New shooter! Big Smiles! pics included.


August 18, 2008, 02:46 AM
I finally had a chance to get out to the range with my girlfriend. we went as a celebratory trip for my cousin who is deploying to Iraq on Wednesday with the 81st Armored Brigade out of Ft Lewis WA. He's a Major and volunteered to go for his second tour. he, his wife, the SO and myself all went and had a blast. we started out with pistols where i borrowed my Cousin's P226 to start the GF out on. she's fired pistols before including a G19 and a Mak. she had a great time shooting it though it the grip was a little thick for her smallish hands.

she did great, keeping most of her shots in the 7 ring at 9 meters.

she tried a couple rounds with my USP-Compact .40 but decided that it wasn't her cup of tea after 2 shots. no problem, don't want to scare her off with anything she didn't want to do. we moved on to the Sub 2000 9mm. this is the first time she had ever fired a rifle. i wanted to start her out with the Marlin 60 but all the rifle lanes were full. she picked it up and did great again! after a half dozen shots she didn't keep it tucked into her shoulder and caught a slap on the cheek bone from the steel tube. that was enough for her, but she had a fun regardless.

a couple lanes opened up on the rifle range and we moved over there. i set her up with the Marlin 60 (open sights). she started rattling off rounds on that with big ol' smiles and i knew she was hooked. i didn't get any pics of her with the M60 though. after the next cease fire, i broke out the real hardware and she was excited to shoot the Bushy M4A3 with a red dot, and some other goodies. she has a pretty low recoil tolerance as of yet so i figured this would be the limit of that and it was, but she still knocked out 10 rounds or so with it and she smiled nice and big after each shot. here's her reaction after her first shot.

after another couple rounds, she settled down and looked like a pro!

she had to do a little mugging of course...

she did great!!! after she had her fill, i tried my hand at my EBR. here we go! you can see the brass in mid flight in this one, just above and to the right of the ejection port. she's a good photographer too!!

we went back to the M60 after that since that what she enjoyed the most. while she was shooting that i was sighting i my new Marlin 981T with a cheap-O 3-9 scope. i got it sighted in and it shot great! the SO was having a little trouble picking off the clay pigeons we had set up at 50M and was starting to get a little frustrated. i handed her the 981T so she could pick off the remaining the pigeons and she did just that. it was just the thing to keep her confidence going. she popped the last of the clays as i ran a few rounds the Win '94 to confirm it was still zeroed. it shot great too, of course. i love that gun. here i am at peak recoil. i kept it within 5 inches, standing off hand at 50M after 3 hours of shooting. not too bad. i think i could do better off the bench but the SO was using it. it'll be my go-to rifle for my newly inherited riverfront property in a bear rich region, just in case.

it was a great day! got to shoot with my cousin whom i won't see for a year, got my SO out shooting, got to sight in a new rifle and had a ball just blowing stuff up. what could be better?!


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Old Dog
August 18, 2008, 02:57 AM
Ah, Range 15, eh? I almost went this morning, too ... Always a good time there, and you just can't beat the price!

August 18, 2008, 03:44 AM
looks like you guys had a good time :) congratz

August 18, 2008, 03:56 AM
Looks like you had a good time

What do you think of that Tru-Glo you have on the AR ?

I have on and really like it for the money, I was wondering your opinion of it though

August 18, 2008, 04:01 AM
Great! Woo hoo.

I absolutely LOVE to hear about new shooters at any age!

I think that shooting brings out the SMILE in ME as much as swimming, boating under sail and power and reading a great book!

My late husband used to say that it took a week or more to get that SMILE off of my face whenever I discussed my day at the range or my 'latest firearm'!


August 18, 2008, 06:13 AM
wow thats great smiles alright. bigtime. good job

August 18, 2008, 10:00 AM
now now where the safety glass for that ar-15 your shooting sir did we forget them j/k

i love shooting glad you had a good experience

August 18, 2008, 10:56 AM
Not only good job for taking a newb out, but you caught the first-shot-with-a-rifle incredulous howl of joy perfectly!

August 18, 2008, 11:19 AM
Agreed. The first shot of her with the AR is priceless. :D

August 18, 2008, 11:21 AM
Awesome! Her shooting form looks good also!

Glad you guys had a great time!

August 18, 2008, 12:30 PM
thanks all! yes, that's Range 15 on Ft. Lewis. they are the only range around that allow you to use clay pigeons as targets and reactive targets are always more fun for new shooters, and old shooters alike.

i gave her a few lessons on stance and form before we began so thanks for the compliment! i guess i didn't stink too bad as a teacher. she wants to go again ASAP.

the Tru-Glo is their 2x 2MOA dot version and its mediocre. the dot is nice and tight and small which i like. my biggest gripe about it is the paralax error. you can prop it up on sand bags, move your eye around a little bit while looking through it and the dot moves all over the place. you have to center the dot in the tube and then put the dot on the target. if your cheek weld isn't identical each time, shots wander. its not too hard to keep it within minute-of-clay-pigeon at 50 or 100m but as soon as i can afford it, its going to be sporting an EOTech 512. if you're looking for something for a plinker the Tru-Glo will probably be fine but this is my SHTF rifle too so i think it needs better optics.

i think she may have laid claim to the Marlin 60. she really liked that one. i think she likes it partially because its "pretty" too. its the stainless version with the grey laminated stock. i had forgotten how much fun it is to shoot .22. i think i'll be doing more of now, since its fun as all get out and way cheaper than 5.56. the little 981T is a fun gun!


edit: i was using my sunglasses as safety glasses but took them off for the AR since the glasses are polarized and there were playing tricks on my eyes through the optics. i know, tsk tsk.

Mrs. Armoredman
August 18, 2008, 01:27 PM
Thats great. I love to see shooters have fun at the range. You go girl!!! I am glad she had fun.

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