Target Practice

Today Bill/Papa and I went target practicing.

 

We bought a package of reactive targets,

and a box of 525 Remington 22 long rifle shells,

and drove out to a free state shooting range just outside of Kremmling, Colorado.

They have designated areas here for folks shooting rifles, clay pigeons, and hand guns like what we were going to shoot. I like the fact that most of the shooting areas have shade, and they are blocked off by high dirt walls from other folks shooting.

I had never loaded a gun in my life, and in fact, I had only shot a gun once or twice, when I was very young, and my dad took my brothers and I out target practicing with a rifle that kicked so hard it knocked me to the ground, and that immediately ended my desire to ever shoot a rifle again… But I loaded my own gun today, after Bill/Papa showed me the proper way to load and handle a gun.

That allowed Bill/Papa to just worry about loading his own gun, and not have to worry about helping me…

When our guns were loaded, Bill/Papa and I walked together to the spot where we would shoot at our target. Then I took aim,

and shot all my bullets, and missed the whole target all but once. This is my first target after my first try.

Then Bill/Papa took aim,

and put all his bullets into the target. This is one of Bill’s first targets.

 

After I made more than several attempts to try and get more than one bullet into my target, Bill/Papa showed me how to shoot by cocking the hammer, so I wouldn’t pull the trigger so hard, which was making my hand move all around, causing me to miss the whole target almost every time. What a difference that made. By the way, Bill/Papa had a trophy from the Army given to him for expert marksman. He said he was the top marksman in his company. Who better to teach me how to shoot! This is one of my targets after Bill/Papa showed me the better way for me to shoot! I got all but one bullet into the target and one is even touching the center bull’s-eye. 🙂 I believe I like this kind of shooting…

After several rounds of hitting my target where we were, we decided to move over to a spot that had a seat and table to use that I suppose is designed to help you have better control and aim… That didn’t work out at all for me because the target was much too far away. But I did give it a good try. As I was taking aim, I was reminded of a quote I saw that showed a picture of a big male lion charging after it’s prey, and above the lion it read “you get what you focus on, so make sure you focus on what you want”. Well, I was focused on hitting that target, but it sure didn’t help any when in the middle of my full attempt at concentrating on my aim, a train went past right behind me, and of course, had to blow that loud whistle…

Bill/Papa sat down, and of course, he hit seven out of nine times from 90 feet away. Great job!

After a couple of hours of fun target practice, we walked around and picked up empty shells,

and trash, and put it in a bag to carry out with us because we always try to leave places we visit a little better than we found it.

Then we packed up our gear, and headed home for lunch. It was a really great time and we will for sure be back to do it again… 🙂

Thank you Bill/Papa for showing me how to load and properly handle a gun, and especially for showing me how to shoot better, by cocking the hammer before I shoot, and then like you said”gently squeeze the trigger”.

Stay Tuned!

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Aug 14, 2018 @ 21:37:40

    We had a great time today, after I showed you how to handle and load the pistol, I knew, like any new shooter, you had to get used to squeezing the trigger. I then noticed that you started to hit the target with the hammer forward. I told you to cock the trigger back and squeeze the trigger, the first shot you just clipped the bullseye, so proud of you, we may have to nickname you Annie Oakley.

    What a fun day, and more to come, Love you Bill

    Reply

    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 15, 2018 @ 12:57:07

      Thanks Bill, but I doubt you have to worry about me becoming anything close to “Annie Oakley” Ha! But it was a lot of fun and I will for sure want to go back and do it again. Love you! XoXo

      Reply

  2. Robin
    Aug 15, 2018 @ 11:54:47

    Oh my…you are a brave woman. I have to admit…I have no desire to handle a gun! “They” can just shoot me! Annie Oakley is right! Love you!

    Reply

    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 15, 2018 @ 13:01:55

      It was so much fun when I finally started to actually hit the target. I don’t know if I could ever shoot a person, unless someone were trying to hurt Shantel, but I sure wouldn’t want to have to find out. Love and miss you. XoXo

      Reply

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