New Blog!

Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by often to read what I’ve posted on this blog.  I hope new readers will continue to find us and enjoy the stories that have been posted here, but I’ve started a new blog for my group, Heritage Family.  You can find it by clicking here.  I will post more on the Rounds and Roses page when I have time, but will be writing primarily for Heritage Family in order to build up readership and spread the word about that organization.  Please come over when you can, and check back often.  That site will focus on learning and passing on to future generations those skills that have been lost in recent generations, such as firearms proficiency, hunting, camping/campfire cooking, long-term food storage, etc.  So thanks again for reading, and I hope to see you over at Heritage Family!

A Continuum of Shooting Techniques

Rob has some great points on the progression of target practice techniques.

SlowFacts

I learned something basic about pointing a gun at a target.  When we first learned to shoot, we’re given pretty simple instructions.  Later we find out there is a more to the techniques than we were told at first.  As you’d expect, shooting is a continuum.  That makes learning to shoot so fascinating.

Do you remember when you shot a pellet gun as a kid?  If you’re like me, you had a clear focus on the sights.  Back then, we shot at small wooden blocks that could easily hide behind the front sight.  Hitting them required precise alignment.

Ten years later, I learned to shoot a handgun as if it were a short barreled rifle.  A shooting coach taught me to hit a target the size of a quarter from 75 feet away.  Skip forward another thirty years

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Looks like the flashbang holster made it to CNN!

Cafferty File

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

Gun sales are booming, and women are a big part of the reason why.

The Daily Beast reports on the National Rifle Association getting in touch with its feminine side at its annual convention. Companies sell all sort of things: pink firearms, guns that are small enough to fit in a small purse, black and pink shooting targets and even a bra holster.

As the inventor of the Flashbang Women’s Holster tells The Daily Beast: “Nothing comes between a girl and her gun.”

Of course if you’re carrying a gun there, you want to be doubly sure the safety is on. The National Sporting Goods Association says nearly 47% more women are shooting today compared with 10 years ago, and a Gallup Poll last year found almost one in four American women own at least one gun.

The number of women at NRA shooting clinics has…

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New blood!

One of my favorite things to do is introduce women to the shooting world – and if it is one of our own kids, that’s even better.  It is hard to believe that our daughter, Taylor, had not been to the range with us before, but her Honey’s work schedule makes it hard to coordinate dates.

We made it this past weekend, though, and Taylor and Justin brought their friends, Lindsey and Aaron with them.  Taylor had never shot, Lindsey had shot only a few times, with Aaron’s .45 caliber – but didn’t like it much.

I started both girls out with a Beretta .22 semi-automatic, just so they could focus on learning the basics of sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, and stance – without worrying about recoil, since Taylor is terrified by anything that goes BOOM! 🙂

The picture above is the second target they both shot at, having only put about 10 rounds each in their initial target.  The first one I put up for them had a really small bullseye and was just a little too hard to focus on.  We were only about five yards away from the one above, but as you can see, they learned a lot very quickly.  Taylor took center mass and Lindsey took the head shots.

We then switched to a full-silhouette target – and I moved the girls back to about 10-12 yards, because they were doing too well.  They ended up blowing the middle out, only one stray shot outside the 10 ring, and I kept telling them to take a step back.

They also got to watch and/or try some trap shooting, and then settled in with .22 rifles to shoot their first two targets of the NRA/Winchester Smallbore Rifle qualifications at 50 ft.  Both girls qualified as Pro-Marksmen, with their sweeties acting as magazine boys and spotters for them 🙂  I was really proud of the girls for hanging in for several hours and actually learning to shoot, rather than just yanking the trigger a couple of times and being done with it all.  (Oh, and I have to be sure to mention that the guys qualified as Pro-Marksmen with the rifles, as well)

I think they both had a great time, were proud of themselves, maybe learned to enjoy shooting, and hopefully will be back at the range with us soon.  And though I didn’t get to shoot much that day, I enjoy helping others have tons of fun with girls and guns “almost” as much as getting to shoot 🙂