If you read my article in the June issue, then you know I have been learning how to handle a gun and hopefully shoot a little bit; maybe even hitting a target! I am involved in a shooting program at Point blank Range in Mooresville called “Women on Target”. Most of my family thinks this is hilarious. What Mother or Grandmother grabs a gun and heads out to the shooting range and tries to qualify for a Marksman, Sharpshooter, or even Distinguished Expert certificate? Obviously, myself and many other women of all different ages. I do recommend that you not tell the instructor that you have the shakes though. You might not get as much help as you need. Just kidding! The instructors are fabulous and are there to answer any dumb question you have, no matter how many times you ask it. They help you learn how to hold a gun the correct way. It is always good not to hold it backwards. Never point it at anyone unless you intend to use it. That is why I wanted to take the class. I have owned a gun for a long time but have been too scared of it to even try to shoot it. What good was that doing me?
Hitting The Target By Judy Smith
When I first bought the gun, they told me I never wanted to point a gun at anyone that I was not willing to shoot. I remember saying that if someone was trying to harm me or my family, that I would have no problem shooting them. That was not true because I was too afraid of the gun that I didn’t even know there was a way to properly hold a gun. That is one reason for a person to take a class like I am doing but there are a lot of others, as I am finding out. Many of the women that I am meeting is doing this for fun and for competition. I do love it when I hit the target. Now I was happy if I hit anywhere on the target because there were times that I had no idea where that bullet went. Don’t let me scare you…. you are in a completely safe environment…it might not have hit the target but it was out in the range. But now, I am not happy if I at least don’t hit somewhere close to the requirements of the course I am taking. I might not ever get Distinguished Expert shooter, but I am going to try. There are quite a few of the women there who have already mastered this and my attitude is, if they can, then I can… even if I am a grandmother! My grandchildren already think I am pretty cool. Wonder what they would think if I had a NRA certificate hanging on my wall certifying me with a Distinguished Expert rating? Another thing, you can’t “hit the target” if you don’t try. That goes for anything in life. I hope I am teaching my grandchildren that it is never too late to try new things. You might find out you really love it! Just in case you want to know, this is an on-going program, so if you want more information, you can call them at 704 230-0262 or visit them at www.pointblankrange.com See you on the range.
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