If you’ve been reading this site for more than a week or two then you already know that many of us are no strangers to local gun ranges. For a while a few of us were going downtown to The LA Gun Club (pictured above photo by Jason DeFillippo) almost weekly and punching crazy holes in paper bad guys. I still go shooting every chance I get and often try and drag new folks down to give it a shot themselves. So far I’ve never taken anyone shooting who didn’t want to go back again the following week. Linda Immediato joins the chorus with a a story in this weeks LA Weekly called Zen and the Art of the Muzzle Blast where she talks about the crazy stress relief that comes from squeezing off some lead.
“It’s not all about aggression — if you try it, you’ll be surprised at the deep state of relaxation required to shoot well. You can’t be tense; as with yoga, it’s all about focus and technique. Breathing is the most important thing: With shoulders straight and feet apart, you take a deep lungful, then ease back on the trigger. You’re supposed to let the discharge be a surprise — don’t anticipate the kick or the flash. The blast will startle you, but the more you focus, the less it will affect you. And that’s when you get to that meditative state. “
She gives a nice rundown of three local ranges, including the Gun Club downtown, as well LAX Range in Inglewood and Burbank’s Firing Line and links to some other options if none of those are close enough for you. Lots of cool photos of the ranges as well. Here’s the story to check out, now who wants to go shooting?