So this story is a little old - but better late than never!
My friends Janae and Melissa asked me if I would like to join them for a gun safety class as part of getting my Concealed Weapons Permit. I decided that since I own a gun, it was probably a good idea to get a permit to carry it.
The class was great - the instructor was entertaining and knowledgeable, we got everything done there and left with an envelope containing everything needed to send off for the permit. I can very highly recommend Dex Taylor and CFP of Utah
But, that's not really what I came here to share today. It was what happened after the class that's blog worthy! We went to the shooting range to try out a couple of the instructors guns - my friends do not own guns, and so they were wanting to try a some things to see what they might want to buy.
We tried several things - my .32 Beretta, a .22, a 9mm and then Dex brought over a HUGE gun!
He said would you like to try this? I said 'sure, what is it?' 'a .500 Magnum' he says. Hmm, never heard of it...
So he shows me the round and it's like as big as my pointer finger, and still I'm thinking 'cool, let's give it a roll'
He gives me a couple of pointers and I take aim.
The percussive blast that followed felt like, I would imagine, being inside a vacuum for a minute. I turned to my friends and said 'wow, that hurt' I meant my ears and my hand. They rushed in and said 'o.k. why don't you just have a seat' I could see and hear their concern, and I could feel something on my forehead. I reached up to brush it away, when I looked at my hand there was blood. Had I just wiped that blood off my forehead? My head did not hurt particularly - not as much as my hand. Everybody was trying to inconspicuously check my pupils for uneven dilation. I could not help but to laugh at myself.
Did I seriously just let that kick back and smack me in the head? Did I really just pistol whip myself? What a horses ass!
It did not do much damage
Just rung my bell real good - I had a headache for about a week after.
Most importantly though, I hit within an inch of the bulls eye!