– Ben Martens

First Rounds

Logan and I grabbed our temporary badges and headed to the Snoqualmie Valley Rifle Club with Don for our first shots as members. Being a Saturday, I expected it to be swamped with people. There was a hunter safety class between 9 and 3 so we arrived at 3 and found a nearly empty range. In fact, over the 2+ hours that we were there, we had the range to ourselves for a good chunk of it.

Logan and Don brought four of their rifles and some pistols. I brought my brand new Browning Buck Mark Camper UFX .22. I put at least 100 rounds through it and had a blast! I’m far from a crack shot but I already found this gun to be incredibly accurate. Someone had left a golf ball sized whiffle ball out at the 25 yard berm and I hit it on my first attempt. It feels good in my hand and was very reliable. I only had 1 shell that half ejected, but that was easily remedied and I was on my way.

It takes me 40 minutes to get to the range so it’s not super convenient, but I think this place is going to be a major source of fun for me over the years (and for Elijah when he gets older!)