Sheepdog and I went on a date yesterday. It was actually a double date with new friends, Fat Bastard (self-named, but he’s not even fat – he’s just old) and his Very Cool Wife. We had talked about things that we have in common and settled on a casual dinner. But first we decided to bond over shooting some guns.
Sheepdog is always up for a little target practice at the range. He probably goes once a month to shoot and to grope the cool new merchandise on the shelves. And by “grope” I do mean moan softly while he touches and fondles the guns inappropriately. His latest obsession is an AR-15, which is a semi-automatic sport rifle that one would apparently use to shoot most kinds of varmints. That man really loves guns.
So our new friends are from the arctic tundra (or Wisconsin) where they apparently grow up with not much else to do but hunting and ice fishing. The saying goes that the four major food groups there are cheese, beer, fish and venison. And everybody from there either has a friend, relative or a pet named Brett. Anyway, they were totally up for some fun with guns so we swung by their house and picked them up.
When we got out of the car there was some talk about me being too dressed up. I kind of was, but you have to understand that I own sweatpants/ pajamas and I own dresses. I have nothing in between. So I had opted to wear a summer dress and (as a favor to Sheepdog) some high-heeled sandals. We were going out to eat afterwards, so it wasn’t completely unreasonable that I would be in a dress. It was just a little weird and out of place at the shooting range, but I certainly didn’t care. Sheepdog, of course, thought it was hot and was all for it.
So we are at the gun club and we put on our eyes (protective glasses) and ears (Monster Beats by Dr. Dre headphones) and we pick out our target practice sheets. Sheepdog gives us a little safety reminder class and he sets us up in Lane 10. Very Cool Wife is up first and she shoots the Glock once to get a feel for it. Then Mrs. Jack Bauer up and busts a cap or two (or fifteen) into the neck and torso of the terrorist holding an RPG. She was completely bad ass.
By the time I was up I was still a little nervous, as it has been a while since I last went shooting. I am a safety girl, so I asked Sheepdog to give me yet another rundown. Soon I felt comfortable enough to shoot. I like the standard black and white target dummy with a red “X” over his heart. I shot the crap out of that thing. I loved the power of the gun in my hands, even though I have never been able to get the grip just right. I always end up with blood on my thumb from the recoil. I didn’t empty the magazine, but I was satisfied for the moment and let Sheepdog finish that one out for me.
So the four of us rotated for a while and we each took turns with the different target sheets. Bullet casings were flying left and right as they discharged. We were trying shots with both of the guns that Sheepdog brought and we also experimented with distance shooting. We were having a good time. It was really fun. And then…
I was shooting the Glock 9mm again (which is definitely my favorite handgun). Now, everybody develops a certain stance when they are shooting. Some people stand loosely and some are more rigid in the knees and elbows – there are dozens of variations. I choose to stand with my legs apart and my arms fairly close together, while my elbows are a little relaxed. Risking TMI, I will tell you that this actually causes my boobs to get pushed together, which is neither here nor there except that one of the bullet casings flew up into the air upon discharge and then promptly fell into my cleavage.
One minute I was thinking about protecting my family from bad guys, super proud that I was pumping lead into the target’s face, throat and heart, and the next minute my twins were screaming in pain from the burning hot shell casing that was trapped in between them. My survival instincts were strong but I was still all Safety First, so I promptly placed the handgun on the counter facing downrange. But let me tell you that my hands were fishing around for the hot metal in my bra toute de suite.
It hurt at the time, but fortunately my boobs are just fine. The burn was very mild and almost completely unnoticeable by this morning. And I got a lesson that I hope all of you will learn from as well… don’t ever wear a low-cut dress to the gun club. There’s good reason why everyone else there is in crew neck t-shirts and jeans.
Wish me luck for tomorrow…