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Shooting Guns for the First Time

September 13, 2016

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After spending a week with our families, we flew over to Las Vegas to hang out with some good friends. We then drove over to Arizona to rent a houseboat on Lake Powell. But before we drove out, they asked us what we wanted to experience in Las Vegas. We could do anything: helicopter, bungee jump, race cars. Name it, and we can do it. Our first suggestion: we want to shoot some guns.

I remember reading a comment asking why we would want to shoot a gun, and I’m sure some of you might be asking that as well, so let me do my best to answer: see, we don’t really like guns. And whenever I read online about America’s fascination with them, I get confused. It’s intriguing. But rather than just dismiss guns entirely, we wanted to experience shooting guns with open minds and try to understand what might be appealing about them.

And so we gave it an honest go. We shot four guns. We approached each with a lot of caution and respect, because any slip up could be fatal. We listened to the instructor, and took our time with each gun. And though we are by no means experts in guns now, we have a lot better of an understanding of what guns are like than we did before.

First thing we thought: tv doesn’t really depict how powerful these things are. They’re not easy to shoot. Gun fights in TV seem so easy, almost like a dance, but we were really overwhelmed with how much effort goes into shooting a gun effectively. Lining up the sights and shooting at a target is just…whoa. It’s challenging. TV shows make it seem like you can shoot at people the way you change a channel on your TV. It’s a lot more difficult than that.

And holy shit did we not like shooting guns. Even though the guy paid me a high compliment and said I was really good at it, I didn’t feel good while doing it. It was a huge shock to the body. It was definitely adrenaline pumping, and I can see how that might appeal to some people, but we’re not adrenaline junkies. We felt jittery and uncomfortable. You didn’t see this on video, but Martina got really emotional after shooting the Desert Eagle. Not happy emotional. Sad. That thing is terrifying.

If you’re in Las Vegas and you’d like to experience this yourself, we went to The Range 702. No, they did not pay us to say that or to go there. I just think the instructor there was great, and he was tremendously helpful in guiding us through an experience we weren’t wholly comfortable with. I felt safe. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

So that’s it for our experiences of shooting guns. I know there are many other points to discuss in the gun debate, and we don’t really have a foot in it, as Canadians living in Japan. We’re not arguing for or against guns based on our experiences here, because the sensation of shooting a gun is a small part of the wider discussion. I just don’t think we’ll be shooting any more guns anytime soon, and I don’t want to own any guns, either.

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  1. I really like that you guys decided to go and take the time to go learn to shoot guns properly in order to learn about them, and get some more personal knowledge. I’ve heard a lot about how powerful some of them are as well, and that it takes a lot of practice and skill to learn to shoot one properly.
    I myself am definitely an adrenaline junkie, but I’ve never shot a gun (other than paintball and BB guns). I’d love to try it some time.
    I have to say I loved the music editing in this one, I was cracking up while the guitars were going all crazy with the speed metal. Definitely some quality editing here.
    I’m sorry Martina got sad emotional after the Desert Eagle! I hope you guys did have a good overall experience though :)

    2 years ago
  2. I never shot a gun until I took a self defense class that included a permit to carry element as well but we didn’t shoot anything more powerful than the glock 9mm and it was definitely a tiring experience. I don’t know how I would feel about bigger guns. I would recommend everyone take a self defense class (doesn’t have to include the permit to carry element) because you learn a lot about the mindset you need to have and how much you don’t know. Mindset is the most important, skill/knowledge is second. It gave me a better appreciation for the mindset police officers need to have to be able to return home each day (the instructors were a pilot and a SWAT team member). I still haven’t gotten use to paying attention to all the exits/entrances when I enter a place or being fully aware of my surroundings.
    My family moved from the suburbs to the country a few years ago and there are a lot more people who have guns in the country than there are in the suburbs (at least that you know of). We now live a mile from a shoot range so it’s not uncommon to hear shots being fired on the weekend plus some neighbors shoot on their property for either sport or hunting. It can be unnerving.
    My thoughts as an American about why America allows military level guns to be purchased by the public: America is a historically rebellious nation. Our separation from England was more violent than say Canada’s separation. The idea still remains that if the government over steps its bounds (as our founders believed England did) it would be within the people’s power to protect and defend themselves from the government.

    2 years ago
  3. Just about everyone I know around where I live owns guns, but I’ve never really been a fan. I don’t particularly like them and I would never want to own one but I have considered taking one of those classes to learn how to use them just so that I don’t do something stupid like shoot myself if the occasion comes around when I have to handle them. Much likes on the video. My sister also has some friends from a different country that have mentioned they would like to go to a gun range if they visit the U.S. just because it’s something that they would never otherwise get to do.

    2 years ago
  4. Entertaining as always! You guys really went all the way with trying out fully automatic rifles! I too was just as impressed as the instructor of Simon’s handgun shooting. Handguns in general can be more difficult to use because just the way you pull the trigger can drastically effect deviation.

    Some notes though: the Desert Eagle is generally a bad idea, even for people who regularly shoot firearms. Part of the reason the instructor said to hold on tight is because if you try and absorb the recoil at all, there is a chance the action (the slide that slides backward as you fire) won’t cycle completely and jam. This differs greatly from just about every other common design to date. The overall design just isn’t all that good, and you probably would’ve been better served with a hefty revolver in the same or similar caliber (less felt recoil at least).

    With regards to the fascination with guns, from my personal perspective I think it has something to do with a fascination with ‘small mechanical objects’. Although I’m sure there is some other more apt psychological term for it, there is something endearing about things like firearms, knives, watches, flashlights (not joking), and even larger things like cars/trucks. It is a category of item that can bridge the gap between utility and art. It’s something to tinker with, and something that requires a fair amount of craftsmanship in the upper tiers. More importantly, as an industry in the US, it is something that almost anyone can get into, as it doesn’t require nearly as much experience or tooling as something like watchmaking or car manufacturing.

    Either way, I’m glad you guys tried it, whether you liked it or not. What’s next? Race car driving?

    2 years ago
  5. I understand how you feel! My father had a small collection of guns for recreational use (both historical and not), and I remember him taking myself and my brothers out to shoot once or twice when we were young. I was terrified of them, because they were both really powerful, but also fairly easy to shoot. (As in, I felt the trigger could be pulled easily. I agree the actual act of shooting takes a lot of skill and a toll on the body.) I have since shot them a few more times now that I’m an adult, but I still have a healthy fear and respect for them. I by no means seek out to shoot them (I am just invited to on occasion), but knowing how to handle them properly and whatnot has made them slightly less scary.

    2 years ago
  6. Zee

    so brave.I haven’t used one since primary school

    2 years ago
  7. As someone that was raised around firearms and has owned and shot them, kudos to you! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that “guns are evil!” from people that only know what the media has told them. Granted, they are dangerous, powerful and deserve respect. I’m so happy you were able to have this experience. I thoroughly respect your position on never shooting again, but more so, the fact that you wanted to find out for yourselves what firing a gun was all about. For me, this was a lesson in facing something that makes you nervous. I avoid trying so many things because it’s outside my comfort zone. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    2 years ago
    • I’m glad you feel this way. This is a very polarizing video, I know, and I was hoping that people could come away not with an idea of whether guns are good or bad, but with the idea that they should be open to trying new things, even if the outcome might not be the best.

      2 years ago
    • Kudos to YOU, WordNerd0412!! Thank you for being as open minded as Simon and Martina!! You are a breath of fresh air in the firearms world, so to speak. Many people are either pro or anti firearms. Those people that are pro firearms should have your similar mentality!! Those people that are anti firearms should truly give it a try in order to understand what all of the hubbub is. I’ve never fired a gun but like S&M, I’m open to trying it. High fives and cheers to more people being open minded!!!!!

      2 years ago
      • Wow, thank you! It’s so true. Gun enthusiasts are very outspoken about their “rights” and how those those that don’t like guns are “ridiculous” or “cowards.” However, it’s like you said, everyone could do with being more open minded. Again, thank you for such kind words. <3

        2 years ago
  8. I love how you were wearing a Captain America shirt. lol Was that planned? Even growing up around guns (as you tend to do in Ohio out by the cornfields) I never liked them. Especially handguns – for some reason they always felt uncomfortable (almost evil) even when unloaded.

    2 years ago
  9. I’m glad you had that experience. Guns do require skill and strength to use properly. But they scare me sh*tless!!! I am glad your trip went well and that you are home safely. Kisses to Spudgy and the Meemers!

    2 years ago
  10. Y’all are brave! I don’t think I can do that! It’s scurry!! I hope you guys enjoyed other things here in Vegas, we have a lot more to offer! We have nature as well not just casinos believe it or not lol love y’all!!

    2 years ago
  11. Oh my goodness guys! You were so brave! I don’t think I could do that, guns are far too terrifying. But it’s good to have some awareness of them. It’s awesome you’re sharing the experience and you honest thoughts on the whole thing! Sending love from the UK x

    2 years ago