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PhilA
September 16, 2008, 02:43 PM
When I came out of the gun closet with my wife a few years ago (I'd owned a few rifles and shotguns since I was young, but hadn't shot any of them in years...just kept them locked up), my wife disapproved. She feared what could happen if our kids got hold of them, etc. Standard anti-gun mentality. I carefully explained how I grew up around them, and that I would take every precaution with them, keep them locked up when not in use, explain safety to the kids, but that this was who I was and I was going to rediscover the joys of shooting.

She was reluctant, but understood this was who I was and gave me the room to rekindle my passion.

When I bought my first pistol, she again expressed her concern. Didn't like it. Feared them. Etc. When I got my carry permit and started carrying, took the NRA classes and began reading gun books and magazines, she relaxed a bit. I think the constant exposure to firearms made her feel more comfortable, and seeing me handle them safely and take the time to show our children how to safely handle them eased her fears.

I've taken her to the range twice, and both times she's been nervous but seemed to handle it OK. Our latest trip was on Saturday when I took her out shopping for her own pistol--something she's been on board with more and more lately.

(drum roll please)

Today we went out at lunchtime to my favorite gun shop, and after an hour of holding various models, she walked out BEAMING EAR TO EAR with a black plastic box holding her very own Glock 19 tucked under her left arm.

She was almost sold on the Walther PSS in 9mm, but the look on her face, and the "OOOOOOH" sound she made when she first picked up the G19 said everything I (and the sales guy) needed to know. Then the questions started coming: "Can I get a cool range bag like yours? Do I need my own eyes and ears? When can we go shoot it?"

:D

I'm so proud of her. I got me a built-in shooting buddy now. LOL. She's gonna get her carry permit and sign up for the NRA courses, too.

For any guys out there with reluctant wives--there's hope. I wasn't pushy, but I was consistently persistent in exposing her to them, asking her if she wanted to join me at the range and not getting visibly upset when she said no. Just keeping the exposure level there and reassuring her with my own rationality. And whaddya know...it worked. :)

EDIT: Mods, I meant to post this in Handguns: General Discussion. Please move if that's the more appropriate folder. Thanks.

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frankd4
September 16, 2008, 03:09 PM
Congratulations, my wife and daughter shoot with me at first I thought it was great then I was doing all the reloading and gun cleaning and now it’s become very competitive and a lot of fun. Be nice and give her a lot of praise and encouragement, we are very lucky men.

PhilA
September 16, 2008, 10:11 PM
Yep, we sure are. It was so cool seeing her carrying it out of the store so proudly. She even remembered all the safety stuff I taught her while in the store. Never once swept anyone, always kept her finger indexed along the frame. She done good. :)

Kino74
September 17, 2008, 12:14 AM
Congratulations! Good work on the conversion. :) Now you always have some one to hit the range with.

R&J
September 17, 2008, 10:33 PM
Great Story! Congratulations!

Judy's was a similar deal, but we don't have kids, and it took only one trip to the range for her.

She tried out my new G21, and the G17 I had rented for her. But she selected a G19 after the sales guy let her use his. Of course, she had to have an Olive Drab one...

They located an OD G19 in about a week, and that was her Christmas present in 2005.

I'd had some previous experience, but we both took lessons...

One of her five magazines was faulty, causing an occasional FTF, but after this was exchanged, the gun has performed flawlessly for over 8,500 rounds.

Now when we watch movies, she's all over the gun aspect of the action! :D

We need to be certain that our lady's worst fears are never close to being realized, and that the range trips remain to be a kind of bonding.

--Ray

PhilA
September 17, 2008, 11:38 PM
Just ordered her a few extra mags from CTD for $19.99 each. Pretty decent price, I think.

She's now bugging ME to go to the range. That's funny as hell. :)

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