Thursday, May 31, 2012

Crossing it off the list

As most of you know, awhile ago I wrote my life list. I haven't really been actively pursueing anything as money and time have been a little tight around here. But I did mention the list to a friend and as it turns out several of the things on my list are things she actively does. She was excited to start helping me cross things off my list. We started with "learn to shoot". Her and her family are very active at the gun range, especially with a son in the army who has to constantly practice. I don't know if I was excited or nervous as I drove out to the range, but once I had the pistol in my hand I knew I was ready. I received a mini lesson on loading, gripping, firing, aiming and of course gun safety and was off. First gun was the 22 pistol, it is small, light, and has relatively no recoil. I loved it.

I shot at paper targets to start with and did really well. They told me I was a natural as most of my shots were very consistent and almost the majority fell within the center 3 circles (all of which I was told is considered a bullseye!!) WooHoo!! Go me! First time ever holding a gun and I hit a bullseye!!!

Then I moved on to the bigger rifle. I don't remember exactly what it is, but I think it was one that Garrett (the guy in the picture training me) uses in the army. I was a bit more overwhelmed with the bigger gun, but did just fine. Din't hit the bulls-eye on this one but shot in a cluster, meaning all my shots hit in the exact same spot. Pretty good. They were hitting below the bulls-eye and no matter how I adjusted the gun I couldn't seem to get it any higher. But not too bad!

I finished with a 9mm pistol, but somehow with the 4 cameras floating around didn't manage to get any pictures with that one. It was similar to the 22, but a little heavier and with a lot more recoil. I even ended up with a spent shell flying down the back of my shirt! Ouch those babies are hot! Luckily I reacted quick enough that I didn't get burned. It is harder to shoot accurately the more recoil you get, but they said I did great. My friend threatened that she's not taking me back because I was shooting better than her. Feels pretty good to hear that from a veteran shooter and definitely encourages me to go try some more things that I have never done before.
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  1. Congratulations for knocking one off the bucket list! And you look so no-nonsense holding a gun too. Good for you.

  2. Holy Cow! Look at you holding a rifle. Brave girl! Congrats on checking off a life-to-do item and doing it so well too!

  3. I remember the first time Mark took me to the range. I was PETRIFIED! First shot, and I was quickly over that! I had a permagrin on my face the rest of the time there too. Haven't been in a few months and I'm itchin' to get out again one of these days when we have time. Good for you for trying something new! I firmly believe that gun safety and how to shoot is something that everyone shoud know.