At the time this photo was taken, the model has never fired a gun. The image is ok, but not amazing. As we worked with long guns, cross eye dominance was discovered.
A good quality red dot sight, like the Vortex Stikefire, solved that problem. A low-end one, such as what she actually used when learning later that day, doesn’t. She still managed to do quite well.
Harry Perette of Twisted Industries kindly provided a private range with a scary zombie, ammunition and rimfire guns, a Keltec SU22 and a .22 conversion of Ruger LC9. LC9 is a defensive, not target pistol, so Angel’s competent progress with its double action trigger was a good sign. Her ability to shoot the SU22 from standing, kneeling, squatting, sitting and prone was quite impressive. Consistent one inch groups at 15 yards are pretty good for the first time.
A range trip should be A)SAFE and B)FUN. That event proved both. And Angel topped that accomplishment today. She went to Project Appleseed workshop! Thanks to the capable and generous support of Appleseed volunteers, she was equipped, trained and had a great time.
So my models are real. Even if they don’t know weapons upon arrival, they know some after the first photo shoot. It helps with the realism. It also makes a very direct statement of peaceable intentions: “Here, have a skill that puts you on par with me in terms of power.”
Who, except a brain-eating zombie, would object to that?