When my friend, Shannon, invited me to go with her and her daughter, Kelsie, to a gun safety class, excitement shot through me. You don’t need training or a license to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas. However, safety must always come first. We signed up together with her friend, Joy.
It was a two class course at She’s a Pistol. Our instructor was Ryan. He made the Power Point presentation educational and fun. I learned so much about guns in general. We were told that we would be practicing at The Bullet Hole Gun Range on Thursday.
When I arrived, there was a thrill of enthusiasm and uneasiness. I wasn’t sure that I was ready to shoot a live gun. I struggled with darts and archery!
It turns out that I am a lefty with right eye dominance. This makes it more difficult for me to make a successful aim. First we learned to load a magazine. My shaking was going to make this a bigger struggle than normal. I have grown accustom to my shaking. However, it sets me back a bit when other people notice it. Shannon asked me if I was nervous. I responded quickly and honestly with a “No.” This was just going to be another challenge I was going to face squarely and walk through.
We started with a 22. It fit nicely in my hand, even if it was a right-handed gun. I was going to need a lot more practice to master any kind of aim. This was proving to be more difficult for me than archery was.
Next was the 9 mil. The gun was heavy and felt awkward. It made shooting the gun even more difficult. The heavier the gun, the harder it was to hold steady. The instructor tried holding my hand steady to help me out. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t make it work for me this time. I was frustrated and defeated. I graciously left and headed home to find my peace again.
Even though the evening didn’t feel like a success, my target sheet revealed that I could hit the tape holding the target in place. I just could not hit the actual target. I determined not to give up. As my dad pointed out that night, this was just another obstacle that could be conquered. It would just take some time and practice.
I am not a gun owner yet. I’m no Annie Oakley either. However, I do plan on trying again. I also know how to handle a gun safely now.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!