Tonight was our class at Silver Bullet Firearms, First Steps Pistol Orientation. We walked in and they said, what do you want to shoot, and handed us a couple guns. Normally, when I go places the first thing they do isn’t hand me an assortment of firearms. Tasha chose a Beretta Neo 22LR. I took the counter girls advice and took a Ruger MK III 22LR. We grabbed some eye and ear protection and headed for the class room. We learned about firearm safety, range safety, the basic workings of a pistol and revolver, proper stance, how to choose the correct ammo, and assorted other bits of knowledge about pistols and revolvers.
Then we headed for the firing range. They gave us a paper bag full of bullets. Eye wear on. Ear muffs on. And through the doors we went. Time to shoot us some targets. They only ran the targets out about five yards. I’m not sure if that was to make us think we’re better than we actually are or simply a good starting distance. Whatever, we were shooting guns, hitting targets, and having fun. I think it’s safe to say that I had better results than Tasha, but I had the advantage of better eyesight and less nerves. Tasha didn’t do badly, she did quite well in fact, better than either of the other two people in our class, she’s just not the natural born killer that I am.
After the range, we went back to the class room for a lesson on gun cleaning and a Q&A session . What did I ask… I think I asked about what kind of gun to buy for a person on a budget. The answer I got was less than satisfactory; How much is your life worth. Thanks pal, I guess I’ll go spend three months salary on a pistol. I asked something else, but I don’t remember what it was, but I got the same kind of useless answer. So I didn’t ask my other questions. Then they handed out our ‘diplomas’ and our patches. So now we’re both NRA certified as beginners.
It was a long night, 5:30 – 9:15. But, it was a good class and we both had fun. Tasha is much less resistant to the idea of going through the CCW class and I think she’s actually looking forward to going and doing a bit more shooting. I myself want to go and try out a few more guns, something with a bit more kick, and get a better idea of what I’m looking to buy. I’d like to get a pistol for home defense and a set of guns to do cowboy action shooting (a rifle, a shotgun, and a set of matching revolvers), but I don’t want to buy anything until I have a bit more shooting experience. Later.