I wanted to start this thread as I think not many people on TSR, being a UK-based forum, would share this interest, and it's always interesting when threads and topics have a smaller, more close-knit audience.
This isn't a thread for people to debate shooting ethics, nor is it a thread for people to debate hunting. Also importantly, this thread is not a hunting society, it is a shooting society - largely towards target/clay pidgeon and its appropriate firearms open for friendly conversation between those who enjoy, or would like to partake in the sport of shooting.
About me - I never held a gun until I was 12/13 (I think it was close to my 13th birthday, could be a short while either side of it) - and the first was a Walther P22. I always loved handguns, and since then I went target shooting regularly, almost exclusively with handguns. Over the subsequent years, I shot a variety of Sig Sauer, CZ, Glock and Walther pistols, my favourite being the CZ P-07 Duty (however the most comfortable and natural-feeling being the Walther P99 as my hands are a little on the larger side, being a pianist, and I like the wider grips of the P99). I also shot a couple of assault rifles at the range - an MP5, M4 and M16, but I still prefer pistols for target shooting.
Interestingly for an avid shooter, I don't eat meat and I've demonstrated on multiple animal rights marches, but that's more to back-up the point of "not all shooters are animal abusers so don't turn this thread into a poo-throwing match".
So I'd like to start off the thread with my first topic of discussion: What was the first firearm you shot? (Airguns allowed, they're more than capable of performing just as much as live-ammo guns!)
AK47 US firing range - aged 22
No8 .22 Rifle when I was in the Air Cadets. I have been 14.
L98A2 again in the cadets.
L85A2 when I got a proper job & joined the RAF :-).
Bah! Listen to me. America. "More stringent firearms laws".
Shot the L98 and .22 with army cadets, and a shotgun clay pigeon shooting on one of the camps, would love to shoot again but making do with archery for now as anything firearms related is dodgy as hell round here (my city in the UK).
I would love to shoot again and have no issues with it, like most things it is what you make it, I also used to be a vegetarian and now I eat ethically sourced and kindly killed meat which supports local farmers. so yeah screw stereotypes!
will see what the future brings!
I have never short à gun. You guys are crazy. Do you just do this through cadets? You sound like psychopathic killers to me.