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Posted: 10/7/2005 8:55:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2005 6:22:36 AM EDT by BeetleBailey]
The only reason my wife is going is because her friend wants me to teach her how to handle a gun.  

pics forthcoming.


Great weather and an early start made for a good time at my 'range'.  I decided to work up in this order:
.22 (rifle)
9x18 (makarov)
.38spl (revolver)
9mm (XD)
AR15
12GA
- and it worked perfectly.  She's ready to get her CCW and a decent piece.

ETA:  Yes I know we should be wearing eye protection.  We got all the way out there and had forgotten it in the truck.  I stressed the importance of it but that this one time we were going to fudge it so we could get some time in before the rain started (again).

Starting out with the .22


Mrs. BeetleBailey & Makarov


Her first shot!


Our homebuilt plate stand


Little blue riding hood


Smoke off of my XD


Noob on the XD


Brass!


She loved it
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:00:48 AM EDT
Prayers sent. Good luck. I know the GF really likes it.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:04:52 AM EDT
sounds like its gonna be a good weekend for ya,.  The range i go to is sheltered, so rain isn't an issue.   good luck
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:12:28 AM EDT
I've taught two women to shoot. Both picked it up faster than any of the guys that I have shown once they get past the initial few magazines. You may be pleasantly surprised...
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:13:09 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:14:19 AM EDT
Wow!  A threesome with two girls at the range.

Make sure to post those pics!

Have a great time and I hope the weather is great for you all.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:20:48 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Have you done this before?  If not, it's important to have a little "safety discussion" first--before any guns are uncased.  If you go over the basics of safety and are serious about the whole thing it will show the newbies you are safe, and they will be safe--which puts their mind at ease.  If you then arrange for them to have success--close-in paper targets (which they will want to keep, especially after you praise them heartily for "taking to this naturally, and being FAR above average"   ) and then shoot gallon jugs of water, which always go over well with newbies, the day will be a huge success.  Absolutely don't take your eyes off of them when they have a firearm in their hands.  I still shudder over the story a couple of years ago where a guy's girlfriend was trying to figure out how to shoot him with the .22 when he was downrange setting up targets.  The only thing that saved him was the fact she couldn't figure out how to load it.  She thought it would be funny as hell to shoot him "with the BB gun one."  

Oh, PLEASE don't hand them something with mucho recoil because it's "funny" to watch a newbie get knocked backward.  They will automatically be apprehensive over "the kick" so perhaps you can shoot the first round to show them how mild your .22 pistol or 10/22 is.  Assure them there will be nothing unpleasant--and mean it.  Show them proper grip and stance, trigger control, sight picture, etc.  Also, double (plugs and muffs) hearing protection is HIGHLY recommended, as well as eye protection--and discuss the HUGE importance of both, but not in a way that scares them and makes them think they are engaging in something dangerous.

Good luck--have fun and report back.    



+1000  We'll do
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:24:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Have you done this before?  If not, it's important to have a little "safety discussion" first--before any guns are uncased.  If you go over the basics of safety and are serious about the whole thing it will show the newbies you are safe, and they will be safe--which puts their mind at ease.



Huge +1

When I am teaching new shooters, we have the safety talk before we even leave the house.  I also use a 1911 frame to show them grip and stance.  
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:46:53 AM EDT
I know I'm looking forward to a new 'Range Report'!
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 9:54:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey: The only reason my wife is going is because her friend wants me to teach her how to handle a gun.
Sounds like the opening scene of a porno movie.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:33:17 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:41:31 AM EDT
Beekeeper,

Is 5.56 a decent round for first rifle shots?  I don't think it has much recoil, but I will ask the hive minder, erm, mind.

I will probably be doing something similar in the future.

G
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:44:14 AM EDT
I took my wife shooting for the first time last weekend.  I had her practice loading and unloading a AR during the week.  I also had here memorize the four rules of gun safety and repeat them back before we got to the range.

1. Treat every firearm as loaded.
2. Don't point a firearm at anything you don't want to shoot.
3. Don't put your fingure on the trigger until you are ready to fire
4. Be aware of what is behind what you are shooting.

I had her shoot at 25 yards, she hit the target about every time and had fun.  She did complain alittle about the noise since she only had ear plugs and not muffs.

I also had her memorize which ammo goes in the Ar and which goes in the ak.  She can load, fire, and reload a Ar now. Next will be cleaing.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:52:30 AM EDT
I took my AR out shooting with my g/f and her sister (they already shoot, but bolt guns)  I thought  I just lost my AR D:  They had a blast shooting it...


Mouse guns are the king for noobie shooters!
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:55:06 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:57:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 10:59:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By glock23carry:
Beekeeper,

Is 5.56 a decent round for first rifle shots?  I don't think it has much recoil, but I will ask the hive minder, erm, mind.

I will probably be doing something similar in the future.

G



The .223/5.56 isn't bad as far as recoil but remember it's much louder than a .22 rimfire. Hearing protection is an absolute! Use a single shot or bolt action if you can, newbies will confuse the movement of the bolt in a semi-auto as recoil.

Best to use a .22 rimfire at the beginning of the session then move to a semi-auto .223.
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:00:59 AM EDT


I recently met a new lady, and we have been seeing alot of each other.
She has a weekday off as do I next week, where we can get together without our respective kids.
When I asked her what she wanted to do, she asked me if we could go shooting.
I do believe I may have found a keeper!

DaddyDett
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:15:35 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/7/2005 11:15:49 AM EDT by BeetleBailey]

Originally Posted By brouhaha:

*drool*...redheads... *drool*



Agreed

Oh, and Beerslayer - there's no way she will come to that
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:18:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:31:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DaddyDett: I recently met a new lady, and we have been seeing alot of each other. She has a weekday off as do I next week, where we can get together without our respective kids. When I asked her what she wanted to do, she asked me if we could go shooting. I do believe I may have found a keeper!

Alllrrriiiiggghht!
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 11:38:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/7/2005 11:38:56 AM EDT by BeetleBailey]

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:

Originally Posted By brouhaha:

*drool*...redheads... *drool*



Agreed

Oh, and Beerslayer - there's no way she will come to that



then PLEASE emphasize that if she decides to buy a firearm for home or personal defense that she needs some instruction. send her to ATI or FOP in bham. we can get it for her for free if she will come to the shoot.



wth do you think I'm good for!!!?  I'm no expert, but I'm no amateur!
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:00:27 PM EDT
What was I thinking?  This is a perfect excuse to buy a new firearm.  No, only a new .22 will do.  Or maybe a staple gun (Beretta Storm)?

G
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:23:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KlubMarcus:

Originally Posted By DaddyDett: I recently met a new lady, and we have been seeing alot of each other. She has a weekday off as do I next week, where we can get together without our respective kids. When I asked her what she wanted to do, she asked me if we could go shooting. I do believe I may have found a keeper!
www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~cult/images/quagmire.gif
Alllrrriiiiggghht!




that is an awesome pic.
giggety-giggety-giggety
Link Posted: 10/7/2005 12:52:50 PM EDT
Its funny how some females take (or not) to guns.  The first time my daughter went out to shoot, she was scared to death of the .22 pistol when we started.  Within 15 minutes she wanted to shoot more and more and more.  I went through 2000 rounds  that day.  I also discovered my daughter can hit a water balloon at 50 yards after two shots.  Then, we moved to my 9mm.  We went through 500 rounds of 9mm.

Now, I have to work on my wife....
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 10:54:38 AM EDT

update, first post
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 10:58:55 AM EDT
Very nice pics Beetle.  Hope Mrs. Beetle and her friend had a great time.  
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 11:01:10 AM EDT
looks like fun. Rock on.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 11:02:45 AM EDT
Don't lean back when shooting. She's off balance.

Otherwise, cool deal.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 11:06:18 AM EDT
So its good that you were wearing ear protection but what about eye protection? You only get one set of eyes and going through life blind cant be easy.
FWIW
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 11:10:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By GetDown_M4A3:
Don't lean back when shooting. She's off balance.

Otherwise, cool deal.



Yes, I know.  I kept telling them to lean forward.  And about the eye protection, we got all the way out there when I realize that they had been left behind.  Needless to say, we cheated this once.

(I still stressed all of the important rules as such, obviously)
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 12:19:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:

Originally Posted By The_Beer_Slayer:

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:

Originally Posted By brouhaha:

*drool*...redheads... *drool*



Agreed

Oh, and Beerslayer - there's no way she will come to that



then PLEASE emphasize that if she decides to buy a firearm for home or personal defense that she needs some instruction. send her to ATI or FOP in bham. we can get it for her for free if she will come to the shoot.



wth do you think I'm good for!!!?  I'm no expert, but I'm no amateur!





The pic where your wife's friend is shooting the XD you should really work on her hand placement or she could lose that thumb!!!! I went to a range with a friend and his wife and she did the same thing and cut the crap out of the web of her hand. He never went over safety or anyhting with her just handed her the weapon and told her where to shoot.
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 6:12:41 PM EDT

Noob on the XD


Nice, at least pretend you're pleased she's learning to shoot!  

G
Link Posted: 10/8/2005 8:54:56 PM EDT
Looks like it was a fun time!

Where's the eye protection though
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 6:20:42 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2005 6:21:10 AM EDT by BeetleBailey]

Originally Posted By glock23carry:

Noob on the XD


Nice, at least pretend you're pleased she's learning to shoot!  

G



There was no ill intent made by the "noob" comment.  I was very happy to learn a new one, noob! (1250 )
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 6:40:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 6:59:18 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2005 7:00:36 AM EDT by thebeekeeper1]
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 7:35:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
It's hard to convince a new shooter that eye protection is "important" if it's not important enough to drive twenty minutes back for.  

I'm glad everything went well, but frankly that is no way to start beginners off.  At our club we had a guy take a "bounced back" .45 slug on the lens of his shooting glasses just a few weeks ago.  It whipped his head back but did absolutely NOTHING to him--but only because he was wearing quality protective glasses.  

ETA:  My wife and I keep a range bag crammed with extra muffs, plugs and about six pairs of protective glasses--so we ALWAYS have them with us.  



ok ok ok, point taken.  Next time I will make sure that we either go right or don't go at all.  The truth is, when I usually go (which is usually by myself), I am always wearing sun glasses so I never even think twice about wearing eye protection since I always already have it.  
Link Posted: 10/10/2005 7:37:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/10/2005 7:39:18 AM EDT by FortyFiveAutomatic]
tell that n00b to lose that "cup and saucer" grip!

Great pics, man, looks like y'all had fun!
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