#20 Shoot a Gun

Completed With: Amanda S., John N., Michael L.

Completed On: Sunday, October 7, 2012

This past weekend I went to a shooting range with some of my friends. I thought we were doing skeet shooting, but we ended up doing trap shooting. I think it’s the same except in skeet shooting, the clay targets shoot out from the side and go to across the field. In trap shooting, the targets are all shot right in front of you but they go in different directions. I think that’s the difference…?

The guys got the big guns. I want to say they were 12 gauges. The girls got 20 gauge guns. I got the smallest gun. He said it was a semi-automatic, so the gun didn’t actually open up to put the shells in. I think I could have loaded more than one shell at a time, but I wasn’t allowed to.

The gun was really heavy. He didn’t really do much of an orientation with us. He just said hold it here, put your arm like this, stand like this, and shoot. I didn’t really know how to aim. I shot it and the kick surprised me even though I knew it was going to happen. But, once I got my stance down, it didn’t kick as much.

I ended up getting 3 out of 25 targets. I’d say that’s pretty good for my first time and for not knowing how to aim. I thought my arm and shoulder would hurt more afterwards, but they didn’t. Maybe I was doing it wrong then.

Overall, I didn’t see the whoop about shooting a gun. I didn’t feel all powerful or anything. It freaks me out with all the people walking around with guns though. I do want to see what it’ll be like to shoot a handgun. Maybe I’ll go to one of those handgun ranges and shoot and paper man. We’ll see how that goes.

Picture or it didn’t happen!

~SL

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