Max wrote ..

This is a pic of my girlfriend Kristen shooting her Beretta 84 at a bowling pin. I like the pic because you can see the shell casing in mid air and the bowling pin falling down. It was taken at The Outback shooting range outside of Mcpherson KS. Thanks 🙂

In case you can’t see if, the pin she is shooting is on the left. Nice photo Max.



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  • Sulaco

    Pin shooting with a .380? Nice

    • Giolli Joker

      And she’s dropping the pin, apparently she knows well where to hit.

      • iksnilol

        For someone who doesn’t shoot pins, where would you recommend hitting the pin? The top to tip it?

        • Giolli Joker

          Never tried as well, although I’d love to.
          Better to wait for somebody with direct experience, as far as I remember having read, centermass should be the way to go. Usually to ensure a “quick kill” the calibers used are way hotter than .380, therefore I can imagine that the lady shooting really knows what she’s doing.

          • iksnilol

            I was thinking that too, since .380 isn’t really a strong cartridge. Maybe she could write an article about pin shooting?

          • Phil Elliott

            Actually .380 isn’t that much weaker 150 to 200 FPS. less and 20 or so gr. difference.

          • iksnilol

            Still, it translates to a big difference in energy.

            Most .380 ammo has less than 300 joules of energy. All 9×19 loads have more than 500 joules of energy. It isn’t a marginal difference.

          • Phil Elliott

            True but joules is a poor (in my estimation) of the work a cartridge is supposed to do, ie; poke holes in an object. In .380 you generally have a shorter bbl. than in 9mm. so naturally your going to have less velocity, given the same bbl. length I don’t think there is that much difference. In Europe up until the advent of NATO, most Police were armed with .380, seemed to work just fine. I’m actually old enough to remember when NATO started.

          • iksnilol

            Longer barrel wouldn’t help that much. Check Ballistics By The Inch if you don’t believe me. Even with a longer barrel .380 is slower than 9×19 (+ it has a lighter bullet).

            9×19 has almost 100 MPa higher pressure than .380 (almost 10k PSI more in imperial units).

            You have to account that bowling pin shooting isn’t really about poking holes in them (hard to knock them down if you go through them).

            Also the .32 ACP was popular with police in Europe.

          • Phil Elliott

            Don’t knock the .32, I happen to carry one when the summertime clothes get down to t-shirts. Buffalo Bore makes one that goes 1050 with a 75 gr. flat nose hard cast lead bullet. I for one would not want to get shot with one

          • iksnilol

            Not knocking it, I actually like .32. All I am saying in regards to it was that it too was popular with police.

            And pressure also plays a big role.

        • Daniel F. Melton

          I have 6 old bowling pins hanging from an old swing frame. They dance pretty good if ya hit ’em with .380 and up, (.22LR makes ’em twitch) and there’s no setting ’em back up every time they’re hit.

  • Nashvone

    Who needs Victoria’s Secret catalogs when there are women shooting guns?

    • Cymond

      Captain Obvious: People shopping for underwear.

      In all seriousness, there’s no link in my brain between firearms and sexual arousal, not even when held by attractive, scantily clad women. It’s just like an oil-water combo in my brain.

  • ghost

    Obvious, the pin is no threat at that distance. (good shooting tho).