Shooting as a stress reliever

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Anyone else notice that time at the range sees to be one of the best stress reliever around? Why it is I don't truly know, personally I believe the focus required to repeatedly hit a target plus having to regulate breathing and body movement helps release stress. But that's just a hunch. Anyone else notice this, shooting seems to be stress reliever?
 
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Strykervet

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Shit.. I thought I was the only one.
While going through my bitch of a Divorce, The exact things you said helped me relax, focus, breath, control....
Yeah, I just went through one myself... I could certainly use some time back at the range but I just haven't felt up to the work. Need to load ammo, just haven't gotten back into it yet. Don't have nearly as much to spend anymore either, and probably won't until I move in a year or so.

I did take a few rifles to a friend's house and we shot some targets with that with an integral .22 and I must say it was the most fun I had all year. I certainly need more of it. It allows me to focus and it's just me and the target and the rifle. But I was also around other people and that helps too.

I guess I'll just have to force myself to do it at some point, but yeah, it's more than just stress relief, it is a lot like meditation. And it's one of the few things I've stuck with since 8yo.
 

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Anyone else notice that time at the range sees to be one of the best stress reliever around? Why it is I don't truly know, personally I believe the focus required to repeatedly hit a target plus having to regulate breathing and body movement helps release stress. But that's just a hunch. Anyone else notice this, shooting seems to be stress reliever?

Huh, I always thought it was cuz I masturbate when I shoot, even dry fire. But ya, I guess so. :cool:
 

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Totally agree, but hunting is even more so.
They are different though. One is more about getting lost in the focus and control and the other is more of a zen thing, being a part of something as amazing and beautiful as the outdoors and focusing on the hunt. At least to me it's that way.
 

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For me, it's making obscenely loud noises and having the recoil hit me a little. A suppressor will never be on my must have list.

As for the targets, when I miss I am a little peeved so that's not as relaxing as I would like.

Bigger targets may be the solution... Life size elk in AR500 would be how much???
 
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For me, it's making obscenely loud noises and having the recoil hit me a little. A suppressor will never be on my must have list.

As for the targets, when I miss I am a little peeved so that's not as relaxing as I would like.

Bigger targets may be the solution... Life size elk in AR500 would be how much???
Are the noises from the rifle or are you masterbating Deaux . Seriously shooting always adjusts my attitude . I just learned of Dharma . One's true purpose in the Universe . I'm not completely sure that shooting is it and I wish I could afford to try .
Ooommmm , bang . Oooommm , bang . Ooooommmm , brrrrtttttt . He he:giggle:he .
 
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Met a gentleman at my range that is chief of heart surgery at a top Boston hospital.

He had a new to him Surgeon action .308 in chassis atlas bipod with a nice Nightforce on it. It was his new to him, bought used, rifle he was just learning to shoot. He also happened to be foreign born from a country that is not gun friendly to its citizens.

Anyway he told me he liked shooting as it was his relaxation. I think thats pretty neat that guy that holds beating human hearts in his hand finds relaxation through shooting.

Sadly his typical Boston anti gun co workers told him he should stop his hobby as shooting was what "the lower class people" do in the US.

As a kind of funny side note after everyone welcomed him to his new hobby I think he was a little overwhelmed. He drove away forgetting his new rifle cased in a Pelican on a bench.

He had provided his phone number so I called him but he was already on his way back in a panic realizing he left his rifle behind.
 

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Shooting stuff at point blank range with a 12 gauge with #8 bird shot is a great stress reliever. Kind of like when we were kids and our dads gave us a sledgehammer in a landfill and we went to town! Yeah, I'm a redneck kid I know. :D
 

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I know alot of people detest group shooting but I find it to be very relaxing and good for decompresion and reflecting on things.
 

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Met a gentleman at my range that is chief of heart surgery at a top Boston hospital.

He had a new to him Surgeon action .308 in chassis atlas bipod with a nice Nightforce on it. It was his new to him, bought used, rifle he was just learning to shoot. He also happened to be foreign born from a country that is not gun friendly to its citizens.

Anyway he told me he liked shooting as it was his relaxation. I think thats pretty neat that guy that holds beating human hearts in his hand finds relaxation through shooting.

Sadly his typical Boston anti gun co workers told him he should stop his hobby as shooting was what "the lower class people" do in the US.

As a kind of funny side note after everyone welcomed him to his new hobby I think he was a little overwhelmed. He drove away forgetting his new rifle cased in a Pelican on a bench.

He had provided his phone number so I called him but he was already on his way back in a panic realizing he left his rifle behind.
Obviously, his peers have no idea what the hell they are talking about. I get the same kind of reactions when I’m around people that talk about hunting. Everyone thinks it’s billy bob redneck that does such low life kinds of things. It really brings out their ignorance because we all know shooting and hunting is expensive as hell. It isn’t your typical redneck by any means. Not saying they aren’t out there but you kind of have to have a certain social status to even begin to do these things. I’ve met people from all walks of life doing it. Doctors, lawyers, guys from NASA, current mil/LEO to garbage men, teachers and so forth. Literally, all walks of life. And it is indeed super expensive. I’m trying to figure out how some people I know shoot all the time. I’d like to go more but I have so much going on with wife, kids, work, house and so on that I stay strapped for cash and time! Maybe one of these days I can get back into competing and such.

As far as the relaxation goes, you are not alone. I to find that it centers me, at least while I am there, but it soon goes away on the drive back home or having to unpack all my gear. Lmao. I love going but absolutely hate packing all my shit up to get there. Haha.
 
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Driving to/from the range down a narrow country road with a creek on the side helps me. I get there just before dawn an listen to mother-nature prior to hanging targets an shooting. Some days are much better when I hang 1/4 size photos of domestic enemy's. The drive back is most pleasant when I can look at the photo's, stop an hear the water running over the small dam while watching mother-natures off spring be their self's. Some places have their rewards.
 
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"Gunpowder Therapy". Out of all the stress management techniques I have tried this works the best. I always feel better leaving the range. Even if I am pissy because I shot poorer than my potential I still feel better then before I went to the range.
 
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"Gunpowder Therapy". Out of all the stress management techniques I have tried this works the best. I always feel better leaving the range. Even if I am pissy because I shot poorer than my potential I still feel better that before I went to the range.
I like that, "Gunpowder Therapy". I think I might have to start using it describe this phenomenon, if you don't mind.
 

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Shooting decently powered calibers at 1000 yards on a nice day when there is no hurry can be a totally zen like experience & leave you happy & calm.
Shooting a good 1911 and taking your time can have the same effect as well.
 
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By all means. I don't own it, but it is a very accurate description. I find the meditation and having to relax and put yourself in a "zen trance like state" an excellent management for the day to day bullshit and a way to let go of whatever is eating at you that day, even if its just for a few hours. Beats crawling into a bottle.

*edit. In response to walters900. W54 posted while I was typing
 
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No matter the level of stress I'm under, a range trip makes it all better. It is downright therapeutic....even when my target does not look like Hillary Clinton
This reminds me of a range trip I had during my Divorce. My target of choice those days, was scaled down pictures of my soon to be Ex. And the end of a great Zen like day, pick up my pictures and go home. Well, Around noon the following day,I get a call from the Club President, telling me that I left a "target" up at 200 yards. Lucky for me we are friends and he knew what I was going through. I hate like hell to think what would have happened if someone else found the " target".
 
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No stress relief at all. Almost all my shooting is competition related so every trip to the backyard for practice has a set of goals and par times to beat.
 
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I think Trump's stress would be relieved if he shot Rosenstein. Trump has not actually told me that. I am just speculating.

I think Mueller is relieving his stress by making up every flimsy indictment he can think of.

Comey's stress would be relieved if he could install Her Ladyship Hillary Cunton in the White House.

Obama's stress would be relieved if he could make all white people move back to Europe, but keep their tax revenues.
 

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Sometimes I leave the range worse off than before I got there. Usually after an AR session and the motherfucker won’t print under 2 moa
 

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I hate to admit this but trap shooting is better stress relief than rifle shooting. The time element makes you shift your focus imediately to shooting, the targets are moving and reactive plus you're working with a pattern instead of a bullet so hits are pretty easy.

One time a clay flew right up in to my sights. I didn't have to move a thing beside my finger. I got both clays with one shot.

It wasn't dialing in my dope, making a wind call and then waiting for a lull. It's reaction and hand eye coordination.
 
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