Joe gave me a "gun basics" class at a local shooting range/gun store for Christmas. He was smart enough to schedule it for me, because let's be honest here, if he'd left it up to me, I'd probably forget about it until next Christmas.
I don't know why, but I was surprised at how heavy the guns were. We learned about revolvers and semi-automatics. I guess the way actors just wave their guns around on tv and in movies made me think the guns would be lighter.
I was also surprised at how loud they are! We shot the revolvers first and I honestly thought I was going to cry and go running to my car after the first shot. I didn't. We shot the semi-automatics next, and I definitely preferred that one. It was still loud and scary, don't get me wrong. Maybe I'd gotten a little bit used to the noise by then, I don't know.
I'm certainly not going to go out and get a gun to keep in my nightstand any time soon, but I'm sure I'll go back soon to practice some more.
Here's my target from today. We were about 12 yards away.