I don’t know where the time went, but it had been over three years since we had done any target shooting, and that’s way too long. So yesterday we drove out to the cinder pit on Porter Mountain Road in Lakeside, Arizona and did some plinking.
For those of you who are not shooters, plinking is informal target shooting at things like tin cans and such. We never shoot glass, and we always clean up after ourselves, but unfortunately, there are always lots of others who leave places like the cinder pit a mess.
When we lived here in the White Mountains, I usually came out here and burned through a couple of hundred rounds of ammunition once or twice a month. But finding a place to shoot while traveling as fulltime RVers can be difficult.
I had a couple of guns I wanted to try out because I had not had a chance to shoot them since they came into my possession; a Colt AR-15 rifle and a Kimber Pro CDP II .45 semi-automatic pistol. Both are quality weapons, but I never trust a gun until I have shot it myself. I was pleased that even after such a long hiatus from the range, I was still able to hit my targets with both the rifle and pistol.
People always ask what the secret is to having a successful marriage like Terry and I have. It takes a lot of things; love, mutual respect, trust, honesty, communication, and true friendship between us. But the fact that Miss Terry can outshoot me any day of the week plays a role too.
A lot of women I have known are intimidated by big, heavy recoiling handguns like a .45, but not Terry. She took to that Kimber like a fish to water, and had those tin cans dancing all over the cinder pit.
Terry has shot a number of handguns, but she isn’t as familiar with long guns, and really didn’t have much interest in the AR-15. But I urged her to just pop off a round or two, and once she got the hang of the sights, she was really tearing things up out there. If I ever get into a gunfight, I know who I want covering my back!
I know that guns are not politically correct to a lot of people, and that’s certainly your right if that’s how you feel. But we enjoy shooting and I make no apologies for that. Besides, I’ll bet you my guns appreciated in value more than your 401K did in the last few years. 🙂
After we were done playing, we drove into Pinetop and spent the afternoon visiting with our friends Jim and Shar Lewis in their lovely log chalet. I don’t ever want to own a house again, but if I did, I could live quite happily in a place like that!
Jim and Shar know that we enjoy Chinese food, so they took us to a great restaurant called Lotus Garden for dinner. The servings were huge and everything was beyond delicious. We stuffed ourselves, and still had enough leftovers to bring home for lunch today. We’ve only got a few days left here before we hit the road again, but we may try to get back to Lotus Garden one more time before we leave. It was that good!
Thought For The Day – Immature: A word boring people use to describe fun people.