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Posted: 2/7/2006 5:48:41 PM EDT
Ok, don't get to excited. I am just taking her shooting on thursday. She has never touched a gun in her life. Do you have any suggestions?

These are the guns I was going to bring:

Ruger 10/22
Savage .17
Savage .243
and my SIG P226R DAK in the .40 cal

For targets I was thinking:

Card board
Clay pigons (stood on edge)
and milk jugs full of water

Any siggestions would be helpful!!

Oh, the weather is supposed to be bellow freezing.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:49:47 PM EDT
Skimpy clothing.
Camera.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:49:58 PM EDT
Keep her on 22's.



Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:50:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By speedboy:
Ok, don't get to excited. I am just taking her shooting on thursday. She has never touched a gun in her life. Do you have any suggestions?

These are the guns I was going to bring:

Ruger 10/22
Savage .17
Savage .243
and my SIG P226R DAK in the .40 cal

For targets I was thinking:

Card board
Clay pigons (stood on edge)
and milk jugs full of water

Any siggestions would be helpful!!

Oh, the weather is supposed to be bellow freezing.



Some warm clothes, maybe?
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:51:23 PM EDT
Don't force her to shoot your .40 cal. Eventually she will get to the point she will want to try it.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:52:38 PM EDT

Some warm clothes, maybe?

But certain things aren't as....cough...prominent when they're warm.
I second skimpy clothes and a camera.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:54:22 PM EDT
buy a couple of 12 packs of cheap soda, shake and shoot!
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:54:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By walrus:
Skimpy clothing.
Camera.



Speak for yourself. I don't want to see speedboy in skimpy clothing.

With newbies, I like to start 'em on a .22 and move them up to a .38 - they sometimes are a little more comfortable with revolvers.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:54:33 PM EDT
When I take my kids shooting I stop by the drug store and pick up 4-5 cans of cheap shaving cream. Makes a great interactive target.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:54:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
Keep her on 22's.







Best advice by far
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 5:55:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
Don't force her to shoot your .40 cal. Eventually she will get to the point she will want to try it.



The hand gun is the whole reason she wants to go shooting.

I was going to start her on the 10/22 and then move up from that
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:02:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/7/2006 6:03:07 PM EDT by Greenfeet]
When I took my girlfriend shooting for the first time, she really like a snubby .38 spcl. If you have something like that, it might be a good idea. Shaving cream and canned coke are good too.

If possible, might you pick a warmer day? When I take people rappelling, I usually don't take first-timers when it's supposed to be exceedingly cold. Just for the simple fact that I don't want their first memory to be a miserable one.

Other than that, be gentle and encouraging with her and try to make it pleasant. Safety is important, accuracy this time is not.

Have fun!

Edited for typing
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:04:23 PM EDT
Dump the .243. No, they don't kick too much, but for a new shooter...I say no go.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:05:37 PM EDT
Have her dry fire the pistol before each magazine in the pistol. New shooters flinch and shoot low. Especially females.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:08:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vengarr:
buy a couple of 12 packs of cheap soda, shake and shoot!


+1, much more interesting to shoot than paper, especially for newbies
While you're at the market pick up some fruit too. The kind that looks good for exploding.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:17:09 PM EDT
Leave the .40 and the .243 at home, or she will probably never go again.

Develop new shooters slowly, starting with the .22 rimfire and master those firearms before jumping into large, noisy, recoiling calibers.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:26:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Triumph955i:
Keep her on 22's.






+1,000

my wife shot a semi auto .22lr a few weeks ago. She wants her own and gets all giggly when she things of going shooting again.

GR
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:28:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MST2:
Don't force her to shoot your .40 cal. Eventually she will get to the point she will want to try it.



Totally agree.

HH
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:28:59 PM EDT
Like Triumph said ... keep her on the .22.

Start her off with the .22 so you do not "scare" her. Invite her to try the higher calibers when she is good, ready and willing.

Remember, if it turns out well, there will be a next time ... scare her ... and there wont be a next.
Link Posted: 2/7/2006 6:29:26 PM EDT
Eggs make cheap, fun, reactive targets that are biodegradable. Great fun to shoot with a .22 rifle.
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