6 thoughts on “Pull!”

  1. Any time you’re over in my neck of the woods, my gun-own­ing broth­er in law has threatened to take me to a shoot­ing range, so tag along!

  2. Shooting is so much fun. It’s almost like tak­ing a photo — hold your breath, squeeze. Frighteningly easy. I’m slightly deaf in my right ear, and I swear it’s from the noise of fir­ing blanks while on patrol with no hear­ing pro­tec­tion. It’s an intense, per­cuss­ive snap — I can’t think how to describe it. (bad writer! bad writer!!!) On the range you wear earplugs, but out play­ing sol­diers, you don’t.

    The feel depends on the weapon. I’ve only fired a pis­tol once, and I can’t remem­ber what sort it was. I remem­ber being shocked by how much it kicked up. It’s such a small, insub­stan­tial thing and you can point it any which-way so eas­ily… so deadly!

    The rifle, by con­trast, feels like a part of your arm. It sits com­fort­ably in your shoulder and just gives a friendly little punch back into your body. The dif­fer­ence between a single shot and a burst is just the subtlest of pres­sure on the trig­ger.

    I had a go on a Minimi once. Sprayed rounds all over the place — it was like try­ing to hang onto a really p-d off tom­cat. I guess I was hav­ing a bit of a girly moment and didn’t get agress­ive enough with it.

  3. F89 LMG (light machine gun). 5.56.

    Machine guns weigh a ton — I can’t remem­ber if it was the Mag 58 or an M60 that we used to lug around — I’ve had a (brief) turn car­ry­ing the damn thing and car­ry­ing the rounds for it (also weigh a ton) though I didn’t fire it. Definitely a man’s weapon, I think!

    You should def­in­itely try to arrange some time at a range. Shooting is the one thing I miss about the army. Of course, for me it was strictly ‘play­ing sol­diers’ — shoot­ing on a range or on exer­cise with blanks — I don’t have any exper­i­ence of shoot­ing or being shot at for real. Which is a good thing.

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