As a birthday present, Ben took me and my birthday twin Hillie to the shooting range at the Mill Creek Sport Center in Dexter. Ben had shot a shotgun before during his first hunting trip about a month ago, but none of us had ever used a pistol before. I'd never even held one. Armed with the expectations of that essay and a rented .22 caliber pistol, I shot a gun for the first time on my twenty-fifth birthday.