I went shooting today! Yes, as in target practice at a shooting range. I did pretty well.
I shot several different calibers of gun while there, thanks to my friend bringing them to give me a taste of each. I learned a lot about how the various ones feel in my hand, what to watch for in some problems with fit, the difference between revolvers and semi-automatics, etc. I learned what I like and don't about several of them. I know there is much more to learn, but it's a good start.
With each new gun, there was a learning curve, and I usually missed the target 2-3 times while getting the hang of it, but then, I was pleasantly surprised to see I was shooting with pretty good accuracy. At first I thought I was missing the target more than I actually was, because the bullets went through the target and kicked up the dust behind it. I thought I was missing it altogether! But my friend was watching and knew how I was doing. We walked out and looked at it up close and son-of-a-gun! I was hitting often and fairly centered! By the end of a couple hours, my target was pretty well riddled, and considering it was about 18" square, that's pretty good.
There were a couple men near us who knew my friend. They were watching us off and on, and one commented that I was doing pretty well. My friend replied that this was my first time shooting, and he responded "Well, then, with a little more practice you're gonna be a serious concern to any intruder." I feel pretty comfortable about how I handle the guns. I want to practice more, but it's nice to know that in a pinch, I can do what I need.
And since some of you are wondering .... no, I don't know any more than I did. My friend has been sick with a cold and is just getting over it. We called it a day after shooting. He was looking rather fatigued and was coughing a little. I didn't want him to have a set back. I got a nice hug as I got into my truck and he said he'd give me a call when he is better. As I said .... we will see. :)