So I went to a shooting range for the first time this weekend. Keep in mind that the last thing I ever shot before this (minus videogame guns), was a BB-gun when I was like, 12.
Naturally, I wanted to learn all I could before even stepping foot in the place, so I went down a day early and found out about all the expenses involved, such as lane rental, gun rental, ammo, targets – the works. That way I could go in prepared. The day of, I met my friend Matt there, who brought a pretty good assortment of different armaments to try – each one progressively larger and beefier.
.22 handgun – little tiny kick, but enough to definitely get me used to the idea of something jumping up in my hand. The nice thing about this is the ammo is CHEAP for it too.
Springfield XD 9mm – bit beefier and more of a kick to it, but sights pretty well all in all.
Springfield .45 – OOF! This one bites back, but not overpoweringly so.
.45 1911 model – kicks even more it seems than the last one! Pretty stable though, as the frame fits the caliber.
Taurus Judge – This thing kicks like a three-legged ninja with .45 shells in it – just a tiny bit less with shotgun shells. Just a bit too much for me, I think.
Other than that, I tried some various other pieces, and had varying degrees of success with each. All in all, I was told I did very well, so I was happy to hear that.
Is it something I’ll be doing a lot in the future? I may do it once in a while as money and time permit, but with a family to support, it’s not tops on my priority list – at least I know more about how to do it now than I did before. It’s a good recreational activity, although it can get pretty spendy if you choose larger calibers or more uncommon rounds. My friends were wonderful getting me used to it and having fun trying different types though, so it was quite the enjoyable time!