In November of 2018, I took a handgun training class just for fun. My brother and some other people I know like to shoot or go occasionally, so I wanted to build some skills and ensure I was doing it safely. I’d shot once or twice before, but had no formal training, and wanted to get familiar with shooting.

It turns out that shooting is quite a bit of fun. I got hooked on the idea of shooting as a way to relax and blow off some steam. The intense focus on something so different from my usual day to day (computer work) is incredibly relaxing. It’s also exciting to work on a completely different skillset and get to do something with my hands.

Since then, I have purchased a Browning Buck Mark Lite Gray URX for .22 practice and target shooting, a Ruger 10/22 to try out rifle shooting, and a CZ 75 SP-01 to shoot practical shooting competitions with. I’ve enjoyed all 3 of them since acquiring them, and hope to continue shooting all of them regularly.

I’m now taking classes, and looking forward to getting into my first opportunity at competition shooting, which will likely be a local USPSA event. I’ll try to post reviews of training that I take as well as discussions of equipment I like (and don’t like).

I will be trying to steer clear of discussing politics. As a political moderate, I tend to disagree with both sides on some things and agree on others. I will, however, discuss how to handle the fairly strict gun-related laws we have here in California when it’s necessary to approach sport shooting.

While I will also take some tactical training, practice tactical techniques, etc., my focus is on sport & competition shooting. I do not have a CCW, and don’t anticipate having one in the near future (see note about laws above), so that’s where my focus remains.

I hope this will be useful to some of you!