New Shooter – My Dad

The weekend before SHOT Show 2012, I visited my Dad in Arizona.  Met new family, and went shooting at Caswells in Mesa, AZ.  Turned out to be a good facility, so be sure to check them out if you’re in the area.

Aside from a shotgun, Dad never shot a pistol.  Though his wife shot firearms as a child, she wanted to give shooting another go.

We went over firearm safety and the fundamentals at the house.  Over the years, I learned dealing with the noise isn’t optimal for discussing the four rules; hearing protection makes that a little difficult while on the firing line.  I’ve noticed new shooters are more at ease as well.  Allowing students to touch the firearm, load the magazine, insert the magazine into the magazine well, and clearing the firearm appears to yield a more positive experience, as opposed to teaching them while they’re trying to maintain their sensory overload.

In any case, Dad did well and we all had a great time.   Its not likely he’ll buy a gun of his own, but he enjoyed it more than he thought he would.

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4 Comments on “New Shooter – My Dad”

  1. February 19, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    Woot! Way to go! And a swell lookin’ family all together is a Good Thing!

  2. February 21, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Electronic hearing protection makes EVERYTHING better! Seriously – removing the “deaf factor” was the best thing I ever did, and new shooters really like it.

    • February 22, 2012 at 12:37 am #

      Howdy, Hartley!

      Indeed. It buggered me I didn’t have any electronic ear pro for that reason, but I have a tendency to leave all the cool gadgets behind when I travel.

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