Sunday at the range: Photo Gallery

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One of the best ways I’ve found to relax and unwind is going shooting with friends.

People who aren’t into guns will never get that. I almost feel sorry for them.

After last week, I desperately needed some range time.

Although I wrote a few news stories for the paper, it was hard to focus on anything other than the carnage in Boston.

When I got the invited Sunday for an afternoon of shooting, I jumped at the opportunity.

It was good to get out into the country and burn some powder. It’s private land east of town. That’s all I’m allowed to say.

Takeaways: I’m far better at shooting Zombie’s than clay – especially with the rifle sights on my 870. Also, Donny’s .40 S&W M&P Shield is a fantastic pistol.

Carla brought her cameras. I hope you enjoy her work. She braved a minefield of fire ants to get them.

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Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Donnie Baugh killing clays. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

John Barnott and I pasting targets. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Clifford Chiaffredo showing us how to shoot clay. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

John Barnott and his Beretta – lethal clay killers. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Donny Baugh and Jim Chiaffredo getting ready. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

John and I getting targets ready for carbines and pistols. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Jim Chiaffredo and a Russian (Tula) SKS. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Jim and John watching me miss clays. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Pasting a Zombie splatter target. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Clifford working out with an SKS. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Clifford by the guns. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Donny seldom misses clay.Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

John dumping shells after going two-for-two. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Donny and Cliff about to work out with pistols. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Carla and her HK .45. Photo by Lee Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Killing Zombies with the XD .45 ‘Tactical.’ Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

It’s not hard to tell that John’s an accomplished rifle shooter. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Jim loading his venerable 870. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Clifford liked the HK .45, and shot it well. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Clifford rarely missed the clay. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

My STG-2000C. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

John shoots the Donny’s Universal M-1 Carbine. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

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John likes the new AK. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Donny not missing. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Definitely not a trap gun. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

Jim and John getting ready to waste some clay on me. Photo by Carla Varisco-Williams

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Carla shooting Donny’s M-1 Carbine. Photo by John Barnott.

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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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