Granted this forum is primarily about self defense and we can assume everyone does some form of defensive shooting, whether it’s just self-defense training or actually competing in IDPA or similar “defensive” shooting sports. But what other shooting disciplines are you into?
I shoot black powder. Built my Hawken 50-cal rifle from a kit way back in 1982 when I was in Junior High (I guess they call it “middle school” now. Interestingly enough, I built the gun at school in a class called “History of Firearms”. Yes, public school. Yes, a real class with open enrollment, though you had to purchase one of the Thompson rifle kits offered at the local hardware store for $100.
Anyway, I still shoot that rifle. We have a small blackpowder group at the gun club that meets about once per month to make some black powder smoke in a semi-competitive, though informal, shooting match. It generally includes a series of shooting games with a combination of paper targets and steel silhouettes.
I also shoot Trap. I’ve been trap shooting just as long as I’ve been blackpowder shooting. Our gun club has formal trap and skeet shooting every Sunday. I go when I can fit it in. While there are a lot of “high end O/U” trap shooters there with the fancy vests and polos and all, I’m the guy in blue jeans with a street jacket and an all-black Remington 870 with extended magazine and a SideSaddle. I’ll literally run a round of trap by putting 5 shells in the SideSaddle at each stage and doing ejection port loads for every target. That way, I get to practice defensive shotgun speed loads 25 times per game of Trap.
I have a number of scoped hunting rifles, so I shoot those enough to keep in practice for my Fall hunts. I think I should be taking those rifles to the range more than I do, but life gets busy. I suffer from that problem of having too many guns to get adequate range time in with all of them.