When I was a kid staying with my Grandparents in Tennessee my Grandpa and I would go out sometimes and shoot .22 rifles at tin cans. Also, one time when I was probably eight or ten my uncle let me shoot his 9mm pistol. Other than that I've never really done much shooting.
I've kinda wanted to do a little pistol shooting for a while so last weekend I found a local firing range that lets you rent guns to shoot and gave it a spin. It's a bit surreal. You walk in, show them your ID, sign a form saying you aren't high or drunk and they hand you a Glock and a box of ammo.
Here's a shot of the pistol.
Considering I've never really shot a pistol I think I did okay.
There are 40 rounds in the target below. Twenty shots from about 8 yards and twenty shots from 15 years.
These were the last of the box of 50 that I shot and my arm was surprisingly tired. I didn't really think it would be a workout, but it was a bit of one.
If you have never shot a pistol (or I suppose a gun of any sort), it's a wild experience. You squeeze the trigger slowly and nothing happens for a while as it's moving back. Then, with a suddenness that's hard to describe, you are literally holding a controlled explosion in your hand.
It's over so fast that you don't have time to react to it till a half second after the bullet has hit the target. It feels very different than it looks in the movies.
No. I'm not going to turn into a "gun nut", but it was a fun experience. A little pricy though. Gun rental was $15 for two guns (I also shot the smaller Glock 26) as well as the 9mm Glock 17 pictured above. Range fee was $10, and the box of 50 shots of ammo was another $10. About $40 with tax.