Hitting the shooting range — some pun intended

June 15, 2014

Ever since I saw the commercials about Target’s shooting range on the subway I’ve wanted to try it out. Well, it seems like I wasn’t the only one, Calle and Johan were just as interested as I was, and we decided to go there this Saturday.

Me firing a GSG 1911 .22

We choose the max-package, hand-guns ranging from .22 calibre semi-automatic up to .454 Casull double action magnum revolvers.

The package included the following;

  • GSG 1911 .22
  • Glock 17 9mm
  • Colt M1911 .45 ACP
  • Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum
  • SIG Sauer 9mm
  • S&W Model 686 .44 Magnum
  • Ruger Super Redhawk .454 Casull

My favourite of the bunch was the Glock, we got to empty a clip of 15 rounds, which was pretty exciting.

Calle geared up with safety gear.

This was the first time that I’ve used a firearm, and I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous when I picked up the loaded gun and squeezed of the first round. I had no idea what to expect, the loudness, the recoil. After a few rounds this nervousness went away.

I’m shooting with the Glock 17. Photo courtesy: Calle Stenfelt

Johan’s disapproving look when I continue jamming the guns.

I was the only one who had jamming problems with the gun, first with the Colt M1911, it wouldn’t cock back properly between rounds, and then later when I emptied a Glock, one of the shells jammed in the ejection port.

I’m totally blaming the wear and tear of these guns, I’m pretty sure they’ve been firing of thousands of rounds per week since they were initially purchased.

Calle firing a Ruger GP100 .357 Magnum

Interestingly enough, I didn’t have any problems aiming. It actually came quite natural, they counted the scores of the first three guns, where I ended up with 29 points, Johan got 25 and Calle ended up with 24 points. After those initial three guns the score wasn’t counted any more, so I didn’t concentrate as much on actually hitting the target point areas, I spent more time enjoying the experience.


The event took about an hour, and afterwards we headed to Liljeholmen’s o’learys for a beer and some food.


Football VM was ongoing, and I guess Johan wanted to show some kind of support for the sport

I had loads of fun, and I’m pretty sure I’m going to do this again. Truth be told, it’s quite expensive, the max-package cost around 1200 SEK per person, so it’s not something you could do every weekend, but it’s definitely something you should try.