Ok folks. The holidays are over and the new year is upon us. It’s time to get serious about learning to shoot/hunt.
I’ve done some research on our options, but before I get into that, I want to quickly address the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary head on because a couple of FKers have brought it to my attention. One of the main reasons that I am interested in re-learning to shoot is because I’m not very knowledgeable about guns, and I’d like to be. I don’t like the idea of being ignorant of something that something that has such an impact on our society. Whether it’s being able to meaningfully engage in a discussion of gun control, or knowing what to do in a situation where a gun is present, it’s knowledge that I want. The Sandy Hook shootings only heighten my desire for this information. If any of you FKers want to discuss this issue more, I’m happy to do so in the comments.
I’ve looked into both actually shooting guns and hunter education and here is what I have learned:
Chabot Gun Club and The Livermore-Pleasanton Rood and Gun Club offer Hunter Education classes. These classes are non-firing classes (no guns), cost $15 and are offer monthly. The Livermore-Pleasanton class is a 3-day class which meets on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Chabot class is a one day class (although it’s a long day), on the second Saturday of the month. Given that it’s going to be hard to get everyone together on any day, trying to get everyone together for 3 days seems even more challenging. I would suggest that we look towards the February class (February 9th) as the January one is this week. Pre-registration is required and they limit the class to 25, so we need get on this soon. I’m happy to register us once we have a head count.
Actually Shooting Guns
There aren’t a lot of options for firing a gun if you don’t own one. Conveniently, Jackson Arms in South San Francisco rents guns and has an indoor firing range. They offer a Novice Shooter’s Package, which includes 25 minutes in the classroom, 50 minutes at the range, a gun, ammo, 2 targets and eye & ear protection for $50. They over this weekdays at 7pm, Saturday at 11 and 5, Sunday at 11.
If you are interested in any of this, let me know what you are interested in and in the case of Jackson Arms, let me know what your preferred day of the week is and I can organize it.
TL:DR: Hunter’s Education Class at Chabot Gun Club on Feb 9th. Novice Shooter’s Package at Jackson Arms, day TBD.