It’s been awhile since we went to the range and practiced our shooting skills and stay proficient with the use of our firearms. We had worked on the house pretty hard the last couple of days and were a bit tired but still wanted to do something before the Monday grind of work returned. It was a cool day and we didn’t want to ride a long distance and there really wasn’t much happening around our area to go to. With the State Fair of Texas going strong a lot of other area events take a sideline. So shooting off a few hundred rounds sounded like a nice distraction on a lazy afternoon. And throw a nice ride in before and after the range, what else could you want?
We took a scenic route to get some ride time in on our way to On Target where we like to shoot. Every range has it’s “feel” and this is our favorite place to shoot locally. Were not heavy into firearms. We don’t have safes full of a barrage of guns but we do like to shoot. We practice regularly to stay familiar and comfortable with our firearms in preparation for that possibility of having to use them. I worked with a lady once who said they kept a shotgun under the bed for protection. I asked if she knew how to use it. The returned empty look told me she was clueless. She did finally respond that her husband knew how to use it though. So I asked what she thought she would do if he wasn’t home and an intruder broke in. Another dumb founded look. The next remark confirmed the many things going through my head about her. She said “I guess I would look around for some ammo and try to figure out how to load it. Both my husband and I forgot where we put it though and were not even sure if we have any”. So your going to tell the intruder to hold on while you determine if you have ammo and then try to figure out how to load it and fire the shotgun?!?! Yea, if your reading this your probably having the same thoughts about the lack of intelligence coursing through that woman’s head. I mentioned she and her husband might want to get professional instruction and she responded that the gun scared her too much to try and fire it. What the hell are they even thinking?! Never mind, their not…
I don’t ever want Margaret or myself to be in that pathetic situation. There simply is no excuse for owning a firearm and not knowing how to use it proficiently in America where we are protected by our second amendment right to keep and bear arms. I want both of us to know where our firearms are, know they are loaded, know where ammo is kept, know how to load them, know how to fire them, be proficient with their use to be able to hit the intended target, and not wonder how the firearm will react when we pull the trigger. Margaret has had one incident where she thought someone was testing the possibility of breaking into our home by working with the front door knob. She immediately grabbed the firearm that she keeps with her and warned the intruder through the door that she had a gun and knew how to use it while she dialed 911. The door knob immediately ceased rattling and the intruder fled. Within a few minutes police arrived. It was through her firearm training and practice that she was able to keep cool, firearm at the ready, and call the police at the same time. Why on earth would you not want to learn to use and enjoy your firearm?
The range provides us with a place to relax, practice, learn techniques, talk to others, stay comfortable using our firearms, and just have a fun time together.