Mark recently purchased a gun. When the gun salesman asked him what he wanted the gun for, he replied, "Range shooting, home protection if needed." Jokingly, Mark had said during our 72 hour kit list breakdown, that if we had our stuff together & the next Joe Schmo didn't, then we might want that gun to protect what's ours. At the time, it seemed kind of comical, standing over our little 72 hour kit with our MRE's, fire extinguisher, packets of ketchup & hand wipes with a gun to protect what others may not have prepared. But, then I realized that having a gun in our lives was a major step & I wasn't sure I was ready. There was the discussion, 'Maria, you need to learn to use it & care for it,' along with 'Maria, we need to decide whether or not to let the kids know we have one,' and 'Maria, I am a combat soldier, this is part of who I am.' All of these topics pierced a part of me I had not even thought about before. But, I will say this….if anyone was going to purchase a gun, keep it in our home & show me how to use it, I would want it to be my husband, who for over 7 years has been trained, re-trained & trained some more on how to use guns, clean guns, care for guns & BE SAFE WITH GUNS. And I trust him with my life, our lives. So, I listened, I learned & I shot the gun, but it didn't make it any easier to handle. Mark was understanding given the fact we have led very different lives when apart, but was glad I was willing to learn. So, here are a few photos just because I'm that crazy of a scrapper & will make a scrapbook page of all this.
These were Mark's shots, certainly not mine, hahah. I think I hit the target once out of like 6 shots.