I’m glad I tried shooting a gun, even if I won’t ever do it again

NJ Advance Media reporter Steve Strunsky fires a Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm pistol at the Union Hill Gun Club in Monroe during a gun safety training day Sunday sponsored by the New Jersey Second Amendment Society.( I had never fired a gun in my life, so I eagerly accepted an invitation to give it a try by the sponsors of a gun safety and training day for children and their parents on Sunday at the Union Hill Gun Club, an indoor firing range, gun shop and instructional complex in Monroe. It was a fascinating experience, and I’m glad I did it. I was even told I did an excellent job with all three weapons I fired: a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver; a 9mm M&P pistol, also by Smith & Wesson; and a Stag Arms AR-10 .308 rifle, which looked to my untrained eye like something I’ve seen SWAT team members carry. It was pretty much how I imagined it, based on the countless film and TV scenes of gunplay I’ve seen, not to mention news footage of people shooting guns at ranges. I first held a real gun when I was about 10 years old, a German Luger my father had brought home from World War II, and the weight of it, how comfortable it felt in my hand, had always stayed with me. There was a hint of that same feeling with the guns I shot on Sunday, which felt and weighed about how I […]

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