handguns, pistols, and rifles

Back in November, we were not able to attend the Marine Corp Ball.  My husband always signs up for the three raffles to win a firearm which he did again. Much to our surprise, he won a 12 gauge shotgun – worth over $1000. He was thrilled. We already own the shotgun, that belonged to my dad – when he was a teenager. Since retiring, and before COVID, he and another friend, a *former Marine who served under 2 American Presidents at the White House (Reagon and Bush 1) go shooting. He\’s always trying to get me to go shooting, but both are just too heavy for me.

HOWEVER, I\’ve been thinking about purchasing a small handgun. So I checked some local gun stores here, and they are sold out. Only the real fancy expensive ones are available. I just want a small Glock or a Beretta.  Then I could go shooting. After my mom, committed suicide, my sister and I decided to sell my dad\’s gun collection\’ never thinking we were acting out of emotion. Now I regret it. I could have at least saved one for myself and gave 2 to my sons.

I used to watch this show, Top Shot.  It was a reality television show that played on the History Channel. In the show, 16 contestants, split into two teams of eight, compete in various types of shooting challenges. One by one, the contestants are eliminated until only one remain. That contestant receives a $100,000 grand prize and the title of \”Top Shot.\” The game challenges the players with their skill and ability with a range of weapons, most often firearms including handguns, pistols, and rifles, but can include grenade launchers, bows or crossbows, and thrown weapons such as knives and hatchets. When not in competition or practice, the combined group was secluded in a well-furnished house here in California with food and recreational activities.  I really enjoy that show plus it had all the \”drama\” that comes with reality TV.  Most of them were law enforcement or former military.

Shooting guns for pleasure is fun. I\’m not talking about going out and shooting up the town – I\’m mainly interested in target shooting. I don\’t and won\’t hunt.  My dad taught me how to shoot a gun when I was a kid and I used to enjoy shooting aluminum cans.

My husband enjoys the crossbow and bows,  but I never could use one of them. In high school, I always flunked out in archery class. Hey, I can use a slingshot! Besides skill, it takes upper body arm strength which I guess I never had. Maybe coordination, too.


*Former Marine friend of my husband – Richard who served under President Reagon and Bush at the White House. He tells one story where Nancy had Reagon on a diet and one evening, he asked Richard to go to Mc Donalds for a meal, which Richard complied with. They were both sitting in the kitchen enjoying their food when in walks Nancy. Richard said, she never liked him after that and gave him quite the \”stink eye.\”

10 thoughts on “handguns, pistols, and rifles

  1. Anonymous July 1, 2020 / 1:30 pm

    We have three handguns. My husband has 2 9mm but I found them too hard to shoot so I bought myself a .22 a few years ago. I call it a girl gun because it doesn't have a super recoil! I love shooting at a range but don't go very often anymore. I need to start agin because I need practice. I can't hit the broad side of a barn!


  2. Anonymous July 1, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Cute story about the Reagans 🙂 Congrats to your hubby on winning the shotgun. Hubby is trying to get me to go to a shooting range to learn how to fire a gun (just in case with these wild days). I have mixed feelings about me doing so. I have a healthy respect of guns like I have a healthy respect of the ocean. Not a strong swimmer so I don't go in deep at all to the ocean if I'm around one. I should take a gun safety class. There are always lines at our gun stores here for people to go in and get what they are looking for.betty


  3. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 12:13 am

    The McDonald's and Reagan is a good little anecdote.I'm not keen on guns. Yet I own quite a few. More from I inherited them. There is one pistol I was sentimental about which was my dad's revolver. My brother begged and begged my mom for it. So she let him have it about a year before my brother passed. It is one thing I wish my sister in law would give us. But I would never ask her. It is just stuff in the end.


  4. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 10:22 am

    LOL. Can you imagine what would happen if Melanie tried to put fat-boy on a diet? I've never learned to shoot although our Police Chief offered to teach me.


  5. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    The gun safety classes are a very good idea.


  6. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    shooting is just another activity to do these days – good hand eye coordination. I probably couldn't hit the side of a barn, like Jeannette said.


  7. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 5:41 pm

    Shooting – it's not for everyone.


  8. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 5:42 pm

    That's what I think I want, a girl gun. LOL.


  9. Anonymous July 2, 2020 / 8:53 pm

    I like guns, I don't own one because not an option here but still I find them interesting


  10. Anonymous July 3, 2020 / 8:53 pm

    It's not the guns fault that sometimes it falls into the wrong hands.


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