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New pistol - Still Missing the Mark - Frequently

Posted 11-25-2010 at 14:59 by ADK_40GLKr

That avatar is 60 years old.
I still like toys that go bang!

Soon after the cap pistol, I got a Red Ryder BB gun. About that time my dad bought the family farm from his older brother who was retiring from the business. "7 thousand - lock stock and barrel."

"Barrel" included the family dump: about 50 yards up the "lane" behind the barn was a small fenced in area that was grown up with small trees. Anything we'd "recycle" today that nobody wanted anymore was tossed there. I remember an old porcelain toilet, many tin cans, and lots of old food jars and Clorox bottles. I'd set an old glass jar up on the fencepost, and pound away with the BBs until it shattered.

Not long after that, I graduated to the .22 at age 15, and soon there was no glass left big enough to shoot at.

So for the next 50 years, I grew up with guns. At some point I learned about the Second Amendment. "You mean there's an ALTERNATIVE?!?" More about that growth another time.

Just recently, it's been handguns. The kids are out of the house and moved away with the grandchildren (another issue for another time) "No reason NOT to," I told my wife.

Matt, my friendly local gun dealer, who'd served a Nat'l Guard tour in Iraq with my younger son, and then another in Afghanistan, found me a gently used (40 caliber) Glock Model 22, that had been traded in by the Detroit Police Department.

So here I am, with six months of daily GlockTalk and weekly visits to the local Rod and Gun club. I started shooting at targets copied on letter-sized paper at 25 feet. Not real convenient there, so I've advanced to those 15 x15 NRA "smallbore 50 yard" targets (on the nearest target frame) at 25 yards. I figure I'm doing well if I get 50 to 60 out of a hundred possible points.

Maybe I've learned enough about hand guns to ask a few questions, but not nearly enough to give any advice. Occasionally I hit what I'm aiming at, but often I miss. I'd like to improve my aim.

So why the blog? Hopefully as a support group for us wannabe marksmen who'd like to be safer and more accurate with our guns. Maybe some of you are in the same boat (oops - mixed metaphor, how about "bunker"?) and want to share your experiences. Hopefully - some of you will share what you did to improve.
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