Shooting on the first date...


March 15, 2003, 07:51 PM
I am going out on a first date with a girl tonight, and she has never been shooting. I wanted to take her to an indoor range, but none are open late! They all close around 6:00 or so. What gives?!?!!? Can't a squirrel get a break!

I mentioned it to her, and she did not seem shocked or say anything negative. I told her we will go to the range, and to bring a pair of glasses. She said "Great! I have never been before."

I called every range within such luck :( All closed at this hour.


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Standing Wolf
March 15, 2003, 08:03 PM
Sunday afternoons are great for dating, especially first and second dates.

March 15, 2003, 08:07 PM

There are a few ranges open on Sunday afternoons. Only problem is that I work Sunday afternoons as the youth minister at my church and she is gone on Sundays, also at church. Such is life.


March 15, 2003, 11:57 PM
Squirrelman , try to make a date earlier in the day on next SAturday , start out with lunch then go shooting . worked for me , I was engaged to her a few weeks later , but thats another story ( no no little coonans ) :rolleyes:

March 16, 2003, 01:11 AM
Call your range and ask them when the QUIETEST time is.

March 16, 2003, 01:26 AM
Squirrel, what ever happens, good luck. (actually a little drive out to a quiet place in the country might work to your advantage. Know anybody with a farm/acreage?):cool:

March 16, 2003, 01:48 AM
hehe, thanks for all the suggestions guys.

I originally tried to go out early this morning, but she had to work and then she had plans with her church that were out of the norm for a Saturday. I told her tonight that we need to get together during the daylight hours to do this. She was ready for it. We are going out again on Monday, but Monday night!

She is free on Wednesdays, so that may be the ticket. She is a manager at her job, is in school to become a paramedic and also works as an EMT on ride-alongs with paramedics. Busy busy busy.


March 16, 2003, 01:55 AM
Heh heh heh. Good luck Squirrel. I took my wife to the range on our first date. :D

Now once I get her out of school, I can go back!;)

March 16, 2003, 02:01 AM
She is free on Wednesdays, so that may be the ticket. She is a manager at her job, is in school to become a paramedic and also works as an EMT on ride-alongs with paramedics. Busy busy busy.

Paramedic and a church girl huh? She sounds like a winner!

March 16, 2003, 02:08 AM

I am a youth minister, yet no one would never know unless I told them. Going to church does not imply anything. What is wrong with being a paramedic?

She was very fun and is willing to do some crazy stuff.


March 16, 2003, 02:10 AM
hey squirell watch out for those ND's :D :rolleyes:

March 16, 2003, 02:12 AM
HAHA!!! Will do.


March 16, 2003, 02:13 AM
well I'm jealous.

I've been married to the woman for 5 years and haven't got her out to the range :(

March 16, 2003, 02:19 AM
This is the first girl I have dated in a LOOOOONG time that is actually reliable. I cannot tell you how many unreliable girls I have dated. I have gotten all of them interested, but not all of them to the range. All I wanted was a girl that is reliable, smiles, and likes firearms. Is that too much to ask for? So far it has proved difficult for me to find. So far so good with this one.


March 16, 2003, 02:26 AM
oh you don't have to tell me about unreliable / flaky women

I once dated a Wiccan priestess who was a nurse in Dr. George Tiller's office (one of this nations premier abortion doctors) long story ... y'all don't really want to know ... at least she was interesting in bed and made an awesome cup of coffee

a good woman is hard to find ... one who tolerates, let alone appreciates your interest in firearms is indeed one to take seriously.

again, I complain about my wife a bit but she's not an anti ... just cheap :p (and shooting ain't exactly a cheap hobby)

March 16, 2003, 02:39 AM
Shooting on the first date...

Interesting question, and there are certain rules that must be observed:

1. Do not expect to shoot on the first date. Respect your date's wishes. Many women are not comfortable with your shooting until the third date, or even longer.

2. If you are anticipating wet conditions, the use of a condom over the end of your barrel is advised, and may prevent damage.

3. Lubrication is critical. Do not attempt to go shooting without adequate lubrication.

4. Depending on what caliber you will be shooting, hearing protection may be necessary. Loud noises at close quarters may damage your hearing.

5. Remember the rules of safety. Accidental discharges are not only embarrassing but also dangerous.

6. Be flexible. If your date is not comfortable with your first range choice, you may wish to consider an alternate site.

7. When you have completed your session, be sure to thoroughly clean all parts.

8. Don't be discouraged if you don't light up the bullseye the first time. Practice is everything.

March 16, 2003, 02:43 AM
"uh... did steely dan's post have any sexual connections?"

March 16, 2003, 02:45 AM

Have fun SN. Reliable, huh? That's unusual, but good for a shooting bud. What'cha gonna shoot on a 1st date? Hummm, I'm thinking a nice richly blued single action Colt, with ivory grips. No! An oiled walnut and case hardened .44-40 Navy Arms 73. No! Hard cromed Sig 226 with zeebrawood grips. No! This is hard.

March 16, 2003, 02:48 AM

Thanks for the advice! What should I use for step 3? CLP, FP-10, or KY?


March 16, 2003, 03:12 AM
zunfoldge I have got you beat , maybe we should get together and write a book ( would it be a comedy??) as for lube Hmmm never thought of KY.....(note to self .. water souluable easy to clean..) most important question squirell does she clean ?? the guns that is.. :D

March 16, 2003, 03:15 AM
"SquirrelNuts gets his gun cleaned. Film at 11."


March 16, 2003, 10:03 AM
How can you hear well enough for a conversation?

March 16, 2003, 12:34 PM

MY answer would be that you only go to the range for an hour or so.

STEELYDAN's answer will be "Who uses hearing protection? Maybe the neighbors..."


March 16, 2003, 01:48 PM
Are there any indoor ranges with mood lighting?:D

March 16, 2003, 03:34 PM
There are ranges with variable lighting...that's getting close.


March 18, 2003, 01:12 AM

I forgot to mention that she wears BDU's in a very tactical color-black.


March 18, 2003, 01:38 AM
hey squirrel my man, does she have a single older sister whos into firearms ??? huh???? huh?????:D

March 19, 2003, 12:41 AM

Sorry mah man! No older sister.

We went to the range today (Tuesday) and shot the Browning Buckmark, Glock 17, and Springfield 1911A1 Mil-Spec 9mm.

I am taking another date to the range on Thursday or Friday. This one is a very sweet ICU nurse that has a wild streak. She has never been shooting before. She sounded REALLY (I mean REALLY) excited about it too. She tried to go once before, but could not find an open range that day.

I will keep everyone filled in.


March 19, 2003, 01:22 AM
So how was tonight's? You never told us.

March 19, 2003, 01:37 AM
We had a great time. I taught her the four main rules, taught her about stance, trigger control, and sight picture. I showed her how to operate all three guns and gave her a run down about each of the three.

We shot for about 45 minutes. She had a blast! We shot at the same targets, but she kept them to hang on the refrigerator. I took her back home and met her parents. Her parents are pro-RKBA, but they do not shoot. Her father owns an old .22 rifle, but has no idea where it is in the garage or attic. She told her dad that the holes where there are not supposed to be holes are hers. She said that some of the holes where there are supposed to be holes were hers too. She then finished by saying that the holes where the bulls eye is supposed to be are mine. She did very well for her first time.


March 19, 2003, 02:31 AM
Squirrel, congradualtions where they are due , sounds like a keeper guy . too bad no older sister ...:( , when I was with my fiance it was great to go shooting , trying to find a woman around here thats into firearms is like trying to find a chicken with a overbite.. shoot straight and keep yourself out of ICU ..:rolleyes:

March 19, 2003, 01:13 PM
Who is that in the picture? Is that you? Is that your SO? If that is not your SO, can I call her?

March 19, 2003, 03:08 PM
You guys can laugh it up all you want, but that is what I did on my first date with my Wife...

No you pervs, I meant shooting! ;)

:D (5th anniversary is tomorrow!) :D

March 19, 2003, 04:11 PM

Congratulations and happy anniversary! The first anniversary gift is paper...I am willing to bet the 5th anniversary gift is specifically listed as "gun metal."


March 21, 2003, 01:37 AM

I just got back from going out with the ICU nurse. We REALLY clicked. We went to the range and had a blast! She was very nervous, and got scared a few times, but did very well. I had to help her with a flinching and recoil anticipation problem. I had her hold the Glock 17 while I stood behid her. She aimed it as I grabbed her hands and she told me when to pull the trigger. I could feel her trying to push the gun down. We stayed there for half an hour or so then went on for a full night of fun activities. Here are a few pictures (from the RANGE!):

Notice the safe gun handling...No finger on the trigger.

No, she does not have a sister.

She wants to go again. We talked about an outdoor range, and she wants to do that. She said she would feel more confident in the outdoors.

I will continue to keep you guys posted.


March 21, 2003, 01:41 AM
lucky bum you .... as I am stuck in the land of the liberals .

March 31, 2003, 02:21 PM
She needs to get higher up on that backstrap!

March 31, 2003, 04:14 PM
I was thinkin the same thing.

March 31, 2003, 04:38 PM
you guys are looking at the wrong thing fer cryin out loud

"needs to get up on that backstrap"


does she have a friend that might look like she's her sister??


March 31, 2003, 10:27 PM
I know that she needs a higher grip. I pointed this out to her, but we were trying to have fun, not win a competition.

I do not know of any of her friends that look like her, sorry 280.


April 1, 2003, 07:34 AM

April 1, 2003, 03:49 PM
She needs to grip the gun higher.

Okay, I have a standing request for a single woman/lady who enjoys shooting her own IMI DE 50. :D

April 1, 2003, 03:59 PM
The last girl I dated for more than a couple dates, I took shooting on our first date. We were introduced by a hunting buddy of mine, so she knew I was into guns. She mentioned that she had fired a gun before and had actually been deer hunting. I took her to an indoor range and we fired something like a Model 10. I tried to pick something simple that was not intimidating. I ended up going out with her for like three years and we probably only went shooting a couple more times. She wasn't really interested in guns, but was sincerely interesting in getting a self defense piece and knowing how to use it.

By the way, that nurse if very nice looking.
Have fun.

April 1, 2003, 08:04 PM

My fiance shoots her own Sig P228 .40 S&W.

As I am evil I will swap her for a fully loaded Accuracy International AWSM .338 lapua. ;)

Of course, I don't think she'd go along with it. She wouldn't let me trade her car on one either :(


April 1, 2003, 08:48 PM
SquirrelNuts, I think Skunkabilly's comment on the first page about her being a paramedic and a church girl was a compliment. At least that's how I saw it.
At any rate, she seems terrific. Good luck with everything.

April 1, 2003, 09:41 PM
I don't think Sig made P228s in 40S&W... P229 yes, P228 are 9mms. :D

April 1, 2003, 10:33 PM

I did not pick that up. I took it to be sarcastic. Nothing really clicked between me and the first girl I mentioned in the thread. We decided to just be friends. I think it was because she is planning to move to *GASP* Canada early next year, and I cannot get close to someone I know I will lose quickly.

The nurse and I are still in the works.


April 1, 2003, 10:56 PM
Damn Frohickey, you're right.

I had a brain fart- she has a P239. I have a P229, so I shoulda remembered. Of course my 229 has been replaced as a favorite by my SA 1911A1, so I don't think of her quite as I used to.

Offer still stands!!!


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