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Sniper kitty strikes!

  1. Dec 27, 2009 #1

    Moonbear

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    I got to shoot a rifle for the first time ever last week. A .22 with no kick...nice and easy for a beginner. So easy, I beat my boyfriend. :biggrin: I was going to take more than one turn with the rifle, but after I beat him the first time, I decided to claim my bragging rights and spend at least a month rubbing it in before I try again and give him a chance to beat me. :tongue: I'll have to ask him what the distance was though, because I can't remember...I was too busy jumping up and down gloating when I saw his target to remember things like distance. It was half the length of the range we were on since I was just learning...next time we'll go the full distance.

    Here's my evidence:

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    The other people who were watching me seemed very impressed by that really big hole around 11:00 which is where two bullets hit nearly the same spot. I don't know if they were just humoring me or if that really is a good shot. I only cared that I beat my boyfriend (fortunately, he's a really good sport, so will put up with me reminding him about this until we can go back and try again), so didn't really care if the other guys were just being nice.
     
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  3. Dec 27, 2009 #2

    Char. Limit

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    Congratulations!

    I don't know a thing about guns myself, but two bullets in nearly the same spot seems pretty impressive to me.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2009 #3
    Women are typically better shots than man with both pistols and rifles. At least when they are competing with each other! It's all about how you pull the trigger. Some guys are lil too quick :)
     
  5. Dec 27, 2009 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    Hey MB, that looks pretty good! However, the holes look suspiciously similar to ones made by a pencil. :biggrin: I would guess that you were using 50 yard targets.

    You should try trap and skeet as well. That is great fun!
     
  6. Dec 28, 2009 #5
    Bravo! Shooting is fun, you did very well for a first time.
     
  7. Dec 28, 2009 #6
    Bravo Moonie. I have never used a gun before but I would say that looks pretty good too. I am assuming that getting as close to the bullseye as possible is supposed to be good. ;-)
     
  8. Dec 28, 2009 #7

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    It is not only getting close to the bullseye, but getting small spread (or whatever it is called in English). Note that the same pattern of hits moved a little bit to the left will give a better score. Taking correction and aiming at different point is much easier than keeping the spread small.
     
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  9. Dec 28, 2009 #8

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    Excellent firearm handling etiquette :biggrin:
     
  10. Dec 28, 2009 #9
    I believe they call that (in english) "grouping", when you have multiple shots in close proximity to one another. At least that is the word I have heard used in movies and such. :-)

    Moonie's shots definitely look pretty tight on that bullseye. Even that one stray is not very far off. I would definitely like to have Moonie in my bunker when the zombie apocalypse comes. She could even help study the zombies and find their weaknesses.
     
  11. Dec 28, 2009 #10

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    If you want to get an even better ego boost, have your boyfriend shoot an international target and you stick with the NRA targets. Instantly get a much higher score.
     
  12. Dec 28, 2009 #11

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    Well done...and yes, the word you are looking for is "grouping".

    You have explained to the BF that if he ever treats you badly, just remember that you are a better shot, I hope!
     
  13. Dec 28, 2009 #12

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    Very nice! One 8 and the rest 9-10. Now you have to alternate your .22 shooting with cross-country skiing and join the biathalon team!:approve:
     
  14. Dec 28, 2009 #13

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    Actually, on that target, it was one 9 and the rest 10s. :biggrin: I did pick the biggest, easiest looking target, because I didn't expect to do so well my first try and wanted to at least hit the target. :rofl: The one that was in the 9 circle was my second shot out of 5. But you're never going to get me to start cross-country skiing. I don't do outdoor winter sports. Brrrrrrr!!!! I told him that I wasn't allowed to keep living in WV if I had never fired a gun.

    Yes, Vanadium, I have reminded him that I'm a better shot. Repeatedly. :rofl: I told him I'm not going to stop gloating for at least a month. He used to just be worried about my knife-handling skills and sound knowledge of anatomy (when we first met, within an hour or so of meeting, I had a steak knife aimed at his heart...there's a story to go with it and it was all in fun, but it's actually the thing that got his attention and really impressed him enough to ask me out after).

    And, as for Pengwuino, I was not holding the rifle while jumping up and down. I think the range master would have had fits if I had! :biggrin: My boyfriend went second, so he had the rifle in hand when I was jumping up and down.

    Oh, and this was after I had both a capuccino AND an espresso after dinner (the range is in the basement of the club where we had dinner, which is why they only have .22s there). There were other women shooting too, and I beat them as well. One of them needed an eyepatch because she couldn't manage to close the eye she needed to close to shoot, so her date (don't know if he was a boyfriend or husband) took a picture of her wearing an eyepatch and holding a rifle...looked like a pirate. I guess she's likely right handed but left eye dominant. Both of them drifted way to the right. They were also using a different rifle, so it's possible it wasn't sighted accurately. My boyfriend made sure everything was fair...same rifle, same target, same distance. I don't think he expected that I would be able to beat him, though he knew the pressure was on when he saw my results. Everyone was asking if it was really my first time shooting. Though, the woman doing coat checks also said that the women always do better than the men, because they listen to instructions better. :biggrin: Though, my boyfriend was NOT trying to shoot too quickly (because he really was trying to get a perfect score to beat me...ha ha). He was very slow and methodical. The other men shooting at the range were definitely just shooting too fast and not taking time to really line up the target. Maybe next time I'll let my boyfriend go first to take some of the pressure off.
     
  15. Dec 28, 2009 #14

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    I am assuming you shot a rifle, were you free standing or shooting from a bench?

    Good shooting either way, but great shooing if you were standing.
     
  16. Dec 28, 2009 #15

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    If by bench, you mean that they had a ledge to lean your elbows on, then yes, from a bench. The range master didn't give me a choice about that. Maybe part of their liability rules or something, or maybe just because it was my first time shooting and he wanted to make sure I was as careful as I could be.
     
  17. Dec 28, 2009 #16
    Nice job! (Now lets go off and buy some guns! :devil:)
     
  18. Dec 28, 2009 #17

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    Impressive moonbear! I think Sniper kitten gonna be a bit afraid of being fired! :biggrin:
     
  19. Dec 28, 2009 #18

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    Consistency is key in target shooting, and especially so in hunting. Consistency in stance, breath control, hold, and trigger release. Years back, I had bought myself a nice single-shot rifle in .45-70 caliber (trust me, Moonie, you would NOT want to shoot that!) and dragged my father out to the range to check the accuracy of the sights. I shot from a bench, hand-holding the rifle, but bracing my elbows on the bench. I shot from 75 yards distance, and after my first shot, my father (with my spotting scope) said about 1/2" high and 1/2" to the right. After my second shot, he said "you missed the entire target". I knew that wasn't true so we walked up to the target to find the fattest, shortest "snowman" hole you could imagine, perfect in horizontal alignment. Good enough. I have often thought of getting another Ruger Model One, but in a smaller caliber to avoid the "tenderized" shoulder that you'd end up with after competing with the heavy loads.

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/ruger_number_1.htm
     
  20. Dec 28, 2009 #19
    nice shooting MB...


    (a '10' is anything completely inside the inner most circle and not breaking across, into or touching the white circle border surrounding it----others say, if its over 50% inside the white ring border, its a 10)

    --that's how I was taught anyway
     
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  21. Dec 28, 2009 #20

    Ivan Seeking

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    MB, I assume that you and your boyfriend are getting pretty serious. It takes a lot of trust for a guy to let a woman hold his gun.
     
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