Collegiate Tries It: Shooting a Glock

By Collegiate Staff.

With the gun reform movement continuing to take hold, a few Delta Collegiate members decided to put guns into their own hands and form firsthand opinions on the Second Amendment.

Duncan’s Outdoor Shop, a gun and rifle range located in Bay City, is tucked away behind an auction building on Salzburg Avenue.

The Collegiate divided up into two rows, one to shoot a 9-millimeter Glock 17, the other shooting a 9-millimeter Glock 19.

Duncan’s was oddly hard to locate – this was the biggest struggle for our team, as it was hidden behind a bigger building and far from the road on which the address is found. After entering, the gunshop was bright, rustic and loud with participants eager to handle guns. Our instructor, Ray, greeted us at the counter and lectured on gun safety.  

Ray was helpful and informative. The six Collegiate staff members took turns shooting our targets two at a time.

“I personally have no interest in furthering my shooting technique, however I would recommend our instructor as well as Duncan’s for anyone who would like to,” says Haley Nagel, Delta Collegiate reporter.

Some Collegiate members were anxious in anticipation as they waited to see and hold a gun for the first time.

“I had never seen a gun in my life and never really had a desire to, but when I heard about the opportunity I decided to face my fears and give it a shot,” says Robynn Verhaeghe, Delta Collegiate page designer. “When first arriving to Duncan’s it was slightly overwhelming trying to figure out how to get set up to get on the range, though our instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable.”

Other Collegiate members were more experienced in the gun area but were excited to shoot locally with more instruction.

“I admittedly shoot guns more frequently than the average person, but it was nice to get back on the range. It’s been a few years, and I was in need of some practice. The hardest part was actually finding the building,” says Kevin Lazzaro, Delta Collegiate videographer.

Overall, Duncan’s was a great experience for the Collegiate staff. Through the anti-gun movement, we brought our liberal- and conservative-leaning staff to form empirical opinions on the topic. Our instructor guided our experience in a positive way, through thorough guidance and comfortable safety instruction. The Collegiate Staff recommends Duncan’s for any first-time shooter or experienced pro.

“I thought that Duncan’s had a really nice facility, and the instructor was really great. The Glock that I got to shoot is definitely a good contender for a gun I would buy in the future when I turn 21 and get my CPL,” says Carter Houtman, Delta Collegiate reporter. “I think everyone should go and at least shoot a gun once, just to have the experience and knowledge of why so many Americans own and shoot guns on a regular basis for recreation.”

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