DRAGONFLIES DRAW FLAME sojourns & reviews

Still no AK – but a 9 and 12 gauge will hold me off for now

Posted in Sojourns by David on June 15, 2009

Shooting Practice @ Reed’s Indoor Range / Wed. 10 June 2009

My friend McCabe from Berkeley came down last Wednesday to go shooting and hang out. I first met McCabe at CalSO, Cal Student Orientation, way back in August 2006. He was the first friend I ever made at Cal. We were both transfer students and English majors, about to embark on our two-year sojourn through Cal’s rigorous English program. We ended up taking the same Junior Seminar our first semester, and took at least one class together every semester after that. We both wrote honors theses our senior year, pushing each other along and shooting ideas back and forth through the long and arduous process of completing our 60-80 page papers. Conversations with McCabe turn from the comical to the theoretical at breakneck speed. For example, we were discussing the relationships of people we know, and all of a sudden McCabe compares the dynamics of their relationships to the nihilism found in the translated graphic novel Lone Wolf and Cub. Other interesting conversational twists and turns ensued; I wish I had a voice recorder, so I could upload our conversations directly to the site. Maybe a future post?

After he met me at my house, we headed off to Reed’s Indoor Range. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a staff with a dead serious demeanor. We were asked what kind of shooting experience we had. I wanted to joke “Well, I beat Call of Duty 4: World at War” but my guess was that the guy behind the counter wasn’t going to have it. “None,” I quipped back. McCabe, however, had some experience shooting pistols at another range, and he curtly told the guy exactly which gun he had used, what kind of ammunition he had loaded it with, and where he shot it. Then, he was asked by the guy behind the counter to load a Glock 9mm with a fake orange bullet to demonstrate his proficiency with weapons. He passed the test and I was given further instructions on how to handle weapons in a gun range, which I had to repeat back to the guy even though he didn’t tell me beforehand that I would have to repeat all the instructions back to him. Good thing I was listening, as I am the type that zones out as soon as I hear instructions. I figured what he was saying might be beneficial to my health to know.

We started off with a Heckler & Koch 9mm with a box of standard ammunition.