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    echo_5 Guest

    Post ASSIGNMENT-bring a newb to the range

    Because it is one of my hobbies, I'm always trying to bring new and/or inexperienced shooters to the range. why?
    1. expand the 2a base-more is better
    2. educate the timid. no offense, but I mean women and people that grew up w/out a father to educate them
    3.maybe they will also buy the ammo-we all know it's expensive
    4.teach safe gun handling (not bullseye shooting). all persons of responsible age should know how to load/unload and check the condition of different action types

    When I was dating, I took many women to my gun club. This was fun and usually entertaining. Little did they know, it was a test. If she held it between two fingers like a dirty diaper: no-go. In just a few years I've made like-minded friends and met a great woman (who likes DA revolvers :D )

    Bring a newb. It will be good for you and great for the rest of us.

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    Thought I'd share an experience here. I got a group of about 8 ladies together last summer, invited an NRA certified instructor and a couple of his helpers and we had a little "class" on gun safety and different types of guns. He answered questions, then we went out to the local "range" (the hill where everyone goes shooting) and shot at targets on boxes with .22's. One lady had brought her little .22 pistol also and let anyone who wanted have a turn with it. A few had shot before, but some never had and they all had a great time! (One who had never shot was a local Highway Patrolman's wife who grew up in England.) We shot until it was too dark to shoot anymore. I'll be doing it again this year with teen girls and also adults. Would like to do a trap shoot as well as target shooting. I've been discussing the subject with some other ladies around and have had good response. We don't have an indoor range anywhere near, so I'll wait until the weather warms up--I'll get more takers that way. I have talked with 2 of the new shooters from last summer (including my English friend) and they are willing to do it again, maybe it will catch on :) In this kind of group situation there needs to be good discussion on the rules of safe handling and enough people who know about firearms to ensure the safety of the group, but going with friends is a great, low pressure way to get new ladies involved.

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    It takes one to make one.Keep up the good work.

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    Good job guys and gals. The more converts we make the better.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I think you may be on to something!
    It's better to die upon your feet than to live upon your knees!-Emiliano Zapata

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    I always enjoy taking new people to the range. It's always a good feeling knowing that they had a good time and are now more educated on firearms. One thing I'd like to point out that I didn't even realize I did until recently is this. A few months ago two women that I work with came to the range with us on a lunch break trip. Neither had ever shot nor been around firearms and one admitted to "not liking them." Both had a great time but on the ride back to work all they could talk about was "they could not believe how friendly and helpful everyone was." I think they realized that the gun community was not "crazy gun nuts" but just normal people that were enjoying their hobby. So just remember the next time you’re at the range and let some try out a pistol, help them out, or just make friendly small talk it may be leaving a lasting impression!

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    echo_5 Guest

    Lightbulb Ladies' Day

    MomOf3 reminded me of a great annual event at my gun club- ladies' day! On a Saturday in April the ranges are shut down for general use and volunteers man each of seven stations (skeet, archery, pistol, etc.) with donated weapons. Club members act as guides taking groups of women around the club. They shoot everything from blackpowder and archery to ARs and even a 500mag! We get manufacturers to sponsor and bring demo weapons (S&W brought the 500mag last year). I invite all women in my family and more show up every year after they hear about how much fun and not scary it was.

    What's good for 51% of the population is good for the other 49.
    I encourage all members of private clubs to initiate a Ladies' Day.

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    Great job guys. It's always nice to hear about new people being taught to properly handle firearms. I taught my wife to shoot last year. She now has her pistol permit. When the weather is better I'm going to teach my best friends wife. He's had her shoot some with a rifle, but he is currently pistoless so he can't teach her handgun skills.
    David

    The only person available to protect you 24 hours a day is you.

  10. After spending close to 2 decades stationed in the peoples republic of California I have been blessed by receiving orders to the great state of Washington. So here I am in Iraq, note to self read the fine print. Anyway we have a great place and we have state land to go shooting on just a mile from my house I love it! I have been taking my 15 year old son shooting in fact I gave him my old 22 rifle and he is having a blast with it. Since I have been deployed my neighbor who is also a firearms enthusiast has been able to take him shooting a few times so I know I have passed it on to him. One of my other kids is a LEO in California got him a Glock for a back up gun when he graduated the academy. Any how I have been shooting way more now that I have a gun friendly environment to do so. It makes a difference.

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    echo5,

    Not to get off topic, but is that a desert eagle in your avitar? If so can I PM you for some help?

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