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POSTCARDS FROM GREG HEMMINGS

Sharp Shooter, North Side Pistol Range, Fredericton OK, I never thought that
I would ever be excited to hold a handgun. I am a textbook pacifist, guns
have never been an interest of mine. When I was younger, I was more into
building tree houses than playing ‘shoot-em-up’ video games, and every time
I hear news about senseless deaths resulting from gun violence, I question
why we still celebrate violent gun culture in media and entertainment.

Ironically, I recently had a chance to actually shoot some handguns at the
Northside Pistol Range in Fredericton. The trainers at the range were
wonderful and they safely taught us how to handle guns. I have to admit, I
had a ball. I never thought I would enjoy holding a gun and shooting it, but
it was actually a lot of fun, and, oddly, I shot the bulls-eye multiple
times! I am actually a decent shooter! Who would have thought? My views of
the dangers of guns and the unnecessary promotion of gun culture have not
changed, however, I feel like it was important, and surprisingly fun to
spend a couple hours in this range experiencing the sport side of hand gun
shooting.

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Women wanted: firing range hopes to entice female shooters

Northside Indoor Pistol Range in Fredericton offering classes for women

CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2014 10:08 AM AT Last Updated: Feb 23, 2014 3:09 PM AT

 

Don Goodine teaches 20-year-old UNB student how to shoot. (Rachel Cave/CBC)

A firing range in Fredericton is trying to get more women interested in shooting guns for sport.

The Northside Indoor Pistol Range has started hosting an introductory course for women.

On Saturday, a handful of students came out to fire a weapon for the very first time.

“I’ve never had a gun. Never touched a gun,” said Sandra Ferris, a retired school teacher.

She decided for her birthday this year she wanted to fire a gun.

Owner Don Goodine starts beginners with smaller calibre pistols, including .22 semi-automatics and a 9-mm beretta.

He said every shooter comes to find the gun they love the most.

But before they pull the trigger, he checks to see that everyone’s got their ear and eye protection on.

The first shot comes as a shock, he said, but then it gets a little easier.

“Oh it was fantastic,” said Ferris.

Goodine said he’ll host ladies day the last Saturday of every month. He adds most women tell him they feel more comfortable learning in a group that’s restricted to female students.

The range charges $30.00+hst an hour. Bullets are extra.