So I shot a gun today... for the first time.


June 6, 2004, 01:05 AM
First read this:;threadid=21339

Then this:

After about three hours of gun safety, gun anatomy, common firing line commands, etc, they finally let me pop off a few. Two groups of 5 rounds at 50 feet.

First group was all over the place, but still on paper. Second group was at least all in the two inch target. I scored a 37/50 on the second, highest in the safety class by a margin of around 10.

Random Thoughts:

Even though it was a .22, I found the recoil and noise tame. My friend's bb gun recoils as much.

The sound of a bolt action/case extraction is probably the coolest sound, ever... Ka-chlick chlunk-click... plink plink plink.

I want to shoot more. Lots more.

Why is there no smoking in the range?

I felt weird all day cause I didn't drink my daily coffee allowance to keep from trembling. Apparently it worked, but I was a little off all day.

Shooting makes me hungry.

Cleaning guns isn't half bad.

Semi automatic! Now!

When can I shoot a hangun/shotgun/full auto/centerfire anything?


Thanks alot for all your help along with the whole RKBA thing. Especially you Oleg! This is the end of the beginning! I have a whole grand life of putting holes in paper and converting anti's in front of me!


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June 6, 2004, 01:17 AM
Glad to hear you had a fun and safe time. Hope this means we'll see you at a future THR bay area shoot. There will be plenty of opportunities to fire some centerfire autochuckers there. :D

Jim March
June 6, 2004, 01:32 AM
One reason for not smoking:

This is going to sound really weird, but a lot of the powder in the rounds that get fired does NOT burn. It gets sprayed out so fast that if it hasn't burned by the time it clears the muzzle, it'll stop burning...and forms flammable dust all over the floor. Which when swept into piles and then somebody tosses hot ash onto, can be quite spectacular :).

Usually harmless on a concrete floor though.

Night Guy
June 6, 2004, 01:39 AM
They started you out at 50 feet?:eek:

I'm still new to this whole shooting thing myself and can barely stay on paper at that distance. Good for you, though.

cracked butt
June 6, 2004, 01:40 AM
Why is there no smoking in the range?

Shooting makes me hungry.

The only time I ever smoke anymore is when I'm at an outdoor range- I like to light one up when everyone else walking down range to check their targets. You should be very careful if you smoke or eat after shooting- your hands can be contaminated with small amounts of lead that you could accidentally injest- carry som Wetnap wipes with you to clean your hands before eating or smoking if there are no facilities to wash your hands.

Cleaning guns isn't half bad.

I find cleaning guns to be stress relieving- 3 favorite smells: Hoppes #9, Birchwood Casey Sheath, and Chanel #5.

Semi automatic! Now!

Find someone in your area with a Garand to lend you for a clip or two and you'll shine like a newly minted quarter.

Hope you try some trap/sket/sporting clays also. Breaking clay targets with a shotgun is mucho fun.

June 6, 2004, 01:42 AM
Congrats, winston! Sounds like a great way to have been introduced to shooting sports... my first time, a friend just handed me a 7mm 08 and pretty much said "good luck" :p Anyways, your only chance of full-auto fire anytime soon (without becoming somebody's "wife") is to go to another state, or to find somebody in CA that owns a gattling gun. Anyways, i'm glad you enjoyed it!

June 6, 2004, 01:55 AM
In addition to the fire hazard, there is no smoking or usually eating or drinking allowed in an indoor range due to the lead in the air, on surfaces near the firing line and on the shooter's hands. You should always wash your hands and face after you shoot before you smoke or eat anything.

June 6, 2004, 02:31 AM
Sounds like you had fun, which is all that matters. You are starting out a little behind, but I am sure you will catch up fast. Good Luck

June 6, 2004, 07:27 AM
Be sure to thank your prarents.

June 6, 2004, 08:20 AM
Glad you had fun. First shooting experience is one you will remember for the rest of your life!

June 6, 2004, 08:23 AM
Great, winston!:D Gun anatomy, gotta love it! Hey, cracked butt, is Chanel #5 some sort of new cleaning solution? Make mine Hoppe's #9! much cheaper than Chanel#5, but then my wife buys the 'Giorgio' copy stuff. I prefer BreakFree CLP, with a hint of patchouli!:p

"The sound of a bolt action/case extraction is probably the coolest sound, ever... Ka-chlick chlunk-click... plink plink plink." :)

Wait till you try a supressed full auto!:evil:

"I want to shoot more. Lots more."

"Cleaning guns isn't half bad." Especially with Chanel #5!

"Semi automatic! Now!"

Wait till you try a supressed full auto!:evil:

Again, it's great to see you get a good start to your lifelong passion for shooting, winston!

June 6, 2004, 08:42 AM
Welcome to your new addiction! :D

June 6, 2004, 09:27 AM
Welcome to the right (read correct) side of the line!:p

June 6, 2004, 09:51 AM
Congrats and glad you had fun. I hope you have many more pleasurable shooting experiences, but a coffee addiction at only 16 years of age? Becareful as the addiction gets worst then not feeding it will be as bad as feeding the addiction. You may not have the trembles, but your concentration could suffer as your temperment becomes short.

June 6, 2004, 09:54 AM
Glad to hear you had such a great time.

June 6, 2004, 04:34 PM
congrats on your first time out I think shooting is probably hands down the second most fun thing you can do legally.

With the no smoking you gotta think about how every time you shoot particularly a long day at the range especially an indoor range you're gunna have lead and other nasties from the powder all over your hands and in your lungs anyway then you'll be touching the cigarette or whatever with your fingers then inhailing it, you're all ready gettin enough garbage in your lungs from the gun :D. A doctor/hunter friend of mine also said something about the lead or smoking or something opening up the bronchial tubes in your long so smoking with all the lead in the air is suposedly pretty bad. ....ofcourse so is drinking, cleaning, hamburgers, chilidogs, and I think sleeping is probably bad for you on some level :rolleyes:


June 6, 2004, 07:59 PM
Congratulations on a succesful first trip to the range! I recently took my 14 year old nephew for his first trip. The excitement and nervousness I saw in his eyes was probably the same that were in yours and the same that were in mine on my first trip. Keep going and you will build a lifetime of wonderful memories and a whole bunch of new friends in the process!

Standing Wolf
June 6, 2004, 08:27 PM
Why is there no smoking in the range?

You're in the People's Republic of California.

Well done. Shoot safely, and shoot a lot!

June 6, 2004, 08:31 PM
So - as I mentioned on TFL .... you made it finally!!

Good dose of safety etc by sound if it and .. a successful start to what will I hope be a long and enjoyable shooting career.

Good news!:)

June 6, 2004, 08:45 PM
One never forgets the first time...

June 6, 2004, 09:28 PM
One never forgets the first time... Or - that very first shoot Steve!! ;) ;) :p :D

Art Eatman
June 6, 2004, 09:43 PM
I guess this is a whole new "Welcome aboard!" :)


June 6, 2004, 09:46 PM
Now Chris, you know me...

Look at the title of the thread. He wanted to share his first experince, he obviously had a good time, he has fond memories...

*ahem* You are the guy with the BFR. Just what does BFR stand for...what did the missus say when you showed it to her...:p

June 6, 2004, 10:16 PM
Great start. Shooting will hopefully be a lifelong passion.

Have fun and be safe.

SM - BFR is biggest finest revolver. A fine description of P-95's 45-70.

June 6, 2004, 10:44 PM
Just what does BFR stand for...what did the missus say when you showed it to her... hehe! Myself .... I think Steve knows but is fishin for what my dearest wife may have said!:p

Well .. I guess she is so used to seeing something different it is hard for her to know how to react! One time it's the smallest 9mm .. R9S ... and then a crew-served cannon like the BFR.

''Look at this honey - whatdya think?'' ..

''Wow - that's (!!! - BIG !!)''

''Look at the ammo Hon'' .. (profers 45-70) ......

''Holy Moley - isn't that for a rifle?''

''Yep - sometimes'' ...... :p :evil: :D

BFR ... IS, naturally .... BIGGEST FREAKIN REVOLVER ..... :D

Somehow - I have a feeling, this'll be one of those guns she will NOT want to try out. She has tho tried most, bless her.

June 7, 2004, 01:59 AM
When IS that next shoot? I have BRICKS of match .22 LR waiting to be spent.

June 7, 2004, 02:08 AM
Not me,
I have a reputation to maintain.

I take a lady and a kid out for the first time shooting.
I got a 8 yr girl going bonkers over the big holes the light loads of .38spl Wadcutters make...Mom is content with the .22 pistol.

8 yrs old girls are really really good at making a fella feel like an idiot for not bringing more of "her ammo".

"I like the bigger holes mommie". Dang brat then went nuts over the 1911. I think that was about the time the mom laughed and said she would gladly sell the daughter to me for a dollar .

Jiminey, I thought I could eat, I paid for wonder the mom wanted to sell the kid. :D

All kidding of course.

Kind of hard to win an argument when you try to tell the brat that it is shot placement, and the little bullets ( .22lr) help teach one.

"Yeah I can do the .22 just fine, shot placement with bigger holes is better".

Stuff a kids mouth's full of food and they cannot spout out

The mom sits there letting me sink deeper and deeper and ...

June 7, 2004, 03:17 AM
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So I shot a gun today... for the first time. Congrats (LOL)

June 7, 2004, 07:14 PM
nice, congrats!

June 7, 2004, 07:59 PM
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So I shot a gun today... for the first time.
Congrats (LOL)

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