Yesterday, I shot a gun for the first time and am in my 40s. It wasn’t scary at all and very exciting. You see, there are 3 reasons why I have waited so long.
First, when I was in elementary school, my cousin brought a friend over and they had a rifle BB gun. We were walking on the road and we took turns shooting it. When it was my turn, I aimed down and shot. It ricocheted off the asphalt and hit the boy in his back. He was screaming in pain. Luckily, the BB did not enter the skin and had bounced off of him. This incident messed me up and I never touched a gun of any kind again.
Second, when I was in junior high another boy who was in my 7th grade class invited a friend over to his house. He was showing off a collection of guns that belonged to his dad. He took one out of the gun case that was fully loaded. He pulled the trigger and it backfired on him, killing him instantly. He was a great kid. Everyone loved him and he was gone from us WAY too early.
Third, I have 2 daughters at home. I was afraid to have guns in the house for fear that they would shoot themselves or someone else. I have heard enough horror stories, plus my own fears and that kept me away from guns. They are 11 and 16 now. We can teach them about gun safety and they can comprehend it.
My husband and I have a retired Special Forces friend who is working with us. He brought 2 guns for us to shoot. A .38 special revolver and a .330 automatic. The .38 special was my favorite. I shot more accurately and it was easier to manage. You cock it and BOOM! It is easier to clean, as well. You don’t have to take it apart! The revolver appears to be the most low maintenance gun.
When we got to the .330 automatic, he taught us how to load the ammunition and how to shoot it. It was a bit more complicated and I realized right away that this gun would be too tough for me to deal with. My aim was not accurate at all with this weapon. Also, you have to take this gun apart to clean it. I wouldn’t be able to get it back together… Definitely, high maintenance.
The experience was great overall. Holding the gun made me feel powerful, but it also made me respect it. Guns are not going to become a hobby for me. Protection is the goal! We are going to be working on my aim in the next sessions. My aim, at this time, is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get! =D