If your name is MSgt B stop reading now…:)
Yesterday TSM and I took E to the range for a little family bonding time. As most of you already are aware she loves to shoot. From the second we told her she was coming along she beamed.
Neither TSM or I have been to the range in far to long. Between being crazy busy and the whole ammo situation we just haven’t gone. Lots of dry fire practice, though!
We took my M&P carry gun, the Smith & Wesson Shield, E’s Thompson Center .22 LR and M’s Smith & Wesson .22 pistol.
Yesterday was the first time I shot with my new glasses and the results were interesting. I shot much better at close distances, but am having a difficult time finding the right place in the “progressive” lens to shoot out past 20 yards.
Pretty much since day one I have been able to put a small fist size group where ever I wanted it, but have not really been so great at sticking bullets through the same exact hole with any regularity. For self-defense shooting not a big deal, for ego, big deal. The glasses helped that a lot. My groups were nice and tight. At greater than 20 yards my groups were nice and tight, but not where I was aiming. They tended to be lower and that is not a typical problem of mine. Anyway, will need a lot more practice shooting with specs, but I had a blast.
TSM’s shooting was annoyingly awesome as is usually the case.
E wanted to shoot her rifle first. She started at about 5 yards. Perfect 5 shots in the black. We kept moving it out every five shots and she continued to shoot inside the black. I am not positive how far our indoor’s range is, but I think 25. With the exception of 2, all her hits were inside the black and a couple were dead center.
We do very little coaching with her. We focus on safety, safety, safety, fun and familiarity. We want her to learn how responsibly own and shoot firearms, but she is 9 and so we also want it to be fun(at any age it should also be fun). She really has safety down, but we are extremely watchful of her nonetheless.
After the rifle she decided to try M’s .22 pistol. After a few shots, I realized she was flinging her finger off the trigger after every shot and placing it above the trigger guard, so I suggested she keep her finger on the trigger to feel the reset and then take the next shot . I put my finger on top of hers and we practiced a few times together. She had a bit of trouble at first, but soon was rocking it.