July 8th, 2009 12:20 AM
Back in the saddle again.
Since getting pregnant I have had to put my shooting on hold. After having the baby and moving we still didn't have the opportunity to go shooting so much. Even if we did, who's going to watch the baby?
Finally, with my mother as a babysitter, a case full of guns and ammo and a place to go shooting, I jumped at the opportunity to punch a few .45 sized holes in stuff.
So off we went to my uncle's house.
My cousin, a dedicated shooter who does absolutely nothing half-baked, decided to make my first time shooting in almost a year and a half, a memorable occasion.
I thought we were going to be stationary shooting. My plan was to start out slow with a .22, stationary and work my way back up to my .45 but before I could even voice an opinion my cousin had set up an entire full-scale IDPA style shoot, my husband handed me the XD-m and my cousin was yelling "GO!" at me. So much for taking it slow.
My first time through was with the XD-m which I hadn't shot before. Then I went through with the Wilson and then the Baer, a .22 my uncle had brought and then JD gave me the rest of the ammo and said, "Have fun!"
I did a lot better than I'd expected given how long it had been since my last actual shoot.
Everyone says that shooting is NOT like riding a bike and if you don't use your skills you will loose them and so I was expecting a horrible performance. While I think that is true to a degree I was amazed at how natural it felt to not only be shooting but moving and shooting, sighting, rapid firing, etc.
Reloads were probably my slowest and most "forgotten" aspect of the shooting experience but everything else was back up and running in an amazingly short period of time. Some of my rapid fire groups were within an inch. That was a pretty cool feeling.
There were a number of us using already-used targets (five of us, in total) and so after a while it was really hard to distinguish who made what holes but we had a lot of fun!! I miss shooting!
July 8th, 2009 12:31 AM
Great to see you back shooting Lima.
Tell JD and Garret Howdy for me. Looking at those PICS made me miss Iowa, until I remembered the winters.
I had a long hiatus from shooting when I was in college the second time around. When I finally got the chance to go shooting again, after about five years, I found that while I may have been a little slower I was able to get over some bad habits I had that were detrimental to my shooting.
Sometimes you need a break and then go back to doing the basics again. Being that you are an expirienced shooter your refamiliarization curve is going to be a lot less than a newbie's learning curve.
Take care, have fun and stay safe.
July 8th, 2009 12:35 AM
Glsd to see you back. Looks like you had a great time.
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July 8th, 2009 12:37 AM
July 8th, 2009 12:43 AM
Glad to see you back shooting. Feels great doesn't it?
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July 8th, 2009 12:43 AM
You need to change your 'location'
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July 8th, 2009 12:54 AM
July 8th, 2009 01:10 AM
It was a lot fun. Yeah, I need to update my profile.
We did have lots of fun. I liked that XD-m.... very good shooter!!
July 8th, 2009 01:28 AM
Looks like you were at your Field of Dreams... Just watch out for the ballplayers.
July 8th, 2009 08:10 AM
It must be nice to be able to do that in a "back yard", I hope to have that option after I retire!!
Welcome back to active shooting.
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July 8th, 2009 09:11 AM
There is a thing called 'muscle memory.'
What that means is that, very often the first time out after a layoff from any physical activity, you will do about as well as you did when you were shooting/playing/practicing every day.
It will be interesting to see if you do as well your 2nd or 3rd times out.
Glad you're back and shooting. The world is already a safer place.
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July 8th, 2009 10:11 AM
Pumpin' a little iron (er ... lead) there, again. I've been wonderin' where that metallic taste in the corn soup was coming from.
Glad to see you back in form.
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July 8th, 2009 10:17 AM
Man that looks like a lot of fun!
July 8th, 2009 10:55 AM
I'll be heading to Northern IA and WI chasing those Chinese chickens in the fall.
July 8th, 2009 11:04 AM
Looks like fun and a very nice "range"...Wish I had a back yard like that too. Welcome back to shooting.
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