As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, I’ve been hitting it pretty hard the last few days and was starting to feel a bit burned out. So I decided to play hooky from my desk and go play yesterday.
The four of us left Charles and Chris’ lot in the Yuma Foothills, and after a stop at Five Guys for lunch we drove to Adair Shooting Range, located about 15 miles north of town off U.S. Highway 95. This place was fantastic and had separate ranges for archery, pistol, big bore rifle, small bore rifle, trap and skeet, silhouette, and a designated police combat range. There is even a camping area and there was no range fee required.
Each range had separate shooting lanes and covered ramadas with concrete tables and benches. The high berms on each side are for safety when people are shooting on the lane next to you.
I guess all those tens of thousands of rounds I’ve put down range over the years were worth it. It’s been almost two years since we’ve been shooting, but when I unlimbered my Colt AR-15 with open sights I discovered I’ve still got it.
I asked Chris if she wanted to try the AR-15 and she was all over that. I gave her some quick instructions and had her sit down at one of the tables and try it out. And she nailed it the first time! If she had been on my old rifle range back at West Point, I’d have passed her as a qualified Marksman.
Then I told Chris it was time for her to have some real fun and gave her a fresh 20 round magazine and told her to forget the target and just squeeze the trigger as fast as she could until the thing was empty.
How fast was she shooting? If you look carefully there is one ejected brass cartridge case just over the top of the rifle and another just over Chris’ right shoulder. Two in the air at once! That was good photography by Miss Terry, too!
After we were done with the rifles I popped a few rounds through my two Kimber .45s and then Terry hauled out her little snub-nosed S&W .38 and reminded m of why I say “Yes dear” a lot!
It was a fun day, but we weren’t done yet. On the way home we stopped at a produce stand so Terry could pick up some goodies, and then back at home she made a pitcher of delicious fresh squeezed lemonade. Charles and Chris grilled some delicious country style pork ribs for dinner. We ate and talked and ate some more and had a wonderful time doing both. Thanks guys, I really needed a day like that.
Today I’ll be back at the grind. We want to drop off some more bundles of sample copies of the Gypsy Journal at the local RV parks we have not hit before and by then we’ll have the final okay back from the printer on the new issue and I can start sending out the link to all of our digital subscribers.
Have you entered this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook version of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series? All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – You can make a wish or you can make it happen.