I remember the first time I had ever held a gun in my hands. I was at a conference for a federal position I held at the time with USDA Wildlife Services. My co-worker and friend asked: “Ever shot a gun before?” Shaking my head I nervously answered, “no, but I’ve always wanted to try.” After trying my first shots with a Ruger Mark II .22lr I was hooked. I felt excited, empowered, and thirsting for more.
The weeks after the conference my free time was spent digging into any information I could get my hands on about guns. Specifically, I was looking for where to begin. I had several seasoned friends anxious to guide me on my information quest. Truthfully it was information overload. Just the simple basics is what I was searching for. I wanted my journey to begin with handguns.
In the community I live in there weren’t many options for beginner handgun classes. I felt frustrated by the lack of finding what I was searching for. So I began my journey working part-time at local gun shops to learn hands-on and ask questions. From there I sought my certification as an NRA instructor and, as well as many of you know, Prairie Patriot was born.
Today as I read my firearms news briefs I was tickled to see the launch of LetsGoShooting.org by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). “LetsGoShooting.org was created to be a go-to resource for all things target shooting and firearms safety. Those new to firearms and the shooting sports, especially those who haven’t yet taken their first shots or purchased their first firearm, will find a wealth of information about the various target sports, firearms retailer listings, maps showing area ranges, shooting and safety tips, and information on finding instruction.” How WONDERFUL I thought as I read the announcement. To myself, I said, “I sure would have enjoyed having that when I started.”
Starting on a new adventure can be a bit intimidating, especially when the sport you are interested in is firearms. Take advantage of the useful information on LetsGoShooting.org and when you are ready to meet me at the range for the next steps.
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