How to Start New Shooter
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February 19th, 2009 11:12 PM
How to Start New Shooter
My wife is a relatively new shooter. She has fired a few guns before but is largely uncomfortable w/deadly force. I am looking for some suggestions on how to get her started on the wonderful world of firearms.
My idea is to borrow my Dad's Ruger Mark II (.22) and let her shoot that for fun at first. Then I will buy her some lessons and let her learn good habits. I figure that by that time she will be hooked and well...
February 19th, 2009 11:16 PM
Starting with a .22 is good. You could also think about a .22 rifle in addition to the pistol. Keep to a fairly close range to start, no more than 7 yards.
If your range will allow it, put some clay targets out there as reactive targets, this will give the new shooter instant feedback (and quite a bit of satisfaction).
February 20th, 2009 02:54 AM
.22 is a great place to start for a new shooter. A tad quieter, very little recoil, and cheap!
Definitely would see about using a rifle as well. The added stability a rifle has will give her more immediate satisfaction. Reactive targets are a great recommendation.
The other big thing you hit on the nose is to get her lessons. Seldom is it a good idea for one spouse to teach the other. Too much chance for conflict that can stress the marriage.
If you can, have another friend or family member with you to show her the .22 even. Then you can stand on the side and give encouragement the whole time.
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February 20th, 2009 02:59 AM
i started my SO with a 9mm. it scared her.
another one with a .45 lol
i have learned to start a shooter. the PROPER way is to make them run about 200 rounds min to get used to recoil (even though its little, it scares ppl since it goes BAM at the same time) and get used to trigger control.
February 20th, 2009 03:42 AM
First of all, make sure whoever is teaching her knows what they're doing. Keep it fun, reactive targets are good (balloons, clays, metal silhouettes, Shoot-n-see targets, etc.). Make sure she's wearing plugs and muffs so the noise won't cause her to develop a flinch.
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February 20th, 2009 04:09 AM
balloons sound fun
Originally Posted by KenpoTex
i have noticed people get bored REAL quick when they are shooting and aren't seeing anything
February 20th, 2009 04:14 AM
Balloons sound like a great suggestion for a new shooter. Not to mention that they are very cheap and give the shooter a neat target to shoot at as well.
Originally Posted by taseal
"Gun control is being able to hit your target."
February 20th, 2009 04:19 AM
yeah, i'm gonna do that next time I go.
Originally Posted by Pikachu711
put a target behind it though, so you know where their shots are going, so you can critique
February 20th, 2009 09:25 AM
February 20th, 2009 09:44 AM
I start my students with a S&W .357 6" barrel loaded with .38 midrange wadcutters; doesn't recoil much more than a light .22, and they get confident they can handle a "big" gun with "big" bullets.
Then I switch to regular .38 ammo and at the end of the second range session, I tell them to try one of the most powerful cartridge the .357.
Up to now I never had a problem with that procedure.
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The second rule: "Bring enough gun"
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February 20th, 2009 01:24 PM
I like the reactive target ideas. Where do you guys usually do that? Out in the country? I live in Southeast Tarrant County, Texas.
February 20th, 2009 04:13 PM
NRA First Steps Class. It is a must for the beginner or novice shooter.
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