Thanks to two of Okanogan's Sheriff's finest deputies, Travis and Blake, we had a great time learning gun safety and firing our weapons last Saturday May 18th at the Okanogan Sheriff's Gun Range. Learning how to load and handle a fire arm is probably easy for some folks but for me, I was glad to learn some safety tips and gain some confidence with loading and firing my 22 pistol for target practice. I learned how to have a good grip on the pistol by holding my thumbs on the side and how to hold my 'trigger' finger off the trigger until I am ready to fire. Although we ladies outnumbered the men we found some of us were more at ease with pistols than the rest, but we all found out something new as we reviewed the safety instructions given by the Sheriff's deputies. Deputy Blake gave us some ideas about shooting when on horseback and to acclimate your horse to the noise of the pistol before you try to shoot off on him. I can speak for Linda, Verona, Cher, Cathy, and Gail that we all had a good time. George made hamburgers and hot dogs for the group and we all enjoyed the company of friends that love the back country and honing our shooting skills together. Thanks to Dave Sunde for setting up the time and the two deputies who helped. "Okanogan Sheriff's department you ROCK" as the kids would say today!