I'll have to see how this goes...


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Skribs
January 6, 2012, 07:48 PM
I have a friend who is a year younger than me (22) and still lives with his parents (he's going full time to college, though, so I'm not blaming him). He just recently acquired his first handgun. At first, I told him that if his parents wouldn't let him hold on to it, he could store it in my safe (for the rental cost of "I can take it to the range when I want to") but they let him keep it. Even so, his mom has reservations about him owning a firearm.

So, to alleviate her concerns, I asked my Mom to ask his mom to go shooting with her. I figured we could take her (me and my friend), which might let her see how we handle them, but that it might get her a lot more interested if she had a peer to go with instead.

Anyway, we'll have to see. Maybe my friend will lose his handgun...because his Mom wants it instead.

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mingo
January 6, 2012, 07:51 PM
Education is the true path to success...make dang sure the moms have hearing protection....I'm serious.

mingo

Skribs
January 6, 2012, 07:54 PM
It's required at the range we go to, and my Mom has hearing protection. The people there are also very helpful as well, and my Mom knows gun safety.

SharkHat
January 6, 2012, 07:56 PM
I'll second the solid ear protection for your friend's mom. Double up (plugs and over the ears).

mingo
January 6, 2012, 07:56 PM
Well then this sounds like a grand time for all.
Nothing but the best wishes for a great time.
mingo

XM855
January 6, 2012, 07:59 PM
No low cut shirts either, especially with pistols! Good luck, still trying to get my mom to come to the range with me...

Drail
January 6, 2012, 09:16 PM
Don't forget eye protection either. A baseball cap is a good idea too.

rodensouth
January 6, 2012, 10:00 PM
Good call Skribs! Make sure to start with .22 if possible. :)

k-frame
January 6, 2012, 10:08 PM
Long sleeves, too. Hot brass on a bare arm is not a lot of fun. Tends to make one "twist and shout" and it ain't because Chubby Checker is on the radio.

Flopsweat
January 6, 2012, 11:12 PM
Great idea. And you'll do fine. Just take it slow and keep it fun (and safe, but you knew that). A little praise and encouragement can go a long way. Anything they're hesitant about, just make it clear that they're not expected to shoot anything they don't want to. I've had the pleasant surprise of watching a work buddy go through a box of .308, grinning from ear to ear the whole time. This was after she shot the 12 gauge. If I were 20 years younger... Oh, where was I?

I usually start new shooters with a .22. I tell them I'm going to shoot one round so they can hear how loud it will be, and then do so. Then I load one round for them. After they've shot the one round, then I show them how to load the gun. I really don't go over much more than the safety rules, proper grip and how to operate the safety before I have them shoot the first round. The rest I teach a little at a time between 5-shot groups. Totally different than the way we teach formal courses but it works great.

Dr.Mall Ninja
January 7, 2012, 12:24 AM
I really don't go over much more than the safety rules, proper grip and how to operate the safety before I have them shoot the first round. I wont even let someone touch one of my guns without going over saftey rules.

Skribs
January 7, 2012, 02:56 AM
I'm not actually going with them. It's just going to be the two Moms going out to shoot. But it was my idea :D

beatledog7
January 7, 2012, 09:18 AM
I concur with those who talk about proper shooting attire. Shirt buttoned to the neck, long sleeves, cap.

About half of the times I've been swept by somebody at the range it was from that person's subconscious reaction to being hit in an unfortunate place by hot brass and momentarily forgetting to control the muzzle.

Remllez
January 7, 2012, 09:29 AM
You are wise beyond your years Grasshopper......:)

Flopsweat
January 7, 2012, 12:56 PM
I'm not actually going with them. It's just going to be the two Moms going out to shoot. But it was my idea :D
Ah, my mistake. Still a great idea.

Standing Wolf
January 7, 2012, 01:42 PM
The more people who try shooting, the more people who take up shooting.

Elm Creek Smith
January 8, 2012, 07:56 PM
What's all this about low cut blouses and long sleeves? Revolvers don't toss brass around!

ECS

olafhardtB
January 9, 2012, 05:31 AM
When I taught my sister how to shoot a 22 auto pistol, she scratched her firing hand significantly with the long finger nails while racking the slide. I have never seen this adressed in discussions regarding introducing women to guns.

Skribs
January 10, 2012, 01:43 PM
Good point olaf, but neither my Mom nor my friend's Mom have long nails. My Mom is planning on bringing two guns - my Dad's Taurus .22 revolver, and her 2.25" Ruger SP101 (they'll only be firing .38s through it).

They'll be going this Friday, so I'll update yall when I hear about it.

3KillerBs
January 10, 2012, 08:36 PM
Excellent idea!

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