Resolution: Take a Newbie shooting.

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  1. Legionnaire
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    Took a newbie to the range just before Christmas. Young man from church knew I was a shooter. He came and asked me what he should purchase as his first self-defense-oriented handgun. So we scheduled a range trip.

    My opinion is and has been that an individual who doesn't plan to shoot all that much is probably better off with a good double action revolver than a semi-automatic. So we took 2.25" SP101 and a 4" GP100 along, with ammo ranging from light target loads, to intermediate self-defense loads, to magnum-power hunting loads. Also took along a Glock 23 with a 9mm conversion barrel so he could check out both 9mm and .40S&W. Finally, took along the LCP (.380) pocket pistol.

    After putting a lot of rounds down range switching back and forth for the sake of comparison, he concluded that the GP100 was the most versatile and "fun" to shoot, but that he preferred the switch-barrel Glock 23 for his purposes. Fine decision: the Glock 23 is my defensive handgun of choice, too.

    And last night, he called me to tell me he had purchased a pristine second-hand G23 with barrels in .40S&W, 9mm, and .357Sig. Looking forward to our next range trip together.

    So I'm making the resolution to take another newbie shooting before the end of the first quarter of 2014. I hope to take more than one, but I will consider this resolution accomplished if I only take one. And when I do, I will post a summary of that outing here as well.

    I invite you to sign on to this thread if you're prepared to make the same commitment. Then tell us the about the range trip itself--who you took, what you took, and how it went. Ought to make for some good and encouraging reading.

    Happy New Year, everyone.
     
  2. bigfatdave

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    Know what? It has been a while.

    I'm in, I'll commit to at least two new shooters to the range before the year is half over.
    (work will be eating a couple months early in the year, if I don't get 1 done in january, it isn't happening in Q1)
     
  3. Legionnaire
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    No more takers?
     
  4. GIJOEL

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    I take new shooters out every year (have since I was in highschool with my father). I always try to start the experience at my home to theirs to go over handling and saftey, I have had good response to this and I get a sence of confidence/calm on the range from the newbie and I like knowing that the the shooter heard everything I said. My wife has invited her first newbie to the range, we will be going double date style so it should be fun!
     
  5. NeuseRvrRat

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    my response to "hey, i heard you're a gun guy. what should i get for home defense?" is always "let me take you to the range so you can try a few things out." i'm a member, so all i ask is that they cover their guest fee. i provide all the ammo for their first trip. probably one of the most effective ways to help increase our numbers and support 2A.

    just imagine if every gun nut in this country got one individual into shooting and got them to become a gun owner. the results would be revolutionary.
     
  6. RUT

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    >>Take a Newbie shooting<<

    Not just any old newbie.... a left leaning one! More often than not they're pleasantly surprised!
     
  7. Dean1818

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    Its in my sig line...... Its the single biggest thing we can do to keep our rights
     
  8. ahtoxa

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    I took a new shooter a few weeks ago as well. Shot just my 9mm. I did bring my 12 gauge that day, but I was shooting full power slugs and she's a small girl.

    Needless to say, I didn't have her shoot that and then flinch for the next 30 years every time she shot a firearm.
     
  9. The_Next_Generation

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    I do this about once every month or so! TONS of fun to bring people to the sport. One of my more notable guests will be my previously left-leaning aunt next weekend. Can't wait!

    Put me down for two every quarter :D
     
  10. aarondhgraham

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    I'll modify that resolution just a bit,,,

    I'll modify that resolution just a bit,,,
    I resolve to continue taking newbies to the range.

    I work at Oklahoma State University,,,
    Quite often I have taken my student workers to the range.

    I also frequent a great restaurant bar,,,
    Most of the servers there are undergrads as well,,,
    I have introduced several (maybe a dozen) to handgun shooting.

    In a few special cases I have gifted them a .22 handgun as a graduation present,,,
    I do leatherwork so I always include a custom made holster for the gun.

    Mike got this used Ruger 22/45 and a "Tanker" holster,,,
    22-45_M7-01.jpg

    Sarah got a new Heritage Rough Rider and a Texas Jock Strap belt/holster,,,
    SarahsNewRig-02-lr.jpg

    If Kaylee keeps coming to the range with me,,,
    She'll probably get this H&R 929 Sidekick and a belt/holster.
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    I resolve to continue this practice as long as I can afford it. :)

    Aarond

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  11. Spats McGee

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    I'm in. I've already got one relative newbie (as in "has fired a long gun, but only on rare occasion, has never fired a handgun") and one about-to-be-new-to-cc shooter lined up already.
     
  12. snapshot762

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    I am planning on taking a few new shooters to the range this year, namely my nephew, my girlfriend and her daughters!
     
  13. Al Thompson

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    As often as I can. It works too - start'em off light, the sport is supposed to be fun after all. ;)
     
  14. SC Shooter

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    Great idea. We should all do our best to mentor and to educate those new to guns
     
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