Friday, July 06, 2007

Just Me and My Glock

Canoeing in Willow, AlaskaLast week I took the teenage girls from our church out to Willow, Alaska for the yearly summer camp and had a great time. I'm not much of an outdoors enthusiast or a hearty camper (okay let's be honest, I'm a total whimp and I was dreading a week's stay in an mosquito-infested cabin because I'm just not into the "Hotel Cali-swarmia" rustic ambiance thing) but I can report a good time was had by all.

Wednesday on the dock by the lake was beyond fabulous (I'll do anything for a little sunshine) and on Monday a friend of ours very kindly agreed to come teach the girls how to shoot. As in guns. I didn't know this until a couple weeks ago but turns out he used to be a bounty hunter and when he showed up he brought more weapons and ammo than a Stryker Brigade. I'm not a fan of guns but he was very professional and careful and after a quick lesson gave us each take a turn at the targets.

I'd never fired a gun before but his wife let me borrow her nine millimeter Glock and I was hooked. Here's the video Grace took--check out how those orange clay pigeons fly. "Die, Pigeons, Die!" Fastest gun in the north (and notice my stylish fleece hat complete with safety glasses over the top? It's all the rage in Milan and Paris).




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28 comments:

Heffalump said...

I always wanted to be like Charlie's Angels (the orgininal TV show of course). All I ever shot was a BB gun at camp, and once a 22 caliber rifle on a date of all things.
You looked very professional with your trendsetting hat and your glock.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Such beautiful country...

I grew up around guns and am a believer in learning how to shoot if you have the opportunity. Must say - the signature red hat and fleece make you look very chic...do you think they'll put in on the runway for Fashion Week??

Gill said...

My husband once shot himself in the hand by mistake, I kid you not! Put me off guns for life...

Shalee said...

I just want to know where you got the hat. You must look fashionable when you're ready to lock em and load em.

That's the problem I had with Dirty Harry. He never had a good hat...

Joyful Days said...

I about choked on my coffee with the title!! LOL.

I've shot rifles and shotguns, and even a black-powder musket--but I'm impressed with that glock.

Your choice in haute couture is fabulous. Accessorizing with a handgun, pure genius.

Coralie said...

My husband wants to buy me a .22 revolver, because they're more reliable, but I love how Glocks look and handle.

Kat said...

Michelle,
That post title has to rank up there with my "I Think My Husband Is Flame Retardant" post title that you found so funny.

I was sifting through my RSS reader... how could I NOT read a post by a suburban Alaskan mom titled, "Just Me and My Glock"

....too funny.

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

You are gonna have to convince Stephanie to get on too.

Lisa Milton said...

I was a counselor at a camp in Willow back in college - it is pretty rustic. I have a feeling that fabulous hat may be protecting you from the fabulous mosquitoes. I remember being chewed up.

Great footage.

G's Cottage said...

Okay, I didn't know what a Glock was; getting behind on my weapons of choice I guess. On my grandparents' farm there was always a loaded shotgun leaned next to the kitchen door; 'coons in the garden, weasels in the hen house - you know the usual varmits. But...but you had never ever be thinking of touching it, oh no, because guns were tools not toys.

Crazy Working Mom said...

looks like loads of fun! :)


But, your post reminded me of my father in law. He calls those crock shoes "glocks". *LOL*

Daisy said...

I've never been a gun fan, either, but given the chance to learn in a safe and controlled setting, I'm sure I'd go for it. I don't have the right hat, though. I'll have to shop first.

Scribbit said...

Okay and before anyone thinks I'm trying too hard to be cool here, I have to confess that I'm a little slow firing in the video because when I'd tried to put the magazine in, I'd got it backwards.

"Why won't this thing go in?" I'm thinking. D'uh. Think Dirty Harry ever got his ammo backwards?

Melissa R. Garrett said...

Guns are SCARY!! My neighbor wanted to know if I would like to borrow his pellet gun to get rid of the rabbits in my garden. He doesn't have children, obviously.

Kelly said...

You are cool.

And incredibly chic.

J Fife said...

After the post about hiking in Alaska, I didn't think your life could get any cooler and then it did...

You're a pretty good shot, too.

kailani said...

Put a gun in her hands and watch her turn into Charlies Angels! LOL!

Stephanie said...

Target shooting in the wilderness? Next thing you know you'll be dragging home a deer. :)

Haley-O said...

I'm so relieved the pigeons aren't REAL. "Glock" is funny.... ;)

dcrmom said...

Love that canoe picture. And Husband would love to take me shooting. It's one of his hobbies. But I'm too scared. You're making it almost sound fun! :=)

jackie said...

Your are awesome, bet you are a cool mom. So, are you Annie Oakley now? It is better to know how to use one and than to try and figure it out when you need too. Great job.

Val said...

If you keep heading into the hills and out into the woods you'll need to make a place for a new Glock next to your cell phone! For reals.

Web Urbanist said...

Wow, yah, I'm still reluctant to go shooting. One of my friends recently bought one of those semi-automatic thingies that was legalized again when the ban was repealed a few years back. He claims it's great fun but I dunno if I'm ready for that!

my4kids said...

You didn't do to bad with the glock. They all kick like that and the smaller the gun the worse the kick so from what I saw you did pretty well.
Hmmm so do I sound like a gun toter now? Really I'm not but the hubby is a hunter and where we go camping it is pretty much necessary to carry something with you since it is in the middle of nowhere and known for wild animals and the possibility of walking up to an animal is there.

Anonymous said...

Wow, my wife's Glock, and the shooter, and that hat, are now famous :-) and I have to agree, Black (the Glock) and red (the hat) are a good color combo. It was about 800 rounds of pure fun. So, shall I call you Sabrina, Jill, or Kelly? Take care and have a bang up time.

That Glock Guy

chelle said...

Ooo look at you! Cool experience. Guns are cool with me for hunting or on the farm, in the city they make me nervous.

Leslie said...

Awesome!

JAM said...

Wow. I'm jealous of your husband.

I wish I had a video of my wife shooting a gun.

Men just love gun totin' women; respect then too.