Last weekend we had the opportunity to visit our friends in Southern Oregon. They live on 40 acres at the top of a windy gravel road. Their home looks out over the Medford valley below and Mt. McLoughlin in the distance. It’s always relaxing to visit and enjoy a respite from the pressures of Portland living.
A couple years ago my son discovered that the dad had several guns. Considering the property houses a few cougars, jackals and a bear … having a gun is a good thing. Being the city boy he is, my son jumped at the chance to shoot the guns.
The Boy had quite an audience watching him. Four girls to be exact. What I didn’t expect was for those girls to want to shoot the gun also!
So, after moms said ok, a lesson on gun safety began.
1. Never aim the gun at a person.
2. Never take off the safety until you are ready to aim and shoot. Before you aim ensure that there is no one beside or behind you. (The shells fly out!)
3. If you are shooting the hand gun, wear ear protection. If you are the spectators…cover your ears or run inside. It’s loud!
I did not shoot…well a gun, that is. I did take way too many pictures!
I love the kid’s handmade target practice area. It was fun to watch their aim not exactly line-up with the target. I discovered that shooting a gun and hitting your target is NOT as easy at it appears.
When you hit a target…it is oh so exciting! Bottles and cans fly! v8 juice explodes! Who wants to play a video game when you have the real thing?
The two youngest girls are like peas in a pod. I love how Bella wanted to hear what her friend was hearing. She thought they were headphones…as in the kind you use with an MP3.
Gabby proves to her big brother that girls CAN shoot guns too!
Dad went last. He was really good at aiming. He says it was years of ball that helped. Pretty good for a guy who needs eye correction and refuses to wear them!
It was time to go, but The Boy had to demonstrate his new martial art moves. Water bottles are no longer safe around him!