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Here comes da Judge
northfulton.com ^ | 25 February, 2011 | Jonathan Copsey

Posted on 02/26/2011 5:18:29 AM PST by marktwain

Last week, I went shooting for the first time.

Despite having lived in the South for a good four years now, I have only so much as held a pistol twice, and never pulled the trigger until some friends decided to go to the new shooting range in Roswell.

Growing up as a teenage boy playing way too many violent video games, it may be odd that I never had much to do with actual weapons.

My family and friends were never big on them. Some members of my family are dead-set against them. Their thinking is one I had until fairly recently – guns are made to kill. Why would you have one if you didn't expect to kill someone? And doesn't having a gun for defense mean you don't trust the police – people paid to defend the citizenry – to do their job?

My views have changed considerably since I was an idealistic youth. Weapons are fine for self defense, and are probably a necessity in some areas.

Entering the gun range, I admit I was nervous about just holding a weapon, let alone using it. Disaster scenarios went through my head as soon as I committed to shooting. What if someone gets shot or, worse, killed? Holding a loaded weapon is a heavy responsibility, and one I was not sure I wanted to take up.

But I entered the range and was taken through getting set up to shoot a weapon. I watched a safety video full of common sense, but still important, information – always face the gun forward, down the range; don't play around; wear head, eye and ear protection; keep your finger off the trigger until you actually ready to shoot.

Having never fired a weapon before, the guy behind the counter suggested I use a revolver. Easy to load, easy to fire and little chance of something going wrong. My shooting partner chose probably the largest one on display.

It was called "The Judge." It can apparently shoot shotgun shells. I thought this was a little overkill for the shooting range, but softened my stance when I chose our target – zombie Osama bin Laden.

Firing a gun called The Judge suddenly felt appropriate. To paraphrase John Wayne, the only due process is by the bullet.

My hands were actually shaking as I loaded the gun with its six bullets and took aim. I really had no idea what to expect – what would the kickback on the gun be? How loud would it be? There was really only one way to find out, so I squeezed the trigger.

It was definitely louder than I expected, and my aim was nowhere near what I wanted. The scattering of dust on the ceiling proved that.

But it was manageable and – dare I say it – exciting. I finished off my remaining rounds quickly and stepped back so my friend could take his shots. Like me, he had never fired a weapon before and was equally clueless in what to expect.

We quickly figured out how to properly use the thing and then fired away, our comically large pistol tearing gaping holes in the paper zombie bin Laden.

After all our bullets were spent, we compared notes with our other friends who came with us. There was no excitement or jubilation at taking advantage of our Second Amendment right. A few of us were less than impressed and had no inclination to do it again.

The rest of us enjoyed it, but it was similar to playing golf – fun, but it's not going to blow your mind.

Will I now go out and buy my own gun? Probably not. But now that I know what to expect, I think I'll go back to get a feel for what guns I feel comfortable with. I might even try the Judge again.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: banglist; gun; judge; shoot
Taking a person shooting for the first time is a very rewarding experience. It is a pro constitutional act that pays off over time.
1 posted on 02/26/2011 5:18:31 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Why would you have one if you didn't expect to kill someone? And doesn't having a gun for defense mean you don't trust the police – people paid to defend the citizenry – to do their job?

Ugh. I live here and go to this same range. It is a great new venue and much closer to home than the others.

2 posted on 02/26/2011 5:27:51 AM PST by doodad
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To: doodad
having lived in the South for a good four years now

Ah, I found the problem. I really am tired of the carpetbaggers moving into this area and bringing their failed practices with them.

3 posted on 02/26/2011 5:35:50 AM PST by doodad
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To: marktwain

Yes it is. I took one of my good friends for the first time and he loved it. He started to learn real fast and got a few bullseyes with full power .357 Magnums with my Ruger GP100. He wants to buy one now and go shotting more regularly.


4 posted on 02/26/2011 5:39:21 AM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: marktwain

“And doesn’t having a gun for defense mean you don’t trust the police – people paid to defend the citizenry – to do their job?”

Several court rulings, including the US Supreme Court, have held that it is NOT the responsibility of police to provide individual protection. How many times have you read “police prevent assault on woman” or “police stop armed criminals from bank robbery”? Police come AFTER the crime 99% of the time. YOUR SELF DEFENSE IS UP TO YOU.


5 posted on 02/26/2011 5:42:35 AM PST by Tahoe3002
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To: doodad
And doesn't having a gun for defense mean you don't trust the police – people paid to defend the citizenry – to do their job?

What an utterly clueless statement!

6 posted on 02/26/2011 5:43:31 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: marktwain
And doesn't having a gun for defense mean you don't trust the police?

As the old saying goes ...
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

7 posted on 02/26/2011 5:48:12 AM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: marktwain

This guy sounds like a girl. A girl from Massachusetts. What a jerk. He chose a good weapon though.


8 posted on 02/26/2011 5:50:37 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane
This guy sounds like a girl. A girl from Massachusetts. What a jerk. He chose a good weapon though.

If this is a guy, it must be that short, ugly little fellow with a crooked mouth, that does the 9:00 PM TV show on msnbc.

9 posted on 02/26/2011 5:58:23 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, in honor of Standing Wolf.)
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To: USS Alaska

No way. That guy is much more manly than this wimp. At least he pees standing up.


10 posted on 02/26/2011 6:09:55 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: marktwain
My hands were actually shaking as I loaded the gun with its six bullets and took aim.

BS. The Judge only holds 5.

11 posted on 02/26/2011 6:24:21 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: doodad
Me too. They come down here and want to "improve" things. They complain incessantly and disparage everything that's already here, and say constantly "Back in we had..." And if they get into the government...ugh.
12 posted on 02/26/2011 6:34:33 AM PST by GenXteacher (He that hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart!)
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To: marktwain
Despite having lived in the South for a good four years now, I have only so much as held a pistol twice, and never pulled the trigger...

Lovely. Another day-yam Yankee.

Growing up as a teenage boy playing way too many violent video games, it may be odd that I never had much to do with actual weapons.
My family and friends were never big on them. Some members of my family are dead-set against them. Their thinking is one I had until fairly recently – guns are made to kill. Why would you have one if you didn't expect to kill someone? And doesn't having a gun for defense mean you don't trust the police – people paid to defend the citizenry – to do their job?


I don't even know where to begin.

My views have changed considerably since I was an idealistic youth. Weapons are fine for self defense, and are probably a necessity in some areas.

Well. How magnanimous of him to concede to the practicality of self defense.

Entering the gun range, I admit I was nervous about just holding a weapon, let alone using it. Disaster scenarios went through my head as soon as I committed to shooting. What if someone gets shot or, worse, killed? Holding a loaded weapon is a heavy responsibility, and one I was not sure I wanted to take up

At least he admits it's huge, and he's possibly too immature to handle it.

I dunno, I reckon I'm supposed to be glad that here's an imported liberal pansy who's opened his mind to a new experience we tend to take for granted around here.

But OMG this limp-wristed, sniveling navel gazing makes me cringe with disgust. Dude, may the chains that bind you rest lightly upon your limbs. May your licking of another's boots result in none more than a gentle pat on the head. Go away from us in peace. Don't stop til you arrive back in the liberal hellhole you sprung from, and clap the door shut against any more of your fellow liberal brethren and sistren headed south. Ya'll stay home, y'hear?
13 posted on 02/26/2011 6:37:24 AM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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To: ladyjane

Yes, one would hope he’s only visiting. And, I encourage his use of the shotshells; aim becomes less critical, especially with the street-sweeper shells. Otherwise, he might just fill his purse with washers.....


14 posted on 02/26/2011 6:42:23 AM PST by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: marktwain

If you want to learn how to shoot join the Military.


15 posted on 02/26/2011 7:08:20 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: P8riot
My hands were actually shaking as I loaded the gun with its six bullets and took aim.

BS. The Judge only holds 5.

Did he load "bullets" or shotgun shells?

16 posted on 02/26/2011 7:14:33 AM PST by CPOSharky (Posted with 100% recycled electrons.)
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To: Tahoe3002

bttt


17 posted on 02/26/2011 7:15:51 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: P8riot

He had a different gun.

The guy with him had The Judge.


18 posted on 02/26/2011 7:18:37 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: P8riot

Right, the Judge holds five. And they’re cartridges, not bullets.


19 posted on 02/26/2011 7:27:26 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: marktwain
To paraphrase John Wayne, the only due process is by the bullet.

"Windage and elevation, Mrs.Langdon. Windage and elevation..."

20 posted on 02/26/2011 2:39:58 PM PST by HP8753 (Live Free!!!! .............or don't.)
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To: marktwain
Taking a person shooting for the first time is a very rewarding experience.

One of my very favorite things to do. People come to the Dakotas just expecting to shoot something.

21 posted on 02/26/2011 3:32:56 PM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: marktwain

“new shooting range in Roswell.”

It’s a very nice range. Good place to take a beginner. I’m a founding member.


22 posted on 02/26/2011 7:12:11 PM PST by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: P8riot

“BS. The Judge only holds 5.”

Thanks, I don’t own one (yet), but was thinking the same thing! Does that mean the rest of his recollection is BS? Maybe, but it is worth asking... (I’m usually keenly aware of how many rounds I have available to use and wouldn’t want to be one short!)

JC


23 posted on 02/26/2011 8:53:16 PM PST by cracker45 (I don't believe in coincidences!)
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To: ladyjane

“My hands were actually shaking as I loaded the gun with its six bullets and took aim.”

I have one of these and I wonder how he/she got six rounds into it?


24 posted on 02/27/2011 2:24:31 AM PST by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

You have a big one or...? Magnum?

I used to have a Public Defender but it was lost in an unfortunate boating accident.


25 posted on 02/27/2011 6:03:42 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: marktwain

“Despite having lived in the South for a good four years now, I have only so much as held a pistol twice, and never pulled the trigger until some friends decided to go to the new shooting range in Roswell.”

Well it looks like moving to the South has done you some good son. Welcome to the gun culture.


26 posted on 02/27/2011 6:50:43 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: ladyjane

I bought the original 2 1/2” chamber, 3” barrel stainless version when they first came out. It is a fun gun but mine only has 5 chambers in the cylinder.


27 posted on 02/28/2011 5:14:14 AM PST by jospehm20
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