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Account of a first-time shooter

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by campergeek, Aug 4, 2007.

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  1. campergeek

    campergeek Member

    May 3, 2003
    Eastern Missouri
    This last Wednesday I took a group from work out to the trap range - a total of five of us participating. 3 of the others had shot before, although not for a long time. The 4th had never touched a gun in her life. I started out by giving her some 1-on-1 instruction in stance, proper hold, etc., and letting her take 5 shots to get accustomed to the dynamics, then we all shot a couple of rounds. While we didn't keep score, most of us broke multiple targets and even she broke a few, each accompanied with an ear-to-ear grin.

    After our outing, she sent me an e-mail with her perspective of the day:

    In two weeks we'll be going to the rifle range to get her hands on some more guns! :D
  2. Black Adder LXX

    Black Adder LXX Member

    May 2, 2007
    South Florida
    Well done. Teaching new shooters is one of my favorite things.
  3. okiewita40

    okiewita40 Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Northeast Oklahoma

    Congrats on taking a first timer out and introducing them to the world of firearms. Hope your new student enjoys the next trip as much. One never knows. She may end up wanting to shoot all the time and even go get her gun.
  4. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    Jun 5, 2006
    Tacoma, WA
    Great job. The more people who get into the sport, the less enemies the guns can have. I also love teaching people to shoot, especially those that are anti-gun or indifferent.

    "Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends" - someone famous
  5. Leanwolf

    Leanwolf Member

    Mar 25, 2006
    CAMPERGEEK - "In two weeks we'll be going to the rifle range to get her hands on some more guns!"

    Good for you!

    I would offer this caveat, however, and that is to take a .22 LR handgun and rifle along, and let the young woman do a LOT of practice and familiarization with safety and fundamentals. That way, she is shooting a lot, without much cost, and certainly no recoil.

    My wife, who had also never touched a firearm, shot approximately 1,500 (three "bricks) of .22 LR ammo from my .22 revolver and Browning Challenger .22 pistol, before I moved her up to target loads in a .38 Special.

    Now, years later, she is a very good shot, not "afraid" whatsoever of firearms, knows how to safely handle various types, and carries a .38 Spec. on her CCW.

    Just a suggestion.

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