I jump out of my skin, but my instructor Cliff doesn’t even flinch. As he resumes his explanation of how to aim and fire the Heckler and Koch MP5 submachine gun, I’m bracing myself for the next one. The shooter is mere feet away, separated from us by a handful of metal partitions that are barely wider than Cliff’s polo-shirted shoulders.
I jump again. My heart’s pounding but I’m doing my very best to concentrate. Cliff deftly loads the 9mm magazine, just like they do in the movies, and explains that when I switch from semi-automatic to fully automatic, I should aim for my target’s heart, rather than its head.
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Published in The Herald on April 28 2018