With my self-proclaimed liberal status, I didn't feel much need for a handgun. But over the years, I've spent enough nights in the desert that I've got stories to curl your toes, so thought it prudent like many Arizona astronomers to pack some "heat" with the other telescope accessories. In fact, I got my little handgun from a local astronomy store, which had been traded in towards a telescope purchase! I bought it about a year ago, and occasionally pack it when out alone observing.
And in order to be a responsible and safe gun owner, it is best to use it occasionally to lessen the chance of accidents. To that end, some buddies occasionally get together to go out shooting in the desert just outside of town. My friend (ER) Doctor Chuck (shown at left) served as the range safety officer, reminding all of us of safe practices, and in the details of the guns we were using. At left he is demonstrating a 9mm pistol, at right is the 38 service revolver of (retired detective) Dan above, and Chuck's 45 below. My little Sig Sauer .380 (nicknamed the "pea Shooter" by the guys) isn't shown.
It was a lot of fun to try different firearms - I did
best with my own and Dan's 38. Hardly anyone preferred the 9mm - not sure why, we just missed a lot with it... Sue, a new shooter shown at left shooting against Chuck, did well after some training and pointers. Sam and Dan, who carried his 38 every day at work, did well too. After an hour, folks had things to do, so we cleaned up our brass and packed up. As for the part of the ammo that came out the muzzles, most disintegrated into shrapnel, but a few that hit the steel square on was located near the "tree". Shown at right are a few of the bullet remnants I picked up - rather interesting!
We already picked dates into November. Considering that it had been nearly a year since I've shot before, I'm looking forward to getting out again sooner!