Back in my childhood my father taught me how to shoot, about firearm safety, and even about reloading. I very much enjoyed going to the range with him and it was one of the few activities I thought I was actually good at (he was also a fisherman, but I am prone to seasickness).
Years later I bought my first pistol; a Springfield Arms XD40. It was beautiful and expensive. My dad laughed when I told him and asked why on earth I would spend so much on a gun. I didn't know what to say. I thought he would be as excited as I was about getting this and want to go to the range like we used to. But he was right, it was an expensive purchase for a college student.
It so happens that this week I had to make an array of pistol effects; reloading, equiping, holstering, chambering, etc. I went and grabbed my pistol and got it all done with that. I finally put it to use aside from taking it to the range! And, pending project payment, it will actually make me a couple of bucks! :-D
It was a small victory that made me chuckle. At least I can use the gun for foley work.