I shot my 2nd match in Oxford on February 3rd. Here’s a summary of the experience:
When we were doing squad introductions, one of the guys said “You’re the GirlGoesBang blogger.” And I was floored. Someone other than family and close friends reads this blog… go figure? But I’m smiling as I write this (thank you!). Another guy remembered me as the girl who tied up Honey Bunny!
I met the author of this book: Fall of the Republic by Jim Hicks. Jim was in my squad. I heard him talking with another guy on the squad about a survivalist fiction book. Since that is my favorite subject matter at the moment I asked about the book and it turns out he was discussing his book. I’ve added it to my reading list and will drop him a note once I’ve read it.
Now I have to admit something: I’m having trouble telling many of these guys apart. Many are trim, in khaki pants, vest and caps and have military type haircuts. I’m hoping I’ll start recognizing faces but twice I asked one fellow a question thinking he was someone else. It’s very embarrassing and I hope I’ll get better at recognizing the regulars.
- I nudge the safety up at times when I don’t wrap my short little thumb over the safety.
- The magazines sometimes don’t seat right, and
- at least 3 times the gun wasn’t in battery — because a round jammed — and I have no idea why.
I really, really miss the simplicity of my XD.
After I was finished and headed home, I called Mom to check in with her. She went to her local range all by herself the day before. That’s a first for her! She’s in her 70’s so I have to say it: You are never too old to learn something new.
- New for me, I started seated in a car and shot through the passenger window and driver’s window. There was no glass in the windows. I was advised to watch the steering wheel when moving the gun across the car.
- I start another stage lying on the couch, in theory watching the super bowl. I shot two targets while laying on the couch and I found it very hard to aim. My body wanted to roll back into the cushions when I rocked forward toward the targets. I took a procedural penalty on this stage as I was supposed to reload before getting off the couch. In the excitement of the stage, I stood to reload. If this had been real I’d have made myself more of a target to the bad guys.
- My last stage (the 3rd stage in the video below): I was very slow but I shot 6 targets and got no “downs” (all shots were in the targeted zones). That was a nice ending to my day!