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First things to teach to somebody new at Guns

Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by Valor1, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. Valor1

    Valor1 Pro Paingiver

    Jul 6, 2003
    Urban areas
    If for example, you bring your wife to the range for the first time, assuming also that this will be the first time she will be handling guns. What will be the first things you will concentrate on? Your opinions are very appreciated.
  2. bulm540


    Jun 18, 2004

  3. 1) All guns are always loaded.

    2) Never let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy.

    3) Keep your finger OFF the trigger until your sights are on the target.

    4) Always be sure of your target.
  4. julianz

    julianz toxic master

    Sep 24, 2003
    sand castle
  5. casmot

    casmot Re membered

    SAFETY, SAFETY, and for the third time SAFETY.
  6. rhino465


    Sep 24, 2003
    Indiana, USA
    Safety, safety, safety!

    Rules #2 and #3 especially!
  7. Always keep the muzzle of the gun pointed downrange.

    Then get into the other tips.

    I've seen people new to the range zip the barrel around when asking questions, or aim it up into their chin while waiting.
  8. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

    Jan 24, 2004
    I agree that this should be first - many safety rules to follow but if this is first, then a tragedy can be averted even if there is a ND before you get all the bases covered.
  9. vega


    Sep 29, 2001
    I'm surprised nobody said SAFETY.;)


    edited to add - SAFETY
  10. Just to complement rule no. 4, before discharging your weapon, be sure where the bullet will STOP. Even if protecting yourself, you will be liable if you hit an innocent bystander. Teach her about the concept of a BACKSTOP and what will or will not work as one.
  11. Valor1

    Valor1 Pro Paingiver

    Jul 6, 2003
    Urban areas
    Okey thanks. After you've taught everything about the four rules of gun safety, what's next? Thanks.
  12. cznayr

    cznayr Dis-member

    Jun 14, 2004
    Assuming that you have acquainted her with the gun parts and their functions, start with proper grip and stance... then use of the front sight..
  13. mikey177

    mikey177 Remember

    Jan 28, 2003
    Ditto what was already said.

    After a discussion of the safety rules, an illustration of proper sight alignment and sight picture, then a demonstration of the proper grip, stance, and trigger squeeze (via dry fire).

    After several dry fires for her to get a feel of the correct basics, only then should you proceed to live fire practice.

    I'd even advocate training with an air pistol or airsoft gun first if this is possible. You get to master the basics without fear of the loud noise and recoil.
  14. horge

    horge -=-=-=-=- Lifetime Member

    Jan 22, 2004
    almost home
    O siya, siya...

    First --- The Four Rules
    Second -- Manual of Arms of the specific gun (controls, mag load/unload), etc.

    Third --- Range Etiquette & Language('Firing!', tipping, etc.)
    Fourth -- The Four Rules
    Fifth --- Proper Stance, Sight Picture
    Sixth --- IPSC/IDPA Rules, Transitioning, Tac. Reloads, Reloads with Retent, etc.
    Seventh - Proper Trophy Acceptance Etiquette
    Eigth --- The Four Rules
    Ninth --- Gun Maintenance & Repair
    Tenth --- Gun Design & Manufacture
    Eleventh- The Four Rules

    then we move on to sophomore skills...

  15. I'm wth ENP: edit #4 to also include this phrase: "...and what's beyond."

    Next, the most important range rule I'd insist on a full understanding by the student is the 180 degree rule.

    After that, i'll first show how it's done without bullets, then fire with only one bullet, then let her do same without bullet, then with one bullet, then two, then let her rip with a full clip ;)

    Then to stand aside as she gobbles up all the ammo available to her heart's content, and then some more.

    That's how I did it with my wife and son... :)
  16. "Seventh - Proper Trophy Acceptance Etiquette"

  17. krinkov

    krinkov Shutter Maniac

    Dec 8, 2003
    while training our reporters for the show, first thing i taught them was to ALWAYS wear their glasses and plugs since it was their first time and there were people practicing--the range was quite small and was being used for CQB training. tyros often develop a sort of trauma especially when unexpectedly exposed to gunfire as loud as an M16 or even a large bore pistol. second, WHERE to be in a range. some folks simply ignore what other people are actually doing. this may sound trivial but i'm one guy who's seen the business end of a .40cal during the 2003 PPSA Nationals in Paoay. and this while i was already in the safest possible spot. the shooter on-deck twisted his leg traversing and pivoted towards the spectators with the gun still hot!!!
  18. julianz

    julianz toxic master

    Sep 24, 2003
    sand castle
  19. Allegra


    Mar 16, 2003
    Sa lahat naman ng tuturuan asawa pa....:)
    Assuming, tapos na sa safety at proper stance blahblahblah

    Get ear plugs , and ear muffs para doble hearing protection
    dry fire sya on a blank wall , focusing on the sight pic and sight alignment. rest then dry fire ulit , then mag merienda naman kayo


    1. Live fire shooting ( w/ earplugs and muffs )
    Make her shoot live rounds with her eyes closed para masanay lang sya na hindi sya masasaktan ng blast and noise ng gun. When shes used to the blast...

    2. Let her shoot with eyes open pero WALANG target.Let her shoot the backstop. Let her focus on the sights lang and nothing else.
    If she still flinches, then see # 1
    When she can shoot the gun with her eyes focused on the sights( front)comfortably and w/out flinching........

    3. Lagyan ng target sa malapit. Ilayo mo as she builds confidence and gets better.......then

    4. Sumama ka na sakin mag triathlon, you might need the running skills :)
  20. julianz

    julianz toxic master

    Sep 24, 2003
    sand castle
    This is just my 1 peso, whatever tips or stuff you teach to a newby the most IMPORTANT thing is to observe if the newby is really interested to the sport and intersted to learn.You can teach all day, give books , videos etc. If the newby is not INTERESTed it'll be USELESS.

    Take the newby to the range make them watch to embrace the sport let them feel the rush let them see that you are really enjoying what you are doing ....then you can start teaching.