#33 - This weekend I had my first real gun-shooting experience! I did try paintball back in Nov 2007 and once in HS I shot a BB gun and managed to hit my target (I really have no clue how I hit the can hanging from the tree...I couldn't hold the gun steady!). So Sunday after a movie with the girls I headed out to Red's Indoor Range with Doug. There was no way I was going there by myself and I needed a teacher. As I emerged from the car the first thing I heard were gun shots. Many people have told me it's loud at a shooting range so I was somewhat prepared. We get inside, I sign my life away and next thing I know I'm staring at my target. A thin piece of paper that I'm supposed to hit!?! It's a little hard to hear Doug explain to me the 9mm (a Ruger P89, 9mm, 115 grain ballistic point) through the ear muffs but I watch as he loads it and shows me how to hold the gun. Now it's my turn...I almost say "I need to practice first" when I realized that was what I was there to do! Silly girl. So I take my Charlie's Angels stance, aim, breathe....breathe...and FIRE! Geez! I knew the gun would kick but I wasn't prepared for it. At least I hit my target. I fired off a few more rounds, Doug was nice enough to load the gun for me since I was still taking it all in and extremely nervous...I was even sweating a little (and when I say a little I mean a lot!). All in all I think I did pretty good. Apparently I had mostly kill shots. GO ME!
After the 9mm we move over to a 243 rifle (a Remington 243, 100 grain hollow point with a Leupold 3x9 scope). We walk through how to handle the rifle, stance, etc and I'm up again. This time the target is further out and I'm using a scope. I have the butt of the rifle up against my shoulder as instructed and FIRE! Good grief! I think after every shot I took I managed to have some exclamation: Geez, good grief, oh my, sh*t, etc. I think I took about 8-10 shots before calling it a day. I managed to hit the target every time, even got a few dead center.
Woooo.....I'm hard core. God bless Texas.
#15 - After the gun range I came home and made broccoli cheese soup and had a salad. Then I kicked back, watched some TV and enjoyed a few Girl Scout Cookies.