Shooting at the ranch: Family bonding at its finest

4 hours and 700 rounds later, it’s safe to say I had a good day.

My grandpa, my brother, and I drove out to my uncle’s ranch and began to unpack. With us we had a Beretta PX4 Storm 9mm (mine), a 9mm Beretta M9, a .22 Ruger semi-auto, a Keltec .380, and a Ruger Vaguer .45 single action revolver with a swing gate to load and unload. Though the .45 cal revolver was a REALLY nice gun, I was pretty horrible at shooting it, but man was it a beauty!

Throughout the day, my family members snapped some shots so I could share my experience with you.

Obviously, I was most comfortable with my own gun. My next favorite was the other Beretta. Everyone else seemed to have shot it too high or too low, but I was right on the money with this one. Not a surprise to me, Berettas were what I learned on. 

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This target was after my first few shots using the Beretta M-9. With the .22, the 9mm, and the .45, we shot from between 7 and 10 yards. We had to get a little creative because it was crazy muddy after we drove the truck out there. (Sorry my target pictures are sideways).

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Me holding the Ruger .22

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Here is me holding my favorite out of my grandpa’s collection, the Beretta M-9.

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 Final picture is of me holding the .45 revolver.

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This is my target shooting with the .45. I hit a few on the target but that took some getting used to. Most of what I shot was too low. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to practice more!

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Finally, to wrap up the day, I picked up a Keltec .380. I have to say, this gun was far from my favorite. It is very snappy and hurt my thumb. Obviously it is not a target practice gun and would get the job done in a self-defense situation, but shooting this all day would not be fun at all.

DSCN1037  So I went back to my Beretta and decided to tear up one final target. 

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3 thoughts on “Shooting at the ranch: Family bonding at its finest

  1. Glad you had a good time, Tina. A 9mm is a wonderful handgun. Of all you fired, though, I’m partial to the .45, especially the SAA Peacemaker style you’re pictured with above. Those are some of the finest guns made – and accurate.

    What I like about the 9mm’s is that not only are they a good round for stopping someone, but also for the generally high capacity magazines. That’s ALWAYS a comfort when things go wrong.

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