I’ll start by saying that this isn’t a post about gun control or my thoughts on the issue.
This is about my ongoing quest to try new things, things that scare me and often make me wonder what the hell I’m doing.
And shooting a firearm was definitely on that list.
I did not grow up in a hunting family so going shooting wasn’t something we did.
But then, a member of my brunch club saw a Living Social deal where you spent a day “shootin’ and drinkin’.” Yes, that is actually the name of it. Spend a day shooting guns at a range and then going drinking? Sign me up!
See, we signed up for it months ago and then when the day actually arrived, I was pretty terrified. Me, who is so girly, is going to fire a gun?? Oh and I scare easily, so surely guns being fired in rapid succession should be quiet right?
So, Super Bowl Sunday, me and three friends piled on to a bus, drove to Michigan (yes, turns out IL has the most rigid gun laws in the country) and went to a shooting range for the first part of the days adventures.
Shooting a gun is by far, one of the scariest and most exhilarating things I’ve done. I was shaking when the range officer handed me the 9 caliber gun for the first time and may have been shaking as well when I fired the first shot. But that feeling after was so awesome. Not only because I actually fired, but also because it was such a rush.
And that first shot was right in the bullseye. Fuck yes.
And when that was done, we could also shoot a few rounds of an AK-47. Didn’t Rambo have one of those?
Regardless, that was absolutely terrifying. The NOISE reverberated in your chest and was almost deafening (for good reason). I panicked right before firing and almost backed off, but then, the range officer gave me a nudge.
“Ma’am, you need to face your fears, otherwise, they win.”
And I did fire that first shot, and then went back for 4 more. I faced that fear and it was awesome.
Here are a couple of photos to show how awesome of a job I did. Seriously, I kind of want to frame my target :)
Oh and I’m wearing a scarf in these photos because my neck was exposed and I ran the risk of getting burned from a hot bullet shell flying out of the gun. OMFG….okay.
So I had to watch Beyonce on DVR when I got home, and it was still awesome :)