Would you let others shoot your guns?

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    Would you let others shoot your guns?

    The reason I ask is because of a scenario that occurred today when I went to the range to try out my brand new Beretta PX4 Storm. As I was checking in, an older gentleman was there with his two (grand)kids and the man asked to rent a Beretta 92 because one of the kids really loves Berettas. Well, they had none.

    So I end up in the lane next to them and I run about 200 rounds through my new toy (not a problem at all btw, love this gun!) and when I was done I loaded two mags and asked the man which kid has the Beretta fetish. (well maybe not in those exact words )

    He points to the boy who was probably 15 and I ask him if he wants to try my Beretta. He jumped at the chance. I hand him the unloaded gun and a mag. He fired off a mag then his brother asked if he could try and I let him fire off the other mag. All three of them were impressed by the gun and the one kid was now even more Beretta obsessed. Both handled the gun and themselves in a safe, proper manner and while they weren't great shots they certainly had been taught properly. All three were grateful, polite, and thankful.

    As I left, two men who were a few lanes over casually said to me something along the lines of how they couldn't believe I let someone else shoot my gun and that they would never do such a thing. While I never batted an eye at the chance to let this kid fire my gun I got to wondering if I had violated some unwritten code or if these guys were just snobs. I was almost left speechless by their comment and mumbled something along the lines of it not being a big deal.

    So, it made me curious...do you let others shoot your guns or are they that personal that you would never let someone else hold and fire them? I'm not going to let two strangers make me feel bad for giving a kid his chance to fire a gun he is interested in but did I cross some sort of secret rule or were these guys just elitist snobs?

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    They were snobs, or overly concerned about liability. I'm with you. I'd have done the same thing, and have many times before. heck, that's often how we get to try new guns ourselves!
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    I have done it. I don't see a problem, depending on circumstances and the individual(s) involved. I always have an additional CC in addition to whatever I shoot.

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    I let other people shoot my guns all the time at the range. Although, I'm going to be standing right behind them and making sure they don't do anything stupid or unsafe with it. I take friends that have never shot before out quite often, and obviously they shoot my guns since they don't own any. It's a good way to let shooters try new weapons. I think its a good thing. I've got to shoot some cool guns, and made decisions of what to buy based off magazines that strangers have let me shoot out of their guns. I think you did a good thing, but that's just me.
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    Do onto others as you would have them do onto you....

    Its pretty cut and dry, you were being friendly and that was the right thing. Forget the snobs and their rules, they dont know that their gun is very unimportant in the grand scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    I let other people shoot my guns all the time at the range. Although, I'm going to be standing right behind them and making sure they don't do anything stupid or unsafe with it. I take friends that have never shot before out quite often, and obviously they shoot my guns since they don't own any. It's a good way to let shooters try new weapons. I think its a good thing. I've got to shoot some cool guns, and made decisions of what to buy based off magazines that strangers have let me shoot out of their guns. I think you did a good thing, but that's just me.
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    I have done it. I don't see a problem, depending on circumstances and the individual(s) involved. I always have an additional CC in addition to whatever I shoot.
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    They were snobs, or overly concerned about liability. I'm with you. I'd have done the same thing, and have many times before. heck, that's often how we get to try new guns ourselves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    + 1

    BTDTGTDT -- many time, never a problem. Even converted a few that way.

    Exactly. I think most of us have done this at sometime.
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    As others have said, no problem and I have been given the opportunity to try other firearms myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ice Man View Post
    Do onto others as you would have them do onto you....

    Its pretty cut and dry, you were being friendly and that was the right thing. Forget the snobs and their rules, they dont know that their gun is very unimportant in the grand scheme.
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    Heck yeah..I'll let anybody that wants to shoot what I have shoot to their hearts content. I have even been known to supply ammo.

    You cant believe how many people smile...even the ones that thought they were anti-gun because they had never shot one.

    To me, its like the gift that keeps on giving. I get as big a kick watching someone shoot else shoot my stuff as I do shooting them myself...sometimes more.

    Life is too short not to let someone shoot if they ask. They might not ever have that opportunity again. Besides that, I have made several lifelong friends by either taking them shooting or letting them shoot at the range. Its not a bad thing.
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    Honestly, if it weren't for 3 different kind souls on the range line one day, who all let me try their different .45acp (Kimber, H&K, and I for the life of me cannot find the make of the third, but it had a large flat thumb safety that levered up, like on a 1911, however, was definately NOT a 1911) I would not be obsessed with the .45, and honestly, would most likely not have pushed as hard to buy one of my own as shortly thereafter (and underfunded) as I did.

    We are a kindered sort, we "Gun Nuts", and sharing the love, exposing as many as possible to the experience of shooting is the best way to ensure our very survival.

    My response to the friendly advice giver on the line would have been "I hope that your life is never dependant on the person who you didn't let shoot your prissy little gun, so they never went out and persued a purchase of their own."

    I will never deny another the opportunity to shoot if it is presented... even if it is my last round for the day.
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    Man, I hope you dont ever do that around me. I mean if I shoot your gun and like it, I may have to go buy one

    When I go to the range with a group of buddies we all let everyone shoot each others weapons. We are out there to have fun and maybe have a little friendly competition. I have gotten to shoot some really great weapons because of this and some people who were new to firearms got to shoot a wide variety of weapons and see what they like. I think it is what any great community would do.
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    Others have pretty much summed up everything that crossed my mind when I read the OP. Sooooooooo..... +1, Ditto, etc...
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    I took two non-gunowning friends of mine to the range yesterday. The man had shot a handgun once when he was much younger and the wife had never shot a gun. I took a selection of guns and let them shoot which ever ones they wanted to try, heck I even supplied the ammo. By the time we were finished they were talking about which gun to buy and wanted info on range memberships and ammo costs. I would definately call it a good day for me and them too. Our community just may have two new gun owners and shooters. Isn't that what it is all about?

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    What you did was fine.
    I have let others shoot my guns on many occasions, and I think that it's the neighborly thing to do.
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