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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    New Shooter Report: Ethan Comment
    Gregory Morris, 4/26/08 9:11:36 pm
    A friend of my wife's just moved down to the Tampa area from West Virginia, and we are providing a temporary home for him while he settles into his job and finds an apartment. Actually, he's a fun guy to hang out with when he's not working or spending time with his boyfriend (I'll wait while that sinks in.) You think I'd leave my wife alone during the day with a straight guy? Heh.

    Anyway, being from WV, he shot a .22 once or twice with his grandpa when he was little. Apparently, that is a requirement for little boys (and most little girls) in my home state. However, since he's been an adult, he has never even thought about guns. He's certainly never shot anything more complicated than a single shot rifle anyway, so since he's staying in my house, he has to follow my rule (if you live in the house, you have to know how to use the guns.)

    About 2 minutes after we left, we realized that we had forgotten our our camera, so I had to turn around to get it. We didn't realize until we were at the range that the batteries were dead. So no pictures today. I asked Ethan if he wouldn't mind posing for some menacing gun pictures later.

    On the trip to the range, as always, I went over the Four Rules. We stopped for dinner on the way, and halfway through his burger, I gave him a pop quiz just to make sure he was paying attention (he got 'em all right.) At the range, we went through the standard safety briefing with a range officer (one person in a stall at a time, no loaded guns out of the stall, etc.) In addition to that, I went through the function of each of the guns as I got them out.

    I brought my Bersa Thunder pistol, my Kel Tec P32, my SKS and my M44, my .22 rifle, and my new shotgun. (Links to gun pr0n.)

    We started with the .380 then .32, and followed it with the SKS. I didn't bother with the .22 rifle, because he's a manly kinda guy (not the stereotypical limp-wristed wuss, how dare you assume that!) He shot all three of those, shooting sub-minute-of-goblin at 10 feet. Of course, he refused to shoot the M44. I can't blame him really, it isn't particularly comfortable. But I shot it anyway, because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE hearing the range go perfectly silent, followed by range officers stumbling over each other to see what the hell that was. Heh. I may have an affinity for little mouse guns, but there is definitely something to be said for big loud scary guns with bayonets.

    I also shot my grandpa's old shotgun, because I wanted to verify it was operating properly. It did, although I recommend you not shoot 00 or slugs out of a shotgun that light without some shoulder padding. Call me a wimp if you want, but it hurts like a mofo. I would have shot target loads, but the indoor range only allows 00 and slugs in shotguns. Oh well.

    Anyway, we all had a great time, and I'm sure he'll go back. So, a point for me!

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    Re: New Shooter Report: Ethan
    Bethany Morris, 4/27/08 11:35:45 pm
    Exactly what do you mean by "You think I'd leave my wife alone during the day with a straight guy?" ???? Tisk tisk
    Re: New Shooter Report: Ethan
    Gregory Morris, 4/28/08 6:52:35 am
    hehe. Just kidding honey! Just checking to see if you still read my blog *g*.
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