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October 3rd, 2004
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Lessons from the range today
  1. Other people are distracting. Other people shooting are a little more distracting than other people just being there, but actually not that much more. They were very friendly, but my shooting was far better when I was alone.
  2. Low blood sugar is distracting. In the middle I realized that yeah, my blood sugar was almost certainly getting low, so I went to my car and got a soda, and my aim improved.
  3. Given the amount of driving I have to do to get to the Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club (which I think is worth it for the low-pressure atmosphere and because it's outdoors), it probably makes more sense to get two boxes of ammo and two hours of range time when I go (which I did this time).
  4. Smith & Wesson makes very nice revolvers, but my aim isn't significantly different with a revolver than it is with a Glock, and the Glock can fire more bullets without reloading and can be more easily reloaded, so I'm leaning in the semi-auto direction for my first gun. I'll probably own a revolver eventually, though.
  5. Shooting standing up isn't that much harder than shooting while seated, if I remember all the other stuff I know (which is harder to do when I need to think about my stance and my arms get tired from holding them up).

My fingers smell like gunpowder.

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Date:October 4th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)

On revolvers

If you do get a revolver, make sure the cylander opens. Unloading the shells one at a time is more of a pain in the ass than you might think.
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Date:October 4th, 2004 08:06 pm (UTC)

Re: On revolvers

Heh, I would have thought the cylinder not opening was considered a “gun does not work, might be reparable” kind of problem. Or are you talking about a revolver that's designed that way?
Date:October 5th, 2004 08:24 am (UTC)

On cylinder opening

I did mean a design issue, but I believe I worded it poorly. Do you remember how Mr. Speaker had one that popped out, allowing for all of the shells to be removed at once, whereas Rosa was such that each needed to be individually removed? Rosa's mechanism gets very annoying fairly quickly.
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Date:October 5th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)

Re: On cylinder opening

Hmm, I guess I had forgotten. The revolver I fired on Sunday had a cylinder that popped out, and I guess I just assumed that's how they all worked. I can imagine that having to unload one at a time would be pretty obnoxious.
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