230-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

August 17th, 2552 – Fire Arms Training
Pilot/Mechanic/Jump-Gate Navigator/Grunt Kat “S-Kat” James Reporting

Firearms training without a firearm is like… taking a course in cooking without food, or a kitchen for that matter. We got an idea of the principles behind the process and the rules of the range but there was no direct application. Some of the officers were of the opinion that, being convicted felons, we already knew how to operate a firearm.

Know, yes. Have anything close to practice, or, you know, skill? Not so much. I mean, I can’t speak for any of the other convicts but I was a getaway pilot. I never fired a gun.

Do I understand the principles? Short answer, yes. I fly. I understand trajectory, thrust, windage these are things I deal with on a completely different level.

So – theoretically I understand what needs to be done, but it’s like my cooking – I can do something passable.

I mean, it isn’t going to be pretty, but it shouldn’t kill you.

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