Teaching the GF handgun fundementals

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Jstrong, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    Really tempted to go pick up a 22/45 lite for $350 bucks at the sportsmans warehouse on black friday, gf is turning 21 next year and wants to learn how to shoot a handgun competently before she goes for her HCP,she can hit with my p938 (she likes that gun,and wants one for a CC) pretty well,but not good enough for me to start her on it without worrying about her devoloping bad habits as that little gun is a handful dispite it's size. Also after she's learned I can drop a red dot on it and get into steel challenge!

    Other options are a SR22,which I don't think I'd be as happy with after she's outgrown it,but it is a smaller gun like she would be carrying,don't like that the safety is backwards from what the p938 is.

    My guy tells me to go with the full size 22/45 to learn her on as I learned on one,and It taught me great sight picture and trigger control,but I also want a gun she will like,and she likes my dad's p22 which is way more similar to SR22.

    What are y'all's thoughts on the situation?
     
  2. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    Everyone needs at least one good 22 handgun. get one you will still like 20 years later
     

  3. Jstrong

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    Thanks Anna! I think she will like the 22/45 as much as I do,I just don't know for sure. I do know its a proven trainer. And Is probably the more solid choice.

    any tips from a woman's perspective about how I should teach her? I've had great success teaching my younger male cousin and buddy how to shoot a handgun without breeding bad habits,but I do remember her getting a little frustrated with me when we shot the p938 together,I think mostly because she doesn't take well to me telling her anything she is doing is "incorrect" lol.
     
  4. Anna_Purna

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    I think the best advice in teaching her is to let a trained expert teach her the fundamentals.

    And by that I dont mean it costing a lot of money. many shooting ranges have classes for beginners.
     
  5. Anna_Purna

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    And if that isn't an option, take her out to a desert or someplace where you can shoot at targets, and just let her shoot at cans and teach herself at first, without you doing anything to annoy her. Make sure she can handle a weapon and be safe with it. Then let her enjoy seeing the cans fly. Sometimes a beginner shooting at a paper target and seeing how far off they are only makes them more annoyed. Shooting at something like cans wont show her exactly how far off she is when she misses, and when she hits one it will erase all the misses
     
  6. Jstrong

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    Yea I have been looking into that as well after the first outing,and brought it up to her,she didn't seem to think it was necessary. But I believe she would get more from it. I think I'll give it another go round or two,and if I feel I'm not doing a good job or am frustrating her I'll pay for the training and send her in with the gun. Heck I may even take a class with her,I'm sure there's new techniques I don't know,and I'm always willing to learn!
     
  7. Jstrong

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    Oh the first stop will be down to the family land to do some plinking with it,ain't that what a .22 handgun is for to begin with lol. She's always enjoyed plinking cans.
     
  8. Anna_Purna

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    Sounds like a great idea :)

    as for handguns and 22's, I have a browning buckmark that shoots anything, but I tend to shoot alot, and after it gets dirty it jams up. And I absolutely hate having to use a screw driver to clean it. (very annoying to me and 22 automatics and their finiky feed problems with waxy or dirty ammo. I now have a Smith 617 revolver and wished I had boughten that in the beginning and never bought an auto. Thats just me though.
     
  9. JW357

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    Anna mentioned the revolver. She beat me to it.

    I personally think there's no funner platform. I also think there's no better platform for learning on. You could get her an LCR 22 and then if she falls in love with it her CCW piece could be a 38 or 357 version. Smooth, easy transition.

    Nothing at all wrong with a revolver.

    In terms of teaching her, I really like Anna's idea about shooting cans.

    Otherwise just be supportive. Don't make it seem like she's wrong, but rather "might work better for you if you try it like this..."
     
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  10. Anna_Purna

    Anna_Purna New Member

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    And a nice set of ear phones that block out shooting noises will also make her shoot straighter.
     
  11. Mouser

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    If you are competitive by nature, most of us are, don't be when you shoot together. Fun...guns are fun, shooting is fun, .22's are fun...have fun above all! If it becomes work, nobody is having fun.
     
  12. QueenGlamis

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    The 1st pistol my husband bought for me was a Beretta Neos 4.5 inch barrel pistol. Taught me alot and that is by FAR the workhorse of our current handguns when we go shooting. Especially with the kids shooting. It is cheap, fun, reliable, and an easy learner of the basics of safety switch, reloading the magazine and how to aim etc.

    Granted when I moved up to the 9mm Beretta PX4 Storm, it was a bit more BOOM, but bigger reward when I hit the target. If you can go out to the desert etc. hit up the dollar store for fun things like shaving cream, bigger fruits like melons, pineapples, etc. (Make sure you clean up the shooting area after you are done!) it is really a good time.

    I personally am not a fan of red dot sights, but a laser is fun!

    My husband is the most patient teacher in the world. When I got my 9MM I was a little nervous about the recoil, and he would load just a few rounds at a time so there was no pressure to empty the magazine. Trust me because of his teaching style it made me a MUCH better shooter, way more comfortable with my everyday carry weapon, and I can strip it and clean it myself.
     
  13. Jstrong

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    Already got her some pink ones!


    And thanks to everyone for the replys, she isn't alien to shooting altogether. She shoots with us everytime we go down to our land to plink,and loves to shoot,and isn't scared by recoil in handguns (she has shy'd away from my AK though) ,she's even shot my .357. She can even load her own magazines and operate both my full size and compact sig by herself,no help needed.

    But since she's decided she wants to carry I just want to make sure she can hit center mass every time,I'd rather send her out into the world as a HCP holder as a great shooter as opposed to a decent one. And like Anna suggested if I can't do it I'll pay someone who can.