Wednesday, December 27
Mama's Packin' Heat
While back in the Carolinas for a family Christmas gathering, I tried something I've never done before...and I'm afraid I liked it just a little too much! I shot skeet. Although not very good at it--I hit about 20%--it sure was fun. Cocked and loaded, from shotguns we progressed to pistols, and my itchy sure and steady trigger finger got to know a .22, a .38 and a .45--nice to meet cha! The .45 knocked me backwards.
Just l o o k at that gleam in my eye (well, there IS one behind my sunglasses) as I was getting used to the feel of the .22 and .38 (I think). Why did everyone run for cover when they saw a gun in my hands?

My form was ridiculous. There I was thinking how cool I was, and then I saw these pictures. Something tells me that assuming a stance with feet shoulder length apart with a swayback arch isn't exactly good form. Then again, who's gonna tell a woman with a loaded gun she doesn't "look quite right"? (hehe)

I had recycling on the brain, our targets were water-filled 2-liter bottles. On the ground. That part didn't thrill me, but since there were cows in the pasture...high dollar registered cattle--I didn't balk. For some reason, my hit ratio improved with a stationery target.

Later that day my shoulder was sore and it slowly dawned on me: I was bruised from the shotgun kicking back. That just made my day. It was kind of a pathetic "badge of honor", a cheap thrill, for a middle-aged mom.

My appetite has been whetted...I'm ready to play again....anyone game??

  Into the pensieve on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
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At December 27, 2006, Blogger LeftCoastOnlooker said...

You crack me up.
I haven't shot targets in years. We used to shoot upon occassion at a friends farm.
I'd love to go, again.
Maybe I can ride with the neighbors sometime when they're out on drive-bys.
Have you tried archery? I always wanted to take lessons.

At December 27, 2006, Blogger Pamela said...

Our local gun club (which was my hubby's late father's favorite place) has been in the news this week because of the bio-hazard from years of shooting.

The "EPA" was going to close it down and force a clean up - so I don't know what the end result will be.

So, were you shooting environmentally friendly targets? Seriously I have no idea what that would mean.

Maybe there was lead in the clay targets?

Where will it all end. Will they be forced to shoot with their fingers and say BANG! giggle.

At December 27, 2006, Blogger Malissa said...

out on drive bys (snort)

Robin! We went to the church ladies retreat last year and they opened the shooting range for us. They didn't think any women would come and we all did;)
It was very fun.

I "think" we shot 22's?

At December 29, 2006, Blogger LeftCoastOnlooker said...

malissa, you crack me up!
Next time I go to retreat with you (& I intend to find a time, and, of course, I'll bring ear plugs),
i'll go to the range with you!

At December 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A long lost Charlie's may have missed your calling!

At December 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, that must have been you we heard shooting, then...

I took my family on a Christmas Eve walk to the local Nature Reserve - which sits right next to the Hunting Reserve - and sure enough, on our walk, we crossed into the hunting area - and walked right by some guys target shooting. (Not a happy mommy, grandma, auntie, or Dog - but the kids were excited)

And yes - you could be the next Charlie's Angel!!!!

At December 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You go, girl...Wish I would live a little closer to you and we could go on the range together :)

At January 01, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up shooting, but I haven't shot in years. You look GREAT!!



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