Target Practice

So we have a bit of a theme happening this weekend.  Today we went out to the shooting range to try our hand at 9mm rounds instead of the 08 buck shot we tried out yesterday. This time I was the only newbie – Andrew has previously shot handguns and rifles in the Army. We’ve both done archery in the past though, and I think some of the same principles apply.

We definitely know a good grouping when we see it.

And the stance and etiquette are quite similar.

Like all weapons, they can be dangerous if not handled properly. Though even when you’re doing everything right, you can still get a hot casing fly at you and hit you in the eye. Andrew was the unfortunate one here and got a stray casing behind his glasses (the range did not require safety glasses if you have regular glasses). This gave him a small blister on his eyelid.  It could have obviously gone a lot worse, but thankfully he is alright.

Even before this happened though I figured out I don’t really like handguns – I find them fairly intimidating. I respect all guns, we both do, but in this case they are somewhat scary even under very controlled conditions. I find this a little surprising to me because not 24 hours ago I shot a gun taller than me without a problem. Maybe it was the atmosphere. The shooting range is very serious from the laughing and joking of the turkey shoot. That being said, I’m glad we got an opportunity to try it, but I probably won’t go out of my way to do it again.