Nice Shootin’, Tex! Laura Learns to Shoot [PICTURES]
I’ve been TERRIFIED of guns my entire life. There’s 100 percent NO rationale behind it….I’ve never (knock wood) been faced with a violent gun situation, never been shot at. But whenever I’ve been around guns in the past, I started shaking, got cold, clammy hands, and pretty much freaked out.
Gun control is obviously a very big topic in the state right now, and I’m not going to get on a high horse about my views. I’ll just say that when a drunk driver kills someone, you don’t blame the car. I digress.
I decided, though, that it’s that kind of irrational fear that gets people hurt…if they’re ever in a situation where a firearm could actually save their lives. So I stared down the barrel of fear, made an appointment with a friend of mine in local law enforcement, and had my first shooting lesson.
Being an excellent instructor, he walked me through every facet of safe gun handling for a full hour before I even picked up a weapon. I learned bullets, casings, sizing, safetys, and everything in between. Then it was shootin’ time.
Turns out, once I got comfortable with the piece in my hand, I’m a pretty good shot! Hit the target every time (even managed a head shot in there!)…but as these pics show, my precision is a little off….I tend to fire to the right. That’s something I can correct with practice!
And yes, I feel MUCH more comfy now that I know I can hit a target. DON’T MESS WITH ME!
(P.S. This is all going toward my getting a pistol permit….and with the way things are going, as a law-abiding citizen, I should have it by 2025.)