I agree, it is zen like. I feel a story coming on. .. Many years ago, in a state 600 miles south I shot Bullseye matches. I wasn't a fantastic shooter back then and I'm still not, but I enjoy shooting. One day of a scheduled match saw 1/4" of black ice everywhere, but matches were never called off and since it was a town shooting team against other town teams there was more than just shooting involved, we had to show up and shoot or throw the match by default and maybe lose for the season. I got to the range and the conditions were horrible. It was difficult to stand, and getting into a proper shooting position was almost impossible. That day I shot the best I ever shot. I only dropped 2 points outside the bullseye for a 298 score. Near as I could figure the conditions had me relax and afterward I looked back on it and realized that the gun had been like an extension of my arm. I wish I could do that on demand. The stress of competition had been removed and I was able to do what I'm capable of doing.
Yesterday I shot my last Action Pistol match of the season and didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I had my buddy with me as a brand new shooter and my mind wasn't 100% on shooting. I did OK, but I know I could have done better if I had been more focused. To make it worse my buddy was disqualified for unsafe handling. Safety is #1, above all else, in an Action Pistol match and has to be with all of the running, firing, reloading, and such; it would be far too easy to put a bullet through flesh it wasn't so heavily stressed. So after having some of my performance sapped his score was also expunged. We both lost out. That one match was enough for him. He claims that it's too stressful (exactly the point) and he no longer wants to do it. If there wasn't any stress it would be like shooting paper in the back yard. The stress factor is exactly why I shoot competition. We can carry and I do carry, and if someday I should need to use I don't want to spray and pray and hurt innocent bystanders. Troops who have served in the sand box have shot with us they claim Action Pistol is as close to the real thing as one can get without incoming rounds.
If you ever do get involved in competitive shooting, even just for kicks and not seriously, check into Action Pistol. I know of only one other way to have as much fun and that's done between consenting adults. If you google Action Pistol or do a search on YouTube bear in mind you'll see a lot of "race guns" and race gear. Most of us shoot production guns and what can be modified on one is almost nothing. They're mostly straight out of the box as they came from the factory.
Brian. Lover of SE razors. Maker of Krampert's Finest Products.