After taking Emma to the dog park before 7:00 this morning, I checked Jojoba Hills’ website to see what kind of activities were going on today. It turned out it was Ladies Day at the air gun range. Now I don’t know a thing about guns and certainly am not a hunter, but it sounded interesting so I hopped in my golf cart and blasted over to the other side of the park where the gun range is located.
The range is located just past the not as popular dog run (as opposed to the very popular dog park). There is a sun shelter with places to sit to shoot at the numerous targets. The close ones are for pistols, and the more distant ones are for rifles. See that orange target in the middle? It’s made out of sewer pipe, and if you shoot the pistol just right into one of the two round holes, the metal pellet goes around the bend and rings a bell on the way out.
Since it’s Ladies Day, there were plenty of experienced guys there to help us learn about air guns. I think they provided all the weapons, but I’m not sure. Some may be provided by the park.
I started out trying the pistol first. Had to use both hands to try to keep the gun from shaking as well as the holder to lean it on. Gritting my teeth seemed to help. I rang the bell on the first shot! Ha! Beginners luck! Matt Dillon has no worries. That was the only time I rang the bell. Those are the tiny pellets in that can in front. With most of the guns, you have to load one pellet at a time (in the right direction).
After an hour or so, shooting stopped so that the guys could set up a competition for us ladies. By this time, I had gotten instruction on using one of the rifles. I had much better luck with that as I could hold it steadier. It had more of a kick than I expected. My biggest problem was reloading. You have to bend the barrel down in half to put in one pellet. Pete, the guy in shorts, showed me a way I could do it using both arms.
The competition consisted of each of us ladies having one minute to load and shoot up to five pellets in order to hit three balloons that were waving in the wind. I only competed in the rifle challenge. The balloons were much further back for that. Three of us got ready for the first round. When the bell sounded, we all began. My two competitors knocked off their balloons in short order. I wasn’t so quick. I decided to try to take out my hardest balloon first. The wind kept blowing it behind that smiling face in the middle of the field. I got it! By this time, my competitors were finished with their three balloons. I struggled to get my tiny pellet seated in the barrel with my shaky hands, but everyone in the background was cheering me on telling me I had plenty of time. How great that was! I hit all three balloons with just three shots within the allotted time. Yahoo!
Turns out no matter how we did, each of the ladies got two roses to take home. What a fun morning. I’m thinking I’ll probably return for next month’s Ladies Day.
If you’re Annie Oakley, you probably wouldn’t be too happy with these results, but for a beginner, I’m just glad I hit the target most of the time. Who would have guessed I’d enjoy shooting a rifle?
Of course, after all that hard work this morning I just had to take a dip in the pool this afternoon. See that circle in the back? That’s the swirling hot tub. Had to relax those arm muscles from all that loading, don’t cha know…
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy