Is it worth buying a .22LR pistol for purely instructional purposes?
I'm taking a co-worker shooting this Sunday. It'll be the first time she's ever fired a gun, and I've been dusting off my range instructor hat to make sure she has a good time and learns the basics.
I'm planning to have a pre-range instructional session with her, teach her how to operate a basic semi-auto rifle and pistol, and introduce her to the 4 rules.
Once we get to the range, I'm going to start her off with a .22 rifle on the pistol range, and then move up to pistols after a bit, and hit the 100yd with my AR if time permits.
So here's the dillemma: I only have my USP/C in .40 and a 1911 in .45. Neither one is a small gun, but I definitely want her to shoot some pistols. So, should I pick up a .22 pistol as well?
I've been lusting after a P22 for a while, but I just can't bring myself to drop $400 on it. If I can find a Beretta Bobcat for a good price, I might be willing to drop the cash, but my last one was finicky about ammo, and I don't want to deal with clearing a lot of jams on this outing.
So, what do you think? Should I get a .22 pistol just to train people on, or go straight to the 1911? Any suggestions if I do decide to get one?