Double Date at the Range


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Scarface
November 26, 2005, 09:17 PM
A young fellow I work with told me he and his girlfriend were interested in learning how to shoot a pistol. Both had previously fired a rifle, but never a pistol. We arranged for them to meet us at our favorite range in Raleigh, Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center. They were both kind enough to sit through my safety lecture in addition to that of the range and to listen to me expound on the three aspects of pistol accuracy, grip, sight picture and trigger pull. The we four all went in to shoot.

We started with my wife's Walther P22. After 2 magazines each, we moved up to the Makarov. Again 2 magazines each and on to the Taurus 605 in .38 Special, with Crimson Trace grips. After they were comfortable with the revolver, we let them try our NAA Mini. They both laughed at it's size, but enjoyed touching it off.
Then, the Kel Tec in 380. Next, the CZ P01 in 9mm. Then on to the. Colt 1911 in .45. We finished off the familiarization with the Thompson 1927.

They both were so good on the safety aspects of the familiarization, I thought they did better than our neigbor who swept us with a very fancy stainless 1911. They never touched the trigger until they had a sight picture and when they had a problem (some limp wristing for the young lady) they maintained their calm and laid the pitol on the range table unti I could look at it.
We asked them what they liked to shoot the best. She liked the P22 and he liked the CZ, so we filled all the magazines and let them shoot all they liked. We were shooting at ten yards and they were both grouping at about 3 inches, sometimes less. I was so impressed with those kids, both of them grinning and excited, but acting like pros when they had a pistol in hand. I've never seen people take to it so quickly. We must have fired 400 to 500rounds in three hours.

They spent about an hour in the showroom talking to the staff and each other about which gun they'd rent and perhaps buy at their next trip.

I'm also so proud of my wife who worked with both of them also, for 3 hours on the range. She didn't get to shoot much, but she really added to the instruction and fun the young people got to have.

I'm still high from seeing new shooters have so much fun, so I thought I'd share it with everyone here.

Be Well,

Scarface

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P95Carry
November 26, 2005, 09:29 PM
Hi Buck :)

Well, you have read one or two of my writings on such things - and will know we share the same pleasure (no - joy even) in such circumstances. This sounds like almost the archetypal range success day - good results and hey - 400-500 rounds is a GOOD session :)

There is some considerable satisfaction to be had, in seeing newbies to handguns latch on quick - digest the safety aspects and then, proceed to shoot darned well too.

Kudos to Mrs Scarface - obviously her input was invaluable here - and often it helps to have two folks on the case - the better to supervise and maintain the safety aspects.

I am not there Buck - but I can ''see'' that grin on your face my friend - it is a given ;)

Take care.

entropy
November 26, 2005, 09:54 PM
Well done, Scarface! (And Mrs.Scarface) It is always a joy to see new shooters enjoy and take to it so quickly.:)

Standing Wolf
November 26, 2005, 11:20 PM
Good for you and the whole crowd!

They were both kind enough to sit through my safety lecture in addition to that of the range and to listen to me expound on the three aspects of pistol accuracy, grip, sight picture and trigger pull.

I wish I'd had knowledgeable shooters to tell me about all that when I started shooting.

KMKeller
November 26, 2005, 11:30 PM
I spend quite a bit of time at PDHSC! Drop me a line and maybe we can get together for a shoot voer there sometime.

Scarface
November 27, 2005, 07:59 AM
Hi Chris,

Actually, I read every post from P95Carry. I really enjoyed the post you wrote after shooting with your daughter!
I think joy is the right word. These kids just lit up when they found out they could hit the target and when they got a comfort level with handling the weapons and further, noticed that the other folks, with one exception, were following the same safety rules. I think they had no conception that ordinary folks liked to shoot and were safe about it. KMKeller can verify that the people who run PD&HSC are truly nice people. One of the staff came into the range with his hand made 9mm carbine and let us all try his holographic sight. Another was gracious enough to lear a squibb for us. No one looked like a mall ninja, they just looked like folks. There were a large proportion of the people there yesterday who were female. That, and Mrs. Scarface presence, went a long way to improve the young lady's comfort level.

KM, I'll give you a PM next time we head up there and maybe we can shoot together.

I feel as good or better than if I had shot so well yesterday. I'm really proud of the young folks and I'm still grinning at their joy. I csan hardly wait to get my Grandkids out there.

Be Well,

Scarface

P0832177
November 27, 2005, 09:46 AM
I get more of a kick out watching new shooters experience success then shooting myself! Bravo to you Scarface!

Steamship Trooper
November 27, 2005, 01:23 PM
Glory Be, I thought I was the only one who took his girl to a range!!

Excellent!!

I took my last girl out to the range, and set her up with a Smith 66. Gave her the lectures, demonstrated, and watched her empty a box of .38 special. I gave her another two boxes, and a box of .357 Mag. Told her I'd pull back and watch from a distance (she claimed I was making her nervous), and to not fire the .357 until she felt ready.

24 shots later, and she obvously felt ready. We left the range that day with a box and a half of 38, and no 357 :p

pax
November 27, 2005, 01:32 PM
Excellent, Scarface & Mrs. Scarface. :)

Absolutely agree with you that there's nothing like the thrill of helping a brand-new shooter learn the ropes.

pax

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