Re: "What do you tell people..."
All of the above depending on who and when/where the conversation is taking place but first and foremost it is the challenge of putting a small projectile into a small target at ridiculous range that keeps me coming back. The ability to do that took a long time to acquire and the ability to do it is better than any cold drink of water, any recreational beverage, any happy pill in anybody's medicine cabinet. An hour or three on the range keeps me healthy and helps preserve the safety and well being of people I really want to whack up alongside the head. A day in the woods or on the lake has the same effect but I can't indulge myself as often as I would like. I can always pick up a pistol or air gun and shoot without leaving my front porch. Loading up my gear and going to the range is better but its good any time anyplace. You have bourbon or whacky tobakky, I have shooting. My version of Yoga only noisier and I have shot up targets to show for it.
"When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil."~~- Thomas Jefferson
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