Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A damn good shot.

This past saturday, after my 18 mile run, rather than this:

like i normally do, i decided to check out Archery Bow Range Chicago.  

This actually not my first time to the range - my dad used to take me to the plug and pellet back in Rockford.  However, they didn't have any bows small or light enough back then, so i kinda sucked big time.  My little 10 year old arms just couldn't handle an adult bow.  I learned on a recurve bow when i was little, because thats what my dad had.  It was lighter, but also harder to draw.  


At ABR, i took an introductory clinic, because it had been such a long time.  I was a little worried it would be a herd of teenage girls hoping to be like Katniss, but i was really impressed with the diverse group they had.  Old, young, there was even a little 10 year old girl!  They suited me up with a compound bow which has little wheels, which makes it heavier, but much easier draw (i.e., easier to aim and shoot).

Just like when i was little, i have impeccable aim, but i tend to flinch when i fire the bow.  When you draw, your hand rests on your face, and i kept thinking i was going to graze my face, which is impossible.  So i either get bullseyes, or the arrow comes flipping back at everyone.  Luckily, our first lesson was bow safety, so even with my wild shots, we were all safe
Not my target.  mine usually consisted of two bullseyes, and one on the floor, perilously close to another archer.
I had a great time.  The introductory class was 90 minutes, and $25.  They provide all the gear, and make sure to fit you with a bow that will work well for you.  They usually have introductory classes on saturdays, and maybe on weekday, but the schedule changes, so make sure to look in advance.  Now that i went through the intro course, i can go to the range at any time and practice, so if anyone wants to shoot, call me!

*I enjoyed the class so much, i signed up Matt and I for a couples archery night next month.  Vwa ha ha!

11 comments:

  1. That sounds freaking awesome! Get it, girl!

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  2. This looks fun! I looked into doing a class like this with the DuPage Forest Preserve (back when I lived in DuPage County) but of course I never went. But my husband just borrowed a bunch of guns from his dad, so maybe a trip to the gun range is in our future.

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  3. I would totally go with you! Jason would, too. Couples outing? We've gone a few times at the range in Forest Park and Jason's pretty good. I'm....not great. Totally adding this to the list of things to do!

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  4. A couples archery night?? FUN!!!!

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  5. Oh how fun! I so want to try that!

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  6. Archery sounds like a lot of fun. I highly doubt I would be able to hit the bulls eye. Most of my arrows would probably be on the floor. Looks like you and Matt have a fun date to look forward too!

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  7. Are you originally from Rockford?? That's where I'm from and will be moving back to in a few months. Lovely town ;)

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  8. You are a woman of so many talents. Roller derby, among so many other things, and now archery! Love it!!!

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  9. That is so reasonably priced! And I am impressed with your bulls eyes! (Even if one was on the floor :) )

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  10. You are going all Katniss now are you??? KatnissFoxx???? Maybe?

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