My wife wants to learn to shoot


June 1, 2006, 03:50 PM
We spent last Friday up at Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area for some plinking, ran into a guy and his son and his friend and struck up conversation. Got to shoot his granddads M1 carbine:D :D :D (except for the brass coming straight back and hitting the top of me head) and my wife fell in love with his sons single action .22, now she wants one for herself and wants to learn how to use it. Im not a noob when it comes to firearms but I feel like my skills are lacking when showing someone the proper safety and shooting techniques.

If we cant find my Ruger Single Six im gonna get her a Ruger Bearcat or a H and R SA .22, any opinions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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June 1, 2006, 06:29 PM
If you have an indoor range close by, sign her up for classes. I think the Ruger Single Six .22 lrf is good choice, maybe even the Super Single Six, with the .22 WRM cylinder.

Good luck .... how do you keep 'em down on the farm after ....

June 1, 2006, 06:55 PM
I taught my first wife how to shoot and load my single six so she'd have something to do while I was fishing - she went through a brick and a half of ammo the first day. I sure miss that pistol.....

June 2, 2006, 12:01 AM
Teaching the wife to shoot is a good, but expensive hobby. I taught mine several years ago and have since needed to buy her a .38 snub, a .32ACP, and a 7mm-08.
For us, it has been safety first and front sight second. I haven't had to worry too much about trigger control. Just a constant awareness for safe handling and an occassional gentle reminder about sight picture when accuracy starts to wander.

June 2, 2006, 12:13 AM
Stop by my website (link in signature). There are a lot of articles about women shooters there.


June 2, 2006, 12:43 AM
In terms of safety, how about enrolling her in a well respected gun safety class...

For single-actiion revolvers to get her, if she doesn't have her heart set on a plow handle grip with traditional hammer and trigger, also consider the .22 Bisley. I have the short barreled Stainless Steel Bisley .22 (special edition), and it is my favorite .22 LR made. Ruger still offers a blued .22 LR Bisley with 6.5" barrel. To me, the Bisley grip, hammer, and trigger are much more natural feeling the the plowhandle setup.

June 2, 2006, 01:05 PM
Call your local Community Colleges several near me offer the basic NRA course , and even have basic pistol shooting at a local police range .

You might also look at your states conservation website and see if they offer anything , Missouri's does .

As far as guns go I would try to go with a double action revolver like a Taurus 94 they are pretty good weapons and fairly inexpensive . The double action trigger would help if she should ever feel the need for a defensive handgun .

June 2, 2006, 02:16 PM
Gun handling is a skill everyone should learn. Even if they find guns repulsive and don't believe in them. A situation may arise in anyones life where this basic knowledge will save them. My wife was iffy on it, but after the Hurricanes she was willing to try it, and really likes it. My children can take it or leave it, but they know how. ;)

June 2, 2006, 02:48 PM
I taught my wife to shoot some years ago on a .22 Ruger Single Six. Since then she has owned her own guns..a Taurus .357 revolver, a SW Sigma 9VE, and now a SW M&P in 9mm, all of which she carried concealed. She has been through a gun safety class as well as the Concealed Carry class and is now carrying the M&P in her purse. She cleans her own guns, which is nice, and loads her own magazines. She has actually become a better shot than me. The downside is that it is now more expensive everytime we go shooting with two of us blasting away!

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