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One of my two shooting buddies and I went for our weekly learn and shoot session. (The other one is out of town.) Today I took my M&P .22 compact and my Browning 1911-22. She took her Shield EZ 380 because that is her only usable gun. (She has another gun but can't even begin to rack the slide.) I usually take one or two of my .380's but today was plinker fun day for me.

I always try to have one or two things that I need to work on and/or practice and she is still learning, SO I really put her through her paces today. I also got the practice I needed!

We started with draw and shoot 2, reholster and repeat until the magazine is empty, which she has done a couple times before. She is still working at getting that "one smooth motion" from beginning the draw to the first trigger pull. Unfortunately she had developed some not so good muscle memory and it's a relearning process for her.

Then moving to shooting while moving forward, which she did last week for the first time. Then shoot while moving forward and then backward. OK, now to take it to the next level!

I do this stuff to show her then have her do it. I had her shoot one handed, strong hand. Once she learned to hold her "support hand" really tight against her middle and cant her gun a little, she hit two smack in the middle of the bullseye! Boy was she thrilled. Me too! Next came shooting one handed, off hand. She didn't do as well, but not too bad. THEN it was time to draw with the right hand, switch the gun to the left hand, aim and shoot. She about freaked out, but by gosh she did it.

The final exercise was stand between 5 and 6 feet from the target, draw and shoot from the hip, two shots at a time. I have always totally sucked at shooting from the hip. Totally. So she did as well as I did on that one. Ugh.

Every time I teach one new little skill, I explain how the ability to do "that" features in a self defense situation. It helps give the other person incentive to learn it and learn it correctly - but these two have a lot of incentive anyway. They are both in their 60's............still kids. I wish I could still shoot like I did in MY 60's!

I really did need the review and practice of all of these things, and it is a total joy to teach a shooting buddy new things and see her progress each week! Next week she is going to be out of town and the one who was out of town this week will be back, so it will be a repeat of today, with my other shooting buddy.
 

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Great that you share your experience and knowledge. Fun to teach someone willing to learn and I'll bet rewarding for you as well !! Plus you both got some quality Pistol time. thanks for sharing....
 

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Just from listening to you, I feel I've learned a lot. You are such a gifted teacher and I wish I lived closer or I'd come by and be your next student. I don't know if shooting with my permit from CT would be allowed in TN! Good work my friend

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@Redbert31 Gosh, I'm flattered and humbled! If you can get your gun(s) out of CT and back in again, you can bring them to TN. You can shoot at ranges here also, if they are public or private but allow guests. TN recognizes all other state's handgun permits.
https://www.tn.gov/safety/tnhp/handgun/reciprocity.html

One caveat: I am no longer a NRA certified 'NRA basic pistol instructor', although I was one. It was not worth jumping through all the hoops and the cost to keep renewing it when I really didn't teach actual group classes for money. I shoot in club groups and/or with friends, and if they want me to help them, I do all I can to help them become safely more proficient with their handguns.

And in any case, I much prefer to not try to teach men - with very rare exceptions. Very rare. The reason being that few men are open to actually following exact instructions, and this is magnified when it comes to teaching shooting. And then there is the language gap between sexes which has been covered ad nauseum on many other threads.

Understand, I like men. Some of my best friends have been men. (y):giggle:
 

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I'd have to leave my gun home. No state directly contiguous to CT recognizes out of state permits. But I could borrow one of yours if I'm ever in Tennessee. I always wanted to visit the Grand Ole Opry, so maybe one day. Many of my best friends thru the years are men and I know what you mean!

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