heylinb4nz:sdav:heylinb4nz:sdav:DravidDavid: And if you are a hunter, your target isn't always stationary either, haha :) I don't hunt, but moving around targets shooting at them as quick as possible gets the blood pumping and adrenalin runs high.
I've resisted staying out of this thread... All I want to say is that is not a good pro gun example.
Only because you are using emotional stereotyping based on the drivel that media feeds you. You assume he is fantasizing about killing innocent people with a gun or pre-tending to be a spec ops operator. Is it unreasonable to think that someone might just enjoying the skill and thrill of target shooting and competing in a sport against other athletes ? does it matter what equipment he uses ? Then there is all the other unseen aspects of target shooting like equipment setup, reloading, muscle memory training, speed and agility training.....things that don't involve firing off live ammo.
You could have not missed my point more if you tried which is why I am staying out of this thread. Using hunters as an argument for how great they are at target identification and accuracy is a poor example.
Actually considering the amount of people doing it year in year out accidental deaths are low, in fact more people die or are injured doing non firearms related sports \ activities. On the target shooting thing, pistol shooters (and also 3gun) shoot at mixture of stationary and moving targets (whilst also on the move).
Added to that they also have complusory reloads, are marked on speed, accuracy, and also can be disqualified for any number of minor infractions (dropping gun, finger on trigger during a mag change, unsafe holstering, not clearing between gun changes).
I would say that they are under even more pressure \ workload than police officers who's training consists of draw, empty mag into stationary target at 5M ranges.
Make no mistake, NZ Police are woefully undertrained even for target shooting purposes...let alone attending to and responding to armed incidents. Id rather my local competition shooter came to my aid thanks...vs a snotty nosed cop fresh out of training college and a giant superiority complex. (yes these type of police exist and we give them guns).
had about enough of the insults hurled at the Police and suggesting target shooters are better suited so can we get back on topic or just start another thread on your opinions of the Police v target shooters