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: