Took Co-worker to Range today

Took Co-worker to Range today

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    Took Co-worker to Range today

    So after giving my Firearm Safety presentation at work yesterday, a co-worker approached me today and said he has had experience with rifles, owns several, has them in a quality safe, and has just purchased a Springfield XDm-40 compact with Crimson Trace laser and knows NOTHING about handguns. I invited him to the range after work and went by his house and picked him up and we went (he lives in my neighborhood). He had a brand new firearm in the box with all of the goodies and a couple hundred rounds of ammo. I show him the ropes at the range, go over all of the safety procedures, do's and don'ts, and we get going.

    The first hurdle was showing him how to load the mags. Not easy with stiff springs, but it came with a loader, so showed how to use that. Went through the basic pistol operation 101, shooting techniques, etc. He started out flinching a ton. We worked on finger placement on the trigger, grip, and used the laser to do some drills of holding the firearm steady while dry firing. By the end of the session, he was doing much better. He tried it without the laser and actually did a lot better than with it. I let him shoot my XDm-9 4.5 19+1, my TCP380, and Glock 36. He loved the 9mm.

    So, after he said he didn't know anything about cleaning it so we went to my house and I walked him through the whole process, products, etc. and we knocked them all out. I gave him a box of 50 Federal Hydra-Shocks in .40 and loaded up his mags as he didn't have any SD ammo. I told him that I couldn't let any friend of mine leave my house and go home without being loaded with proper SD ammo. I also gave him a hundred or so rounds of 22 for his new Henry lever 22 rifle.

    So, all in all we had a great evening of education and training and I got him set up and familiar with the range and what to do, and how to do it. I foresee many more range trips in our future. Next trip is 22s and snubnose revolvers in 38 and 357. I'm glad the presentation inspired him to ask for help rather than just letting his new handgun sit in the safe unused.



    PS. I purchased some Speer Gold Dots in .380 and ran a couple dozen through my TCP after it was good and dirtied up from 50 range rounds. Functioned perfectly. So that's what I'm carrying in it now. I had a few jams with range rounds late in the session after it was really good and dirty but they were all cleared quickly and easily by pulling on the slide a tad and releasing. I attribute it to cheap range rounds and being very dirty towards the end of a couple hundred rounds. Sent some flying ash trays down range with my Glock 36 and I'm doing better with it. XDm-9 is spot on as usual, just as fast as I can pull the trigger. Smooth as warm butter.
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    ...great help to your friend...just don't gift your ammo supply down too far...I'm not seeing supplies increase here...are you? good to see fruit from your labor preparing the presentation!!!

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    Paying it forward - well done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...great help to your friend...just don't gift your ammo supply down too far...I'm not seeing supplies increase here...are you? good to see fruit from your labor preparing the presentation!!!
    I've been fortunate that the little local shop with weird hours has been getting ammo in and isn't dogging us too bad on prices. I had picked up several hundred rounds of the Hydra-Shock a couple years ago at a GREAT price and it was just sitting in the back of the safe. The 22 ammo was some that someone had given to me earlier this summer. I've got several thousand rounds on hand, so a couple hundred I won't even notice. He needed it worse than me. Besides, if I'm ever in an accident, he's the person that would be doing my trauma surgery. I've got to make sure he's well taken care of!!!
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    I'm not too big on lazers, I think they cause more problems than they fix! People get started chasing the dot and forget about the sights. I think they have their place, but not as a teaching tool. Looks like the two of you figured that out too. It sounds like you and your friend had a good day out! I'm sure he wont forget it soon. DR
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    Well done..

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    Sounds like a great day. Good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I've been fortunate that the little local shop with weird hours has been getting ammo in and isn't dogging us too bad on prices. I had picked up several hundred rounds of the Hydra-Shock a couple years ago at a GREAT price and it was just sitting in the back of the safe. The 22 ammo was some that someone had given to me earlier this summer. I've got several thousand rounds on hand, so a couple hundred I won't even notice. He needed it worse than me. Besides, if I'm ever in an accident, he's the person that would be doing my trauma surgery. I've got to make sure he's well taken care of!!!
    I think I know of which shop you speak. Down in Holiday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darrow75 View Post
    I think I know of which shop you speak. Down in Holiday?
    No, the one on 52 just past Little Road if you're heading east from US 19.
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    Sounds like a great evening.
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    Hopefully you'll be seeing many more from the recent session. It'd be great to set a little brush fire in the community, to help folks see that the simple reality of things, that it can be done safely, that it's in their best interests to be armed and capable.
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    sounds like a good start for your coworker
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