Law Shield came across an item by Sheriff Jim Wilson that we thought was worth passing along to our members. Sheriff Wilson has a nostalgic perspective on learning to shoot. Here’s Wilson, writing for the NRA publication Shooting Illustrated, last week:
“Sometimes we get too caught up in the intricacies of what we feel like are our advanced shooting endeavors. You know, “Is the .45 ACP really better than the 9mm?” “What bullets will give us the most expansion?” “Why didn’t the editor of Shooting Illustrated print my letter that lined out the only true and proper way to draw and shoot a defensive handgun?” You know, the burning questions of our times.
What we forget is that most of us got into shooting because it is fun. It didn’t matter what we shot, or how we shot it, as long as we were being legal and safe. Just once, I’d like to see the pile of .22 shells that I fired before I was old enough to drive a car. And I wouldn’t take anything for the times that I packed that same .22 along on trips down creeks that needed exploring.
So, with the beginning of summer at hand, I suggest that you round up some .22 LR rifles, your kids, and some reactive targets — charcoal briquettes are perfect and they are biodegradable — and head out for some fun shooting. Take lots of ammo. In fact, take way more ammo than you think you will need. You’ll need it.
Be safe, be legal, and don’t leave a mess. But most of all just have fun with guns. It is the way that you and I started and it’s the way your kids need to start, too.”
What is your fondest shooting memory?