Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

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Eric Hodel in Seattle is doing 34 things including…

Learn to clean, load, and shoot several types of guns

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Eric Hodel has written 2 entries about this goal

Wade's

Today I shot:

  • Glock 9mm
  • .38 Special
  • Springfield Armory 1911A
  • .357 Magnum

I was most accurate with the Magnum with five rounds in three inches, but it was also the gun I took the most care shooting. Focusing on the front sight and aligning with the out-of-target focus gave me better results than focusing on the target and aligning out of focus sights.

The Glock had a nice, light trigger pull, but was so light I was very unsteady with it. The 1911 was heavy and steady, but the trigger pull was so hard it was difficult to shoot straight, I kept twisting my wrist down and to the left.



Shotgun!

Today I woke up before the sun and drove South to a shooting range between Sumner and Orting to shoot clay pigeons out of the sky with a twelve-gauge shotgun with my dad and my sister. I managed to hit about five of them, but wasn’t actually counting.

Shooting flying targets with the shotgun was much more challenging than shooting stationary targets with a bolt action rifle. You don’t have time to line anything up in the sights so you’ve got to go by feel. Having a magazine was nice, but I didn’t count rounds the first time I was shooting so I’d forget to reload.



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