Ready, Aim, Fire!
RULE NUMBER ONE when holding a gun: make sure your hand is not shaky. But I couldn’t help it! What if I accidentally pulled the trigger and shot at somebody in the vicinity?
At first, when I heard the First Division Infantry chief Lt Gen Datuk Mohd Zaki Mokhtar invited the media for a gun shooting event, I was curious and excited at the same time as I had never shot at anything something before, let alone held a gun in my life.
And so, my fellow Seedling Patricia and I went to Semenggo Camp to have our very first shooting experience. At the camp, we were introduced to two types of weapons, a Glock 17 and M4.
We were introduced to the Glock 17 pistol, one of the most renowned semiautomatic guns in the world invented by Glock Ges in Austria. The army officers taught us how to dismantle and reassemble the gun parts. Mind you it was not as easy as you see on TV. As a first timer, I needed them to show me multiple times how to dismantle the guns before I could do it partially right on my own.
On the shooting field, a row of podiums where the guns were neatly arranged was and we were asked to shoot the target holder right in front of us. Before we could start shooting, one of the officers instructed us to cover our ears with earmuffs and stay behind the podium until everyone finished shooting.
After the briefing was finished, the fun part began and I even managed to score 24/50!
Being at the gun shooting event made me think, does owning a gun make me feel safe?