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Well, I had used up my last Groupon last night at a local range and I seen a flyer for Bowling Pin shooting Tuesday nights, I inquired about it. After reading a thread here about Firearms training and looking into local IDPA leagues and realizing that shooting paper targets at 7yrds is not the only thing I should be doing, I limited my rounds, went home, re supplied ate dinner and went back to shoot at Bowling pins. My first mistake,,, eating dinner. I was sooo nervous my stomach was churning. These guys had scoped guns, fancy belts and holsters. To say I was intimidated doesn't even compare..

I went first in the 9mm catagory, (out of about 15-18 ppl in the entire league) and felt pretty good taking my hipoint 9mm and using all 5 mags to shoot 5 pins :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:,,, but i got the bastards.. then one of the Safety Officers leans into my ear and says "slow and steady wins in any match". I was nervous and rapid fire everything I had. My next round I went slower used less rounds but took wayyyyy too long. After that I went down hill. got to down on myself and really lost my focus.

On my secound gun, 9mm Nano, a couple of SOs stood close to me (as they did for others as well) and offered advice and were very helpful. But I still had not improved. Plus the Reloaded ammo I was using kept Failing to eject causing me to get even more fustrated. Going back to Factory ammo in this gun.


After everyone went threw their rounds we did Head to Head "Drag Racing". You pair with someone and shoot at your own table of 5 pins, then shoot for your 6th pin on a seperate table that falls at an angle (so if you both shoot at you 6th pin at the same time, the one on the bottom is the winner.). I was using my Hi-point as I had a better percentage with my hits with it. Well I sucked even Greater at this I don't think I ever made it to the 4th pin.... But it was the most fun every!!!!!!!!:grin:


I was starting to get more relaxed and less intimidated, everyone could tell it was my first time shooting at somthing other than paper targets and by the time I left I had made some friends.

I am going to try and make it a weekly thing but I am going to have to get a .22 pistol now. Hello Beretta Neos.
 

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I saw those at Gander Mt. I wondered how they would hold up??? I thought my grandson would love it.

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the other night the range master surprised us with bowling pins. the marine pre boots i was teaching had such a ball!

i bought a grip of these and others like them they last nicely! and we shoot the heck out of them they bounce everywhere and we jst chase it down with bullets

Do-All Impact Seal Ground Bouncing Gun Ball Reactive Target Self

they have cheaper ones too!
 

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I love shooting pins also.... With the 22 you can shoot straight through and not even know you hit it.....
Be careful when shooting Pins. At 25 ft bird shot can bounce off the hard plastic cover, #4 and better for safety. A 22 LF is about enough to knock a Pin off the Top and in no way will it go through the Pin and can Ricochet.

.38, .357 or .45 wont even go completely through pins (body that is)

I have been to, held many a Pin Match as well as RO'ed than....Pin and Steel is a lot of fun and great for practice and learning skills.

Karsten
 

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Most of the "Regulars" were shooting .22LR (Ruger 22/45 mark III, Beretta Neo U22) there were only a few of us shooting highier Cals. Manily the folks who, Like me, that had never done it or just bought a gun that day at the joining gun shop and since the range was technically closed this was the only way to get some rounds in on there 40cals.

So I am going to a shop this weekend that I have been pricing for a Neo U22.
 
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