnoxious neighbor at the range, or failing to really concentrate on what I'm doing can all lead to frustration. Again, calming down, thinking it through, suddenly I get better. That sounds easier than it is because I know how I SHOULD be performing but when I'm not there it's easy to tense up and start focusing on how badly I'm doing instead of focusing on fixing it.
  13. p35bhp55

    p35bhp55 New Member

    It's the weather in Arkansas! My buddy and I were in my backyard about a week ago and we just reeked. Him even worse than me if that's possible. Stress, things on your mind, too much coffee. As posted earlier more rounds don't help, some days are just for mowing the grass.
  14. Mouser

    Mouser Active Member

    Well the weather here just broke...cool and dry. Cool evenings...enough for a campfire and roasting hot dogs and marshmellows with the kids.

    New week, new weather, new attitude... I bet I shoot better this weekend!:)
  15. Mouser

    Mouser Active Member

    new week, new attitude and things are back to normal!

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