When I made my list I tried to create a variety of things. Some of them were things I have always wanted to do, some of them were chores of sorts that I had been putting off and others were things I just thought "damn, I'm almost 40 years old and have never done that?!"
Shooting a gun fell into the last category. Gun have just never been my thing. My husband swears that there was a time he remembers that I HATED guns. I don't quite recall being really against them, I just had no interest. If you want a gun and you want to shoot it, then knock yourself out. Just be safe, know what you are doing and don't knock anyone else out.
I figured it was something I should try. I mean what if all this time I haven't been shooting and I'm secretly Annie Oakley?! I totally had to just Google that too and make sure I wasn't making the incorrect historical reference. Phew!
My friend Tom took me out shooting last week. He's a hunter and has been around guns his whole life so he was the perfect person to go with. He brought an arrange of weapons for me to try and was so good about telling me what each one was, what it was for, what kinds of bullets, etc. etc. I tried the 22 first. I really liked it and felt good at it. I was able to hit what I was aiming for, but I guess that is the point of the scope. It really helps out a ton. Next up was a 270. I was still very accurate but damn, it was so loud and the kick back on the shoulder is rough. I only shot a couple times cause I was a wimp. I think it's also important to note that the people around us were shooting some big weapons and EVERY TIME a gun would go off I would jump and flinch which does not help accuracy.
Next up we moved onto the handguns. These were also fun to shoot but I felt very inaccurate (even though I always hit the Target) and very shaky. It felt like I had to stand there for a couple minutes just trying to line up my shot and then it would always shoot lower...again probably cause I was flinching/jumping.
Needless to say it was fun! If I shot again I would definitely lean towards a 22. At the same time, I'm not entirely sure I need to shoot again. I'm glad I got the experience but I am definitely not Annie Oakley and in general just not sure that guns are my jam :o)