So I had some friends over last weekend, and the subject came up of what we women do when the menfolk are gone. Context: there were three couples: me & hubby, two ex-Army enlisted, and a coworker and hubby. My coworker mentioned that she would be interested in something more effective than a frying pan to defend herself with. Her husband seemed nervous at this idea, because I guess when she wakes up, a lot of the time she is a little disoriented and does not know what is going on right away--I think he is afraid she will accidentally attack HIM. At any rate, I saw an opportunity. I asked the Army gal when she last went shooting, and it turns out it has been about a year, since before she left the Army. So then I offered to set up a time when we could all go to the range. Coworker was enthusiastic but said that she and her husband owned no guns. I said that we had enough for everyone. So then they all wanted to see, so we brought out part of the "arsenal." (Then the Army gal became enamored of our AR-15 and started telling everyone that I own an M-16. Evidently since I'm nice, this is unbelievable. I am still trying to correct her, but M-16 DOES sound more bad-assed than AR-15.) My question is: obviously she will need classes to gain the proper training if she wants a CCW or the like. But for a first trip to the range, do any of you ladies have any experience for what would be the best way to introduce things to her? I know now that my personal experience was too backward to duplicate for her. I know I can count on the Army gal to help. But I want to make sure that her experience is good but not scary.