As a gun owner and hunter, I am familiar with the range of attitudes toward my hobby. I have a modest collection of sporting guns, shotguns and rifles designed for use in hunting. As I am left-handed I prefer break action shotguns and bolt-action rifles. I have two pump action shotguns in my collection and no semi-automatic firearms. I have no pistols in my collection either as these are not lawful for use in hunting in Canada. I spend time on the skeet range throughout the year to practice mounting and swinging my shotgun and go to the rifle range to make certain my deer rifle is sighted in before taking to the field. I am not really a gun enthusiast. I know enough about the guns in my collection to give them basic maintenance to see they work as they should. For more detailed maintenance I rely on my hunting buddy Jason or a professional gun smith.
Jason, my hunting buddy, knows a great deal about firearms and is an avid collector. I accompany him to the rifle range occasionally when he shoots some of the firearms in his collection. Shortly before Christmas I accompanied Jason, his wife Fran and Fran’s mother, Claire to the rifle range to have some fun shooting his semi auto Browning 1919a4 in 7.62 NATO. Just what every man wants, his mother-in-law behind a machine gun, albeit one altered so that it can no longer shoot fully auto. The range has safety rules and these are strictly enforced. The people I met at the range are nice enough, no better or worse than anyone else you will meet. They have a passion for firearms and shooting. There is no need to view them with hostility or suspicion. Jason’s mother-in-law had a great time trying out the machine gun and a semi-automatic rifle.
Posted by Geoffrey