Took my mom to the range today


April 29, 2006, 08:51 PM
My mom has been a nurse for over 35 years, with a good part of that spent in the E.R. She isn't necessarily an anti-gun person, but she's always been afraid of them. So afraid of them, that I was not allowed to have one while I lived under her roof. This probably comes from her seeing the results of what a gun will do to the human body, and being exposed to only the negative side of guns.

So, I told her that for my birthday today, I wanted her to join me at the range and, suprisingly, she agreed.

We started out at the house, and I taught her the 4 rules, and showed her how to handle and clear my Mark II. Then we headed out. We took my Mark II, and rented a DA .22 revolver at the range as well.

When she first started out she would kind of recoil and cower a bit with every round she fired. By the end of the session, she had built up quite a bit more confidence, and was no longer visibly afraid of shooting. She actually even tried a .38 revolver that the guy in the next lane offered to allow her to shoot. She was also doing pretty good on her groupings as well (3-4" groups at 5-7 yards). Anyways, to make a long story short, she says she enjoyed herself, and she wants me to take her again :)

I am very pleased with the way it turned out, as I was kind of apprehensive about asking her to go with me. I fully expected her to turn me down outright. I am hoping this leads to her getting her own gun, as the area she is living in, has been going downhill the last few years and I would feel better knowing that she had some recourse if something bad happens.

Just wanted to share one of my best birthdays ever, shooting with my mom :)

Thanks for listening :)


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April 30, 2006, 12:15 AM
Sounds like you did all the right things teaching your mom about our gun world. Who knows, maybe by Christmas she'll want one of her very own!

I'm a grandma who owns 3 handguns and 4 long guns, and didn't get this gun "affliction" until fairly late in life. It's never too late to introduce a lady to the joys of shooting.

April 30, 2006, 12:46 AM
that's what it's all about. a good time by all at the range. i think hellin is on to something! a couple more trips to the range and maybe you and mom can shop at the same gun shop for each others Christmas gifts. heck i 42 and still a mama's boy when it comes to shooting together. great Birthday, happy birthday. remember you let us know! make sure she knows.

Bob F.
April 30, 2006, 09:41 PM
Hapy Birthday, Chris, and good job!


April 30, 2006, 09:55 PM
Thanks for all the replies everyone.

I just talked with her again today, and she is already talking about going again, and soon. She wants me to take my Aunt as well. This is the best possible result that I could have wished for :). I think I have definitely won her over to the dark side :evil: I'm really happy that she actually enjoyed it as much as I did.

I also took one of my best buddies to the range today, and had similar good results. He wasn't too hard of a sell though, because he was already thinking of getting a gun. His wife is opposed to the idea though. So, the plan is to take them with me and my wife next weekend to try and win her over :evil:

Wish me luck :)


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