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Tackleberry1 03-06-2013 07:36 PM

Approached by Newbs... How to handle it
Those who know me know there is nothing I love more that the opportunity to introduce new shooters to our sport with the hope of creating not only a shooter, but a pro 2A voter as well.

I think we all recognize that the a fun day with a "bullet box" is far more persuasive than a lecture from a "soap box".

With these goals in mind, despite living in a predominately liberal area, I proudly wear my status as an avid shooter and volunteer RSO openly for all to see and carry that persona in a friendly approachable manner.

Last Sunday I was approached by a neighbor who's total firearms experience could be summed up in one trip to a skeet range 10 years ago. A couple of car break ins ins and 1 home burglary in our neighborhood has his wife worried and she's decided she'd like a gun for home protection.

They are leaning toward a pistol and we've scheduled a day to take them up to the range where I can introduce them the manual of arms for pistols and revolvers, and put them both behind my collection to see what they like.

These are very nice neighbor who are also CA transplants but I'm not sure of their politics... Regardless, it's a chance to create another ally for our side so I'm happy to make the investment.

RUG3R44 03-06-2013 07:43 PM

You got two thumbs up from me! Thanks and keep up the good work!

danf_fl 03-06-2013 07:55 PM

Keep positive, stress safety, don't discuss politics, stress safety, oh, and above all, stress safety.

bluez 03-06-2013 07:59 PM

And let them have fun!

Thats what I love about the liberals anti gun efforts.
many moderates who are gun owners may now be turned off from the libs.

Many more gun owners are created, some of which will be anti liberal activists come next elections.

orangello 03-06-2013 08:24 PM

Very cool! Remember, take the less-greasy chips for range snacking and leave the cheese dip for the Glock session.

Tackleberry1 03-06-2013 08:31 PM

Thanks guys... Yes, I always stress safety and will actually go through the manual of arms and range protocols before we ever get there. I find that Newb's absorb this information much better without having folks down the line popping off rounds.

Once we get to the range we will do a quick refresher, then get down to making sure they have a hell of a lot of fun in a safe manner and hopefully help them decide which platform, "pistol, revolver, DA, SA, or DA/SA", they prefer and are proficient with. ;)


7point62 03-06-2013 08:33 PM

One good outing at the range and they're hooked.

danf_fl 03-06-2013 08:44 PM

Follow up in a couple of weeks and see if they would like to go shooting again.

Chances are they would.

gwk4667 03-16-2013 02:57 PM

Have them view this video several times at their leasure days prior to going to the range and then again the morning of the range.!
This is by Barry Laws

CrazedJava 03-16-2013 04:00 PM

The "Avoid Politics" is the best advice. No better way to get people to shut their ears then challenge their beliefs. Put a gun in their hands and let them put lead down range. They'll start questioning their own beliefs in time.

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