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    Here is a typical range day for me:

    Get up, take a shower, get dressed (including my carry gun). Go to kitchen and make some pancakes with maple syrup and a large portion of crisp bacon also OJ and decaf coffee. Head out on the deck to eat and enjoy a nice morning as birds eat from my feeders and sometimes squirrels romp around. After I finish breakfast I sometimes read a newspaper or listen to the radio, still on the deck out back.

    Then around 1:00 I pack my stuff in my range bag and head to the range. When I get to the indoor range I say hi to Charlie who works there (owners son) we exchange a few brief greetings and talk. Get my range assignment, put my ear protection and glasses on and head inside the range.

    Usually there is someone I know there, we wave to each other. Then I get my gun and sending a target out to 21 feet and start to shoot. First target I shoot very slowly, taking my time and getting a good sight picture. Then I shoot a few targets at a faster pace, then another target of slow shooting and keep alternating like this.

    At the end of the session after I pay for my range stall I usually set down at the table outside the range room and have a cold drink from the machine and maybe a bag of chips. Sometimes a friend or two will sit with me and we discuss how are shooting went. We'll say which gun we shot and how well we shot it. After maybe a half hour to an hour we usually leave.

    On the way home I pick up a big bucket of KFC chicken. Getting home the wife and I enjoy KFC (and I always get rolls and coleslaw with the chicken). She'll ask how I shot and say "I'm going shooting tomorrow. When we finish our KFC she brings a nice peach pie from the fridge and french vanilla ice cream from the freezer and we have pie-ala-mode.

    All in all I like range days. Does your range day have any simialrities to mine?


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    I wish, that sounds like a damn fine day.
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    If that us true that's an amazing day ... Wife says how did you shoot ? I'm going again Tom , ok hubby hears a beer ... Now let me rub your ... Wait I meant back lol

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    Do all of your range days involve so much food? LOL
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    Not sure what you mean by so much food? A decent breakfast, some soda and chips, and a good
    supper. To me that is the way to eat. Would you rather not eat?


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    If I am shooting rifle, then I try to get to the range early in the morning before the winds pickup.

    If I am shooting handgun only, then there is no rush. So on those days I usually go after lunch, when most people are leaving the range to go get something to eat.

    Either way, I prep and lay out everything the evening before.

    When I head to the range, which is a long drive south of town, or else west of town, two different ranges, I normally stop and get a breakfast muffin at McDonalds to go so I can eat it on the way. You need food in your stomach to do anything right. Not a lot of food, just some.

    I avoid coca-cola and coffee and any other caffeine drinks because the caffeine raises your blood pressure and throws off your aim for offhand rifle and handgun.

    I usually bring only one weapon, either the scoped rifle, or the hunting revolver, or the defense pistol, so I can concentrate on that particular weapon for the half day.

    I like to find a spot at the range at one or the other ends of the range away from other people, not in the middle. It is more quiet there.

    My first 3 to 5 rounds are normally fired benched. This tells me where the weapon is firing to.

    For offhand shooting, I will spend a lot of time finding my natural sight picture, closing my eyes, and then seeing where I am aiming. Then I will chalk my feet to save time doing this over again later.

    Shooting offhand tells me where I am shooting to. It should be the same as benched.

    When offhand and benched agree, then if I need to adjust the scope or sights, I then do it, and not before.

    Then I go back to benched, then offhand again, repeating the process until the bullet impact is dead center and close to touching.

    Then on the way home, I will normally grab food to go again, or else eat at a restaurant, depending on what I am hungry for.

    When I get home, I spend the whole evening cleaning the gun while watching the news on tv.

    About a week later, I will clean the gun again.

    Those are my range rituals.

    No Kentucky Fried Chicken though. When I get hungry for chicken I buy boneless thighs and I bread and fry it myself. KFC can't touch my chicken!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluznar View Post
    Not sure what you mean by so much food? A decent breakfast, some soda and chips, and a good
    supper. To me that is the way to eat. Would you rather not eat?


    Not eating is a trick that makes your aim more accurate for archery, somehow, but it does not seem to work for firearms. For firearms you seem to need something in your stomach.

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    all my days are different. i've gone in the spur of a moment and i've also planned to go to the range days in advance. but i agree it's good to go on a full stomach ..i went once not eating before i went, and my stomach got queasy i sat out a bit and finished another mag full and we left. not sure why my stomach got suddenly queasy like it did ,but we went out to a really good seafood place afterward and that hit the spot.......my sons treat .....
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    Quote Originally Posted by cluznar View Post
    Not sure what you mean by so much food? A decent breakfast, some soda and chips, and a good
    supper. To me that is the way to eat. Would you rather not eat?

    I've just not heard someone talk so well about their range day and include every meal in the description. No offense meant. I'm glad you had a wonderful day.
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    Damn, what is your cholesterol level? If ur going to do that you might as well have leaded coffee instead of that decaf Crap. Turn in your gun.

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