About seven years ago, in the middle of the hysteria about the Democrat’s plan to disregard the Second Amendment and eliminate the private ownership of hand guns my wife and I decided we should have one just because. As a flyer in the Air Force I had to qualify every couple of years or so on a pistol so I was familiar with them, although never having a strong desire to own one. Well to make a long story short we ended up getting a Springfield Armory XD. A 9mm semi-automatic with a 16-shot clip.
We came home and put it in the safe where it has pretty much rested until today. Oh, every six-months or so I would take it out, field strip it, and make sure it was lubricated but I never fired it. My wife was concerned the gun wasn’t getting used and if I needed it, it wouldn’t work or I couldn’t hit the broad side of the barn.
Well anyway, today didn’t look like a great day for golf so I decided to head down the road to a gun range and exercise the weapon. I shot about 100 rounds, half as practice and then 48 rounds (three clips) to see how good I could do. On the test target, I started at 30 feet, then 20 feet and the final clip was at 10 feet. While I don’t think Annie Oakley need fear me, I think overall it wasn’t a bad test.