We had been to this property once before for some target practice. The man whose property it is, is a gun instructor. He teaches concealed carry as well as some other classes. He has about 20 acres, which he says backs up to someone else's 1200 acres, none of which is developed. He has set up the target area in a cleared back corner of his property. A few yards into the woods behind the clearing is a small cliff, which is convenient for stopping any bullets that make it that far.
He went over a few basic safety instructions with us, and then we got to shooting. There were a lot of different guns. I shot about five of them. One that was new to me was a 20-gauge, double barrel shotgun. I have shot a 20-gauge single barrel a few years ago, but it was my first time shooting a double-barrel shotgun. It was fun, I guess. I only knicked one clay pigeon, and I still have a bruise from the gun's kick.
I also shot our .357. I like that gun, though I seem to be in the minority for it. Most of the men I've talked to prefer a gun that can hold more rounds. My mom and my SIL both don't like it, I guess because it's so loud and it has a big kick. The noise is a good thing in my opinion--it'll scare any criminals when I fire it, whether I actually hit them or not. And like I said in a previous post, I like that it's ready to shoot--no cocking and no checking to make sure the safety is off. Just aim and fire.
After the .357 I shot a Glock 22 (.40 calibur). This one is the hubster's favorite. I liked it okay, but I feel more comfortable with the .357.
|My target (large middle) after firing the .357 and the Glock, at about 25 feet.|
I also shot a .22 Browning Buckmark that belongs to our friend. I shot this gun the last time we came for target practice at this property. It's easy to shoot and doesn't have any kick to speak of. It's fun. I was probably most accurate with this gun. Unfortunately I wouldn't want this gun for home protection because it might not be powerful enough to stop a zombie's approach.
|My target after firing the .22 Browning, 25 feet.|
The last gun I shot was a .22 rifle. This was my first time shooting this gun and only the second time I've ever shot a gun with a scope. I shot it while sitting on the ground and leaning on a small table. The target kept dancing around. I always hear people say stuff about timing your breathing, but I haven't learned how to do that yet. I tried just holding my breath but that didn't make the target stop dancing.
|My target after firing the .22 rifle with scope, at about 50 yards.|
All in all it was a good experience. Each time I handle our guns, I get a little more comfortable with them and I remember the nuances a little better. There was mention of another target practice in February or March, maybe with a car for shooting up. Hopefully we will be invited.
On Sunday the hubster and I spent a few hours cleaning guns. I would have taken pictures but I was too busy learning. Maybe next time.
And now for your viewing pleasure...
One of the guys had an AR-15 that he bought a bump stock for. If you don't know what that is, don't ask me to explain it because I didn't pay that much attention to how it works. What I think I understand is that after you pull the trigger the first time, the momentum causes you to keep passively pulling the trigger (until you remove your finger), thereby skirting the "only one shot per trigger pull" legality and essentially rapid-firing like an automatic weapon. What surprised everyone about it was how smoothly it worked. This is the property owner, firing it for the first time.