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Going it alone

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by pitcrew, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. pitcrew

    pitcrew Member

    First of all, this forum is great and thanks to all that have responded to my previous posts. I am new to shooting. I have taken a handgun class and had range time with a group and instructor. A few days later I went to a range and rented a pistol. I had intended to rent a revolver because that is what i felt most comfortable with after the class. However, the attendent convinced me to try and auto-pistol. He then was kind enough to pretty much give me half hour of one on one instruction. I felt I learned as much if not more from this time than the 4 hr class. Anyway I would like to go to the range this weekend and practice. However, I don't expect to have one on one attention this time. In addition, I would like to rent something that I havent shot yet. I am confident that I know the "major" rules of handgun and range safety, but still Im a little anxious. I need to practice to become more comfortable and to re-inforce what I have learned. What to do? Should I pay for more insruction? I think Im more anxious than I should be, but still. Also, I want to get a feel for different pistols to know what I like and dont like. Thanks in advance for replies.
  2. Thumper

    Thumper Well-Known Member

    You sound like you've got your head on straight. You shouldn't have any problems, but additional instruction never hurts.

    If you decide to go on your own, take things slowly and think before performing each action, at first.

    Remember, you're at that critical stage where some new shooters develop a flinch. Plenty of dry firing between mags seems to help with this. Think 10 dry fires for every real round sent downrange.

    Any questions you have, feel free to ask.
  3. pauli

    pauli Well-Known Member

    where are you? you might have a highroader in the area willing to help you out.
  4. pitcrew

    pitcrew Member

    I am in Memphis TN.
  5. KMKeller

    KMKeller Well-Known Member

    Memphis?? Can anyone say "Dogpile!".

    Ok, for clarification, by "Dogpile!", I didn't mean that Memphis is a dogpile. Rather, I meant that, with the large TN contingent represented at THR, I anticipated a "Dogpile" in the rush to help our fine new member.
  6. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Get hold of Rangemaster in Memphis for some really good training and some very nice folks, too.
  7. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    The more training the better. Have fun!:cool:
  8. Gus Dddysgrl

    Gus Dddysgrl Well-Known Member

    One find a THR person nearby. Friends are best at teaching. One they know you and can better tell you exactly and only what you need to know(and you're more comfortable with them). Two they are free except you might have to buy them lunch which is probably cheaper than other instruction.

    Best advice I've seen or heard is "see that older guy down at the end of the range with the older model revolver? Go talk to him he probably knows the most and is the best around."

    If you want proof about the older guy with the revolver, ask my dad. He was that older guy once. The story is hilarious.


    PS I've never had official training, but what dad has taught me is enough to get me started. Once you have the basics the rest is having the confidence to try something slightly different. Besides everyone has a first time with something new so just try it. If it doesn't work do it again another way.
  9. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    Lesson number one:
    If you go to the range to try a certain firearm (and you are pretty sure you can handle the power of the cartridge and the size of the handgun) then don't let anyone talk you out of it. In time you will get experience with all kinds, but do try what you set out to do. Since you are new to the game shooting what you feel comfortable with at first will go a long way. Comfort and confidence is extremely important in good shooting.
  10. Chut1st

    Chut1st Well-Known Member

    Hey, pitcrew!

    I live about an hour east of Memphis in Chester County. Got NRA instructor certification for everything but black powder stuff and would be glad to have you come to the farm and shoot with us sometime. Always happy to help folks who want to learn. Send me an email off the board sometime.

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