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Old 04-08-2012, 12:55 PM   #11
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Not a good idea to start a rookie with a caliber that's going to hurt their hand and blow their eardrums out. Best intro to shooting IMO will always be a .22. I'm always surprised by the range safety stories I read posted here. It makes me wonder just WTF some of these range owners/operators are thinking.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:56 PM   #12
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Dudes that do that kind of crap to their women are nothing but douche bags.

Well put.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:56 PM   #13
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Dudes that do that kind of crap to their women are nothing but douche bags.
Agree! My brother in law did this to my sister.

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Old 04-08-2012, 02:06 PM   #14
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I have popped off on a few douchbags i have seen doing this at ranges. Then kindly explained what he was doing. (teaching to flinch and NOT focus on trigger squeeze/marksmanship) When available i then offer up my .22 or .38.

When they try to argue i typically reference my lady and her "mad skills".

After starting many moons ago with the .22 THIS is what she can do with the Ruger .44 Carbine.


there IS room for improvement, but she is working on it.
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Old 04-14-2012, 03:35 AM   #15
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Back today to my outdoor range. Shot about 300 rounds thru my Ruger Mark III on the 50' range.

About half way thru my finger exercise, a 30ish dude and his wife set up two lanes down from me. This was a near perfect repeat of my previous comments.

Dude pulls out a full size Glock .40, shoots a clip and then loads a new one for his bride. Very evident she had not shot before. Doubt she had ever held this piece or any other to get the feel.

Blah, blah, instruction, blah, shoot.

She shot 3 rounds and handed it back. Every few minutes he got her to shoot a couple of rounds but she was not enjoying it.

I started up a conversation with them and diplomatically offered to let her shoot my .22. She ended up shooting off 3 clips enjoying it a lot.

Turned out the dude had a Mark II at home.

I may have torqued him off a bit but she liked shooting my Mark III much more than his hand cannon.

Sorry if I'm harping on this but common sense and consideration can go a long way in gaining a family shooting partner.
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I've done such a thing twice, and both times I gave fair warning and told the 2 different ladies that my guns were not starter guns.

My wife: I had a rossi .357 snubbie. She insisted she needed to check it out, I insisted we needed to get my mom's .22 pistol to start with. As with every damn thing else, she won. She ended up throwing the gun away from her.

My sis in law: She just wanted to try my 1911. I gave her fair warning and told her she likely wouldn't enjoy it, she wanted to try anyway. It scared her, but she controlled herself better than my wife did, at least she held onto it.
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Sorry if I'm harping on this but common sense and consideration can go a long way in gaining a family shooting partner.
I agree. Whenever someone wants me to try a gun I'm not familiar with I ask them to shoot it first so I can see how it's going to act when fired. Then I have an idea when I go to shoot it. I'm a little more experienced now and I have a good idea what caliber in what sized gun might do when shot. But when I went to the range for the first time, I mostly shot rifles and I tried one handgun but it scared me. I set it down after one shot and stuck with the rifles. I believe the handgun was a full sized Glock .380.
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Hmmm... My first was a SKS..

I taught my GF to shoot not to long ago, started her off with my Weatherby Mk. XXII and the Medusa.. Granted it was only with some light plinking .38 wadcutters.. (The wonders of reloading.. )
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I started my wife on a 22 and moved up to a 38spl. Same with the kids.
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I was at the range the other day and a couple of guys were trying to get their girlfriends to shoot their Glock .40's. Both of them shot one magazine and then wouldn't shoot again. I hate to say it, but I have seen guys at the range who actually think it is beneath them to shoot .22s. I almost asked the girls if they wanted to shoot my new Browning 1911 .22 A1, but their boyfriends didn't look like the type who would have appreciated that.
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