Bucket list check | 219. Go to a shooting range

I found a Groupon for a local shooting range which split the expected cost in half. I had to snag it before the deal expired and that we did. Turns out it was a gun range I used to pass by all the time growing up. I even used to go to the pet store across the street often. It clicked about five minutes before we got there that this was the gun range I saw go into business as a young girl.


We strolled into Family Firearms on a nice Sunday afternoon despite knowing whether or not hubby would have fun. He is all about peace, so guns and peace don’t really coincide. I, on the other hand, was terrified. I was scared of guns and have always tried to stay away from them. I had no experience with anything more than a BB gun but obviously my husband training in the military, so it was nothing new to him. It actually came back to him while he was there.


We were welcomed with the utmost friendliness by Frank. He made us laugh and gave us the best information for our first time at the range. He was definitely a cool dude. I think he made 50% of the entire experience because I felt comfortable and like it’d be okay, even if I was afraid. After he explained safety and showed me how to use the gun, we set off into our lane, and I had a bit more confidence.


I made the mistake of putting on the ear phones when we got inside the doors, rather than before we made it in there. I can’t even begin to tell you how loud it was and how badly it hurt my ears. You have to learn somehow right? It was a good environment because for some reason, I felt like I was getting the same pep talk the girl a few rows down was getting from presumably her father. He was stern with her and taught her everything she needed to know, as if to build up her self-defense. I liked that.


We loaded our 22 Ruger and began shooting at targets. I knew there would be power behind the gun but I was so shaky that I kept fumbling and the first shot put out more power than I expected. This is why I wanted to go to the gun range. Before I work on target and aiming, I want to be comfortable with holding it and shooting, just in case.


Back to what I said about my husband and peace earlier: it came down to the moment we ran out of the ammo included within the Groupon. He asked if we should get more and I didn’t know. He went to find out the cost and ended up bringing them back and saying “WE’RE DOING IT” with the biggest smile on his face, he was so sure of himself. It made me smile because he was so cute about it. He was definitely having fun and I was definitely becoming more comfortable with it.

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He hit the target more than I did. In fact, I thought I did so well, only to move the target forward and see that I missed…so…badly. I managed to get the side, the blank space, haha! And maybe an arm shot. Like I said, I was more concerned with shooting and holding the gun, than getting a bulls-eye. I started getting distracted and a little nervous because some guys with some really big guns came in. Shells were flying everywhere!


By the time we went through all our rounds, I was shooting and loading like a pro – a slow pro but definitely more confident. We would have stayed longer but we had a busy day ahead of us. We had fun and I wouldn’t mind going back. If we do, we’ll definitely be going back to Family Firearms because it was so worth the drive from where we are. The prices are great, the staff is friendly, and it is definitely a place you can feel comfortable for your first time.


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  1. If you’re ever in town I’d love to go to the range with you! Mitch and I went on the 10th, partially for fun and partially for his birthday. 🙂

        1. Oh, double date! I definitely want to go back and do a sunflower or a mermaid. I keep seeing them. There’s also one where you can paint your own dog. I want to do that with Chay, haha.

  2. Hey Samantha, shooting a gun isn’t always about violence as you discovered, it can be fun and even competitive and also a huge way to relieve stress. Glad to see you had fun with it maybe y’all can come up to north Georgia sometimes and we’ll step up to some big bore action!

    1. Thank you for commenting, Tony. It definitely can be fun and I can see how it would be competitive. I can see how it would also be stress-relieving even more so. You learn at the same time so it is awesome. We would love to shoot some up there with you guys some time! I’ll let you know when we swing that way.

  3. After reading this Sam, it might be something I might want to try. Handguns are illegal in Canada except for people like police officers, armoured vehicle personnel and I think maybe prison guards. So I am not even sure what guns are used in Canada.
    It was a fascinating read. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    1. That’s awesome! I hope you do get a chance to experience it. It makes you feel as if you’re in control. It’s amazing to find out what’s illegal in other places. Thank you for reading! Maybe a vacation to America would get you some experience.

    1. Oh yes, definitely pretty fun! I think my dad used to hunt but I was a small girl and couldn’t tag along when he went on hunting trips. I guess that can be why I’m so afraid of guns, haha.

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