Shooting May Not Be the Highest Form of Human Achievement…

…but it is remarkably fun and satisfying. My son and I went to a local shooting range this afternoon, as we do most weekends, and fired off 300 rounds, using all four of our semiautomatic pistols, my son’s Ruger and Kahr and my SIG Sauer and ArmaLite. In general, we shot well, with the usual caveats: it is easier to shoot a full-sized gun accurately than a smaller carry piece. This was my best grouping of the day; seven shots with my 9 mm. ArmaLite AR-24, at 22 feet:

Some say, of course, that one shouldn’t be proud of shooting a pistol accurately, or take pleasure in blowing up gunpowder. Let them say it. Shooting well, we can agree, may not be the apex of human achievement, but it is a heck of a lot of fun. And every now and then, it might come in handy.

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