( I also am not sure of the names of the guns, so please excuse the lack of details about the guns)
Tonight was the night I have been anticipating for about 2 months. Half of our class met at the Police station, and the other half went on the tour of the County Jail. We started with about an hour briefing on gun safety. The Sergeant went over basic marksmanship:
After familiarizing us with the weapons we were going to shoot, we loaded into the police van and headed to the Gun & Rod Club in Plymouth. http://www.plymouthrodandgun.org We all put on our bullet proof vests, ear protection and eye protection, and listened to more safety instructions.
We arrived at the range and there were 4 stations, 2 pistol station, 1 rifle, and 1 shot gun. Each station had a police officer there handling the gun and going over complete safety instructions again. It is all about safety.
Lastly was the semi-automatic rifle. This by far was the easiest to shoot for me. Again though, I think it was the loudest as well. The metal was not as heavy as the shot gun. By this point I had shot a shot gun and a pistol. I felt more conformable with the fact that this one you could shot repetitive shots and no need to reload. I can see why this would be important in an emergency situation.
My ears are still ringing. I did not think it would have been so loud, I cant even imagine if the range was full of people practicing. There were only 4 guns going off, and not always all at the same time.
It was amazing. An experience I will not soon forget.