This post may not appeal to you. That's okay.
It's about guns.
I love to shoot, in fact firearms have always been a fascination to me and I've shot everything from 17th century 6-pounder cannons to fully automatic Uzi's.
I am not a gun nut.
Now, if you're on the opposite side of the gun issue, you're thinking, "Cannons? Uzis? Oh, yes you are."
That's okay, we can agree to disagree.
I have a shooting range in the center of my 10 acres. It's excavated down into the sandy soil and a high berm flows down the sides and up a steep backstop. It's all legal, I called the sheriff before I moved the first shovel of dirt.
Safety is our mantra. On the range, I am a harsh taskmaster and it's no fun to be the shooter who even looks like he or she might break a safety rule.
We even retrieve the spent bullets from the backstop dirt so no lead build up occurs.
I shoot for pleasure and to keep skills learned at FLETC honed. The pistol in the collage is a Glock 17 and both Emma and I have competed at Glock competitions with it. Emma is the cheerleader with the excellent grouping of shots in the upper left photo. She had not shot for over a year, but didn't forget much. Glock sponsors competitions around the country that are very user friendly and designed for everyone, novice to pro. We haven't been to a competition for over a year, but I would like to start again.
Yesterday, Emma, Katie, and Mrs. FC wanted to shoot, so we dug out the safety gear ... eye and ear protection, and went into the range. Emma went first because she has the most experience of the three and proved quickly that even though it had been a while, her skill level was still high. She's a great student on the range who listens carefully to guidance from her Jedi master.
Katie and Mrs. FC are very new to target shooting and we spent more time on the basics, ... safety, sight picture, not flinching, etc. Katie has some work to do on her stance and not anticipating the shot, but she too is a good student. Mrs. FC is a quick study too. I think if we made it a competition , she would really get into it. We rotated turns and by the time they shot their last course of fire, they were markedly better than their initial round.
It was fun and they even let me shoot a few rounds.
Emma had been considering the FBI as a possible career choice, but that may have changed. It's hard to keep up.
We raise renaissance women here too.