Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spreading the Message of Liberty to the UK

My son signed up to be part of a Scottish foreign exchange program, so we have been pretty busy getting ready for our guest ... read ... busy house cleaning! He arrived on Tuesday and since we have little time over the two weeks where something isn't already planned, I asked him what he would like to do or see while he's here. To my amazement he said "I want to go shooting" I figured he's already had conversations about this with my son before he arrived, so I asked what would you like to shoot? He said "everything," and I found myself a very happy host.. Unfortunately, we only had about a two hour window between getting to the range and dark, but we did manage to squeeze in a quick safety lesson, and "how to," I won't call it marksmanship training, followed by two hours of handgun and rifle shooting. Since we only had the short window, I brought as many of the firearms that are banned in the UK as possible. An AR-15, AK47, Hi point 9mm, and a bunch of handguns, 9mm full size down to the pocket sized Ruger LC9, a .40 S&W and a pocket .380. Once it got dark we cleaned up and went to the shotguns and I set him and my son up on the trap field under the lights for a round of trap. He was introduced to a Beretta semi-auto and a Browning over/under both in 12 gauge.

I started him on the pistols at 20 yrds he was on paper pretty quick.

AWB complient AR with no flash suppressor. Cool pic, dumb law!

I told him to try nealing with the AK and he went right into a perfect position.

The boys all coyboy'd up :-) Yes we live in the wrong state, but it's still America!

That boy was having some fun!

He was a pretty good shot for his first time behind a trigger. He did real well with rifle, pistol and shotgun, he even broke about 25% of his trap targets which is darn good for never holding a shotgun before.

The only real issue I had was breaking him of the natural tendency to rest you finger in the trigger guard, or on the trigger when he was not ready to shoot.

We also had many conversations about the 2nd amendment, natural rights, self defense and carrying, which he never seemed to argue against. It makes me wonder what percentage of the UK believes in citizens being armed and able to defend themselves and if there's hope for them in the future. He says he'd like to live here just so he can own a gun.  I guess I've done my part to to sew the seeds of liberty to our young Scottish guest. Hopefully he spreads the message while home.

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