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Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

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"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bowling Pins

This is a shooter at the 9mm portion of a local match:

Timer starts at the beep. The time is the time of the last shot to clear them from the table, max of 20 seconds. 9mm and .38 pins are a foot from the back of the table; .44 and .45 pins are three feet from the back of the table.

Bowling pins are funny targets. If you don't hit them dead-center, they'll fall over and roll around on the table. Sometimes one will roll in front of another. If you're looking at it end on from the top end, good luck shooting it clear.

And the pins gain weight from absorbing bullets, which makes them even more unpredictable.

If you've not shot a match, you should try it.


B said...

I am always amazed how tough bowling pins are.

and yes, the Sweet Spot is pretty small.

It are a LOT of fun shooting them though.

CenterPuke88 said...

What’s the lifespan of a bowling pin used for this? One match, a few rounds...

B said...

Tens of rounds, depending on caliber and such. a .45 ACP does about the same damage as a 9mm, and a 10MM or a .44/.41.,357 will do more damage.

we've had 'em go 40-50 rounds before being unusable

Comrade Misfit said...

At the local club matches, most shooters don’t shoot .357s. A good hit from a .38 special will knock the pin off. (Lightly-loaded rounds are a problem, because they will ricochet.)

The pins are pretty good for a long time. But they start to gain weight from absorbing bullets, and then they start splitting, especially with 44 Magnums. If they’ve fallen over in they get hit on the plastic ring at the base of the pin, then that pin is trashed.

If you can find local club that has its matches open to the public, by all means, you should give it a try. It is a lot of fun. And even the really good shooters can be humbled by the way the pins fall.

CenterPuke88 said...

Interesting. I’d have enjoyed used my 10mm Auto for that, it was so instinctive to point. Had to sell it because I needed a weapon with a property safety.