Went and got myself hooked on shootin'
I spent a week in Florida and while I was there decided to take some of my vacation time to finally do some shooting to see what all the fuss is about. I had planned on visiting Anthony and hitting the range (he had a nice outdoor range picked out so we could do some rifle shooting, which I was really excited about), but the weather (and his busy schedule, of course...Not like he was on vacation as well ;) ) kept us from doing that.
So my wife's uncle took me to an indoor range to fire a few of his pistols. He had a bunch that I wanted to test out, but since I never fired any pistols before, I figured I'd just let him take care of all that. I wish we would have done some rifle shooting as well...he had an M1, and a shotgun I wanted to try out.
Anyway, he took a Ruger .45, a Smith and Wesson .45 (his CCW) and a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver. We had two boxes of .45 and a box of .38 special wadcutters. I fired about 3/4s of the box with the Ruger, and I gotta say that thing was far more gun than I was expecting. I've never fired a pistol, so starting off with that bad dog was a bit much. I was basically closing my eyes and partially flinching with every shot. I had the target at between 20 and 25 yards the whole time, so I was really hitting all over the place.
There were holes everywhere on that paper because that gun was too manly for me to be using (I'll take a pic and post it here when I get a chance). When my wife's uncle (would that be uncle-in-law?) decided he finally didn't like his S&W .45 (this was his last time at the range to decide if he was keeping it) he let me fire off the rest of the box that I had with it. The funny thing is, it's a smaller gun and it fits my hand much better than the Ruger, but maybe I was getting used to the kick (or overcompensating for it anyway). I kept all of the shots around the "gut" of the target, but I was aiming for the heart. So even though the shots were grouped much closer than I was doing with the Ruger, I was compensating for the kick and all the shots hit low.
We finished off the trip by taking turns with the .38 on a fresh target (which I didn't keep, but I should have). I did a lot better with that one. I was hitting close to where I was aiming and the kick and crap was far more tolerable (although I can't seem to get past closing my eyes with every shot. That's got to be a bad habit). The gun felt very solid and fit my hand better than the other two pistols. I loved it except for the while 5 shot capacity, and the hassle of reloading a revolver (although it was easier than having to load the magazines, having a full magazine to reload was much more convinient). I was able to actually hit areas where I was aiming, but just not the actual point I was aiming for.
Needless to say I'm hooked now, and I want to shoot some rifles, shotguns and of course more pistols. I want to try out some 9mm pistols to see if I want to go that route, or just stick it out with the .45s. I also want to do a ton of .22LR shooting, just to get a feel for how to aim and crap like that.