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How many guns do you take to the range?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Joe13, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I was wondering what some people consider normal as far as how many guns you take when you go out to the range to target shoot.

    Do you take 1 or 2 and concentrate on them or are you like me and take 5-6 minimum and up too 12 some days ( if I'm going with some people.

    My only complaint is cleaning them afterwards.

    I always clean my carry pieces as soon as I get home but can't always get to all of the guns I take for a couple days - which drives me insane until it's done.

    So, what do take?
     
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  2. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    Whatever I have ammo enough to shoot .
     
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  3. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    The "range" is the world and generally I carry a handgun and ammunition so it's just generally one.
     
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  4. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I usually have very limited time at the range - 90 minutes or less most days. For that reason, I bring from 1-3 guns per visit. One is always my carry gun - which I practice with each time I go out. The others are whatever else I feel like focusing on that day - sometimes pistols, sometimes rifles. And you make a good point about cleaning - if I only bring 3, I only need to clean 3.
     
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  5. GrpCapMandrake

    GrpCapMandrake Vancouver Active Member

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    I love cleaning! It is my favorite part of the hobby. The smell of the chemicals, the complaints from my kids, the sure knowledge that I am giving myself a disease by breathing in and touching the aforementioned chemicals. Sometimes I go shooting just so I can have more guns to clean....NOT!!

    Seriously cleaning is a total and complete pain and annoyance. I know what you mean about it eating away at you till you get it done.
     
  6. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Honestly, its to damn many and that bubblegum gets heavy. Last time, it was a single rifle bag with my AR, a double rifle bag with my SCAR and STG 44, the Weatherby, and my range bag with 3 handguns, Mags +ammo.

    As far as cleaning, my handguns are super easy. SIGs and a H&K and I still aint cleaned my SCAR, that's a a dirty girl and I aint cleaning her till I have 1k through her.
     
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    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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  8. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    usually 3. cleaning them afterwards is a pita so i keep the numbers low
     
  9. 66PonyCar

    66PonyCar Tigard, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I always took 4 or 5 but it seemed that I was rushing shooting one just to get to the next. Now I take 2 max and spend time with each.
     
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  10. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    3-gun
     
  11. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Always take two handguns, minimum, so that when I shoot my carry piece, I am still armed. Long guns, just whatever I feel like cleaning later lol.
     
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  12. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I dont get to the range as much as I would like, I normally take my AR, and then a few pistols, normally my 45 and 9mm, both are sigs and I dont bother cleaning them till they have issues, 500 - 750 rounds down the pipe, and the ar... psh... run it like an ak..
     
  13. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Thats what I do brother, all my firearms are pretty much combat weapons. I no longer have anything I really need to baby anymore.
     
  14. Pandaz3

    Pandaz3 Cornelius, Oregon NRA Lifetime Member Platinum Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    After trading in my M-14, I used to unload and clean at least six magazines, inspect the ammo and reload them. (I carried 18 mags and one in the gun, all 20 rounds then) break down the Bolt Carrier Group and all that daily when I had a M-16 and was doing nature walks in RVN, but later I took to flying over the place and I acquired one of the newer M-16A1's and some of the cool 30 round mags.. I just shot it and shot it and shot it, never cleaned it but I did add a little oil here and there.
    Now I clean my guns for corrosion prevention now, not worried about functioning. If it is getting put up for who knows how long, then I'll clean it, happy or not.
    I generally take two or three to shoot never more than four, but If I go with the Warden the deal is for me to clean hers too!
     
  15. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Its not that I don't carry, but I don't carry on a daily basis, even that being said I still don't both keeping them super squeaky clean.. there isn't much point, one day we lubed up my buddy's PPK and took it shooting, had a little to much in there.. and by to much i mean.. it was slightly wet looking.. wasn't dripping wasn't excessive by any means I applied it with my finger... and yep that gun jammed for the first 10 rounds till it sprayed a little lube off and got a little dirty.. then it ran like a dream all day long.. guns don't have to be perfectly clean to function flawlessly...
     
  16. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I'll say this.. Unless its a match grade 1911. they really don't like to run dirty.
     
  17. BigStick

    BigStick Sherwood, OR Well-Known Member

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    You need an option for "all of them".

    Not quite the same as as many I can fit in the car. Unfortunately, I don't have enough to fill the car yet.
     
  18. tarster

    tarster Albany Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Sig 1911 Scorpion which come cerakoted from the factory, 500 rounds on this clean job at the moment, running the rand clp, every other time i take it shooting i just wipe off the gun inside and out and put alittle more rand clp on it..

    might help I solely shoot hand loads and jacket bullets, which i have found to be much cleaner than anything factory.

    before my Sig, I had a XD .45 4in and I regularly didn't clean that gun, had over 6k rounds through it before I sold it, it was regular for it to ride in my truck all summer and get about 500 - 1000 rounds through it before I cleaned it.. never mal-functioned if I fed it 230gr RN or HP, if i fed it 185gr HP, it didn't matter how clean it was.. it hated 185gr.
     
  19. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Maybe I've just not had enough experience with different firearms, but in the experience I do have - I've yet to see a properly cleaned gun malfunction for having been "clean".

    Excess lube is not clean btw;).

    I use a t-shirt to wipe off all surfaces after oiling to keep it from being "wet". Have started using a compressor more, because it gets all the nooks and cranny's as well.
     
  20. oasis618

    oasis618 Tacoma, Wa Active Member

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    I usually bring 4 tops, 2 pistols and 2 rifles just because I don't like spending a whole evening tearing down and cleaning everything to the OCD levels that my brain requires.
     
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