On Sunday we went out with the Portland Pink Pistols for some shooting out on a safe range in the Tillamook State Forest. To be honest I had just as much fun setting up the clay targets on the range as I did shooting them. It was like hiding Easter eggs, but putting them out in the open instead:

While I had considered getting a gun after my home invasion two years ago, I didn’t know of any shooting ranges where I could practice in DC. Plus guns are expensive and you need to maintain them and practice, so I decided against it. I still don’t really want a gun and would rather stab or tackle a home intruder than shoot one, but it was fun to get out and test my accuracy:

I was most accurate with rifles, but not so good with pistols. Apparently that is not unusual as rifles are easier to aim. I used a H&R 622 in .22 caliber (above left), a Taurus 851 in .38 special with wood grips, a 1970’s Yugoslavian SKS in 7.62×29 (that one had some kick) and a Ruger 10/22 in .22 caliber. I did not get the chance to use the good old fashioned 12-guage Mossburg pump shotgun or the Glock G17 in 9mm as my shoulder was starting to ache and I had enjoyed what I did get to shoot.

This Robyn song was going through my head the whole time, where she compares herself to a .22 caliber Ruger:


  1. Erik Rubright says:

    Stabbing is definitely the way to go. Although that takes some practice too.

    You don’t want to know….

  2. Mel says:

    I haven’t fired a gun in decades. The only one I have now is a little Remington derringer that was my great-grandfather’s. I do think about getting a rifle for target practice, but yeah, the expense. For self defense, we evil veterinarians know a lot better methods to hurt someone.

  3. homer says:

    You are preparing well for the Mayan End of the World

  4. Mari says:

    Glad you are taking advantage of your 2nd Amendment rights. The Help and I took a look at the Pink Pistols’ site and they have a pretty cool logo.
    Funny, I’m your opposite, I do well with pistols, not so much with rifles.

  5. Brent says:

    I have always heard that shotguns are best for home defense. I keep a pistol-gripped one under my bed. Not sure if its barrel length is entirely legal, but I won’t tell if you don’t. 😉

  6. Jeffrey C says:

    This really is overcompensating for the mug painting.