There’s always something satisfying about crossing an item off a to-do list. But there’s something especially satisfying when that item is #1.
On Saturday, we went Bang Bang. I’m pretty sure that’s what everyone at the shooting range was calling it. Or maybe it was just me, but that’s neither here nor there.
The short story is that I absolutely loved it.
The longer story starts with the observation that shooting ranges are surprisingly (to me) popular. We ended up waiting nearly two and a half hours for a lane to open up…then spent about an hour shooting once it was our turn. No wonder the line moves so slowly.
Between BNF and me, we shot 150 rounds using a 9mm. For a first-time user, I have to say the 9mm was pretty user friendly. I adjusted to the minor recoil fairly quickly and didn’t even mind when the casings bounced back and hit me in the head.
I realized, though, that this whole “aiming” thing is harder than it seems. For instance, take a look at this photo:
I felt like I was doing it right, but after I’d shot, we pulled the target back and BNF inspected it, then turned to me. “Wow! Almost all your shots landed right at the zombie’s head!”
“That’s great,” I told him. “But I was aiming for the girl!” (Not because I’m pro-zombie or anything, don’t be ridiculous. I just thought she was presenting a bigger target.)
Regardless, I did manage to get a few good shots off…
…and I only knocked the target off once!
Next time – yes, there will be a next time – I’ll try something new. Maybe something a little bigger, with a little more boom. And maybe I’ll even aim for the zombie, though that doesn’t mean that his victim will come out unscathed.
Bottom line – I think the gun shop employee said it best, after seeing my reaction to initially being handed the weapon:
“Congratulations. It looks like you’ve just started an expensive new hobby.”