At the range I frequent, it is not uncommomn to find people practicing for high level bullseye pistol competition. They send big bullseyes out to 50yd, verify that their spotting scopes are properly focused, and then very deliberately take slow shots one hand only.
No matter how many times I see this, I am never hypnotized into sending my target out to 50yd and practicing the exact same thing.
But for some reason, there is a subspecies of Homo gunnutien that seems to lack any degree of imagination or self-determination. That is the only reason I can fathom that a new shooter, with a gun he can’t even hold properly, would try to shoot 5-6 shots per second right after someone else on the range starts shooting fast.
Damn the fact that he may miss his 14×18 target completely for most — or all — of those shots (at 15 feet). He’s making the Loud Noise fast, too! Weeeeeeee…
The funniest one is the pistol shooter on a lane next to the guy with a tricked out, optically enhanced, billion-dollar muzzle brake’d AR (who is also shooting at 15 feet). You can actually feel the mental waves of “If I had a 30 round magazine” emanating like a ruptured sewer pipe from the pistol newbie’s skull.
If one’s ego is so all-encompassing that he feels driven to out do the dude next to him, you’d think said idiot’s ego was also fragile enough to be shattered by his horrible performance when he jumps so far out of his lane that he gets hit by oncoming traffic. Alas, too many twice-a-year hobbyists measure their shooting success by sound rather than by sight.
Train hard and stay safe! ToddG