2nd Amendment: Just an ordinary day, but only if you live in the United States of America.
Several weeks back I cleared my busy schedule for a trip to the north-land for a fun day of target shooting with my son. Part of the allure of this adventure was not only the promise of the cooler climate but also of the famous fried bread and a cold beverage after our shooting sessions were complete. So this past weekend I took to the road, packed the bag with my Ruger 357 Revolver, a few hundred rounds, and my son.
As my son and I drove through the beautiful and diverse Arizona country, I started to second guess myself since I am not the best shot in the world and adding to that, all my recent shooting has been indoors. I then relaxed and realized this is really not about how well I can shoot but just the fact that I am exercising my right to bear arms along with the badly needed practice. The opportunity was also there to practice amongst some of the best shooters in the outback of Arizona.
After the short 2 hour trip, we pulled off the highway and began driving on a gravel road in the expanse of our beautiful Ponderosa Pines and along with a noticeable drop in temperature, (25 degrees) my son and I exchanged looks and at the same time said to each other.... “This is awesome.”
A bit further in and a bit of off-roading I realized I might need a better suited truck to arrive at our final destination. My friend Joe greeted us and introduced me to the guys. After a brief introduction, we began sending rounds down range in friendly competitive target shooting. Non-Combat types of shooting are fairly new to me however, I hit three of my first three shots with a 3” barrel and felt pretty good. I should have stopped after the first shot and would have been content to do so however that is not what this adventure is all about. I was having too much fun watching some of these great shooters make some awesome runs and placing last split second shots to win. I decided to just enjoy the moment and not overthink my shots from that point on: There would be plenty of time later to perfect my technique.
My son and I observed the guys present their pal a beautiful Colt Walker as a birthday gift. There was a nice history lesson associated with the revolver and quite a bit of jibbing between the guys for whatever reason...all in good fun.
In the competitive side of this fun shoot, I was enjoying the winning shots and celebrating and congratulating the round winners regardless which side of the competitive fence they were on. Naturally, the time spent with my son was the most enjoyable.
The shoot was now over, these good guys invited my son and me back for some of the famous fried bread I had been hearing about (my son actually did quite a bit of the frying) and one of the best cheese and bean dips I have ever had. After about two to three hours of good conversation and a gut busting from some good laughs and food, we called it a night and took off for home.
Riding home, my son and I agreed it was one heck of a fun day. I reflected on this fine day as we traveled home and was reminded of all our blessings along with living in this great Country. I feel strongly that to go through the day without giving these blessings their due is something that should not be pushed aside for another day. We fully exercised our rights on that beautiful day in our beautiful Country. We exercised rights that many in this world will never have and we did so in what I can and hope is a similar setting repeated so many times across this rich land of the United States of America.
We have the freedom to do what we did because of our brave founders which gave us a great foundation of this nation. I for one, reflect on those sacrifices made for me, sacrifices made by our founders and many men and women that have fought to preserve our great nation. My gratitude goes to all these founding fathers, and those which did and will fight for and defend our God given rights which allowed me to share this rich weekend adventure with these wonderful folks.
I realize that the crew I will be shooting with might not care to have me as their marksman if in a pinch, but I will not hesitate when called upon to do my part.
At the end of the day you are often judged by your associations or as they say “the company you keep.” I enjoyed the company I kept that day very much.