So it occurred to me, that all my former fellow squad/platoon or team members who are still into guns have actually some credentials when it comes to being a successful competitor (competitive Biathletes or on a sports shooting/skeet competition squad).
Most of them don't collect semi-autos and just stick to self defense (handguns) and almost exclusively have competition pistols or rifles, if they actually compete and face the music.
So any of you semi-auto 'collectors' here have any verifiable credentials (district, regional, national) in the sports arena (e.g. USA Shooting)?
Looks to me you just go to the range, spray as many as possible bullets across the hillside to decompress and engage in some sort of fantasy on how you'd wipe out any real or imaginary enemy of yours?
I have seen these 'collectors' in action at the range, and have been less than impressed by both their conduct and abilities.
All very personable and "great guys" for sure, with that certain sliver of something not being quite right.
Me? I was done with guns after Military and am getting back into sports archery as legs, lungs and heart slow down. A fantastic and demanding sport.
I'm curious if you actually have any first hand knowledge of folks with semi-auto weapons, because your description, and my friends who do own semi-autos, couldn't be more different. One of my good friends has at least one semi-auto, and is also extremely proficient with a bow, usually bagging an elk per season with it. My other friend has several semi-autos, but practices with them and other weapons and is very proficient with them as well; definitely not the spray and pray type.
I do know them (hard to avoid as we share the same facilities), but you are correct, I nowadays avoid people who fervently own them.
Met too many 'crazies' while still on active duty (one actually emptied a magazine in my direction while on Guard walking between ALVBs with the pontoons 'settling' due to falling temps).
Was maybe personal (<orpheus>?), but afaik he still 'collects' (despite having had to lug that damned thing around 24/7 and being unable to hit a thing).
Getting a deer with a bow is not an objective measure of proficiency (and not something necessary either).
Around here I could kill one with a spear if I'd take my time and needed the meat for survival.
I am talking Tournament Olympic Archery...can't 'tame' that.
Again, "practice" and "proficiency" are not quantifiable terms. The one poster who won Second at his neighborhood skeet tourney, might have a (thin) leg to stand on.
I 'practice' and consider myself fairly 'proficient' (compared to an average bow-owner) with a sports-bow over all olympic distances, but I am a long way from being "competitive" and having something to show for.