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Poll: In past year did you take new shooter to the range? comment if you did.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by thelaststand, Sep 18, 2013.

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Have you taken a new shooter to the range in past 12 months?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2013.
  1. Yes, I took at least one new shooter in the past 12 months

    176 vote(s)
    86.3%
  2. No, I have not taken a new shooter in the past 12 months

    28 vote(s)
    13.7%
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  1. thriller

    thriller Member

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    I've taken 3 this year. Brother in law, nephew, and my daughter.
     
  2. 460Shooter

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    My sister...... she enjoyed my 1911 the most. Good girl
     
  3. tomrkba

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    I've taken several and trained them so they could attend a defensive two day handgun course.
     
  4. rcoolbaugh

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    ... My Wife and my daughter!
     
  5. beatledog7

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    Only three in the last year or so due to my other teaching duties.

    A good female friend, to shoot a variety of guns in support of her own buying decision. She bought a P238 a while later.

    A teaching colleague. He had a great time and really liked the CZ-75B. For a beginner he shot it very well, a phenomenon that is more common than I ever would have believed. He hasn't bought a gun as far as I know.

    My daughter, now 18. She shot my RH CZ-452 Trainer lefty and smoked the bullseye. Now she wants her own: a LH version, naturally.
     
  6. doc2rn

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    I have taken two single mom families with me to the range. Funny thing that happened the girls loved it, the boys hated it. The ladies responded to instructions and where shooting good groups. The boys hated being shown up since it wasn't as easy as playing HALO.
     
  7. gearhead

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    I had relatives visiting from Canada a couple of months ago, the subject of firearms came up in conversation due to my work and I offered to take them shooting. They were interested so I gave them the safety lesson and showed them how to operate revolvers and semi-autos. We went to the range with my S&W .22LR revolver, my 4" Security Six (with .38Special), and my FNP-9. After letting them get comfortable with the .22LR I let them move up to the Security Six then finally the FNP-9. Then I gave them the opportunity to choose whichever they enjoyed the most and put rounds into paper until they got tired. Both of them thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were even talking about whether it would be possible to continue shooting as a hobby once they returned to Canada.

    I also have to give props to the Range Officer. Even though I didn't say anything to him about it being their first time he must have figured it out from their Canadian driver's licenses and after we spent about an hour and a half in the range he gave me the range time for free!
     
  8. miller.lyte

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    Brought a work buddy who hadn't ever shot a gun (in Texas!) to the range this summer. Gave him the basic safety and how-to rundown and we spent a few hours at the range.

    Needless to say he loved it and is now looking at a home defense gun. :D
     
  9. Steve CT

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    Most recently my niece. Her husband had taken her shooting with a 9mm, which she tolerated because she loves him.

    We shot 50 ft bullseye with my Buckmark and she was grinning from ear to ear when she started shooting under 2" groups.

    Now her husband needs to get a "fun gun"
     
  10. rockhopper46038

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    Two times. Both family friends that thought it might be time for them to consider owning a firearm.
     
  11. Buck Kramer

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    Couldn't let my niece join the Navy without shooting a gun at least once. We worked up from, .22, 5.45, .223, 7.62, 12 gauge. She was super excited.
     
  12. bk42261

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    My eldest son and family came to Maine from NY when my wife and I renewed our wedding vows
    My 8 year old grandson says his "best time ever was shooting his first bullet with his Gramps and Dad"
     
  13. black_powder_Rob

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    Nope sure haven't, Of course I have not been my self in that same time frame. Trying to fit it in some time soon though.
     
  14. Oceanbob

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    Yes....absolutely. We need to include regular folks into our hobbie. :D

    As an annual member of our local shooting range these last 21 years, I have personally invited many dozens of people.

    But my latest guest was my favorite. :D

    Meet Zac..... My daughters boyfriend from New Zealand.

    Zac had never held or even saw a handgun in person. (No handguns in his Country for regular people).

    Zac and I had some time together so we spent time at home going over various guns, how they work, safety rules, proper procedures...then headed off to the Range.

    Truth be told that his hands were trembling as he loaded the .22 magazine for mu Ruger 22/45 but he did it.

    What fun he had.
    Me too!
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  15. Gunnerboy

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    Several... the Ak74 hooks em everytime!
     
  16. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Member

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    Without a doubt my favorite part of owning guns... bringing new poeple to shoot... i love their faces.. and reactions.. i love watching someone whos scared to pull the trigger on a 22 go from that to bump firing the ak... sweet sweet music to my ears...ive brought at least ten this year (mostly girls... hmm)... and a buddy of mne from college wants my guns for a photoshoot so im sure ill be coaching him and his buddies!
     
  17. xxjumbojimboxx

    xxjumbojimboxx Member

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    That post was beautiful...
     
  18. Jrob24

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    I took two of my sisters friends shooting this year. One had never shot before and liked the 10/22 and savage mk2.
     
  19. hotrod67

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    this year my wife decided she would like to try shooting after years of watching. since than she has gotten her carry permit and bought 2 pistols.
     
  20. shootstraight57

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    Brought my 2 Daughters (who have been avid shooters) and their Husbands (who are not) to the range last month.
    Gave my 2 Son in Laws some safety instructions and pointers.
    Taught my Granddaughter how to shoot her new 22 bolt action and when my Grandson gets old enough he too will go thru the paces.
    Trying to keep the 2nd Amendment alive in the minds of our future generation.
     
  21. wisconsin

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    Yes, I took my sister in law. Her favorite gun is the 50 Beowulf

     
  22. ares338

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    I took my grandson and it was a great experience.
     
  23. Cee Zee

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    I finally got my wife to go out to the range with me. She had done a little shooting in ROTC in college way back in the stoned age (1970's). But it wasn't much and she hasn't done it since. So I'd call her a "new shooter". She did very well and enjoyed it. She actually got me to buy a Ruger LCP which she plans on carrying as soon as she gets her CCW. She works a lot of hours so time is hard to come by for such things.

    I also got my neighbor shooting once. He has shot before but very little. He was shocked I could hit a 3" circle at 50 yards with a rifle if that tells you anything. I told him that was nothing and I don't think he even believed me. We weren't at the range though. We were shooting off hand in the yard.
     
  24. Cosmoline

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    Took an Australian and a guy from New Jersey shooting, both total newbies. The Australian listened to my instruction, asked questions and did extremely well. The other fellow--well he did hit the paper. My protocol for these events is a safety lecture, a description of the weapon and its history, and then a progression starting with .22 LR rifles, then to full size bolt action rifle, then semiauto rifle. Then I start them on single action revolver and then double action, ending with semiauto handgun. I also like to work in some black powder cartridge arms. The main thing is to start with rifles, as it's much much easier to supervise than people whipping around with handguns. Also Barney Fife rules apply--one bullet at a time even for the semis.
     
  25. Sound Dude

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    I've taken about 12 this year. I coach high school debate on the side and I've taken a number of the kids (and sometimes parents too) to the range, but only after they listen to a safety lecture and pass a safety test. After they learn the concept with a .22, I let them shoot an old war relic, like a Swedish (or other) Mauser, Moisin-Nagant or other historical piece. It's always a good time, and a chance to purge some of the liberal crud schools cram in kids' heads.
     
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