Originally Posted by Grapefruit
Yes, when I was visiting West Edmonton Mall and they had a shooting range there. Well, I don't know if it can actually be called a shooting "range", since it was a room with targets. But my friend's boyfriend and I were going to do it for shits and giggles. Since we were there and it was available, I just wanted to see what the fuss was about. He ended up chickening out at the last minute, so I went in alone. A guy who was fully licensed was looking over my shoulders the whole time. They let me keep the target sheet I was shooting into.
I've shot at that same range and it was tons of fun. I was shooting a .44 Magnum and I remember being shocked by the devastating power unleashed by that pistol. It had far more power than one might guess. Man, if you ever got hit by that thing you would not be getting up
. My hand hurt for two days after firing 50 rounds.
I remember the guide standing right
behind me for the duration of my session. He was explaining the procedure to me: "When you pick up the gun, you hold it like this, not like this." "When all the shots have been fired, you place the gun down like this. At no time do you turn with the gun. It stays in this box and pointing in this direction." And so on. As he gave me the run down he was paying close attention to whether I was taking it all in, reading my body language, etc. It was pretty interesting.
I also have a friend who's father is a master gunsmith and is a bit of a wingnut/survivalist/screw-the-gov't type. His basement workshop is loaded with guns in various states of assembly and he has many custom-made pistols that are massively powerful. He lives in the country and we used to go there and shoot those monsters from time to time.