Verna’s Shooters

A few of our favorite moments at the shooting range. Press the  >  to play videos.

Muzzle Flashes

I usually take a couple of videos when we go to the range, and this day was no exception. Verna loaded seven .357 magnum rounds into the S&W 686 and emptied the revolver in bursts averaging one per second. The unique thing about this video is that all seven rounds produced prominent muzzle flashes.

When I want to capture a muzzle flash, I usually have to single-step through the video to a frame with the nice flash. I generally get a nice bright plume every few rounds and can make a still picture out of a selected frame. The thing missing from a still, however, is the nice, dynamic nature of the real thing.

Remington 870 Express

In this video, Verna fires her new 20 gauge Remington 870 Express Magnum for the first time. We got the ‘Junior’ model, which is a better size for her since she would have difficulty reaching the fore-end on a full-sized shotgun. Our friend René who was leading a squad in Iraq at the time, recommended this gun for Defending the Ponderosa.

Verna loaded four rounds in the magazine and fired at the paper silhouette target about 25 feet downrange. After firing the rounds, she giggled and danced like a school kid with a new toy. I think she likes it.

Rapid Fire Shooting

Now, compare that firing rate to that seen in this video.

After more than a year of weekly trips to the firing range with the shotguns, Verna demonstrates that she has become both confident and proficient.

In fact, she is comfortable with all firearms in the gunventory. She shoots the Glocks, her Warthog, my 12ga. shotgun, her 20ga. shotgun, our 12ga. security shotgun and the .357 magnum and .38 special +P revolvers. Sometimes, she shoots left-handed with the Smith & Wesson 9mm pistols.

She’s come a long way, baby!