This is a discussion on Girlfriend scare within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by heavymetalman My girlfriend had a scare last night but the plus side is that she agreed to let me teach her about ...
This is what my friends did when their significant others wanted to learn how to shoot. It worked for them, so I thought that I would pass it on.
"[A]rms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. . . Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them."
- Thomas Paine, Thoughts On Defensive War, 1775
My wife shot my Sig P229 .40 right off the bat. She had never even touched a firearm before the .40. We took the CCW class together (she didn't fill out the paperwork). She handled it like a champ and it has serious muzzle blast. She put 100 rounds through it. She said it was a little traumatizing. Her main problem is racking the slide.
Seems like a .22 would be good if you want to spend a lot of time just shooting. It would reduce cost and get used to the techniques.
Any general purpose standard .22 ought to be fine, don't need to go looking for a low power .22. +1 on having her attend a course geared to women. Many women are turned off to guns, as in many cases the " range" is a boys club and they feel intimidated and all eyes are on them. Imagine being the only guy in an aerobics or pilates class on your first day in the gym. GO slow and give her LOTs of encouragement. My wife was as anti as they come, when we first got married. I broke her in slow and now she loves shotgunning, CAS and shooting in general, has been known to bring home a new gun or two and has her CWL. She has taught other women to shoot who were anti or had just not been exposed to guns but wanted to learn. Wish you were closer, I'd have her help convert your girlfriend into a shooter, she is great a it. Good luck.
I agree with all the above. Start slowly. You .45 clearly scared her away. Have her take the TX CCW course. Tell her it is for the training and she can get the permit later, if she cares to, or not.
You two are probably soul mates and all, but people being the way we are she will be more receptive to a profetional trainer in a formal classroon setting than she ever will be toward you when it comes to firearms. It is kind of how MD's are not supposed to treat themselves and lawyers don't represent themselves in court.-Jay
+1 on not starting out too hot. The 22 really sounds like the best choice: remember, you're laying the groundwork for her self-protection for the rest of her life. Sure, you want her to carry a bazooka right now, but you're better off starting slow and getting to the goal rather than spooking her.
For later, I really like our SP-101, but it is pretty heavy. I also like my daughter's Bersa 380 CC: check them out if a smaller caliber seems warranted.
Yes, you're talking about money. Rough, isn't it - I'm with you! But it would seem a good investment.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"
I just had one of those light bulb above the head moments. I will get my G30sf and a .22 conversion kit. Everybody wins!
If she likes the Glock maybe she will end up with a G26 or whatever she decides she is comfortable with. Everyone who said let her decide is absolutely right.
The only way I got my ex wife interested in shooting was to let her shoot glass bottles....paper didnt thrill her but watching a bottle explode that she shot made her day :)
"Those who beat their guns into plowshares will plow for those who didn't." -- Thomas Jefferson
Get her a Pink Walther P22. My daughter LOVES this gun. easy to shoot, does not have the intimidating BLACK look. When she is ready you can move her up to a real calibre. 9MM or better. Keep the Walther and shoot it for fun.