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    Wife's first time at the range

    Took my wife to the range for the first time Thursday night. She's always been mildly anti-gun in that she didn't mind guns being in the house locked up, but she always teases me about playing cowboy if I carry in the house. (There have been more and more home invasions in the area lately, and I've been making it a habit to have one on me and not just nearby)

    I rented a .22 since she'd never shot before. Some of you may remember that I took my daughter for the first time a few weeks ago, and after shooting the .22 a couple times, wanted to try my 9mm. She never looked back, she only wants to shoot 9mm now. But we have to go a little slower with the wife... she's older and less adventurous.

    At any rate, she shot well, and had a good time. She went through a box of .22 and my daughter went through a couple boxes of 9mm.

    We're making progess.
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    It's a great start
    I remember my first trip to the range, 36 years ago, and the fun I had. Keep encouraging her, and let her enjoy herself. Go easy on the instructions(except the safety rules) and let her go at her own pace.
    Given time, who knows, she may be the one asking you to go soon.
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    This sounds very good for your HD situational plan. Getting her to the range was a wise move.
    Baby steps...

    How 'bout some pics the day she out shoots you?
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    Keep up the good work.
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    Congratulations on getting your wife and daughter both involved. Hats off to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post

    How 'bout some pics the day she out shoots you?
    Might not be long, I'm far from a great shot!

    My daughter was trying to shoot around the bullseye, like a cut on the dotted line kind of thing. She had neatly circled the bullseye and it was just barely hanging on in one spot. She's a very good shot, especially considering her gun of choice is an 80 year old antique.
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    Good for you sir.

    Shooting is a good hobby that your daughter could enjoy for the next 70 years.

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    That's hopeful for you. My wife was pretty anti when we got married (15 years ago). I didn't apply pressure just constant safe use and after all the kids (2 boys and lastly my 10 year older [at the time] daughter began to shoot she tried it. In the last year my wife has taken the NRA pistol course and now she has an appt. at the DOA for March 23 to get her permit.

    I would have never thought his day would come. Congratulations on slowly introducing her. The Home invasions in the 'hood will take an effect too. She is a mama bear after all and you aren't always around.
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    congrats on the new possible convert! my sister is coming down from NJ in June so I'm going to see if i can get her out on the range :-d

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    Love it! Congrats!
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    Good job!

    My wife was not "anti" when we got married, but just had never been around guns, and never fired one.

    First she fairly quickly came around to the idea of me having guns in the home, especially after a couple local break-ins. Then she started working as a prosecutor (for ~2yrs now) and saw that a lot her co-workers had their permits and the local Sheriff's office puts on classes for free for them. So then she got her permit.

    Then she got her own compact 9mm that she shoots pretty well and keeps in her nightstand while at home.

    Then I got my first AR about 2 weeks ago and wasn't totally sure what her reaction would be, but she thought it looked "cool" :)

    And then last night I got home a little late from a jam session with a few friends and I find her asleep on the couch with her 9mm on the coffee table right in front of her. I was pretty proud. :)

    Haha... only bad part is now she is pregnant (our first) so it will be a while before I can take her shooting with me.

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    Smile I'm lucky

    I really can't relate to have to deal with a anti wife.

    Wish all the folk with anti wives and anti husbands the best of luck and wisdom in coping.

    As a young teenager my wife barricaded herself on a stair well w/ a shotgun, when home alone during a prison escape and the escapee broke into their house. He stole a change of clothes and hauled

    Once she horrified her fellow teacher by tell them she'd not hesitate to shoot anyone trying to harm her kids -- you don't mess with bear's cubs. (See I avoided the sheepdog analogy )

    She was a dang good pistol shot, up to her stroke.

    Guess I was just lucky.
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    Very good news, AzB.

    I always tell girls, that if they'd just try it, I know they'd enjoy it.

    Shooting is very empowering. It gives women a sense of confidence.
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