Saturday night James and I drove over to Lee’s Summit to meet some friends for dinner. We decided to stop by a new gun range that just opened up near them. The place is Frontier Justice, and it’s a really neat place! I had no idea what to expect, as I’ve never been to a gun range before. They had a large front area with a little café and a clothing and art section. Further into the store, there was all sorts of ammo and gun cases and such, and then they sold guns, bows, and everything you would need to shoot. We thought about renting a lane to shoot a gun, but ended up doing the archery range instead, and it was a ton of fun!
We ended up having the entire range to ourselves, and the archery instructor showed us the basics, and let us loose! Of the four of us, James was the only one who had really shot a bow before. He got a recurve bow when he was in high school, and I remember driving out with him to his family’s farm, and he shot it on occasion. I’m pretty sure he made me shoot it once or twice, but the tension on the bow was way too tight for me, and I struggled.
The bows we were able to rent at Frontier Justice were compound bows, meaning there was a series of pulleys, allowing you to draw the bow with less force. It wasn’t easy to pull, but I remember it was a heck of a lot easier than James’ recurve bow.
We all got better as we shot, there was a learning curve, but we all were able to hit the targets, and we moved back, further away from the targets, as we improved.
A few times, I even hit the center! I still definitely need to work on my aiming, it is quite different than shooting a gun, or so the instructor said. He said it’s more like throwing a ball, the hand – eye coordination is key, where as with a gun, it’s lining up the sights. I found that if I closed my back eye, it was easier, When I closed my front eye, the arrow always went left of my intended target.
After we each took turns shooting solo, we started shooting as partners. We got to shoot about 4 or 5 arrows, then had to go retrieve them and let the boys have a turn. Carmen was the best of the 4 of us, her accuracy was the best.
I think we shot our bows for about an hour, and the time just flew by (HAHA, see what I did there, FLEW by!). We had a ton of fun, and can’t wait to go do it again. James will have to get his bow from back home the next time we visit, and we’ll have to take it to see how different it is.
Adam was the leftie of the group, and I think James tried the Left-Handed bow once, and Adam tried the Right-Handed bow once. They definitely weren’t as good with their off-hands, but they were not terrible!
Carmen and I totally channeled our inner-Katniss while we were shooting. I could totally get a finger guard and dress all in black and go to town with my bow and arrows.
We definitely plan to try the archery range again, and at only $20 to rent the bows and lane, it was a very affordable and fun date night. We also want to try the gun range too, but that’ll be another time!
Have you ever shot a bow? Have you gone to a gun or archery range?