Sunday afternoon, jpg and Holly graciously took me out to de-flower my new shooty thing. It was fun, but adapting to the feel of the gun was a little more challenging than I expected. My first 10 or so shots were pretty crappy, although I made it onto the paper plate (target) in most instances. I don't know if I got myself wound up because of expectations, but at first my hand was shaking and my whole arm ached with the tension. Having shot so well with a variety of guns the last time I came out with them, I wanted to do well, but it didn't seem to be working that way at first. Then I gave myself permission to do a terrible (even embarrassing) job of shooting, and the tension seemed to go away almost instantly. I shot about 70 or so rounds. The last two times I fired, I came away with relatively tight groupings (jpg said you could contain them in the space of a dollar folded in half), so I feel happy and comfortable with that.
Thanks to Breda's particular mention, I had some expectation of the long trigger pull and the recoil. The recoil didn't bother me as much as the trigger pull, but by the end of the afternoon, I felt much more at ease. As for changing the grips, it occurred to me it's perhaps better to wait until I've killed a stack of paper plates before I decide I know better about what's comfortable, safe and effective than the designer. I may change the grips later, but not until I'm more familiar with the feel in my hand.
Holly and I have great plans to design and manufacture a range of lady shooter products. Can world domination be far behind?
I must say jpg and Holly were very patient and kind to help me, which is exactly what a n00b needs, I think. I am lucky to have such friends, and I appreciate their abundant generosity and hospitality.