Since Girls In The Outdoors is having a target themed anniversary celebration, we HAD to go do some target shooting. We also had to go break in my husband's new wedding anniversary gift. (We now have matching pistols.)
We invited one of our favorite 5-year-old girls to help us celebrate. She helped her Uncle Kris sight in his new pistol by finding the shots on the target. She also go to shoot her Papa's .22 lever action rifle that he bought when he was a kid.
We also invited her daddy to come along (aka: my brother) who helped break-in the shotgun our dad has had for a long time, but has never shot. I'm annoyed at how good he is at shooting shotguns. I am horrible at shooting them.
Cori also got to shoot her Uncle Kris' .22 revolver. She loves shooting that pistol and she loves shooting with her Uncle Kris.
Cori wanted to throw pigeons for her daddy to shoot, but unfortunately she throws clay pigeons like her Aunt Hilary and the pigeon wouldn't come out of the thrower. She wasn't upset though, she just went back to finding as many pistol ammo casings as she could from other shooters that didn't clean up after themselves.
Cori ran out of ammo before she could pop these balloons so she took them home to play with.
Thank you everybody who has participated in our 3rd Anniversary Target Shooting themed party!!!
I grew up afraid of guns because my mom was very anti-gun. As kids, we weren't allowed to have toy guns, use water guns (we used spray bottles which actually worked to our advantage) or even pretend our fingers were guns. My dad has owned guns since he was a kid and had them in our house while we was growing up, but they were kept in the back of the closet and we were not allowed anywhere near them. I grew up believing those guns were going to go off all by themselves even though they were unloaded. The ammunition was kept in a drawer, sometimes in a different room and I believed the ammunition was going to explode all by itself even though it was just sitting there. Any time we moved, I would get nervous seeing the guns out of their hiding spot and touching them made me dizzy from fear. I believed that the empty rifle would go off at any second and kill me and anybody else near by. My grandpa was a Colorado State Patrolman and I hated seeing him with his gun on his hip because his pistol was loaded all of the time! If an unloaded gun could hurt me just sitting there, Grandpa's loaded gun was definitely going to kill me!
When I met my husband and found out he had guns and was a hunter, I knew I was going to set the same rules my mom did. If he was going to have his guns at our house, he was going to keep them unloaded at all times and in the back of the closet where I wouldn't have to see them and I could pretend they weren't in the house, just like my dad's guns. Then, he started explaining how everything in a gun works and how to handle the guns safely and then all of a sudden I was agreeing to try shooting. I discovered I was good at shooting and it was a lot of fun and now have guns of my own!
I love shooting my .22 rifle and my .22 pistol. I understand an unloaded gun is not going to explode and a loaded gun just sitting there all by itself untouched isn't going to go off. I feel silly now for being afraid of guns when I was younger and I want to make sure that the kids in my life don't grow up the same way. I want to make sure my nieces and nephew are educated about how guns work and how to handle them safely. I am proud to say they are all pretty good shots, too. I am a little jealous of these 3 kids, because they have several people teaching them about gun safety instead of gun fear.
I grew up afraid of guns and now I look forward to shooting. I have my conceal carry permit and I even sell shooting targets and attend un shows! I'm glad I let my husband explain how guns work and how to use them instead of staying afraid of them. Being afraid of guns was a lot more stressful than learning about them. I am no longer afraid of my dad's guns either and have even shot a couple of them. Learning about guns and owning my own gave me the confidence and motivation to start Girls In The Outdoors. I want to try to prevent other kids from growing up afraid of guns, but in a water fight, I still highly recommend a squirt bottle over a water pistol. Squirt bottles hold WAY more ammo and can be adjusted to make them more accurate.
One of the ways my husband got me interested in target shooting (besides giving me red guns) was to make the targets fun. If the target is fun, I'll have more fun shooting and will keep shooting until I'm out of ammo! For Christmas last year, he gave me Fly Paper. When we went to check out a new shooting range this summer, I tried out my fly paper. The fly paper has a point system printed on the top right: Head=50, Wing=30 and Body =20. I was having a blast. When my husband said it was time to go shoot shotguns, I was going to argue with him until I realized we had been shooting pistols for an hour and a half! We were planning 45 minutes each so we would have time for lunch and some sightseeing before we had to head home.
Of course I had more points on my target than my husband did. He said it was because I used more ammo than he did. That is true, but it is also because I'm better at shooting flies than he is.......right?
There were a couple guys that were sharing our pistol range with us and I know they were jealous of my fly paper. When we would stop to go look at targets, I caught them catching a look at my targets, too.
We enjoyed some mountain views while we were shooting. I love Colorado!
One thing I learned during this trip is, you should have someone take pictures of you while you are shooting. I am embarrassed at how far I lean back!! I learned a lot about my stance and what I need to do to fix it. It was really bad (which is why I'm not sharing those pictures)! Here is a picture of me reloading my pistol.
My husband insisted we go try out the shotgun range even though I really didn't want to. There were a lot of people at the range that day and even though there was nobody at the shotgun range at first, I knew everybody in the entire place would be watching how horrible I am at shooting the shotgun. It was a great shotgun range and it was fun, but I did horrible again and got frustrated. One of the pigeon throwers was messed up and it attacked me which made me even more frustrated. A little later a man and his girlfriend joined us. This was the first time the girl had been shooting and her boyfriend's shotgun was a little big for her. I let her shoot a little with my shotgun (it gave me a good excuse to "rest") and she did pretty good, then she picked up her boyfriend's gun again and shot 2 clay pigeons with 1 shot. It was an awesome shot and I was mad at her for a few secongs.I had a Girls In The Outdoors sticker for her. The views from the shotgun range were even better than the views from the pistol range which helped with my frustration level.
It was a really fun range to shoot at and it was a really fun day and I can't wait to go shooting again so I can shoot some more flies and so I can fix my shooting stance!
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