So Jay asks the question:
Honestly it’s a very close race. I’ll tell both the stories and see if you can figure out which wins.
First up is the first time I took the wife shooting. It was one of our first dates and she shot just about everything I had. From the .44 Mag revolver, to the M1 Garand, to my little old 10/22. It was a fun date and I’ve got pictures of it around here somewhere. It was that date I also decided that I was going to either Bic my head or go with a buzz cut from now on.
The second option is the last time my dad and I went to the range together. We spent a good chunk of the morning shooting pistol drills switching between the Hi-Standard and 1911. The uncle I am named after was visiting as well. We spent a decent chunk of time looking for what was to become my graduation present. While at the range/gun store I told the clerk I was looking for a Remington 700 VS. He asked what caliber and I responded, “308 Winchester”. He promptly responded, “What the hell are you planning on shooting with that!?” Without missing a beat I replied, “Two legged varmints at 500 yards.” My uncle and dad burst into laughter.
We found a gunsmith and ordered it about a month later. We finally picked it up 10 months later on my 19th birthday. Hell that was a fun day too, but he never got to actually see me behind his gift to me. I finally got to the range a week before we said our last good byes and handed him a quarter with a nice .30 caliber hole through the middle taped to a paper plate with the date and range of 200 yards. He just looked up and grinned.
If I had to pick a day, it’s that last day I spent on the range with my dad. I really miss that.