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 Post subject: Vegans in the Shooting sports
PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 4:10 pm 
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All,

I am curious about how many vegans are involved in the shooting sports, either professionally/competitively, recreationally and/or as practice for shootings defensive applications.

As many of you probably know, shooting for recreation and competition is done in most if not all countries, and is included in the Olympics. And of course, I do not consider hunting as a sport. Hopefully there are not very many vegan hunters!

Personally, I am into firearms and shooting primarily for defensive applications. However, I am also interested in getting into recreational and competitive shooting, esp. IDPA and similar practical/tactical styles.

So who else here shoots? Do you know of any vegan professional shooters? What style/s of shooting do you or they do?


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 4:49 pm 
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I used to shoot riffles but have been interested in handguns as of late. I have always been a dead on shot, but it's been sometime and I wonder if I am as good with a handgun. We have a shooting range as well as a tactical range locally. I have been watching some of the competitions on television and am amazed by the precision and "on your feet" thinking these involve. Very cool. 8)


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 5:04 pm 
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As much as I could never shoot a wild animal, I love shooting simulations, and firing real guns, as disturbing as that sounds. Although it has nothing much to do with shooting, reading about this makes me want to hook up my old Nintendo and play some Duck Hunt.


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 5:23 pm 
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Odidnetne wrote:
Although it has nothing much to do with shooting, reading about this makes me want to hook up my old Nintendo and play some Duck Hunt.

http://www.cyberiapc.com/flashgames/duckhunt.htm
It won't let me choose clay though

My shooting is limited to First Person Shooting games


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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 5:28 pm 
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I was raised with guns in our household (my mom didn't approve, but my dad has always been a "gun guy")...anyway so he taught me basic gun safety from a very young age, how to load and unload a gun, and how to shoot...I've always enjoyed shooting handguns. I like to go to the range and shoot paper targets, just in appreciation for the skill. And, it is for some reason, just FUN to shoot off a gun. I've NEVER shot at a live target, and never would, but I've shot the hell out of some paper! :D A .45 is my favorite...

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PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2006 9:38 pm 
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I shoot recreationally though not very often because it costs quite a bit of $$. Veggymeggy I'm with you the .45 is my fav pistol.


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 4:12 pm 
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Thanks for the replies! It's great to see that there are other vegan shooters here - even cooler that some of you are women!

Seasiren,

I've mostly shot pistols, also a bit of rifles and once with a shotgun. Handguns can be both easier and more challenging, it really just depends on what kind of guns you use and for what application. Give it a go and let us know how you like it!

I've watched some competitions on television too and also seen some really awesome shooters during training classes. It really seems to come down to learning what works and then practicing.

Odidnetne,
That doesn't sound disturbing to me. I enjoy shooting real guns and while I have no experience with simulations, it sounds like a lot of fun. There are
also a lot of shooters who use simulations of various types to improve their skills.

MontanaVegan,
What do you mean by "First Person Shooting games"?

Veggymeggy,
That's awesome that your dad got you into shooting and taught you gun safety. I wish I'd had that but my parents were hippy-types and while not really "anti-gun", they never had any around so I didn't get into shooting until I was in my late teens. My kids have learned basic safety but so far I haven't been able to interest them in actually shooting... :cry:

It'd be cool to get some folks together from here and go to the range someday. Shooting is a lot of fun and even more so when you have some cool folks to shoot with. My wife would be a lot more into going out if she knew she wouldn't be the only woman there!

Which range/s do you use? We have several options here in the Portland area but I generally prefer just to go out to the national forest.

I've shot with a couple of different .45s but a Glock 19 9mm is my everyday pistol. Which .45 do you use or prefer?

The only live target I'd shoot is one that was attacking me or my loved ones. Hopefully that will never happen but you never know...

CollegeB,
Dang redneck Texan gunnuts... :twisted: Just kidding! Shooting can be pricey, esp. shooting a .45, but you can also get some serious discounts buying ammunition in bulk and/or getting in some of your range time using less expensive ammo - particularly .22's.


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 5:12 pm 
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The only place I've been shooting is A Place to Shoot in Delta Park. The Sig .45 is my favorite, my boy also has a Dan Wesson .45... that's fun too. Aside from that, the CZ 9mm is the most accurate gun I've ever fired, and I've shot .22 handguns also. The only rifle I've ever shot was a .17...I really don't know anything about rifles.

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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 5:31 pm 
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veggymeggy wrote:
The only place I've been shooting is A Place to Shoot in Delta Park. The Sig .45 is my favorite, my boy also has a Dan Wesson .45... that's fun too. Aside from that, the CZ 9mm is the most accurate gun I've ever fired, and I've shot .22 handguns also. The only rifle I've ever shot was a .17...I really don't know anything about rifles.


I haven't shot there but have heard good things about TPTS. They do a lot of training classes there. Sig makes some very nice stuff - I'd probably get a Sig if Glocks weren't available. If you want to try rifle shooting, I have a couple that I could let you use sometime. Also, there is a place called the Public Safety Training Center in Clackamas. It's run by the Sheriff's Department and they have a great & inexpensive rental selection: pistols, revolvers, a few rifles, at least one shotgun and they even have a full-auto M4 available!


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 6:26 pm 
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loveliberate wrote:
MontanaVegan,
What do you mean by "First Person Shooting games"?

Computer games like this one


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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 6:31 pm 
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MontanaVegan wrote:
loveliberate wrote:
MontanaVegan,
What do you mean by "First Person Shooting games"?

Computer games like this one


That's all? And your from Montana? :twisted: Just teasing, that looks like it could be fun. I'll probably stick with the real stuff though...


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I'm a total gun nut! :D

It all started 9 years ago when 2 car loads of scumbag sureno gang members chased after my cousins car with him and I and 2 of our friends in it for no reason whatsoever. They chased us for about 2 miles until they started shooting at us. They fired 3 shots. 2 hit the metal frame around the hatchback glass and the other bullet came through the window hitting my friend in the arm. The bullet kept traveling through my friends arm and went through the headrest of my cousins seat and hit him in the neck. The bullet slowed down enough by the time it hit my cousin that it didn't penetrate. He said it just felt like someone punched him in the back of the neck. When the bullet hit the glass it was like shrapnel and everyone (except me :wink: ) was bleeding from the glass. One of my friends in the back seat had glass embedded in his arm pretty bad. The scumbags were never caught but that would be the last time for a while that I didn't carry daily.

Immediately after the incident I bought my first gun, a Colt Mustang 380. Next was a 12 gauge Mossberg for home protection. From there I bought my HK USP compact .45. Then a friend sold all his guns to me in a package deal. From him I bought a Sig p239 9mm, Taurus Millennium Pro 9mm, Beretta 96 .40cal, Winchester 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge and another 12 gauge Mossberg. I haven't bought any guns for a while now. I think I have enough for now.

Here are some pics of me shooting 2 dead laptops, 32 inch TV, DSL router and a pager. I have video as well if anyone wants to see it. :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 5:32 pm 
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Here are some pics of me shooting 2 dead laptops, 32 inch TV, DSL router and a pager. I have video as well if anyone wants to see it.


Do you want my :smt013 printers?

Pic #2, why are you that close? :shock:


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SeaSiren wrote:
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Here are some pics of me shooting 2 dead laptops, 32 inch TV, DSL router and a pager. I have video as well if anyone wants to see it.


Do you want my :smt013 printers?

Pic #2, why are you that close? :shock:


I no longer live in Arizona and I can't think of any place to shoot your printer in California or I would take it off your hands. :lol:

With a 18 inch barrel on a shotgun the pellets like to spread very quickly. I wanted big holes so I stayed close. Don't worry, I had my ear protection on and all the rounds fired went right through the targets, like the pics show below. :wink:

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