A few days after Matt & Jesse tried out handguns on the range, the gun club invited the staff at my workplace to come down and have our own evening of shooting. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly jumping to go, but I agreed, for a few reasons:
- It was really nice of the club to extend the offer, and I didn’t want to turn down something so generous.
- It enabled them to get the word out about the club and their upcoming open house.
- If I went, Matt could go, and he really likes guns. Brownie points!
- Sometimes it’s smart to do things outside of your comfort zone.
We started out with rifles, the only kind of gun I had used prior to that. When I was handed a semi-automatic .22, I picked it up with my right hand, then held the scope up to my eye. But… there was no red dot. Turns out I’m right-handed and left-eyed, a.k.a. uncoordinated.
I actually managed to hit a few targets with the .22 once I got my hand/eye situation sorted out (although it kind of sucks to pull a trigger with your weak hand). I declined to shoot the .30-06 because I’m terrified of recoil, plain and simple.
Then we moved onto handguns. I have to say, I’ve never really understood why people get excited about shooting, having only shot a rifle. I kind of don’t really like rifles. I worry too much about where my hands go and where my face goes and how to not get smacked in the face with a gun. Handguns, though? I like handguns.
We started with a semi-automatic .22 pistol, which was fun, but I didn’t understand how to line it up. Next up was a semi-automatic 9mm, which surprised me with how fast it kicked up after shooting it. I took a pass on the .45, but I can assure you, it was loud. That meant I was first up for the .357 revolver, but mine was only loaded with .38 bullets. Everyone else got a mixture (and a surprise!). That was the last gun, and I finally hit targets with it.
And then we went to the archery range, where I discovered that Matt is Robin Hood and I am definitely not. The compound bows all had 50-pound draw weights and the recurve bow was also a bit too hefty so I tried shooting two arrows with a kids’ bow… and it didn’t go very well. The second time, I managed to get it out a bit further than one foot, but I won’t be earning any archery trophies any time soon. Matt had a lot of fun with it, though, especially once we got out to the 9-target course in the woods.
Overall, it was a lot of fun. We’re really, really happy we were invited to come out, and we had an awesome time.
Local friends who are seething with jealously, you should go to the open house! It’s this Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the archery range and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the gun range.