Monday, June 13, 2011

New Shooter!

Daughter #1 and I went to the Marksman's facility on Saturday for the NRA Basic Handgun course. I also took the course to keep her company. It was a good refresher and the instructor was lively. The instructor recognized me and asked if I was taking the course to keep my daughter company. I nodded yes and he smiled. The classroom handguns were 22LR S&W.  double action with the 8 round cylinder. Perfect starter gun. We went through all the usual safety and operational items before lunch. Range time would be from 1-2PM.

She was a bit nervous come range time but survived it well. I don't know that it is fair to call her a new shooter as she has shot a shotgun before - one session at the trap field. Her main enjoyment is archery. Regardless, she did just fine and seems to have a good eye. She obviously paid attention during the class portion of stance, grip and sight plane. All of her shots were within the boundaries of a CCW target. I was keeping an eyeball on her target while we were shooting and I could see her pattern tightening up nicely.

We shot about 50 rounds of 22, 6 rounds of 38, and 2 of 9mm. I like shooting anything so I was entertained aside from the limited amount of ammo for the 38 and 9mm. It was nice that I got to shoot three weapons that I had never touched before. She had a big smile at the end of the range time.

Upon returning home my target was presented to mom as being hers. Mom just gave her "the eye" and said she wanted to see the other target. After a few more seconds of  "the eye" she confessed that the target with a ragged hole was mine. She said that she was watching my target and was trying to figure out if I was missing the whole thing. She kept seeing little pieces of paper on the floor and came to the realization of what was happening.

With the class we received a range pass for a month. I have been informed that this was fun and we should go back while it is free. Now we need to go over the operation of my P22 and Single Six. Works for me!

Daughter #2 will go to the same course after returning from summer vacation. I expect that I will attend again. Perhaps I can talk to the instructor about having three different guns for me to try!

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