So you feel strongly about that?

I still feel like I’m drinking from the fire hose most days when I talk to people who have been shooting for years. I really, really appreciate a few of my mentors who will let me ask questions and slow down or back track to give me more detail about something they take for granted.

That said, I’ve learned not to ask if I’m not willing to listen to the answer. And “gun people” can be very, very opinionated. There are several debates I’ve run across over and over in the short time I’ve been researching forums that are a source of never ending argument. For example:

– 9mm vs. .45cal
– 1911 vs. all other handguns
– Glock vs. all other handguns

If I ask a dozen people the same question, I’ll get a dozen different answers and at least 5 of those will assure me their answer is the “right” answer. It can be frustrating and maddening. They can’t all be right.

I realized that the answers to these questions are ultimately personal. One comment I read on a forum put this into perspective for me: “Your question is akin to asking which underwear will fit you best.”

I continue to read, ask and consider. But I’ve come to understand that no one can make these decisions for me, and reading with never give me answers. I need to make a decision and move forward. Based on the experience I gain I can determine if that was a good decision for me.

 

 

 

That hair…

I came to shooting through my interest in disaster¬†preparedness. I have been following several blogs over the last few years and when I saw this article it made me chuckle:¬†Post Apocalyptic Hair Styles. It’s a girl thing, I know…

I have long hair and I like it. I’ve found ways to keep maintenance at a minimum over the years. When I ventured into shooting, just as with several other past interests, I had to think about how to ensure it didn’t cause a problem.

One long braid in the back works well with a hat. [photo:coleimage.com]

A day of shooting paper at the range doesn’t really require too much thought about my hair. When I plan to draw from concealment, getting and keeping my hair out of the way matters.

One long braid down the back is the fastest and easiest solution. I make the effort to get creative at times and will post some of those photos in the future.

It turns out a single braid down the back works very well with a hat. When I shot my classifier I had not thought about dealing with bright sunlight. When Frank suggested a hat, the braid fit great through the gap in the back.

Other styles I like work fine with earmuffs, but would not work with the hat. So this will be the default outdoor shooting style for me.