The only weapons I handled were the ones in air Cadets, Air Reserves and the really big gun on the HMCS Haida when it was at Ontairo Place ,
I was working on it, summer 1988, and we all would shift between restoration, keeping all the brass shiny, the gift shop, on the brow saying hi to tourists, security, walking around at closing to make sure no one got locked on board, it would be a dreadful thing to find a tourist the next morning still in the engine room , one thing we all got to do was at noon we would fire the Gun so we got to put a round in it, wow those rounds are so huge. I always felt sorry for the birds. I was on my break one day and as I was walking on the other side of Ontario Place the gun went off and this poor bird that was flying did a back flip it was so scared.
When I was in Cadets we used a 22 rifle which I liked much better then the FNC1 we used in Reserves, it was lighter and did not have a kick like the FNC1 which sent me flying on my back when I was using it in a kneeling position of course it did not help that I had not used it before and then did not have my right knee in a 90 degree direction of my left leg, which could be why I landed on my back . They also had us try a 9mm pistol but we only got to shoot once just to see what it felt like.
That is the last time I used any weapons, around 1987. Oh wait I tried Archery when I was in Quebec studying French. We went to a camp for a weekend and I tried Archery. It was very difficult to pull the string back but I did enjoy it.