Taking a non-shooter to the range.

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    What kind of experience have you had with taking non-shooters to the range? Friend of mine recently took a young urban non-shooter and his wife to the range and they had a great time and are now interested in owning guns. I was really impressed. We all need to extend ourselves more and offer up these opportunities.

    What's been your experience in trying to do this?

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    Took a coworker not too long ago. He had expressed interest, and noted his father had broken many promises over many years to teach him to shoot. When I offered, he jumped at the chance. I walked him through the safety, operation, etc. over a few days and then we hit the range one day over lunch. He did really well, had a great time, and recently went and bought his first gun. He went to the range again with another coworker (we have lots of gun aficionados) to shoot and again had a good time. He's planning on continuing, and getting his CHL as well.


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    I've had a few go.

    A guy I work with and his wife went. Brought their 10 year old son.

    I had gotten in to some pretty good debates with him about guns and at one point had a pretty big rant thread about one of our arguments on here.

    Now he would like to have a gun. He enjoyed the trip and comes out from time to time to shoot. His wife was and still is scared to shoot them but has become open to having one in the house, although unloaded and locked in a box at all times....not great for HD which is what the guy was wanting, but better than nothing.

    Made a big difference in bringing him over as a somewhat anti leaning fence sitter. He actually asked me about the RIP ammo on Facebook.

    The son is a work in progress, too much time playing COD and not enough in the real world. Wish they could get out here more but with on-call and hectic work schedules it's hard to find the time.

    Wife hasn't shot anything when we first got together. Now she has her own handgun, shotgun, and .22, loves to shoot the .50, and will be getting her CHL soon and is a member on this forum.

    Biggest thing I learned was to start at the most basic of basic stuff. What seemed common sense to me was not for someone who had never been around guns before.


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    When I had a personal range I had new shooters all the time. They seemed to love it. Nobody ever told me no. Ofcourse I never had fufu lib types over.


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    I always start with the .22lr. Gets them over the "its going to recoil a bunch, right?" moment. I get them on target at really close, like 3 yards, then 7 yards.
    Then take the to the silhouette range. The bang - clang - fall over is just plain fun.


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    Gunz are icky.
    I've had mixed reactions. Some love it, some not so much.

    Seems like a lot of the women are very afraid of the gun. Some get over their fear easily and do very well. Some never do. I always preach to them THEY are in control of the gun. The gun is not in control of them.
    Kids, pretty much universally in my experience, enjoy the heck out of it.
    Most men seem to enjoy it. Some don't see the enjoyment in it and never return.
    IMO, it helps a lot to allow them to handle, dry-fire, practice loading w/snap-caps, etc before actual firing. Let them see how things work.
    Allow them to shoot as much as they can. With .22 its no problem.

    I've found starting them out with a .22 on a large CLOSE target gets the best response as it is easy for them to hit the bullseye.
    Reactive targets like water balloons, etc also adds to the enjoyment.
    The printed zombie targets are great for the younger shooters.

    As they progress, work up in calibers/power.
    NEVER start a new shooter on a powerful/heavy recoil caliber.

    One issue I've noticed with first timers, and often times we can't do anything about it, is other people shooting close by.
    The loud reports/booms can unnerve newbies. If possible take them out somewhere where it is just them and you/instructor.
    As they become used to gunfire this issue dissipates.
    Indoor ranges make this one difficult.

    I very much enjoy taking brand new shooters out to the range.
    The ammo is always on me.
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    Start em off on 22's. If they don't love that, no need to progress.

    Did the same with youngest daughter. Now I'm up in the middle of the night, running ammobots, looking for deals on .22LR to keep up. There is no doubt that Browning BuckMark Challenger in the safe is no longer mine, a small price to pay for another 2A supporter added to the rolls. Plus, she's already got friends lining up to join her, but is insisting they take a gun safety course first.


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    put a 22 in their hands and they have a ball. I find women are way better shooters and seem to have more/better concentration. it always amazes me how little people know about safe gun handling. Government wants to do something worthwhile they could run some PSA's to let the population know how to handle a gun safely. Matter of fact, the NRA could do that instead of sponsoring NA$CAR races.
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