Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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Building confidence at the range

Kristen Monroe works on handgun accuracy at the range.Spending an afternoon at the range can do much more than improve your shooting skills.  My dad and I recently visited McMiller Shooting Center in Eagle. For me, shooting can relieve tension and takes my mind away from the stresses of everyday life.  The loud blast from a handgun and the smell of a smoking barrel, ahh how relaxing.  What a spectacular example of irony.

To those of you who still fear law abiding citizens who are practicing concealed carry, I have good news for you.  The gun ranges are packed and more shooters are out there sharpening their skills.  More good guys are on the street to protect themselves and others from the villains you see on the news every night.  According to the range officer, Chris Kotaska, traffic at the range has increased exponentially since the new law has passed.  Luckily, we went during the week when the range was less busy, so there was plenty of time for Dad to give me some pointers.

Phil Durbin takes aim at the range.I pick up shooting tips from reading, but hands-on training is second to none.  And quite frankly, it’s much more fun.  I still learn some of my most valuable lessons from my dad.  I was flinching during the trigger pull and shooting a bit low with my first few shots.  “You need to be smoother on the trigger pull. When the gun fires it should almost surprise you,” said Dad.  By the end of our shooting session, I was proud of my groupings and walked off of the range a little more assured.  My confidence level is a little higher, and that feels good.

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