Bullseye: My first try at a shooting range

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By Matt Birkholtz

I have never been one to play with toy guns or even shoot a real gun.
That was until I went to my friend, Kyle Swadener’s bachelor party on Sept. 24.
The original plan was for us to go shoot paintballs, but just a week before the party, I found out we were going to a shooting range.
I was a little nervous about shooting a gun, because that is not my kind of thing. I had never held a real gun until I was in front of the shooting target that day.
We went to Shooters in Independence and I was astonished to see targets that looked like terrorists, including one that was not just a terrorist, but a zombie terrorist.
I purchased one target, grabbed my ear set and went down the steps to the range.
As we were walking down, you could hear the shots firing and I realized then I would be experiencing a new event I never thought I would do.
My thought then was that I had no gun to shoot with.
Our friend Bill Goetz, who is a Hamilton County park ranger, gave me some tips and techniques of how to hold the pistol as I was aiming for the target.
For those of you who remember Duck Hunt on the Nintendo gaming system, this is not the same feeling.
I aimed and was ready to fire, nervous of how bad of an aim I may have, pulled the trigger and saw the blast from the front of the pistol and then the tear of the bullet hole on the target.
As I looked my first shot was almost in the center of the chest of the body outline. I was amazed at how well I had shot it.
I shot the remaining nine bullets and I had six more go in the center, with the other three to the left and right of my target.
Originally, I was going to shoot one round of ammunition, but after one round, I wanted to shoot more rounds.
I found a fascination in something I never thought I would have happen.
My range card is good until Sept. 24, 2012 and even though I still am not a gun enthusiast, I am interested at shooting one of those zombie terrorists next time.
(Matt Birkholtz is the sports writer for the Grant County News. He can be reached at mbirkholtz@grantky.com or (859) 824-3343.


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