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tashabear
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So tomorrow, I get to sit in a cramped little gun shop listening to the same gun safety stuff that has been drilled and drilled and DRILLED into my head for over twenty years. "Don't put your finger on the trigger till you're ready to fire." "Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction." "Keep the weapon secured when not in use." (Though why I want to be fucking around with a gun safe in an immediate-need situation is beyond me.) "Keep your stance tight and balanced... watch your sight picture... be aware of your surroundings... mind your breathing..." GAH!

I spent nearly $100 for this class, and flipping through the book, I know that this is stuff that I could teach. Hell, I have taught it, unofficially. The only reason I'm taking it is that I can't get a pistol permit without one. You'd think that 17 years in the Army and a parent who was an NRA instructor, life member of the NRA, and nationally ranked target-shooting competitor would count for something. Blargh. At least I might get to shoot tomorrow. There has to be some positive going on here.

i feel: bored bored

10 trips or shoot the rapids
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amcnh From: amcnh Date: October 29th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC) (base camp)
Good reason to never let certs, once you get them, never to expire. :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 29th, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Except that I lived in NH at the time, and couldn't have renewed my MA pistol permit even if I had been living above the poverty level.
xianghua From: xianghua Date: October 29th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC) (base camp)
I think gun safes make lots of sense if you've got kids (or even teenagers) around, or you've got anything but purely-for-self-defense guns. But... if your primary reason for getting a gun is self defense, I think it's sort of stupid to lock it away.

I *do* question folks who leave guns unlocked around kids. That really is just an accident waiting to happen. And I say this as someone who quite LIKES guns, and learned to shoot at 10 (carefully) at the farm.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 30th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
OTOH, I grew up around unlocked guns, and was taught from a VERY early age that they were not to be touched, and still lived to tell the tale. I lock my guns because it's state law, and because if they ever go missing and they were unlocked, I am liable.
xianghua From: xianghua Date: October 30th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Me too...

But my dad was really proactive, like yours- they couldn't be touched, and we did the 'This is what guns do to people" experiment with tin cans and pumpkins. I trust kids whose parents are proactive around them, but frankly, I see fewer and fewer well-behaved, educated kids and more little semi-feral brats every year. It's like dogs- I trust MY theoretical future kids with dogs because I know I'll educate them, but that won't stop me from being very careful about placing rescues or puppies with families with kids (less so with collies than corgis, though) because I don't always know how the kids' friends will behave.
cymrullewes From: cymrullewes Date: October 31st, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
A GunVault is a very nice secure storage solution for pistols. It's got a touchpad lock on it that you can set. It operates with 4 (or 8, I can't remember if the battery pack is double sided or not) AA batteries and if they die before you can change them, there's a key lock to get in to it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 31st, 2006 06:56 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My husband was talking about getting a couple of those.
bubbette From: bubbette Date: October 29th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC) (base camp)
When I took the class, a practical test was required. You have to be able to prove that you can shoot the damn thing, as well as get the bullet somewhere near your target.

I always think of the Monty Python sketch with the hunters and their shotguns...shooting themselves and just about everything else except their targets...
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: October 29th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I just did that last month. It wasn't so bad really because I got to shoot something. Have you thought about taking the instructor class?
I took it for the same reason you are doing so.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: October 29th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Not a bad idea, actually. We'll see how the class goes.
10 trips or shoot the rapids