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Old January 02, 2014, 00:24   #1
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Took a sick friend shooting---full auto

I have a friend that has cancer. He's a young man and this is the second bout of this cancer. It returned. My friend is a mild "gun guy" . I have access to dealer samples and offered to take my friend shooting some of these full autos. I wasn't sure he would bite , but he did. The biggest problem where I live is finding a place that will allow legal full auto. Its winter here and we live in an urban setting. I convinced one indoor range to let me do it. They were hesitant and asked me about his state of mind. I told them that he has a couple of guns and if he wanted to use them he would have already.

So I got the autos , a surpressed 9mm and 5.56 SBR auto supressed and we went through 750 rds. in 90 minutes. I had two other friends along to help out and enjoy some shooting too. He had a ball or "blast" !!!!!! It helped him relieve some of the pent up pressure of starting therapy again. Just a couple of guys, grinning and laughing like school girls having a good time. No one got hurt. all of us controlled the autos without issue. No one shot the floor or ceiling. 3 out of 4 of us had never shot an auto before.

He thanked me over and over and left with a grin and a tear in his eye. My expenses were about $350.00 but well worth it. We did not cure his cancer. we gave this fine young man a great time with friends and helped him release some of his tension. That's all , just a couple of guys enjoying each other's company shooting autos. There is something theraputic about it------------shooting the shit out of cancer!!!

Please consider doing this for someone that would benefit by it.
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Old January 02, 2014, 00:44   #2
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Prayers said for your mate. Good for you to help him forget for a bit.
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Old January 02, 2014, 02:14   #3
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Good on you Leek.

I've never seen a person hand an FA weapon back after dumping a full mag without a huge contagious smile on his/her face. It's about the biggest you'll ever see someone smile IMO.

I hope your friend gets well.
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Old January 02, 2014, 02:39   #4
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Smile Really cool!

That was a really cool thing you did there leek! I'm sure it helped him forget about the bad for awhile and it's something that was good for the both of you at the same time. You're a good friend for being there while he's battling cancer and I wish him well.
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Old January 02, 2014, 12:05   #5
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Good on ya Leek! That was a great thing to do for your friend. Your thoughtfulness and generosity made my day sir!
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Old January 02, 2014, 15:39   #6
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That was a class move on your part. A job well done sir !!

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Old January 02, 2014, 16:04   #7
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Good man. Not many people in this world that would do something like that
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Old January 03, 2014, 09:17   #8
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That is the true definition of a friend. I guarantee that just helping his state of mind did wonders for him. Best of luck to him with his treatment.

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Old January 03, 2014, 12:07   #9
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That is the true definition of a friend. I guarantee that just helping his state of mind did wonders for him. Best of luck to him with his treatment.

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^^^^What he said^^^ Just giving a cancer patient a fun diversion for awhile can go a long ways toward healing.
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That is the true definition of a friend. I guarantee that just helping his state of mind did wonders for him. Best of luck to him with his treatment.

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As a survivor myself, I fully agree with that statement.

Prayers for your friend, and bless you for taking the time to do this!

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Old January 03, 2014, 18:23   #11
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awesome what you did!!!
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Old January 04, 2014, 15:28   #12
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Old January 05, 2014, 15:36   #13
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+1. We are all so busy and the greatest gift sometimes is giving someone their time. Cheers to you
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Old January 05, 2014, 17:10   #14
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Thanks for all the comments. What I am asking of all of you is to consider doing this or something like it for a friend, family member, etc. of yours. No matter what the activity, a one on one encounter works wonders. I personally think the one on one approach is better than doing something for an organization. Thanks again.
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Old January 08, 2014, 01:10   #15
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Ok, my friend called today - his wife has been battling female cancer - had her scan results - Not good News - she has less than a year with chemo 3-6 months if stops the treatments that make her sick as a dog. So he wanted to go blow off some steam - I'll be taking my Ruger AC556 with 22LR kit in it and 1k+ of ammo. I hope it goes as well for me as it did for you.
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Old January 08, 2014, 07:53   #16
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This stuff pays off in ways you/we may never even know, but it absolutely does. Keep up the good work!
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Old January 10, 2014, 07:06   #17
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Same Thing

This past 4 of July, I took my son-in-law to the range. He is currently battling cancer and it looks like he is winning but time will tell. He had never shot full auto before but he was grinning ear to ear when we were done. I have several vintage WWII C&R weapons and we took them out. He admitted that his two most favorite guns he shot were the BAR and the MG42. He said that both were on his "bucket list" of guns to shoot!
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