Free lessons for women at the range?


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twoblink
September 5, 2003, 11:54 PM
I hope I didn't become a lier, but one of my friends in LA, I've taken her to the range before, and taught her how to shoot, and she was scared to death (shakey hands and all) but now that she thinks back, said it wasn't as scary as the thought in the first place..

So, she might like to go shooting again.. (only I'm in Taiwan and not LA now, so I can't take her)

That said, I told her, most ranges, if you go up and tell them you want to rent a gun, you are a newbie (single, cute and female DEFINITELY doesn't hurt in this case) and especially if you go on Ladies night, there should be no problems find, young, eager gentlemen who are more than willing to teach her how to shoot.

I have found this to be the case pretty much in every range I have ever been to..

It's still true right, even in the PRK.. or have I lied??

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P95Carry
September 6, 2003, 12:07 AM
If I have time - I think I and most for that matter ........ would be well happy to assist ANY newbie ..... of whichever gender.

My thinking is - if someone is interested then they are also a ''recruit'' if you like ... to ''the cause''. Add to that, my own innate wish to confer both safety and skills at every opportunity .... well, nuff said.:)

This of course presupposes that an individual is rational, sensible and sufficiently reliable ...... more often than not, much time will have to be spent on safety drills and handling etc .... before any live fire is undertaken.

I have found that patience and instruction has, for the most part ..... always brought its own reward .... that being a person who can safely shoot ..... be no risk to those around them .... and most of all ....... that grin!! Always a pleasure to see.:)

Standing Wolf
September 6, 2003, 12:36 AM
If I have time - I think I and most for that matter ........ would be well happy to assist ANY newbie ..... of whichever gender.

I'll second that. I've had the pleasure of introducing an assortment of people to shooting, and it's always every bit as rewarding for me as the newbie.

Knowledge is meant to be shared, not hoarded.

t driver
September 6, 2003, 01:21 AM
I couldn't have said it any better than Standing Wolf or P95Carry. Spending time and teaching a person who is new is a great experience. The benefits are truly shared by all. I have interruped my oun shooting sessions to spend time with someone new. It has always proven to be time well spent.

twoblink
September 6, 2003, 01:23 AM
I'm teaching now, and I can tell you, I learn more from teaching than being a student..

Teaching definitely has it's own rewards..

That's one thing I have found about gunowners.. Most are more excited than the newbie to teach shootin' and gun safety.

Bring one "to the fold" is indeed and exciting job..

Skunkabilly
September 6, 2003, 05:26 AM
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Skunkabilly
September 6, 2003, 05:26 AM
Standing Wolf:
Knowledge is meant to be shared, not hoarded.

The problem that I've run across is that if you're already teaching in your own little corner, some very very friendly person comes over and starts sharing...and sharing....and sharing....

While Twoblink may discriminate by gender, the Skunk doesn't.... :rolleyes:

Twoblink, have you ever taught a guy how to shoot? :confused: :p

Kilroy
September 6, 2003, 10:16 AM
I have seen range staff and hangers on both do their best to hit on female shooters. Esp. annoying are those that teach new shooters the proper stance while hugging them from behind. I have seen new female shooters have their first experience spoiled by such.

That being said, the Second Amendment Sisters have been very good about sponsoring free Ladies Only shoots. Our local chapter has four a year where guns, ammo, eye & ear protection and a personal coach are all free.

There are other efforts that are worth the time and effort to locate. If none exist, contact the organization and see about starting one.

Skunkabilly
September 6, 2003, 11:20 AM
Esp. annoying are those that teach new shooters the proper stance while hugging them from behind. I have seen new female shooters have their first experience spoiled by such.

One of my friends who I took shooting joked to me that if I did that, she'd turn around and shoot me :p

Not only that, but from a practical standpoint, you can't really see what's going on with the grip and stance from back there. Well, maybe not me because I have short arms.

Taking women shooting. Twoblink's favorite subject after 'logistics' :neener:

Silver Bullet
September 6, 2003, 02:11 PM
In north Phoenix, the Ben Avery Shooting Facility has a free class for women every Thursday evening, the Annie Oakley Sure Shots program. It teaches safety, self-defense, cleaning, etc., and they even provide the firearms !

For anyone interested, the numbers are
623-582-8313
basfaz.com
basfaz@basfaz.com
4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd (this is at exit 223, Carefree Hwy, on I-17).

JohnKSa
September 7, 2003, 01:19 AM
Will she get help--I have no doubt she will.

Will she get good help? Not at most ranges I've been to.

The owners are too busy to help, the actual instructors charge money. That just leaves the clientele. Apologies for the pun, but getting help from the average shooter at the range is hit or miss--more miss than hit, if you get my drift.

In about 15-30 minutes, I can get the average newbie shooting better than about 90% of the people I run into at the range (except at matches) and that's not because I'm a great instructor... :(

Skunkabilly
September 7, 2003, 04:17 AM
If you left your .22 with me, I'd take care of her. But that ain't gonna happen unless she wants to shoot .30-06 from an 8 lb rifle. :fire:

C.R.Sam
September 7, 2003, 01:36 PM
JohnKSa makes a , sadly, valid point.

Sam

4v50 Gary
September 7, 2003, 01:39 PM
Ask around. I never looked for students other than coworkers. However, they would always refer women to me who wanted to learn how to shoot. Never charged a dime myself.

twoblink
September 7, 2003, 05:16 PM
No Skunky,

I have gender preference, not gender bias..

;)

And to answer your question.. I have taken plenty of men to the range..

But what I find out is:

I take 1 guy.. 1 newbie learns to shoot..

I take 1 girl... 6 more women want to learn. It's a ratio thing.. honest..

Oleg's got my .22LR. Do for a tactical drive to TN and pick it up..

Mute
September 8, 2003, 12:24 PM
(single, cute and female DEFINITELY doesn't hurt in this case)

I think you pretty much answered your own question. If anything, the male breed is predictable.

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