Monday, March 28, 2011

Lack of Muzzle Control and a Gun Wound. Part #1

I didn't grow up with guns in the house, as a matter of fact the only experience I had with guns was from the news and those stories usually included yellow crime scene tape.

We have about 3 guns in our house now and my father in law has many more. It's because of this that recently took a Hunter's Education course through the Division of Wildlife. This course is required if you want to apply for a Colorado hunting license. The purpose of the course is to educate safe hunting and ethical hunting, but also teaches general gun handling and safety which is the main reason I chose to take the course.

The class entails four 3.5 hour classroom sessions and a shooting range day.  I got to thinking if I pass, what I  would choose to hunt?

I have not one single clue.

The first class I quickly became 'the girl' with no muzzle control. For those that don't know what a muzzle is here is a picture.

I was told many times, "Hey, hey watch where your muzzle is pointing." I even joked back and said, "hahaha, you guys don't want to go hunting with me," and no one laughed.

Note to self: Do not joke about muzzle control, or lack thereof around a group of serious hunters.

I was the only one in the class that didn't know what the difference between a rifle and a shotgun was.

My classmates looked at me a little weird when I asked them if the gun powder is actually in the gun barrel or the bullet. The instructor didn't even acknowledge my question with an answer so I guess that means it's a stupid question?!

The second class I left with a gash in my hand. I'm calling it my gun shot wound. Okay, that is a little extreme, but it's funny. The picture doesn't do it justice. My hand got caught in a Glock's loading chamber when I attempted to cock the gun - it freaking hurt. Wow, I never thought I would say that word. Glock.

What is a Glock? It's the type of gun you would see in an Ice Cube movie.
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This video will give you an idea of how fast the gun snaps once you pull down on the slide stop. Imagine your skin caught in between that action. Ouch is right. I think I said something like, "Welp, I'll never own one of these."

Stay tuned to find out how the last two classes went, how shooting range day was and if I passed the test.


Makeup By Erica said...

Hahaha! Omg! I love it!

aubrey said...

First of all, you rock for taking this class, and having a sense of humor when the boys make you feel dumb (obviously, you are not!). Second of all, you are such a great writer, and I really admire you for writing this blog and doing it so well! You amaze me.

A Rancher's Wife said...

Yes, was pretty hilarious. After the fact of course.

Aubs - Thanks! I've never thought I was a good writer but I totally appreciate your comment and coming from you it means a ton! Miss you!

Carrie said...

Whoa! You are totally hard core with your gun shot wound. What a story to tell!
I think its great that you are taking this class. Good for you, and tell those humor-less boy to relax!

Anonymous said...

way to go rancher's wife! so let's say you decide to go hunting...will you be able to pull the trigger???