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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sobel, Apr 26, 2012.

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  1. Sobel

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    So my aunt from Ny is here in Orlando and after her and my mother have made their plans of seeing dolphins and all the other touristy things. But!!! After some difficulty I have gotten them to agree to a range trip. My aunt apparently has her hunter safety course ( Idk what that entails ) but, hasn't fired a weapon ever or since her childhood. Gramps used to be the sheriff. Anyways were going to the range and I'm wondering how to make this experience neither traumatizing or a giant argument. Plus having at least one family member who isn't terrified of guns would be nice.:banghead:
     
  2. Jorg Nysgerrig

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    Guns in .22LR are your friends.
     
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    And doubling up on ear protection.
     
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    What are you taking to the range (gunwise)?
     
  5. holdencm9

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    I should clarify, doubling up on ears is good for handguns at INDOOR ranges. At outdoor ranges maybe not so much. Also for rifles/shotguns the muffs can get in the way, i think plugs are better. Some people have issues finding a proper cheek weld, or looking through one eye and finding the sight picture. Muffs can just be one more source of frustration.
     
  6. Sobel

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    Well :( I sold my guns a week before I knew she was coming so we are renting from the shop I was thinking keeping it in the handgun section simply because they seem at least to me easier to shoot. And the Rifle range is very small and indoor. I was thinking of either a heavier handgun so that she can't feel as much recoil but then its heavier and I don't know if she'll like that either .
     
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    Proper clothing, such as a hat and nothing that would allow hot brass to go where it wouldn't be welcome; that includes bare toes poking out of sandals.
     
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    +1 on the .22LR. A longer barreled version would probably make it more enjoyable too. Browning Buckmark, Ruger MkII, or perhaps a 6" revolver of some type. If you decide on the semi-auto's be sure to point out that A LOW GRIP BY THE ASSISTING HAND ALLOWS YOU TO KEEP THE SKIN ON THE TOP OF YOUR THUMB!!! Blood on the hand is not something to keep them enthusiastic the first time out.
     
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    What in the heck were you thinking??? Selling guns??? I don't think that's allowed unless it was to fund buying bigger better guns...
     
  11. Sobel

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    haha it was to fund a new handgun that i will be getting next friday , I sold my surplus guns so i can finally have a nib gun im excited. If this trip was planned 2 weeks from now i'd be set.
     
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    Get a Cricket! Now I bet they would get a chuckle from that.
     
  13. writerinmo

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    OK, as long as you buy a gun with the proceeds! lol...

    Yeah, the Cricket would probably go over very well for a first timer, actually. That or a good old Marlin 60.

    My wife was new to shooting a few years ago. I bought her a Rough Rider .22 single action revolver to start with, then a Phoenix Arms HP22a to start getting her familiarized with the semi-autos. As soon as she fully recovers from her recent surgery (had two discs removed out of her neck and fused) hopefully her arm strength returns so that I can step her up to my Ruger P95.
     
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    No handgun is easier to hit things with than any rifle.

    If the objective is to make noise, use the handguns.

    If the objective is to use an easier gun to learn to shoot accurately with, use the rifles.

    rc
     
  15. Sobel

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    Good point i suppose, tho imo handguns are easier to use but thats just me. I don't think my aunt will be shooting anytime soon after this. I just want it to be an enjoyable experience. Idk if shes all too interested in hitting anything haha.
     
  16. Sobel

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    I hope she recovers quickly. You have a ruger p95?! Why thats the gun I sold my old cz-82 and m/n for the price of munitions were getting quite bothersome. Is it +p rated?Dare I ask +P+? I think if I gave her a 22 she would either enjoy it tons as its super easy to shoot or hate it because she feels it isn't a big gun or something of that nature.
     
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    ^^+2
     
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    If the range you're going to has both rifles as well as handguns then try asking what she may have shot. The very fact that she has a course related to hunting at all may just indicate that she knows more than you think.

    So keep flexible and talk to both of them on the way to the range. Don't try to talk them INTO anything though. Ask what your aunt may have shot and when. If it turns out that she has some experience then build on that. If she's not actually shot much or hasn't shot since she was a little girl then start slow with something like .22 rifle and work up to something a little bigger. Same with the handguns. Start with a .22 and work up to something like a 9mm or more if they are comfy with the experience.

    The point is to listen to them and let their concerns and experience be your guide on how to proceed. Do NOT try to be the guy that makes up their minds for them. There's simply no point at this time in deciding you'll start with any particular firearm since you don't know what she may or may not have shot before.
     
  19. Sobel

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    That sounds like some pretty good advice. I'll have to talk to her on Monday shes going to do a bunch of stuff with ma.
     
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    A 4 or 6 inch .38spl revolver would be a good gun for the purpose. Plenty of bang, little recoil and a nice 'big gun' feel. Add to that the brass doesn't go anywhere, no risk of fishing in a bra for a hot piece of metal. The option of DA or SA makes it interesting to shoot too. My wife much prefers revolvers because she says it's uncomplicated. Also doesn't like racking the slides on any of my pistols.
     
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    9mm Carbine.

    Low recoil.
    Cheap Ammo.
    Far easier to shoot accurately.
    Centerfire is a little more 'real gun' than a .22.
    Much safer (as in muzzle awareness).
     
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    Introducing or re-introducing people to shooting, help them learn form and fun before they also have to deal with recoil. My .22's are just as much real guns as my 1911 .45ACP!

    I will agree that a carbine is a good idea for first timers. Yes, long gun does enhance muzzle awareness. Start out with prone position or seated with table and support, not standing.

    Even with handguns, seated with support is anice way to get started.

    For the ladies, assuming there will be semi-automatic guns used, close, high neck shirt or blouse, preferably turtle neck or mock turtle neck is an important aspect. Open, gapping, necklines look nice at the dance club, but seem to be a magnetic basket for hot brass. Talk about ruining the fun!

    If you have the time and the shop a has the guns available, I'd start with a bolt action .22LR rifle, move to a .22Lr revolver, like a s Single Six, then finish off with a .22 semi-auto pistol.

    An advantage of a bolt action rifle and a single action revolver is that the process forces a slower shot to shot change. This will increase accuracy and focus.
     
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    Do not start out with a larger caliber handgun!
     
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    I agree with what has already been posted. I think a .22 rifle would be a great place to start.

    As far as the P95 it will handle any factory loaded ammunition according to the owners manual. You can actually download the owners manual at Rugers website if you would like to read it before you get your pistol.
     
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