Okay I know it’s kinda late, but how did you guys spend August’s long weekend? Well, I and the husband were busy fixing our new place then so three out of the four days we were at the mall (no, we’re no mall rats LOL) buying things we needed for our new home. The weather then was too gloomy thanks to the storm Mina,and our plan of a quick trip to the beach was postponed. So we ended up trying something new, target shooting.
Learning something new is fun. Not only do you get to acquire a new skill or discover your capabilities but you also get to know yourself a little bit more. It is even more fun if you learn something new with someone special.
Okay, I was pretty much excited to try something new. But then upon hearing the gun shots from the range I somewhat got anxious. So while waiting, I looked around & took pictures.
Before we went all trigger happy, we had an hour of lecturing covering all the basic information we need to learn about guns & shooting.
So we learned the different kinds of guns and how each one has evolved over the years. The kinds of license & permits one can get and the four cardinal rules of gun safety, which are:
1. Always consider a gun loaded.
2. Never point a gun to anything you don’t intend to shoot at.
3. Always keep your finger out/away from the trigger house.
4. Make sure of your target. What’s behind it and what’s around it.
Safety check: first unload, second show clear and third hammer down.
Your strong hand (the one you use for writing) should have the primary hold of the gun while your weak hand (your opposite hand) should be supporting your strong hand by wrapping it around.
In this case my strong eye is my left eye. Thus I’ve really confirmed that I am ambidextrous LOL, seriously I used my left eye & my right hand to check my sight alignment and proper way of holding a gun. It kinda looks off at first but it’s actually cool *flashes a grin*.
Okay, the minute I stepped inside the range I was feeling cold. Aside from the fact that the air conditioner was on full blast, thinking & anticipating that I was minutes away from my first fire of gun made me all nervous. My palms were sweaty and my knees were trembling, I felt like I was about to faint.
Well whaddayaknow, after the first round. I was shocked (in a good way) to see my target looking like this.
For a first timer like me who almost had a nervous breakdown, I did pretty well. Five meter range, ten shots all Alpha! Wooot! I know, I couldn’t believe my eyes either *laughs*. What’s more awesome is that my very first shot was right on the target. Although I must say firing my first shot was intense! Hearing the gun fire made me almost want to duck for cover! LOL but the succeeding shots were better, I was more relaxed.
The minutes that followed after got me paranoid. As I heard our other classmates fire continuously, I feared something bad might happen. You know, bullets flying everywhere since one of our classmates (who I think was trigger happy) loaded all her ammunition and fired away on the first round. While the other one was almost shaking and crying, I tell you shooting guns isn’t for the faint hearted. You have to convince yourself that you can do it and that your will to try it is more powerful than your fear of trying it. Luckily, I managed to stay calm and collected for the second round.
But I lost focus on the second round. My arms and were tired and jelly I can no longer aim properly while my eyes felt strained. Sad that I got three Charlies and a Delta. It’s a sign, I needed to tone & workout my flabby arms *pouts*
Overall it was a memorable and fun experience, the adrenaline is just out there. I’ve also learned to be (a little bit more) patient, to keep my focus and to relax and let go. Now I wanna do it again!
Thanks Stronghand for a great experience. I sure did learn a lot, I hope I get to do this again soon!
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