From an unknown commentator amid the vast expanse of the interweb….
When I shoot, I feel like a dog with his head hung out the truck window of a speeding truck. That dog is just happy. And he don’t give a hoot if that truck ever gets where it’s going.
As my friends will attest, I am an unusual person. This applies to my gun ownership as well.
When I came to owning my first firearm, a Ruger 10/22, I was over and done with my plinking phase in about one month. Unlike most gun owners, tin cans and junk targets bored me fast even in my young years. I quickly needed to know why. Where are my shots going? How can I improve my ability to do that? Despite knowing very little about formal competition, including bullseye, I was soon on paper targets and shooting groups. I never tested the gun except how it helped me shoot better.
Naturally, I quickly gravitated towards competitive shooting. It only makes sense that any shooting should yield a result. If you don’t care about measuring the results then why bother with a target at all? I still have that 10/22 but it holds no nostalgia for me. I’ve fitted with Tech-Sights and use it as a generic training rifle for position shooting on scaled targets to prep for military-type shooting matches.
My range time almost exclusively consists of drills in preparation for some type of formal shooting event. Some people say this sounds like work and they only want to shoot and have a good time, like that dog in the truck. Even though riding around in the truck with my head out the window is fun, I’d still like to know where I’m going and eventually get there.