Well you can all sleep better tonight,That is if you don't live here in Iowa LOL. Last night I had to go qualify with the hand gun that I will use for the purpose and I'm Telling you folks you needed to be there to believe it.Some of the folks that were trying to obtain a permit would Scare the Hell out of most of us. There was this one old gal that must have been 75 years old and she had herself a snub nose smith 357 cal.wheel gun that she was shooting,she was in the next firing lane to my left,so the range officer gives us the command to charge our weapons and she doe's ok with that and he says keep your weapons pointed down range and fire when ready.Well I'm Watching this old gal out of my left eye she's holding the gun with one hand and cracks off a round and the gun jumps out of her hand smacks her in the head and knocks her glasses off,The target she is aiming at drops to the floor cause she shot the wire cable in two that runs the target up and backand the gun hits the deck.Range officer hollers over the loudspeaker,Everyone STOP FIREING and holster your weapons NOW!!!! He picks up the glasses for the old gal and her gun and takes her off the range and attends to her skinned head.Tells her she needs to go get some lessons at a certified range with a weapons instructor before she comes back.Poor Old Gal was crying when she left.Now this was at the 7 Yard Line. Now on my right was this Fat Dude all dressed in camo wearing combat boots with the pants legs stuffed in the boots,and wearing this belt and holster with about 10 magizines,Flashlight,and a hunting knife hanging from it,and packing this Desert Eagal 10in barrel in 44 mag caliber with laser sights.I ask him is that the weapon you will be packing when you get your permit?? Yup he says,You have to qualify with the weapon you will be carrying .You have to fire 20 rounds to qualify,10 rounds at the 7 yard distance and 10 rounds at the 15 yard distance and you have to hit the target 14 times out of the 20 rounds fired. So we get our first rounds fired and our weapons cleared and holstered and I looks over at Rambo and his hand is bleading like a stuck hog on the kill floor.I says are you ok?? What Happened.LOL I already Knew Dumbo had his hand behind the slide on the weapon and when it syceled it took the hide off his thumb.I Take a look at his target and he only hit papar 3 times.So I say that laser sight must be off!! Nope he tells me I have to be back further to the 15 yard then this baby is a Tack Driver.He takes a hankie out wipes the blood off his gun and wrapes it around his thumb.The range officer ask him if he was alright and he says Yup just a little scratch.I think to myself Bull CrapCause he done took the whole top of his Kncckle off. We get back to the 15 yard line and fire our rounds,make sure our weapons are cleared and holstered and retreve our targets. Now old Rambo only cuts paper 6 times and he's studying his target and says Shit I know I hit that damn thing more than 6 times.LOL Out of the 6 folks that were in my shooting flight only 2 of us qualifed,Two younger ladys were shooting 32 caliber snub semi autos(Rugers) and they diden't make it the first time.they give you 3 trys to qualify and if you don't you have to come back another day and pay $50.00 dollars again to try. Oh Well you folks can sleep well tonight cause us Iowa Folks are well armed.Just some of us cant hit the Broad side of a Barn.:wink: Later J.D.