Bloggers Go Boom!

It’s been a busy week, what with everything going on (Classic Eats, a kerfuffle over some “art,” prepping for the Echo Park Lake Paddle Boat Regatta, and so much more…) So, busy in fact, that I haven’t had a chance to post about the loudest fun of the week. Until now.

Before I get to that, have I mentioned that it’s not too late to sponsor my team in the Paddle Boat Regatta? I’m just sayin’. It’s for the kids, and it’ll give you a warm fuzzy feeling without the usually associated guilt.

MetBlogs' own, Julia "One Shot, One Kill" Frey.
MetBlogs' own, Julia "One Shot, One Kill" Frey.

Last Saturday, a few MetBloggers and friends met at the Los Angeles Gun Club for an afternoon of shootin’ stuff and makin’ a lot of noise.

There were varying levels of firearm experience among us, from “I’ve never fired a gun before” to “I’m strapped now. What?” With a little instruction, though, even the rookies in the group shot well. There were several different guns to try, from a cute & petite .25 Beretta to a cannon-like .45 Smith & Wesson, and even a 12ga. shotgun.

Everyone in the group had a great time, and already a few who weren’t there are asking when the next outting to the range is happening. Want to join us? We don’t have a firm date yet, but leave me a note in the comments and I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s going to happen.

Also, follow me past the jump to see a few more photos of firearm fun.

Don't let the smile fool you. Lucinda Michele is lethal!
Don't let the smile fool you. Once she puts a round in the chamber, Lucinda Michele is lethal!
MetBlogs' Travis Koplow brings the heat.
MetBlogs' Travis Koplow brings the heat.
Annika "Noirbettie" Barranti brings out the big gun.
Annika "Noirbettie" Barranti brings out the big gun.
Kurt Frey shot well, but when the zombie apocalypse comes, he'll be doing the driving. (See Julia's photo above.)
Kurt Frey shot well, but when the zombie apocalypse comes, he'll be doing the driving. (See Julia's photo above.)
Burns! tells Travis, "Look. You got this shot, and this one, and this one, and this one...all in the 10-ring."
Burns! tells Travis, "Look. You got this shot, and this one, and this one, and this one...all in the 10-ring."
Julia & Burns! prepare to stand shoulder to shoulder in the battle of the zombie apocalypse.
Julia & Burns! prepare to stand shoulder to shoulder in the battle of the zombie apocalypse.

Want to join the fun? Let me know in the comment section below.

All photos by Julia Frey, unless of course she’s in them, in which case they’re by Kurt Frey. All clickably gigantified.

15 Replies to “Bloggers Go Boom!”

  1. I wanna go! I haven’t shot a handgun since I competed at the All Navy matches (mumble mumble) years ago :

    reg

  2. SB, a un-named friend and I will be be taking his new Mini 14 and my M-1 Carbine to the Angeles range in Sunland as soon as “the man” lets him pick up the goods.

    Mini 14 + Leupold scope + 200 yard range = Shooting at the big kids table;-)

    IAAL reunion?

  3. Bromike666: I think other than skeet shooting, 25 yards is the longest range I’ve ever shot. Shooting at the big kids table sounds like a ton of fun.

    I’ve got you all on the list for the next one. Who else is in? Hopefully we’ll get that organized very soon and I’ll let y’all know.

  4. @tara—Hey, we’re in the same boat. I was palpably uncomfortable with the loud noises & the “you can kill someone RIGHT NOW if you just turn around & pull this trigger” thing. But I feel I should do it again, until I can expand my comfort zone & feel like I know what I’m doing. So you & I can be gun newbies together. :)

  5. @Lucinda: You shot well for a newbie. You’ll get there fairly quickly on the comfort level with the loud noise. Dealing with those suppressed homicidal urges might take a little longer. If the inside voices mention my name specifically, perhaps you could give me a bit of warning.

    With a little practice, I’ll bet both you and Tara (and any other newbies) will become comfortable, qualified shooters.

  6. @Burns!–That’s what I want. I want to be comfortable with this very powerful tool. I want to know what the hell I’m doing. It’s important, you know?

  7. Do I smell? Is that it? If not, who the hell’s dog do I have to wax or mother-in-law I gotta babysit (or the other way around) in order to score an invite to the next visit. I finally get over being left out of bloggerprom to find I missed this, too?

    I am inconsolable.

  8. Who knew that the L.A. Metbloggers were such gun nuts? I thought the blog was supposed to be about bike riding and bad food.

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