Replacing men with guns (and having way, way more fun..)

Men:  Constant bullshit, ego-soothing and mostly mediocre sex..

Guns:  Constant fun, only need to worry about my own ego, and mediocre shooting is a challenge to be overcome, not something to be tossed from my life.

Go big or go home is my motto, so in keeping with that philosophy, I am now National Firearms Association holster certified : )

I cannot even explain how excited I am about this!!!  I blew off work and took a one-day holster certification course on Tuesday.  And, I have to say, it was completely amazing, intense and one of the most nerve wracking experiences I’ve ever had once we got out on the firing range and put things into practise.

I think anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am a pretty confident woman who isn’t easily intimidated by things.  But holy crap, once that loaded gun was nestled in my holster, I was hyper-aware that the possibility of shooting myself in the leg or foot was pretty real.  Like shoot a hole in your foot kind of real.

That, not to mention the fact that I’ve never actually de-cocked a gun before.  Which, for some reason, scared the living shit out of me, and I had to do it with the gun I was using (a CZ SP-01 Shadow). It involves pulling the trigger gently while moving the hammer up.  Then the gun goes into the holster, ready to fire.  So, sounds simple, and yes it is, but all I could think was “I’m going to mistakenly fire this gun if I don’t move that hammer properly”.  Which would be considered a “negligent discharge”.  Which has been drilled into my head that is a very, very bad thing.

I just couldn’t wrap my mind around how this could possibly be even a remotely safe thing to do (even with the gun pointed down-range).  And yes, I did get it, and it didn’t even take me that long to get it. I chalk all of that anxiety over this up to me being a girl and over-analyzing everything, as none of the men on the course seemed to have one iota of an issue with it (and the only other woman had a SA so didn’t have to worry about it).

Anyway, once I got it, and we started shooting and doing drills, and I passed the test, all I could think was “this really is the most fun you can have with your clothes on”.

I guess I’m pretty hard-core now – my Friday night will be spent at the range shooting guns.  I hardly recognize myself : )

shooting v2

The red neck princess rocks the gun range…

Off I went on Saturday afternoon driving out to Hnatiuks with my music cranked to 70’s rock and roll as loud as I could stand. It just really seemed like an amazing prequel to shooting shit all afternoon.

I stayed for nearly three hours, and shot up a bunch of targets and now have a new strategy based on my observation of the guy in the next lane to me. Rather than the targets of the outline of person, he had these cool target practise things that I am totally going to use next time.  Yes, I am becoming slightly obsessed.

And major kudos to the range staff who couldn’t possibly have been more awesome and helpful!

Couple of my targets are below, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, although they are the last one I did. I shot 100 rounds of .9mm  (some of them in the centre of this target) and about 400 rounds of .22.  I really liked the Smith and Weston hand gun – fit perfect and easy to shoot.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a gun owner by the end of the year )

I liked this gun

I really liked this gun

Nice little grouping

Nice little grouping

Target practise

The 9 mm in the middle and then tried to group the .22 around the target.

And, my friend lent me his fancy ear protectors from when he was in the military, which I loved and now am on a hunt to get a pair of those. And I also need some way hotter looking protective eyeware than what is currently offered up.  I will take suggestions here

To top it all off, I have a range bag to keep my bullets, targets and eventually my guns in. Go big or go home I say  : )

I am totally loving this place and have signed up for the pistol course in November and talked to a guy about competitive shooting. In his words – “the most fun you can have with your clothes on”.  With a recommendation like that, I’m hard pressed not to check that one out.  I suppose if you did naked shooting, it could be unpleasant when hot shell casings blow back on you : )

I’m off to the valley to hunt deer with the boys this weekend (who gave this gorgeous present my first year of hunting in 2012. Yup, it’s pretty shiny – never been used as I suck at hunting, but it was pretty nice of them to get it for me : )

Cabellas

Presented to be in October 2012 – and give the name ‘The Red Neck Princess” at the same time.

I am determined to make J and B proud of me this year! They have taught me everything I know, and this will be the fourth year they’ve taken me hunting and they show nothing put patience, mixed in with a little bit of making fun of me – it’s awesome and I love it.  Plus they cook for me and we get to drink beer!

(KMS and LMK -Can’t you see why I’m totally and will forever be the number one squirrel  now???)

That was more fun than a barrel of monkeys…

I’ve finally found a hobby (besides the ridiculous amount of reading material I plow through during any given month) that I am going to absolutely love.

I mentioned in my last blog about joining a gun club. Well, you are looking at a card carrying member of the Scotia Gun Club!  And I bought my first box of rounds (.22).  500 bullets : )  And shot 250 of them on Saturday afternoon.  And now plan to go to that gun range every Saturday for the rest of the winter.

She Shoots!

(Yup, I realize that thumb position is pretty shitty..)

It was completely relaxing. I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced a better way of getting my mind to go that zen-like.  I drove out to the range thinking about that stupid man, and after two hours of shooting, I had this huge feeling of well-being and happiness.  I was so relaxed. There was nothing but me, the handgun and the target.  I went through three targets and tried two different handguns plus a revolver.

And this is bragging, but the range officer assigned to help me, and the guy in the spot next to me mentioned that they were a tiny bit impressed with my skill in actually hitting the target and managing to do some grouping. i.e. I aim at the same place every time, and a bunch of bullets actually go to that same place I was aiming.  So, I found that quite gratifying.  Nice to get a compliment that has nothing to do with how you look.

One of my targets

One of my targets

So, I’ve signed up for a beginner handgun course in November. With the eventual goal of being good enough to shoot in competitions at some point.  I’m also going to buy a handgun once I figure out what kind I want – the good thing about this place is you can rent them, shoot them, with no commitment to buy them.  I’m going for the 9mm Glock next Saturday, and might even get some practise with a long-gun considering it is hunting season, and that time of year where I walk around the woods with my favourite boys with a gun, but never manage to actually shoot anything but trees.

I’m a happy camper that I found something this fun to do : )