A perfect day of shooting

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I come from the land of ice and snow originally. Although, as a journalist, I’ve moved around a bit.

I have been here about two years and enjoy discovering new facets of Florida life. I’m hooked. I could never return to a northern nanny state.

Life is far better here.

Mike Lang, the paper’s photo chief, and I were invited to spend some time shooting Saturday on a piece of private land east of town with three new friends – southern gentlemen all.

My major takeaway: Southern gentlemen have mastered the art of unwinding and relaxing, with guns.

We patterned shotguns, confirmed zero on some rifles, shot beaucoup rounds from a wide assortment of handguns and bitched about the scarcity and high price of ammo. I embarrassed myself missing some clays. There was none of the hurry-up you feel at a public range. After the brass and targets were policed up, we sat in the shade swapping stories.

Since everyone grew up with guns, everyone was safe. There were no screaming safety nazis like those that infest Knight’s Trail. There was no need. Sport shooting should be fun anyway, not stressful.

Mainly it was a chance to unplug from the cell phone and the Twitter and the Facebook and the email.

It was the best day of shooting I’ve had in years.

Thanks guys.

 

 

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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