Shooting First: Eye On The Target, Finger On The Trigger

I’ve always been interested in what makes firing or shooting guns particularly enticing for the few aficionados that I know. Is it the sheer “angas” of the activity or its potential to become quite a useful skill (what if you need to shoot a mugger or a rapist?!) in the future?

Ever the curious girl that I am, I went firing with friends over the weekend. I was the only novice among the group, since most of them have either tried it once or are really frequent gun-toting vixens on weekends. :)

jethro shooting range
Oops blurry photo! :s

We went to Jethro Shooting Range in Festival Mall. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find a shooting range inside a mall. I know of indoor shooting ranges of course, but not one that’s in a mall. ๐Ÿ˜€

Gun aficionados can sign up for membership (with lots of perks and discounts) at Jethro. But here’s a snap of the rate sheet displayed on the counter for your information:

Jethro Shooting Range Rates
Here’s the current rate sheet methinks. The rates posted on their website is different–and more expensive.

They have a separate fee for foreigners, which mildly baffles me. Can somebody explain to me why is that so? LOL

Kuya Renan writing our names on the target paper.
Kuya Renan writing our names on the target paper. Real classy way to motivate us to hit the target. LOL.

While we were waiting to be let in, we could hear the bangย of the people shooting inside. It was a bit unnerving since it was my first time to be anywhere near a firing range–I’ve sat on a gun before, you see. (Yup, don’t ask how I ended up sitting on a gun).

Me, Kuya Renan and Mica. Ready to go!
Me, Kuya Renan and Mica. Ready to go!

I don’t think anyone looks really good with glasses/goggles like these, no? It always squishes your cheeks! Ugh.

Here we go! Excited as fudge.
Here we go! Excited as fudge.

Make sure you read the rules of gun safety before you walk in. ๐Ÿ˜€

Be careful not to trip! Bullet shells scatter on the floor. I "mildly" tripped on three bullet shells.
Be careful not to trip because there are bullet shells scattered on the floor. I “mildly” tripped on three bullet shells.

Two dudes were shooting when we walked in and there was only one range officer so we had to wait for them to finish. Girl on the upper right photo is with us, by the way. She’s the “expert” in the group for she frequents this place a lot. :)

Kuya teaching me how to properly hold a gun.
Kuya teaching me how to properly hold a gun.

Before I stepped up and held the gun, I wasn’t feeling nervous at all. I was actually more excited than petrified, and of course, I wanted to hit the target at least once! But typical of beginners, I hit the target paper every single time. I swear! I counted the bullet holes. :)

Firing away!
Firing away!

I didn’t really think that the gun–or rather the muzzle part–would “spark” whenever one would pull the trigger. I thought it was just some movie effect, but obviously, it wasn’t. Also, the gun was really heavy. My hand would recoil every time I would shoot the gun, but I kept my grip on the gun tight and secured. :)

See the "spark" or whatever it is that you call it?
See the “spark” or whatever it is that you call it?
For my first time, I fired 10 rounds. It hit the target every single time. Proud beginner here! LOL
For my first time, I fired 10 rounds. I hit the target every single time. Proud beginner here! LOL

My first time at shooting guns was definitely fun, which is why I’ll be forcing the boyfriend to try this with me again. Jethro Shooting Range in Festival is a bit dingy and old, but it’s okay since we don’t plan on becoming shooting experts. Besides, we’re here to shoot and not to enjoy the ambiance. ๐Ÿ˜€

P.S. If you’re a Facebook friend, then you can see a video of my shooting. LOL. As if you wanna watch no? Hahaha.

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  • Calel Noble

    The ultimate stress reliever :) But really, this is a very useful skill especially these days that criminals are getting more and more bold. Cool post!

    • Yeah, stress-reliever and life skill talaga! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Suyen

    I’m so glad you were able to try this out. Good job on your first try! :) It’s good that a place like this exists. Inside a mall, no less! Haha
    Being a soldier’s daughter has its perks and one of them is holding and firing a gun before I turned 10 yrs old ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Yeah, imagine that–shooting guns inside a mall. LOL. Now, how cool is your childhood?! Me, I was never allowed to leave the house and play outside–well, not until I was in 4th grade. I hope to handle “bigger” guns in the future. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Guest

    Wow. It looks fun! :) wanna try it soon. :) I’just wondering how much does it cost and for how many rounds?

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