My Wife FINALLY Went!

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by diggsbakes, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    The wife finally decided to come along with me yesterday to the range! A very pleasant surprise for me and us. We got a babysitter (rare occurrence as we have no family here) and took the nice 30+ mi trek on the dusty dirt road out of town and to the shooting club where friendly and familiar faces awaited. (I told them she was coming )

    I brought a single-six, SP101, XD40, Para Ordinance 1911 PDA and a Model 60 Airweight. Both the SP101 and Model 60 were fitted with Houges, loaded down with .38s and The XD was loaded with 135 grain Federal "Low Recoil" cartridges. The 1911 carried standard 230 grain Remington UMC.

    After the standard safety lessons. I gave her a crash course in stance, grip, trigger press, sight alignment, etc. We were the only ones in the berm, (gotta love it :)) but I explained some common etiquette in case there were others. (what I remembered anyways, been a while since I've shot around people)

    She started with the single-six, first shot . . . bulls-eye!!! She shot about 4 more cylinders. Practiced ejection/reload and wanted to move on. She picked up the SP101 and 2 full speed-loaders and went to the 10 yd line. I marked out 5, 7, 10, 15 and 25 (25 just for me, of course ;)) Her first target was the one I attached. She caught on to the speed-loaders quickly (we've practiced little at the house) and shot about 40 rounds, till she switched to the Model 60. She almost shot it as well, but didn't show as much interest and I think she was already confident with the Ruger.

    I urged her to try the XD. . . didn't work though. She's only 5'2 - 130, her hands are small and she couldn't grip it comfortably while depressing the trigger, and the recoil made her uncomfortable, even with the "low recoil" rounds. Almost the same scenario with the Para "Doesn't feel right" were the exact words used in both.

    So she shot another 35 rounds through the SP101 and then I heard the words: "I'm not shooting as well as I did the last time." I knew that meant her hands were tiring and we wrapped it up.

    (The whole time we were out there in between instruction, I was testing shotgun loads at various distances, out of various barrel lengths! (range report to come).

    Overall it was a great day and now when she sees my Ruger on my waistband, she asks "Where you going with my gun?" :) I figure I'll look out for another J-Frame (Model 60 won't be around :() or 2 and we'll decide what is best for us and our carry situations. She also must enroll in a CCW class, fortunately taught by really good, experienced folks and put LOTS more range time in.

    She's looking forward to her next range session, which will be a refresher with the Ruger, Model 60 (or hopefully something new!) and intro to rifles. I'm really glad we were able to enjoy this together. We've not had the best of times lately and this really was a major breath of fresh air.

    Thank you Guns!
     

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  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Excellent Diggs! It sounds like the only gun shopping necessary will be to buy her her own SP101. :D
     

  3. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    That's what I'm afraid of my brother. I don't like having dupes, especially when the gun fund isn't at is highest right now. If I do have to get another I'll get a different configuration. Maybe I'll do a little survey and have ya'll help me choose how to solve this predicament;).
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    What's the barrel length on the one you have? If it's the 2.25" maybe get the three inch model or vice versa.
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Give her your SP101 and get yourself a new something or other. I'm glad she had a great time and I'm very glad is was a bonding time for the two of you.
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    That is really great Diggs! She did pretty well for one of her first times out, especially not being real familiar with everything that was going on ( all the crash training, the outside surroundings, the weapons ). I would say you definitely have yourself a keeper there, but I would keep an eye on that Ruger of yours or it just might be appropriated. ;)

    Congrats to Mrs. Bakes and her full blown entry into the firearms' curse. :p

    JD
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Outstanding!! My wife hasn't gone in a while but she does go and I think it's good for us as a couple and helps her as well. I think she did quite well for her first time out.
     
  8. zhuk

    zhuk New Member

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    Ha fantastic, diggs! Congratulations to you both.


    The smell of gunpowder claims yet another...I predict she'll love shooting rifles. Particularly semis, if that's a possibility :)
     
  9. RugerShootinGal

    RugerShootinGal New Member

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    That is great. I am glad you guys had fun and she enjoyed it!!!:D
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    My first time at the range with a friend I shot semi-auto rifles and absolutely loved it. Particularly the Uzi. It was outrageous fun. It's a great suggestion to take her to the range with a semi-auto rifle. I was going to say "take her out with a semi-auto rifle" but then decided that didn't sound right. :eek:
     
  11. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    Yeah, don't shoot her with a semi-auto loader, we can always use more eye candy at the range.

    Seriously, it's always nice to see couples at the range. Keep up the good work. Joe
     
  12. Snakedriver

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    Cool beans!!! Watch out though, once they get started there's no stopping them. :( After I started taking my wife to the range, she got her CCW Permit and now has her own great collection of guns that I'm not allowed to play with. :confused:
     
  13. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Good deal man.

    i like having the SO go to the range with me...
    as long as it's not every time:eek:
     
  14. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    My wife shoots the Model 36 with great accuracy when she shoots. She doesn't have much interest in any other guns, but the 36 is what she'd use at home for SD.

    Thankfully, she indulges me and doesn't care about whatever I'm doing as far as buying, selling or trading. Now, if I only had a bigger budget...
     
  15. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    The first time I took my wife to the range, I lost a pistol...you know the rest.:eek:;):D
     
  16. Squirrel_Slayer

    Squirrel_Slayer New Member

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    I took my gf to the range and now she expects me to build her a pink camo AR15...I have a hard time supporting my own damned gun habits....
     
  17. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

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    I got the 3" SA/DA with external hammer, so I could got with a 2.25" DAO or SA/DA w/ recessed hammer (some assembly required). Either way I'll get a similar piece and we'll go out several times. Whichever one SHE shoots better will be hers. I can adapt to anything, fairly easily, plus my self defense options are quite a bit more dynamic with out the use of firearms than most folks.

    I'm just glad she feels comfortable enough to defend herself with that gun at the house, when I'm not home. I can easily (not comfortably) carry something else until we find a good one.

    No skimping on this one. . . nothing but the best for this one!!! :) :) :)
     
  18. NitroxAZ

    NitroxAZ New Member

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    That is absolutely awesome. Congratulations to you and the Mrs.

    I have my wife's daughter talked into getting her CCW and am working on my wife. She is apprehensive but once her daughter gets into it I am sure she will be easier to convince.
     
  19. CourtJester

    CourtJester Well-Known Member

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    I talked my wife into going to the range with me a few years ago and she outshot me with a .22 at 50 yards. I can't talk her into a rematch yet because she says she's quitting while she's ahead.
     
  20. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    Diggs that is simply awesome. Good on you AND her. Once they are hooked, they're hooked.

    The Mrs. went to a little meet and greet we had down here and was the first time she had even seen (let alone shot) some of the guns that were brought. Thanks Scubie for “here, shoot this one. . . . . . . ok here, try this one . . . . . now try this one” :D Good times.