Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Invite your friend to the range


Shooting at the gun range is fun. Every person who has ever come with me to the local gun range has had a great time & decided that they'd like to go shooting more often. A recent example was my Wife. Over the last 14+ years she has successfully resisted going to the range with me to shoot despite my many invitations. Recently I finally figured out a way to get her to the range - I made a trade. I bargained with her at the negotiation table, and my payment that we agreed on was for me to go with her to decorate a plate at a local art shop. She had been trying to get me to go do that with her for years but I had been resisting as Art was never anything I enjoyed. It probably stems from some bad art experiences I had in grade & middle school with demanding teachers who did not seem to like my art (as evidenced by the poor grades on my art projects & negative comments they shared). My favorite subjects were Math & Science. Art was at the bottom of my enjoyment scale, even below Social Studies & English classes if you can imagine that to be possible (I liked reading, but I hated writing reports & memorizing dates or names for exams).

After the negotiation she came with me to the range & shot our .22 rifle as well as my 9mm Glock. She loved it, and it turns out that she's a good shot to boot. She even commented afterwards that she'd like to come shooting with me more often, even for some of our weekly date nights. My invitation to all of my fellow Americans (even to other citizens of the world for that matter if you are lucky enough to live in a Country that will allow you to own a gun) is to go try it out if you have not yet done so, or if it was long ago when you last tried it. If you already enjoy it, invite a friend on your next visit. If you have not tried it recently, find a friend to go with, or just show up & give it a try. Many gun ranges offer gun rentals & introductory lessons so that you can try some out to see what kind of gun you like.

It's a bit like the "Green Eggs & Ham" story many of us are familiar with. Try it, you may like it.

I have tried it, and I LOVE it. It is a fun hobby. You can exercise your 2nd Amendment rights, and have fun while doing it.

11 comments:

Richard, LA California said...

Great article. I too have been bitten by the gun range bug. It's a hoot to invite all my friends & have informal competitions to see who gets the highest score.

Anonymous said...

But you never said if you liked the plate-decorating! LOL.
-Wendy Weinbaum

Mad Jack said...

Yeah, what did you do with the plate? I'm thinking you tried a naked woman in the center of the plate which eventually turned into a bull's eye.

Dustin said...

Wendy - unfortunately I can't say that I actually loved the plate decorating, but it was not as awful as I had expected, so you could say that it turned out to be better than I had thought it would :)

Dustin said...

mad jack - actually I did an Arizona desert scene. Didn't turn out half bad for a non-artist like myself. I might have even gotten an A or a B for it if I had done so well in 5th grade. :)

sheldon mcneely said...

Nice story. Going to gun shooting range with your partner would be fun. If you're in Utah try Doug's Shoot N Sports.

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