I did it, I did it, I did it, I did it…yippee skippy – I finally made it to the shooting range Saturday and got to try out my new Walther P22 that Devoted Spouse gave me for Christmas. I have waited so long to feel good enough to be able to go out and shoot.
I was worried that my hand wasn’t strong enough yet and might shake; I worried holding my arm out straight would hurt my shoulder, I worried that the Taliban would pick that exact moment to attack the shooting range; I just worried about everything. Silly old fart.
We took a friend of ours, Greg (you may remember him from an earlier post w/the pic of everybody eating Graeter’s ice cream). Anyway, he came along and his son Todd and Todd’s girlfriend Amanda joined us too, so we had quite the shooting party and plenty of firearms and ammunition.
The highlight of the day was Greg being able to shoot a gun that his deceased father-in-law had made – it is a Connecticut Valley Arms black powder .45 caliber percussion pistol and while I couldn’t find the exact picture (it was built from a kit) it looked alot like this one:
It was way cool to shoot — but took awhile to prepare for each shot; you had to load the powder, put the shot in, tamp everything down, put a percussion cap on – way too much work for me! But I got to shoot it and it threw out lots of smoke and made noise and I don’t even know if I hit the target, but I was having fun.
Spent about two hours practicing — I used my new Walther P22 which I enjoyed shooting but my aim was waaaay off with this gun so I need some practice. Then I spent some time with my baby – my .380 Bersa and did pretty well hitting the target. After that Devoted Spouse let me try out his brand new Ruger .380 LCP and I had some trouble with that one – it’s tiny and packs a real wallop. Lest you think I’m making this up, here I am working with the .380. Devoted Spouse was not familiar w/my camera and the battery was about dead so he only got one pic and it’s not the best, but you get the idea…
Greg got some pics on his phone camera – I’ve added them below.
There was a downside to all of this hilarity and raucous fun — I really wasn’t quite ready to be on my feet for two hours straight and I was seriously limping on the way back to the car. We went out for a quick lunch and then I came home and put icepacks on my back and my hip (as usual).
I managed to get Devoted Spouse to the airport Sun morning, but I was really limping by the time I got to church — it was one of those times when you just have to say…”but it hurts so good” coz the fun shooting was worth the pain and stiffness. I have promised my friends and Devoted Spouse that I will totally rest Monday and do nothing at all but relax. I don’t have a PT session until Wednesday and I’m gonna need to be worked on seriously by then to get these muscles stretched out again.
Here are pics of Devoted Spouse playing with the black powder gun and the coolest pic is of our friend’s son Todd – check out all the smoke that baby puts out!
Some days are so much fun it’s worth the pain. That was my Saturday – I’ve waited forever to have this kind of fun! Woo-hoo! Can’t wait to go again – but next time I’ll set a spell and rest these old bones (oh my aching back…) LOL