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ducky996 January 31st, 2020 11:05 PM

Hello!
 
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Originally Posted by knovotny (Post 5771335)
Welcome! Glad to have more ladies!

I heard some great things about you and your husband from Kicken Wing and even saw you testify in Annapolis while I was at work. You're well spoken. Looking forward to meeting you!

Kicken Wing January 31st, 2020 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by PowPow (Post 5772417)
I know I'm late in responding, but it is good to have you on the board.

You and your husband's story is similar to that of my own marriage. My wife came into our marriage with firearms. I met her in 2004, and we got married in 2007. At that time, I was not a firearm owner. I told her, "You take care of them. I don't want to know where they are. I'm not against them, but it's okay as long as you're the one who is responsible for them."

One day in 2010 we went to her sister's place in VA, and my brother-in-law was shooting a .303 British from his back porch into the woods. He asked me, "Do you want to try?" Oh, yeah. I said, "Sure." He coached me about the rifle and gun safety, and then set me up. He told me what to expect and to take my time. I took aim (open sights). Squeezed the trigger. I hit the can on the fence 80 yards out on my first shot. I was hooked.

But, it's not as straight-forward as it might seem. Yes, I enjoyed it, but how did I know how to aim and hit the can in the first place? I had BB & pellet guns growing up. I'd never shot a rifle. Due to a bad experience with a shotgun thanks to my father and brother when I was 20ish, I'd pretty much shrugged off any firearm involvement. It took a positive experience 25 years later with my brother-in-law to change. My wife reinforced the change by approving of my new obsession hobby. :D

Today, my 10 yr old is a good shot with both rifle and pistol. He will hopefully never know a day where a firearm is not part of his competence. It's all because someone took the time to provide a positive shooting experience. And, in my case, it was with a .303 British! In my son's case, his father taught him as soon as he was ready.

Our stories are even more similar than you realize. It was 2 of my brother in-laws - one lives in Tennessee and the other in VA. The one from VA took his British .303 and it was the first thing that I ever fired. Coincidence? Or Twilight Zone?

knovotny January 31st, 2020 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by ducky996 (Post 5772456)
I heard some great things about you and your husband from Kicken Wing and even saw you testify in Annapolis while I was at work. You're well spoken. Looking forward to meeting you!

Thank you!

Biggfoot44 February 1st, 2020 02:42 AM

Neat coincidence . But the .303's were not only widely available during the Golden Age of Military Surplus Firearms , they were particularly popular as actual Using Firearms .


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