It’s Cold Outside

A fellow I’ve shot with posted a picture of his practice on Facebook.  He’s got a nice indoor range at his home.  I was envious.  My range is outside and it is cold.

Nice to have this in your basement

My old range for indoor distances began in a shed where I stood next to a heater.  It was cold but not in the wind and it was warmer than outside standing in the shed.  My new range at my home in Georgia is entirely outside.

It is a nice range.  I can practice out to 90 meters and have a 3D range with 18 animals on it.  I’ve also put an outdoor propane heater on the target range.  I stand next to it when I shoot.  It isn’t all that bad.  It isn’t as nice as this friend’s indoor range.

He’s an elite archer and built his house to accommodate a range in the basement.  That is pretty awesome.  He doesn’t shoot 3D so he doesn’t need a large area for foam animals.  He does have a nice outdoor 70-meter range.

The temperature here when I practiced today was 37°F.  The average for this day is 60°F.  I know this cold won’t last and the mild winters we have here will return.  Even so, I got out and shot.

I’d put up new targets so I had to shot them

Yesterday, there was a misty light rain and it wasn’t much warmer.  I ended up with 180 arrows shot before I was frozen.  I didn’t try to ignite the propane heater in the rain.

Despite the cold and damp weather going outside to practice archery beats staying indoors.

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