One of my friends has expressed interest in going to the range with me for some time now...but she has also been really nervous about it. She is from NYC and like me, didn't have any experience with guns growing up. Today I took her to the range for her first time. Before we went to the range I went over safety with her, explained how the ammo and gun work, and showed her how to hold the gun properly and operate it correctly, etc. We took my new 10/22 because it is my easiest gun to shoot and doesn't have the recoil that some of my handguns do. She was still a bit nervous (she didn't really know what to expect at the range and expressed some apprehension at whether others at the range would be acting responsibly and safely.) She ended up having a blast! She handled the rifle safely the whole time and her fears were allayed when she saw the others shooters also handling their firearms safely. I had her load one round first, then a couple, then however many she felt like. We kept the target between 7-10 yds. I figured we weren't trying to impress anyone with distance, but rather have her focus on operating the rifle safely and building confidence. She ended up with a center of mass grouping and a head grouping, only one shot on the side of the target paper. Most importantly, she was safe and is looking forward to going back again!