Cuzin’ Camp 2011 was a huge blast! If you haven’t read any of my previous years’ blogs, Cuzin’ Camp is a week where we have six of our oldest grandkids with no parents allowed.
The extreme heat sent us to the lake for afternoon swimming and fishing, but several mornings and evenings were spent on the shooting range. Shooting is such an important tradition for me that it plays an integral part of Cuzin’ Camp. Thanks to Matt Rice of Blue Heron Communications for providing shooting glasses and ear muffs for each shooter/camper. He even surprised the kids with a Smith & Wesson hat.
Depending on the age and ability of the shooter, the “cuzins” shot a wide range of .22 caliber firearms: Browning Buckmark pistols, Ruger single-six revolver, Marlin single-shot bolt action rifle and a custom Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic. I was amazed at their accuracy and enthusiasm for shooting. They were even asking me, “Can we shoot again?”
They were all very attentive to the safety issues and were not allowed to handle the firearms until it was their turn to shoot. We went through a lot of .22 shells that week, but it is so worth it watching them light up when they heard the ding on the steel targets or the tin cans fall off the post.
By the end of the week, I was fairly exhausted, but the enjoyment I get out of sharing this time with my grandchildren actually rejuvenates me and gives me hope for our future generations to pass on the shooting traditions.