I’m a gun nut. If you put it in my hands, I’ll shoot it and I’ll probably enjoy doing that. That being said, there are more than a few “gun experiences” that I’ve quite simply never had. For example I have never:
- Fired a round of sporting clays
- Fired an over-under shotgun, period
- Shot a bolt action rifle in any of the “traditional” hunting calibers such as .308, .30’06, .243 Win, etc.
- Shot a .41 Magnum
- Shot a .500 Magnum
- Fired two guns whilst jumping through the air
There are a whole lot of other items on that list, most of which are hunting or “brown gun” related. I got started in the shooting sports in the Coast Guard, and that experience directed me more towards the tactical and action competition side of things, which means I’ve shot a ton of ARs, polymer pistols, Berettas and 1911s, but I honestly don’t have a lot of experience with clay shooting, or any kind of hunting gear.
We all have blind spots in our shooting experience. The important thing in my opinion is to acknowledge those blind spots for what they are, and not put down the other sports that we’re less than familiar with simply because they’re not what we shoot. This goes for the skeet shooters that pooh-pooh pistol games, the 3-Gun guys that think that skeet is lame, the hunters who don’t get concealed carry, and the CCW people that think everyone who doesn’t carry is a fool.
Like Uncle says, can’t we all just get a long gun? In 2011, I’m actually going to try and get more familiar with some of the other shooting sports, especially skeet/trap shooting. Now if I can just remember that you can’t take follow up shots when you miss, I’ll be fine.