New face. New shooter.

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to take another brand new shooter to the gun range! I had the impression she was a bit more timid than most, but she handled herself very well. She was nervous, but she had an open mind and a desire to  learn; she was an excellent student to begin with!

I learned a lot concerning how to explain the fundamentals in the most minor/simplistic detail. I usually draw a picture to show what sight alignment looks like, but for whatever reason, I simply neglected to take advantage of a visual aide. There were also challenges related to cross dominance – a condition when the dominant eye is on the opposite side of the dominant hand. We explored variations and it appears that we found something that may work for her in the long run!  I also learned that my right hand firearms don’t work very well for people who are left handed…  Now I’m looking for ambidextrous .22 pistols.

I started her off with the Ruger 22/45 .22LR. I brought along the S&W .22LR, Ruger Single Six .22LR, Winchester 69 .22 and Ruger 10/22 .22LR, but did not have the opportunity to shoot those. The good news is that there is likely a next time. She related the following in summary to me:

Well my experience as a first time shooter was positive. I have to admit I was super nervous at first. I mean it was my first time actually holding a gun!  A real gun! While at The Gun Room, I wondered, “After I shoot, what will I need to do?” I also wondered about the casings on the ground when I first walked in.   I think my question was answered when I saw the casing fly out after the  first shot.  So that’s where it comes from!

I  can actually enjoy this sport and understand why people would find “shooting ” as “fun.” It was fun. The instructor was very polite and had a lot of patience. I think others would agree that I have no coordination. Teaching me how to do anything isn’t easy. It’s not because I don’t make an effort to try – it just takes me longer.

I might go again!  I think I may have another friend interested, so I will likely bring them along too.

– Michelle

It’s fantastic that people are taking advantage of my invitations! It’s a huge payoff when someone new realizes the joy of shooting sports.

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4 Comments on “New face. New shooter.”

  1. June 30, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    […] New shooter report […]

    Good job, Derek!

  2. July 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm #

    There’s that word again, “Fun.”

    Good job Derek!

  3. July 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    Awesome, and congratulations to you both.
    The Range is a strange world of careful behavior and protocols that is opaque to a New Shooter and requires patient translation for them to understand.

    • July 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

      Your comments always remind me of anthropologist, Horace Miner. =)

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