The first time I held a gun was when I was 5 years old. I remember my dad allowing me to hold his rifle. Then, I grew older and my dad brought me to the range.
Those childhood memories aren’t fresh anymore. However, I have recent shooting experience that I can share with you. Three months ago, I was able to shoot again. I was never comfortable with guns so I was very nervous.
After that session in the range, I enjoyed the experience but I had too many complains – too many buts: The assault rifle has less recoil but it is heavy for me. The pistol is definitely way lighter but I don’t like its recoil force. Both guns are loud. Other people’s guns distract me. Basically, I didn’t like the strong recoil, the loud sound and the heavy weight of the guns. After that, I didn’t want to shoot any gun anymore.
Plot twist: Now, I am starting to love shooting. How did it happen? Remember my complains about the gun. Jacob solved it by getting me a light and not-so-loud rifle with less recoil. Yay! Thanks, Jacob!
Here’s my target:
It’s a good start – all 10s! It was only then when I started liking guns. I used to fear them. I always think of them as “killers.” Now, I realized that they are just inanimate objects. Can a gun load magazines and pull the trigger by itself? The answer is no. However, everyone should still need to be careful handling it. Jacob made sure that I know the gun safety rules before he let me shoot the gun.
Basic Gun Safety Rules
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
- Never point the gun at something you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and know what’s beyond it.
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