A Day at the Gun Range
Being a veteran owned and operated company definitely has its perks. Some of us, (I for one) have never shot a gun. So when Eric Miller, DocuWrx CEO, announced that we would be going to the gun range, it would be a lie to say I wasn’t a little worried.
DocuWrx includes several veterans from the United States Army, most of whom served overseas in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. But since most of us have not had prior gun experience, Miller and the other veterans had to emphasize the level of safety and behavior expectations while using them. The day before the gun range we stayed late to practice dry fire (firing without ammunition) so that we had knowledge walking onto the range. Miller lined up all the firearms which included several types of semi-automatics and revolvers (including 22, 44, 38, 380 and .9mm calibers), various Glocks, Savage Arms 111 LRH .338 lapua magnum, a FNH FS2000, anAR-15, and more.
Before we began we thoroughly went over how to properly hold a gun, firing stances, and took turns holding and dry firing each one.
Shooting a gun can sound like fun and games, but there are a lot of things you need to remember. First rule of handling guns is to always check to see if the gun is unloaded. Always. If you just watched someone unload it and hand it to you, check to make sure it is unloaded. If you leave the gun for a few minutes and come back, check to make sure it is unloaded. Every single time, check to make sure it is unloaded. Unfortunately, forgetting tiny mistakes like this can cause big repercussions and trust me it happens more than you think.
Another rule to handling guns is to always point the barrel down range. Never, and I mean never, point a firearm towards people. Joking, not joking, loaded, unloaded, it is under no circumstance acceptable to point a gun at someone and in most states it is considered a crime.
Furthermore, make sure that when you are shooting a gun, that your thumbs and fingers stay off the slide(hammer). This was my first mistake and trust me it hurts, but you can’t really react to anything with a gun still in your hand.
Due to my minimal knowledge of firearms, I had to figure out which stances were best for me and which of my eyes is dominant. It took me a little to understand how to line up the gun with the target using the sight notch. It didn’t take me long to get the hang of it after.
OK, so we’ve discussed the safety procedures and all the expectations while handling a gun. Now it is time for the real deal.
We showed up the next day at Manatee Gun Range excited for a fun employee bonding day. I for one, had been anticipating shooting my first gun after our lesson the night prior. All employees went into the office to to do a quick review and gather our safety gear before heading onto the range.
Walking on to the range, I was not expecting to be as loud as it was… even with the ear plugs. Being eager, I pushed my way to the front of the line to shoot one of the guns. This was where I learned the difference between dry and real firing. One word: Kickback. I was surprised that even some of the smallest guns had recoil from the momentum. Even after this, you have to make sure you “follow through”, aka, you don’t drop the trigger or your posture as soon as you fire. You can increase your rate of fire by releasing the trigger and repeating the process. By the end, (almost) all my shots had hit the target.
Everyone took turns experimenting on different guns and enjoyed watching others shoot. It was certainly a learning experience for most of us. Personally, I think everyone should be trained on how to shoot a gun at least once, because unfortunately, you never know if you will ever be in a situation where you have no other choice.
Overall, we had a great day learning about firearms while mixing in some employee bonding. Hopefully, we will visit the range again in the future and I can show off my new skills.