I just got back from taking cat on her first trip to the range. There are three ranges on Long Island even worth mentioning, and only two of them allow my Mosin Nagant. So for today, we went to the Brookhaven range out in Brookhaven, NY near the research labs.
The range itself was beautiful, and excellently maintained.
Most of the people there were shooting either .22 Rugers, hunting rifles, or some other modern rifle. So when I pulled my Soviet beauty from her case, it turned some heads. Everyone from the safety officer to the guys down the bench were curious as to what exactly the monstrosity I had produced was.
Cat was very, very excited to shoot her first firearm. But before I let her use the Mosin, I wanted her to get a feel for basic marksmanship with something that won’t make her flinch before every shot. For that, I borrowed my Dad’s Marlin 39 .22 rifle.
We traded off shooting, since we only had one bench available to us. Cat shot 10 .22 rounds, then I shot 5 Mosin rounds. We did that for about an hour before completely switching to the Mosin.
We spent about 2 hours, 100 .22 rounds and 60 7.62 rounds on the range, and at the end, Cat was beaming with joy at the firepower she had wielded, and I was relatively pleased with my shooting.
From the smile on her face as we left the range, I get the feeling we’ll be spending a lot more time there.