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    Greg and Beth

    the political and personal musings of two
    mountaineers living in west-central Florida
     
    Chicks and Guns Comment
    Gregory Morris, 8/1/09 12:50:32 pm
    Ah, my house smells like Hoppes #9 again. 'Tis glorious!

    Its been a while since I got to go murderize some clay pigeons, but I finally managed to hit the trap range for a little while this morning. A friend of ours from WV who now lives in Sarasota is visiting us for the weekend, and she mentioned that she'd never shot a gun before. People learn quick not to say that around me :)

    Anyway, it didn't take much convincing to get her to go shooting. She grew up in a house with guns, just like everyone else in West Virginia. Apparently her dad swears he taught her to shoot once, but she doesn't remember it. It seems to me that there's no such thing as "learning to shoot once." Rather, you are either in the process of learning to shoot or you aren't.

    I normally like to start folks out with a .22 rifle, but the nearest outdoor rifle range is an hour drive, and the indoor ranges are dark, stuffy, and usually busy as hell on weekends.
    So, we decided to go shoot a few rounds of trap at the Silver Dollar Club under the sweltering Florida-in-August sun.

    After the safety, firearms operation and range etiquette briefing, we joined two other guys (with fancy-shmancy expensive trap guns.) Beth took her dad's Ruger O/U, I picked up the old trusty Sears budget single shot, and Michelle got the Mossberg 500.

    Michelle managed to hit a few clays, but it took her nearly the entire round to get past her recoil sensitivity. She also learned pretty quick that contrary to what one would think, being closer to the gun makes the kick hurt less. Once she got into a rhythm, the round went smoothly, even though she still didn't hit much.

    Michelle after her first round of trap.


    Anyway, it was hotter than the blazing furnaces of Hades, and we were all pretty sweat-soaked after one round, so we called it a day, but everyone had a great time.

    I actually shot a 19, which is good for me even when I'm not rusty (it has been at least 6 months since I shot.) I tend to shoot better, though, when I have a newbie watching me. I have this intense need to make it seem like I know what I'm doing (hah!) so I focus better. Whatever works, right?

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