Brand new shooter

Stopped by the indoor range again and brought along a new shooter.  Nothing particularly new to report.  She did enjoy herself and managed to shoot a 9mm handgun too.  7 yards shooting with a Ruger Mark III 22/45 and a GLOCK 19.

Her approximate words:

It was exciting and nerve racking… I think it was too exciting because now I’m feeling tired.

On another note, I was observing another shooter coaching CDC cadets. I only assume they were cadets because they were shooting a revolver and wearing the duty belt with a holster and speed loader pouches. He was quite touchy. I vaguely recall him talking to another shooter saying, “Be sure to hold her at the hips. It’ll help her keep balanced.”  Interesting tidbit there, buddy…  I’ve managed to instruct all of my new shooters with minimal physical contact.  There’s the handshake and the occasional hand repositioning with permission – that’s it.

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5 Comments on “Brand new shooter”

  1. September 1, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    Sounds like someone is a little touchy-feely when teaching the opposite sex.

    When I have taught new shooters, physical contact only happens when we are preparing for the shot. A tap on the leg (usually just above the knee on the outside) with words to widen the stance. A gentle push on the upper back with the words to lean forward. And a push on the elbow with a counter push down on the forearm to straighten out the arms. Its the same for XX chromosome people and XY chromosome people. Above all, I don’t touch them while they are shooting. I stand slightly behind and to the side, usually in a place that I can quickly take control of the gun after a first shot – I only load one round on a first shot – to compensate for a new shooter’s suprise at the recoil, if needed.

    Teaching new shooters is about shooting, not trying to cop a feel.

    • September 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

      I see it more often than I report, unfortunately.

      At least women are shooting?

  2. September 1, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Teaching chainsaw requires standing in close before each new cut the student tries, with the insruction that they “Let go of the throttle if I touch you!” With ear protection, and a saw running they would never hear a spoken instruction. Standing so they won’t cut you with a kickback requires serious thought.


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