ciao da Roma

Discussion in 'Welcome & Introductions' started by slingor, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. slingor

    slingor New Member

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    Ave atque vale (latin for "hello") to all forum members.<br><br>A couple of years ago, some colleagues of mine talked me into joining them in target shooting. Firearms. So I walked into the best weapons shop in Rome and explained what I wanted to do. The clerk (extremely kind and competent) complimented me on my choice of a Walther 9xx (my name is Valter, that's why) but looked somewhat crossed when I nearly fainted at seeing the price. Then he patiently followed me through lower calibers and alternative weapons (rifles, carbines, compressed air), then he asked me permission to take care of a regular customer, not without an innocent suggestion to have a look at the blowguns section in the meantime.<br><br>Lazing around this weapons boutique my attention was caught by an exposition of slingshots. SLINGSHOTS! In my boyhood the regular side weapon of every kid in my native village! The indications on one of them read "220 yards", almost 200 metres, it was an aluminium, red tubed, braced Trumark, &euro;12,50. The light.<br><br>When the clerk turned to me again, asking whether I had made up my mind about something I answered: "Yes, sir, definitely. Be so kind as to pack me one... of those PLUS a blowgun". Then came a Black Widow, a couple of flatband Saunders, Joerg Sprave and the first attempts at Theraband and natural forks. One self made Joerg-style metal/self-centring/flatband slingshot. At present I'm trying to rig a stick with a sling (that is few, yet confused, ideas).<br><br>And here I am. Not exactly a slingshot sniper, but surely a lot of fun. <br><br>Not only slingshots, however, but also: languages, history, sciences, MTB, trekking.
     
  2. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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  3. Slingshots4Australia

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    I too was tempted into Pistol target shooting,<br>Ive been to the shooting range in my city a few times.<br>amazing fun, but the cost per shot was about $3.. + cost of hiring a handgun<br>it was all adding up, <br><br>and the fact that I had to book in a week ahead of time because I am not licensed to own a handgun, I had to be supervised by the instructor.<br><br>thanks to Australia's laws it would have been a big old fuss to get my handgun license<br><br>According to Aust laws, where im from you must attend 4 to 6 Events held by your local gun range per year to keep your liscense..<br><br>an event does not include just going to your gun range and practicing, it must be in a competition<br><br> but I didnt really want to compete in competitions<br><br>and for no reason can you own a hand gun for just self defense.<br><br>so that was that out the window fairly quickly, but i did really enjoy the actual shooting of the targets, just something i really enjoyed, i cant explain it really. Im sure if you love target shooting you know what im talking about<br><br>few months later i discovered joergs Slingshot channel on youtube, and since then ive been hooked on slingshots, i spend atleast 30mins to an hour a day just out the back having a shoot<br><br>and thats the one thing i think i most love about slingshots, i can just walk out my back door and im ready to go!<br><br>anyway, sorry for that huge life story lol<br><br>welcome to the forums mate
     
  4. Courier

    Courier Senior Member

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    Cool story.<br>In comparison to my story, yours is much better.<br>Have fun!
     
  5. slingor

    slingor New Member

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Slingshots4Australia wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">anyway, sorry for that huge life story lol<br><br>welcome to the forums mate</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>You kidding? Unless you're officially outlawed, here in Italy you're expected to mount a military operation every time you decide to go on a shooting session, on top of that you must account for every round as concerns calibers greater than 22, and declare your intended itinerary as well. Whereas nobody complains about my slingshot shooting corner in my country house backyard (max attention paid to safety,of course). Not forgetting that my gun mates shoot at a 15-30 metres range at high costs, I shoot at a 10-20 metres range virtually GRATIS.<br><br>bye</span>