Saturday I had Adventures in Small Arms Fire.
So, first off, I went shooting with co-workers. This is both awesome and slightly frightening. Good to know who to contact in case of the Zombie Apocalypse, and who to avoid after the server crashes for the seventh time.
Once a month, the core group gathers at the range for a couple hours and then has bbq afterward. A friend invited me and I gleefully accepted. Despite some experience with rifles (I was on the rifle team in high school, ten-year state champs my senior year, and I don’t mean spinning-around-with-flags kind of rifles) I had never handled a pistol. I started with a .22 with a laser sight as a “training gun”, and then for the next hour and half it was a continuous litany of “Here, try this!”
It. Was. FUN.
I got to know some co-workers better and was generally impressed by how knowledgeable and friendly everyone was. Safety was paramount and advice was practical. I managed to shoot one of my targets right off the clip (oops), but I wasn’t the only one so it was okay. After playing computer games where you use a Glock, I finally got to try one in real life (two actually, a 17 and a 23). I was unimpressed. I also got to shoot a .357. That was a Big Gun (at least in my limited experience). I shot it once and that was enough.
Towards the end I got to shoot a rifle and came over all nostalgic- my knee injury my senior year kept me from competing (hard to kneel when you’re wearing a full leg splint). I also tried a Walther 22, which was very nice, and a Beretta 92fs. I don’t know much about handguns, but I made note of that one. My first shot was almost dead-centre. I’d have called it a fluke except that almost every shot after that was grouped fairly close and tight- I was shooting through my own holes. The group was impressed, and I have the impression that they don’t impress easy (at least, I like to think that). I kept the target I was so pleased with myself. I might bring it to my office and hang it on the wall on bad days (9mm rounds make a nice-sized hole, that’s for sure). I don’t plan to ever own a gun, but if I did decide to buy one, it would be the Beretta. I definitely plan on joining the group again.
Mostly, I went to gain some experience with guns and how to handle them safely and I certainly accomplished that- I can see how shooting could be addictive.
So, what do you do after shooting guns and then eating lots of barbeque? Go to a health food store, of course!
There is a large chain store but it’s not especially close by, so it was a special trip. Trying to find dairy- and gluten-free foods to try while we figure out my allergic reaction(s) has not been fun. We wandered around for HOURS. It’s actually good that I had to be careful about what I eat or else I’d have been waddling from all the free samples! I bought a bunch of things I’ve had trouble finding locally (like sunflower seeds that aren’t stupidly expensive and almond milk). By the time we left it was already four- poor hubby had been on his own all day… playing computer games so he was just fine! In all if was a truly fun day doing things I’ve intended to do for ages and hanging out with cool people.