While Mama was visiting with us, she asked Bernie to give her a little refresher on shooting shotguns and handguns. Bernie was more than happy to oblige. They spent quite some time discussing gun safety, and going over how the guns work that she was going to shoot.
When the time came, Bernie gave her a quick demonstration before he handed her the shotgun.
Bernie gave her a few tips.
And in no time at all, she looked like a pro with that shotgun.
Look at that target swinging!
She really seemed to enjoy shooting that shotgun.
And she did pretty darn good!
Then Bernie showed her how to shoot from the hip.
Mama really liked shooting from the hip.
Then Bernie gave her a quick demonstration of shooting a handgun.
And mama got the hang of that pretty darn quick, too.
My sister, Debra, came up the last weekend mama was here, and she brought mama’s great-grandson, Christian, with her. Daddy left a shotgun and two rifles for Christian and asked Bernie to teach Christian how to use them.
Naturally, the first day involved a lot of lessons on gun safety and dry firing.
The next day, Bernie started Christian out with a .22 rifle, and Christian was very eager to learn.
And when it came time for Christian to shoot, he did not disappoint his Uncle Bernie.
It took no time at all for Christian to get very comfortable shooting the .22.
Bernie set up a target that can be challenging for a first time shooter – especially one that is only 10 years old.
But Christian did amazingly well.
In fact, it was very rare that he missed his target when he shot.
And how cute is it watching him load his gun?
That boy is such a joy.
Not only can Christian shoot, he can cook too! He helped me make an apple pie from apples he picked at an orchard.
It turned out deliciously perfect.
And a wonderful way to end a long day of shooting.