Monday, October 02, 2006

Firearms Familiarization Class

Last Friday I attended a Sisters in Crime-sponsored Firearms Familiarization Class, and had a blast (pun intended)! I got to shoot a 9 mm handgun, a 357 Magnum, a civilian version of an M-16 rifle, and an AK-47, among other things. Our instructor discussed classes of firearms, types of ammunition, and firearms safety, and demonstrated how to disarm an assailant. The seven students, all mystery writers, learned a whole heck of a lot, and we all loved the experience. If anyone living in Colorado is interested in taking the class, go to:

Carol Hightshoe is a local fantasy writer, and her husband, Tim, who taught the class, is with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department, is a weapons trainer for the Colorado Air National Guard, and at one time was rated #2 in the US for combat pistol. He KNOWS his firearms. He brought a collection worth over $15,000 for us to see and feel and fire, from a flintlock rifle to a modern day scoped sniper's rifle. I can still smell the gunpowder...

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