March 18th, 2012 10:34 AM
Your total trigger pulls
I was just curious to how many rounds you think you put down range in your life. Specifically, if its even possible, how many you think it took to become a proficient shooter.
For me its real low, probably less than a couple thousand.
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March 18th, 2012 10:56 AM
I have done as few as 1,000 a year, to over 12,000 in one year. Multiply that times ~20 years... That includes everything from .22lr to 30-06 - both hand gun, and rifle.
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March 18th, 2012 11:13 AM
1K-20K X 39yrs = hearing loss
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March 18th, 2012 11:17 AM
I don't even know. I've been shooting for the past 12 years, and there were days where I would go through an entire brick of .22, so I'm just going to guess between 15,000 and 20,000...at least.
March 18th, 2012 03:04 PM
I've not been an avid shooter all my life, but to try and figure out the last 50-55 years...impossible!
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March 18th, 2012 03:15 PM
That would be hard for any avid shooter to put a number on especially someone that was in the service.
March 18th, 2012 03:53 PM
Sheesh, I don't know... I've been shooting almost my entire life... The past 3-4 years at LEAST 5k rounds a year. I should really look into reloading...
I don't think you can use the number of rounds fired as a reference point for skill. I know folks who shoot just as much but who are terrible shooters. I also know people who shoot maybe 500 rounds a decade but could shoot the wings off a fly with a cannon if they wanted to. I think the biggest thing is practice, obviously, but making sure you're practicing the right fundamentals is huge too, which is why I think training is so important.
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March 18th, 2012 07:48 PM
Don't know how many rounds, but I can tell you it has been thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars worth of ammo.
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March 18th, 2012 08:10 PM
"For me its real low, probably less than a couple thousand."
Just FYI: There is a huge chasm of difference between "putting "X" numbers of rounds down range" and becoming a proficient and accomplished self-defensive shooter.
One is barely even related to the other.
March 18th, 2012 10:15 PM
I have way too many to count from .22 to .50 cal
March 18th, 2012 10:23 PM
I squeezed off my first .22 at age five, fifty-one years ago and have been shooting ever since. I couldn't estimate within 100k rounds how many I have sent downrange lifetime.
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March 18th, 2012 10:27 PM
I wish I would have kept track.
March 18th, 2012 11:02 PM
But what about when you pull the trigger, and more than one round fires? How do I count that?
It isn't about the number of rounds you shoot. In Marine boot camp, you spend a whole week on the rifle range, doing dry fire practice and other drills, before you ever fire a shoot through a service rifle. Good dry fire practice is just as valuable, if not more, than actually firing rounds if you are just doing it to make noise.
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March 18th, 2012 11:14 PM
+1 on the hearing loss, though I think being too close to one smaw shot without earpro did more damage than the thousands of rounds a year.
March 18th, 2012 11:35 PM
I shot 0ver 600 rounds yesterday...
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Just a typical day that the range and something that I do at least twice a week...more now that daylight hours are extended.
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