Arts and Communications graduate that loves all things dance, music and theatre. Always looking for unique and exciting experiences in Perth.
Published June 21st 2011
Okay, so I don't particular like guns, in fact they scare me. I've never even seen or held a real gun until I decided to face my fear and go to the Lone Ranges Shooting Complex with my boyfriend and his friends.
The staff at Lone Ranges were very welcoming and friendly, and made me feel at ease when they saw how nervous I was. The safety here is very strictly adhered to, and the staff will take you through all the rules and safety procedures, and teach you how to actually use the guns.
I thought I would probably feel out of place being the only girl in the group, but I was so wrong. This definitely isn't just for guys and the staff will attest to that, telling me about the women that come regularly and how much they love the rifles.
My boyfriend, his friend and I shared a booth together and we decided to start with the 22LR Revolver (a good beginner gun). I held the gun up, attempting to aim at the target, and slowly pulled the trigger. The gun went off and I thought 'that wasn't bad, why did I think this was scary.'
As I continued to squeeze the trigger over and over, my fears were dispelled and I felt a serge of exhilaration. I'm not sure if it was the joy of concurring my fears or the elation of shooting the pistol, but it was definitely a thrilling experience.
I thought there was no way I would hit the target, but on my second load of bullets I managed to get 6 shoots within the target, which made me very proud and I rejected the notion that it was beginners luck and told myself that I must be a natural.
Once we ran out of bullets for the 22LR I then decided I was feeling a little daring and decided to fire 2 shots from the .375 Magnum Revolver. Wow this is a powerful gun and I couldn't help but squeal with shock and excitement when I pulled the trigger.
After around 2 hours of trying different guns, we all walked out of the shooting range on a high and felt like we had a much better understanding of the sheer power of guns. Apart from being a fun and exciting experience, I felt like it was educational. I detest the abuse and misuse of guns, but I now have an appreciation for them and I can understand that in a safe environment, shooting can be an enjoyable hobby.
Although this activity isn't something that is cheap, it is definitely worth a try. No matter your gender or age (but you must be over 13 years old), anyone can enjoy this activity and I guarantee this is an experience you will never forget.