Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Bull's Eye 

(Bulls Eye, Manchester Avenue in South St. Louis)

In front of you is a paper target, a human silhouette already punched full of holes. You point the big handgun and timidly squeeze off a couple of rounds. Practice shots. The gun kicks, goes boom. Nothing happens to the target -- not even a ripple. After several rounds, you still can't tell where your bullets are going. You ask Burt and Steve if they can. They're standing behind you, amiable, arms folded, thoroughly entertained. And yes, they can. "Am I even hitting the target?" you ask. It seems a silly question to ask these guys; Steve even shoots with one hand, like a seasoned gumshoe. But you can't tell. They nod yes: The bullets you're expelling from this firearm are indeed moving forward and not backward or straight up.

Confidently now, more booms discharge. The activity quickly becomes fun. The scary fact is that you warm up to the weapon just after you lose respect for it -- if fear and respect have anything in common, that is. Still, you can't shake the thought that these bullets are somehow burrowing into your own head -- that by some bizarre chance there'll be a ricochet and you'll never know what hit you.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 9, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation