Monday, August 24, 2015

Alex And His Grandmother Go Shooting



Song:  Gymnopedie No. 1 (Alto Flute and Piano)

Performers:

Piano:  Paolo Bertolotto
Alto Flute:  Luke Pickman




On the night before our evening of shooting...
I had asked Alex where he felt like eating.

He said he wished to eat at 
the Oyster Bar on the Sky Terrace at the Atlantis Casino.

Of course, I readily agreed :)
(it is one of my favorite restaurants).

So, Alex, his Grandmother, and I, went there for a grand seafood feast.


Alex had ordered the three crab fest.



My mother and I had shared a grand seafood feast
(Oysters in the half shell / Crab / Shrimp / Lobster).


My mother was surprised at how easily Alex had cracked the crab legs...
and had then extracted the meat.


Alex was eyeing our shrimp and lobster  :)



I then gave Alex some of our shrimp and lobster.


As our seafood feast was quite large...
and Alex's appetite, was also quite large...
Alex finished off our seafood feast.

He had not only finished off our shrimp and lobster...
he finished off the rest of our crab :)



Alex was very happy!

He had a great big seafood feast to enjoy.



The next day...
after Alex had finished his studying...
and we had finished our Supper...
my mother, Alex, and I, headed off to the mountains to shoot
Alex's semi auto Marlin 795 (without scope).

This was the first time my mother had ever shot a rifle.

She was at first...apprehensive.


When my mother first moved here to Reno...
I had explained to her that she would be starting a whole new way of living.

I had told her that being 76 years old is no excuse for not living life to the fullest.

Besides living the basic three
(Nutritious and Delicious Diet / Exercise / Deep Restorative Sleep)...
she was going to say yes to truly living life by doing new things...
and creating magical memories for her to savor for the rest of her life.




In Nevada...
so long as you are outside of the city limits on public land...
you may just take your firearms and set up a target...
and set up your own impromptu shooting range
(so long as you do it safely).

This is a favorite place of mine to shoot...just half an hour from home.

I have taken Alex here many times.


When we arrived...
I had Alex show my mother how to load the magazines with ammunition.



In the meantime...
I had set up the rotating metal targets downrange.


I then had Alex set up his kneeling and prone position as I took my mother forward
with the rifle so I could have her shoot from the standing unsupported position.



I first had her practice without the magazine of ammunition.


We then went live with full ammunition.

My mother was missing the target at first...
so I had her rest.


It was then Alex's turn from the kneeling position.


I had my mother watch Alex as he fired.



Alex did well hitting the heavy free rotating metal targets.


It was then my mother's turn again.

This time...
she did much better.





My mother with a big smile and happy laughter.

My mother was as happy as a school girl 
after she realized that she could...in fact...learn to shoot.

This was after her second time hitting the target...
and knowing that it wasn't just a fluke shot the first time.

It was at this point that she realized how fun shooting could be.

However...she would soon learn that it is so much more.


It was then Alex's turn from the standing unsupported position...
and then from the prone position.




My mother counting the hits Alex made on the targets.


After their rounds of shooting...
I had Alex retrieve the targets...
and I had my mother pick up the ground cloth...
as I secured the weapon in the car.

I had them come to me as I sat on the back of the car with the hatch open...
and I had then explained about the true nature of non-combat shooting.


In a nut shell...
this is what I had said:

In order to achieve accurate results from a distance...
you must first know, and learn how to control, your body.

Besides fine motor control...
you must control your breathing.

You must fire between the breaths...
and later, as the distances become more extreme with a scope...
you will have to time your shots between your own heartbeats.

The more in tune you are with your body...
the more calm your mind.

The more calm your mind...
the more calm your body.

The more calm your body...
the more accurate your shot.

This is the Zen of shooting.



After our talk at the car...
I then had them turn around to look toward the sunset.

This would be a fitting end to a great evening of shooting.

It is not enough to merely have fun...
our aim was to make it a time of magic...
something which was truly remarkable...
the creation of a magical memory.

This is a time that Alex can remember that he had with his grandmother...
and she with him...
and this served to reinforce to my mother...
that to say yes to new experiences...
is to say yes to life.

I had also explained that the timing of sunset at the end was no accident.

It is was our carrot.

I always explain that the key to enjoying new objectives...
is to always place a carrot at the end...
something with which to look forward...
to bring peace of mind and to mark the experience in your mind...
and to bring the event to a fitting close...
something which would make it truly memorable.


And a memorable time it was.

The sky was turning pink...
the wind was blowing our hair back...
and washing over us in a way which felt magical.


My mother had a magical evening with a new experience to savor.




Their bodies were relaxed...and in tune with their minds.

This was a fitting end to a beautiful time had.


We then drove home...
whereupon I taught them both...
the Zen of weapons maintenance :)



After we got home...
I took out the weapons maintenance kit
(notice how I kept the chamber lock in place).


I showed Alex how to clean, lubricate and protect the bore
using a bore brush, a patch eye and patch...


and a bore lubricating device
(soaked in White Lightning lubricant and protectant).



I then taught Alex how to care for knives.

The top knife is a fighting knife (Vaquero Grande) for everyday carry / car carry...
for self-defense.

The bottom knife is a good camping carry knife (Spartan)
(along with the Bushmaster spear knife and Kukri Machete...not shown).

All are from Cold Steel...
a knife company of which I am a great fan.




Alex used the White Lightning lubricant / protectant on the working parts...
and on the blades.




With the maintenance completed...
we then got into our exercise clothing...
and then completed our Sunday weight training
(Trap Bar Deadlifts and Pull Ups)...
stretched out...
and I had each enjoy a high protein shake
(only after their weight training days...not after any other training)...
and it was then time to shower and relax.



Tomorrow will be the start of Alex's Spring semester at UNR. 

He will be starting Differential Equations
(he was supposed to have it during the Summer semester...
however, the class was cancelled at the last moment).

My mother and I will be taking him to the university...
and while waiting for him to finish his class...
we will go to my favorite Mexican restaurant which is in the same 
math building as Alex's class.

I am looking forward to eating some of the best tacos on Earth once again
(the best tacos I have ever had).

My mother and I will then wait for Alex in the student lounge.

After Alex completes his class...
 goes home to complete his studies...
and finishes his dinner...
I am planning to take Alex and my mother to Pyramid Lake...
to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the lake.


I am hoping to create more magical memories for Alex and his Grandmother 
to fondly remember.











3 comments:

  1. Ha, that is great that your mom is willing to try something new. Many old people are really set in their ways and not so willing to try new things. That she was able to have this experience with her grandson makes it all the more special, for the both of them.

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  2. My mother had a great time. I will teach her the sitting and prone supported positions next time.

    After reading of your seafood feasts...I was so glad Alex had chosen the Oyster Bar for our own seafood feast. :)

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    1. You certainly had a magnificent seafood feast... hope Alex left enough for you and your mother to enjoy. ;) I think Alex would love the lobsters and oysters we had in Maine.

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