On this past Saturday afternoon I had the most fun I’ve had with my clothes on in a long time. JayG took Bill and me shooting.
This was basically my first time. I vaguely remember maybe plinking with a .22 rifle at a dude ranch when I was a teen (and being frustrated and hating it, I’ve no idea why). Another friend took me to a machine-gun shoot up in southern NH about 7 years ago. I did get to fire a couple guns, but with no targets. It was kinda fun, I liked seeing all the boys toys up there (I don’t remember seeing any other women.), but there wasn’t much too it. Mostly I watched, which was still fun. Suffice it to say, I count my real first time as this past Saturday.
From the day we set a day and time I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas, very excited and impatient for the 30th to arrive. I was perusing the gun pr0n on MArooned looking at the pretty pictures and getting all excited leading up to Saturday. By the time Saturday finally came I was bouncing off the walls in excitement.
So, we head on over to go meet up with JayG and head to his range. And when we get to his local club, we’ve got the entire place to ourselves, how auspicious. :) We were lucky, I think someone came in an used the rifle range while we were there, but we had the entire outdoor pistol range to ourselves. This was good, as we kinda-sorta spread out and took over most of the range. ;)
clockwise from topleft: S&W model 17 .22LR, S&W model 422 .22LR, SigSauer P226 9mm, Ruger Security Six .357Magnum/.38 special, and center: Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP
Jay brought 5 pistols for my introduction, ranging from a .22LR revolver to a .45 ACP semi-auto. They were all fairly weighty guns to minimize the kick of recoil. I really liked four of the five. The only one I didn’t like so much was the .22 automatic, and that was mostly because it felt really unbalanced to me. *shrug* Even that one was fun to shoot, but not as much as the other ones.
We started out with a quick overview of gun safety, which Bill had drilled into my head from the moment I expressed any interest at all in guns and shooting. After that, Jay brought out the .22 revolver and showed me how to load it, and the various parts I’d need to know how to use to safely shoot it. He loaded it with snap-caps so I could dry-fire without running the risk of damaging the pistol. He and Bill went over stances with me, and then I got to try my hand at dry-firing the .22 revolver. After about a minute of that, each of the next guns came out one by one, again, with a quick overview of the parts I needed to worry about, and things to avoid covering with my fingers or the web of my hand. He also mentioned the clip vs. magazine distinction (and controversy), the difference between a bullet and a cartridge, and the 4 different parts of a cartridge.
Enjoying the S&W model 17 .22LR revolver.
Next out came the .22 cartridges and it was time to fire the revolver for real. After the first shot, I managed to get the rest of the 6 all in the black on the target at 25′. I think it was 8″ diameter. That makes me pretty happy. There was very little kick from it, almost disconcertingly so. After I emptied it, Bill took his turn and Jay took his, then it was on to the next gun.
S&W 422 .22LR with red-dot sight
So we step up to the .22 automatic with the red-dot sight, and I go through a magazine on it, but I was not as accurate with it. I’m not sure if the sight wasn’t dialed in correctly, or if it was just how off-balance I felt it was for me, but I couldn’t seem to get the lead to go where I wanted as easily as the revolver (or later guns). We quickly moved on to bigger (and better) things after each having a turn with that one.
Ruger Secuirty Six .357 magnum. No fun here, not at all. Sound effect: maniacal laughter.
Next up was the Security Six. I liked it. Not too much kick, but powerful. Again I was able to get everything in the black with this one. I liked the power and weight of it. One turn each and Jay asked if I wanted to move on to the SigSauer.
SigSauer P226 in 9mm.
Yes, please. More power. heh. I enjoyed the SigSauer P226 very much, and that was my 2nd most accurate set. It was very fun to shoot. Felt great in my hands, not too much recoil.
And here's the Colt 1991A1 .45 ACP
After the 9mm came the Colt 1991A1. That one was fun, too. It had more kick and I had a little more difficulty controlling where exactly I was placing my shots, but they were generally going where I wanted, and by my 3rd magazine full, I was putting all of them in the black.
Bill with the Colt 1991A1 having fun.
More fun here.
Bill was in heaven. By far his favorite was the Colt. When asked which one he’d like to have another go-round on, he answered “Duh.” It was pretty cute. He’s still stoke that after 12 years of not touching a gun at all, he can still put everything within a 2″ cluster. heh. Another memorable quote from the day: “It’s generally considered bad form to out-shoot you host WITH HIS OWN GUNS!”
Serious Fun Here.
I still have an ear-to-ear grin 2 days later. There was much laughter on my part and a good time was had by all. Must do it again, soon. In fact, it looks like it will be soon, very soon. :D
Our generous and awsome host, JayG.
The host with the most.
Next step is to take the required course for MA licensing then apply for a Class A permit. Annnd jump through all the bloody hoops of this insane state.