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Educated some family today. It was a good day.

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  1. 1911 guy

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    So it was decided that I would take my two nieces and nephew to the range. I agreed, as long as it was one at a time so they would pay attention, not be goofing off. Today was the first outing, my oldest niece and sister-in-law went with me.

    We spent about 4 1/2 hours shooting, I took samples of most common firearms. Bolt action rifles, semiauto rifles, revolver, autoloading pistol, pump shotgun.

    SIL was mostly an observer, but she did shoot a little. I think i shot less than a dozen rounds all day, but my niece got a lot of rounds downrange.

    Started out on .22 rifles, scoped and open sights. Moved on to .38 revolver, she liked it and shot about a half box of ammo. Didn't care for the .45, it was pretty big for her hands, she's pretty small build.

    What got shot the least was the pump shotgun. I had her work it for a few minutes, learning how to operate the pump, how the action release worked versus just working the pump after firing, how to load, etc. Fired a total of two rounds. Even "light" 1 ounce loads are a kick in the pants if you're small framed.

    Then we moved down to the 100 yard line and broke out the centerfire rifles. They got to see that the AR isn't some magic death ray, can be accurate and fun to shoot. Niece went through a few boxes of ammo.

    I got out a .308 bolt gun with a bipod. That helped her shoot it from the bench and I hung on to the bipod to keep her from getting "scope eye". Only shot a couple rounds, went back to the AR. I had two of those available, one with a 9X scope and one with peep and red dot sight.

    BONUS: A few benches down, a fellow was shooting an AR10. I asked niece and SIL if they heard those gunshots. Obviously, yes. Then I told them he was shooting with a silencer. "But... It's not silent..." I explained how Hollywood pretty much goobers everything gun related. Guy with AR10 yells over "EXACTLY!".

    Niece says she had a good time, SIL is talking of coming out again and maybe bringing BIL next time with their other daughter.
     
  2. RichardUnwise

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    Sounds like a blast!
    I'll just say this: We should always be polite with anti-gunners. Taking them to the range is a good way to make conversions.
     
  3. Arizona_Mike

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    I don't think he mentioned that his nieces, nephew, or SIL were antis.

    Mike
     
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    Great story. How old are the kids?
     
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    I've converted more Anti's with honey as opposed to salt.

    Always offer a free range trip and a friendly (non-condescending) lesson on general firearm knowledge. Most Anti-gunners are Anti's due to fear and ignorance from lack of exposure or experience... kinda like the boogieman.

    Anyways, time with family is always fun, glad you had a great trip!!!
     
  6. bangswitch

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    I took my daughters to the range back before Christmas last year, I spent all day teaching them handgun basics. They started out with a 22/45 Ruger and worked their way through a .32 Colt, 9mm, .38 Spl, and ended shooting my 1911. They liked the S&W M19 the best, and they did a great job, picked up gun safety quickly.

    Today, my oldest (24) was home for Easter, and asked if we could go shooting today. So we took a couple of shotguns and I taught her the basics, and had her breaking clays after a couple of hours.
     
  7. 1911 guy

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    They're not anti gun, in fact it was proposed by them that their daughters needed to learn. I could wish these trips had been planned years ago, as my nieces are 18 and 15. Nephew is 14, different parents, same extended family.
    No particular skills emphasized, just general education on the four rules and gun handling with some shooting. 18 year old niece was taken out first, I'm going to ask for her feedback to better structure my time with the other two kids. I hope to have more range time with all of them, but can't count on it. I want to make the one day each I'm guaranteed be as productive as possible. Oldest niece is making noise about wanting to go again and bring her boyfriend.
     
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    I'm happy that you got to spend some quality family time. Now both of those folks have received some education and we can hope that when incorrect information is bandied about they will be there to correct.
     
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