Best way to teach... and a few success stories
or at least get someone interested in going to the range and punching holes in paper.
I'm a full time college student, I live about 2 blocks off campus, and there is an indoor range less then a mile from the campus, so locations are great (I can store pistols at my house, and the range is NICE and close)...
My question is this, I have a Ruger 22/45 and a USPc in .40S&W. Most of the people I've taken to the range perfer shooting the .22 because they're new shooters, and that's cool, I can understand that.
Before I take everyone to the range, they get the 4 rules, and also a control lay out of each pistol (this button does this, and this one does that, etc) so they've all seen the guns prior to leaving for the range.
I'm still learning myself, so I'm not real comfortable teaching grip techniques and stuff, but I'm more interested that they be willing to get out there and have a good time with whats going on.
So far my success rate is pretty high. The first guy who went shooting with me wanted to buy a Glock 27, but he'd also handled no other pistols in his life. We went out, and he rented an XD 40 subcompact, and a S&W 1911. I also let him shoot the Ruger that day. He's still not sure what he wants as far as a centerfire pistol, but he knows he wants a 22 to go with it.
Guy two, who went with me to the range last night, has shot rifles and stuff before. We're students together, and I trust his knowledge of how things work almost as much as I trust my own. (We're both Mechanical Engineering students if that helps...) So we go to this nice close range (unfortunately they don't allow rentals) and we have my 22 and my 40. We had a great time, I think we shot about 300 rounds of ammo between the two, and today I'm getting all sorts of requests about different makes and models of .22 pistols. Prior to shooting with me last night, he'd put .38 specials through his uncles .357, at the same range as a matter of fact :)
After we got back to my place last night, a bunch of people came over and we sat and watched a movie. I invited my ex-gf out to the range (we'd talked about going while we dated, but the permits didn't come in time before we split up). So we went to the range right around noon today. I finally bit the big one, and paid the 250 for the open membership, means I can shoot whenever I want for no cost, and I get 10% off of ammo and targets (woo hoo). She had a great time, but didn't enjoy the .40 when I let her shoot it. Although considering she'd never shot anything before, she wasn't doing too poorly.
So, my question is this, does anyone have any suggestions on ways to get more people more interested. Like, it's great that people enjoyed the range trip, but how do I make someone enjoy it enough that they want to get into it themselves, and jump through all the hurdles that this state puts on us?
Any thoughts or questions or comments are welcome.