Thursday rolled around and we headed up to the club range. No one I had previously met was there. I told the range officer we were looking for the bulls eye competition and he indicated it was right here and one round was in progress, but we could jump in on the next one. He was really nice, and helped us get registered and told us what we were going to do. After that round was over, we met some of the other shooters that were there, and they also helped us get set up and gave us the basic rundown on the matches. All of these people even though neither one of us had met any of them before, were really helpful, patient and nice. Just then 2 of the guys I had met before including the one that invited me to come showed up. As the other shooters noticed that I knew them they relaxed even more and pretty soon everyone was talking and joking like we were old friends. When the competition started they explained each stage, the scoring, and what to do, like they were actually glad to have some new people around and they all made us fell very welcome.
It was good fun, an interesting introduction to actual competition and something I want to do again. The guy that invited me said, see, if you get used to this I’ll have you shooting IPSC by the end of the year. I am continuously amazed with the people involved in shooting and shooting sports. It’s such a big difference from the people I deal with every day that I can’t help but be. I hope as I meet more and more gunnies I continue to meet great people that are willing to share their sport.