Opinion

Sun’s out, guns out

 

This weekend was definitely an experience that I will never forget. For the first time in my life I was faced with the challenge of handling a firearm.

 

With all the buzz in the news of late surrounding firearms and the use of firearms I thought it was time I experienced it for myself and made a real judgement on whether guns kill people or people kill people.

 

A group of us were escorted by a few members of the South African Defensive Pistol Association to a shooting range in Pretoria North and briefed in detail about all the safety precautions when on a shooting range and when handling a firearm. Once all the instructions and safety gear was given out, I was up first.

 

We got to shoot a total of 4 different guns, an AR15 (.223 Caliber), Colt .22 Semi-Automatic assault rifle, Benelli M2 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and a Glock 9mm.

 

For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, these would be the guns we shot.

 

The Glock 17 handgun. The MOD has signed a £9m contract to provide the Armed Forces with more than 25,000 new Glock sidearms. The Glock 17 Gen 4 pistol is much lighter than the current Browning pistol, and more accurate. The Glock 17 also has an increased magazine capacity of 17 9mm rounds, compared to 13 rounds for the Browning. Personnel across all three Services will begin to receive the new Glock 17s in the coming weeks and troops deployed to Afghanistan will be among the first to use the new weapon. The contract with Viking Arms Ltd of Harrogate, Yorkshire, also includes more than 25,000 holsters.

Glock 9mm

 

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Benelli M2 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun

 

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Colt .22 Semi-Automatic assault rifle

 

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AR15 (.223 Caliber)

 

Through the whole process the safety requirements were extremely strict and with good reason, guns aren’t toys and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly. But in the same breath if you are given the proper guidance and training they can be handled with care. You should become a person that is aware of their surroundings, a person that knows the power of a firearm.

 

My original understanding of guns was that you as a person make the decision to have and use a firearm and more importantly you make the decision on how to use a firearm and I stand by it. Yes guns are a powerful medium and anything can go wrong but it is your responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t and that is the responsibility you take on when you buy a gun.

 

I felt unbelievably safe in my surrounds when using the guns even with the other shooters who had never used a gun before either.

Just like everything else in life you need to make the correct choices.

 

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7 Comments

  • Gideon Joubert

    Well done on going out there and giving shooting sports a try. I applaud you for leaving a comfort zone and attempting something many people dismiss out of hand without first seeing what it is really about.

    Oh, and good shooting by the way. 🙂

  • TTT

    Thanks for the write-up. As a SADPA shooter myself, it is encouraging to see some people investigate and challenge their perceptions about firearms. Even more so if they are connected to the media which, by and large, is hostile towards firearms or even firearm owners.

  • Phillip

    Great going. When the initial hesitance is overcome you may find it quite an addictive pastime. Not so much the fact that you are shooting a firearm, but the fact that you can always improve.

    Hats off to you for going hands-on and finding out for yourself.

  • Rouen Heiberg

    Well done!!!!!

    I can only echo what the others have already said.

    Hope to see you on a range again soon.

  • Andreas

    Well done. Thats the thing about guns, lots of misperceptions out there. Once you get to know guns the proper way, you start to see them for what they really are, mechanical genius and great fun.

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