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First time Shooting


Growing up in NYC, I never thought of going out to a shooting range for fun. The only ranges I ever knew about are the ones on TV that are in some building that the cops go to when they need to blow off some steam, shooting at a paper cut out of a body with a pistol.

A random last minute invitation in Swedish to go shooting (“Skjuter”…followed by hand gestures to explain) left me confused and unsure what to expect, but I’m glad I was told that I wanted to go 🙂

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The Swedish word for “guns” is “skjutvapen” (shootingweapon)

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Digital screens to show where your bullet hit, or “Träffar” (which means “meet” in Swedish, but also where the bullet “meets” the target). After unloading my first empty shell case I finally understood the phrase “the smoking gun”!

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Mind blowing that I can follow a gun instructional in Swedish and understand everything: how to position your body and why, how to adjust the scope, how to load/unload, and then a little competition called “GRIS” (Swine/pig) which would be equivalent to playing “HORSE” with basketball (who ever does the worst gets a letter, gain enough letters to spell the word and you’re out)

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It was three of us, all new to shooting, with two instructors. “LADDA!” (“Load!” which also means “to charge”, for example, your cell phone) “Tre, två, ett!”: 20 seconds to aim and shoot after the countdown. Soon the first “GRIS” was out of the game and our time went down to 15 seconds. Then it was tied “GRI – GRI” and it was down to the last shot: 10 seconds to aim and shoot… I was the second “GRIS” out of the game.

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Went through almost three boxes of ammunition myself. Before our screens were cleared to play “GRIS” I got a bulls-eye – I swear! I even kept the empty shell, but I didn’t think of taking a photo until the screen was erased!

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Hubby is a much better shot (From all the FPS games):

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So concentrated!

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I had a lot of scattered shots compared to him – it’s not too easy! Mostly because it is so darn uncomfortable! It’s hard to find that perfect position to get your shots to line up, and then you don’t want to move a muscle.

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Today I am so sore that I feel like I got punched really hard in the back and stomach along with general aches in the shoulders.

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But it was worth it for such a cool experience, along with meeting some nice new friends.

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Definitely something we would do again.

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8 thoughts on “First time Shooting

  1. “Vapen” is more of a general term here as well. “Gun” translates better as a “pistol” or “gevär”, while “vapen” could mean a gun or a knife or anything else.

    Det är alltid lika roligt att läsa din blogg (:

    • I just updated this change a minute ago, actually! “skjutvapen” is more appropriate, but many times when people speak about guns in a general manner I’ve found they just say “vapen” instead, unless your being specific about what type of gun.

      Tack så mycket! Vad kul att höra 🙂

  2. That looks fun i really must do that someday, those looks like the kind of rifles the biathlon skiers use, the .22 caliber. Just powerful enough without being really scary or too loud. I always wanted to try, i have only shot airpowered rifles.

    About the words and translation it has never been really clear which is what but i agree with you guys.

    skjutvapen = handheld firearms, you do not call a cannon a “skjutvapen.”
    guns = more general as it includes cannons too, or did before. Best swedish version is “eldvapen” which literally means firearms. (as you know i guess you can read most swedish know)

    I think you choose the right word with skjutvapen. Vapen is very broad and is the same as “weapon” in english. That is just about everything everything from a fighter-jet to a pocket-knife.

  3. I haven’t been shooting in ages! I’m so jealous of you!!! Also, I’ve never gotten to go to a shooting range that allowed rifles. The only ones that were near where I used to live were handguns only. I think doing “sniper style” shooting looks a bit more fun than standard “self-defense style” shooting.

    • It was so much fun! Nothing that I ever thought of doing, but was excited to tag along to! Looking forward to doing it again, maybe hand guns next time to compare. The rifles were very fun, but ouch!!

  4. hi! i am an international student here in halmstad, i was wondering if i can get some information about where this shooting range is. thanks!

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