So when the sheriff and I can plan some time away from work, we jump in my speedy little truck (SLT) and drive to the outskirts of Dry Gulch to a private shooting range. I love these times with Sam, and we usually plan to spend the whole afternoon together.
Sam both collects and restores guns. The restoration is a long,
Here are the 4 cardinal rules of gun safety that Alex taught me:
1. A gun is always loaded.
2. Know your target and what's behind it.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
4. Always point the gun in a safe direction !!!!
I always feel like Alex is talking in my ear when I am holding a gun.
The range to which we belong is very safety -minded, too, and Sam has taught me the etiquette that is part of being responsible. For example - If the range is "cold" because someone wants to place targets, all guns and ammo are out of your hands and laying on the bench. It is best to step back from the bench, too. When the person returns and is behind the bench, they say the range is "hot", and it is safe to pick up a gun and get ready to fire. Sam continues to help me with my stance and my aim. I mostly shoot a .22 caliber Browning Buckmark or an old J.C. Higgins .22 semi-automatic carbine rifle (right out of the 1950's Sears & Roebuck Catalog.)
Sam will set out targets for me, and just recently bought me a spinner target which has different sized metal spinners that fly around a metal rod when they are hit. I really like that gift! At 12 yards, I am fairly accurate with the Buckmark, which is a pretty little black handgun. Lightweight, too. Sam worked me a bit harder last time by putting a green plastic soda bottle out about 35 to 40 yards. Much more difficult and I was using the rifle, but I was pleased with my progress. On the last load, I hit the bottle 6 out of 15 times. Sam told me to make it "dance."
Beautiful day! We cleaned our area and picked up Sam's brass for reloading bullets. Once we unloaded the truck at home, we finished our afternoon at our favorite pub. I thought about how much we enjoyed our time together, talking and laughing. I guess Sam has always been my HOH out at the range. He teaches me patiently, but expects me to always listen. Just like with ttwd, I want to be the best possible me.