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Teaching a couple new shooters

  1. In about an hour I'll be meeting up with some friends to teach them to shoot. The older of the two is about 55 and has never shot a gun before. He was one of the people that decided to buy a gun due to COVID-19. The other is his 19 year old step-son. I don't know if the 19 y/o has ever shot before. Since my friends guns are .22s we'll be sticking with that caliber. When my friend found out about my firearms experience he asked me to teach him to shoot. Which I support. First thing I'll do is drill the four primary rules into them.
  2. Expect the Unexpected.

    I am hoping you have some Range Officer experience...

    Be Safe, Be Vigilant!
  3. That’s what I’d do.

    then determine eye dominance

    then a little nomenclature

    Then grip, posture, sight alignment, sight picture.

    Then load / unload

    then fire one round
  4. (Sorry double tap) :)
  5. Shot IPSC for about 16 years. Started RO'ing about my fifth match. Took several courses on it over the years. I've taught new shooters before. I know the 19 y/o is teachable. I've worked with him before on archery. The 55 y/o is intelligent and inquisitive so he should be okay too.
  6. First thing I'll do is drill the four primary rules into them.

    ^^ This was the first thing I thought reading your first and second sentences. tom. :thumbsup:
  7. You should have directed them to a firearms instructor for a class....
  8. Why? I can teach them quite well. Plus it gives me the opportunity to shoot.
  9. I found out how important it is to drill it in. When my son was about 9 he asked if a friend of his could go shooting with us. I got the OK from the kids parents and first thing quickly went through the safety rules. About half way through a .22 pistol mag he turned around and asked me how he was doing with the pistol aimed at my face and his finger on the trigger. i guess he got excited and forgot all the rules.
  10. Good on you.
  11. You may shoot quite well yourself, but teaching others to shoot well is another thing entirely....

    You don't know what you don't know.....
  12. And just like that you lost two friends. All you wanted to do was teach them how to shoot like all the professional trainers do. And now you know why they send there true friends to other trainers....... Just joking. In all seriousness good on your for helping a friend. And it’s a good excuse to go to the range. For those of us who need a good excuse for the other half as to why you are going to the range

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  13. Good for you OP.. I’ve helped some beginners before, and it never took me long to decide whether to continue or to suggest they go to a structured class...Gotta start somewhere...Good Luck!!
  14. Taught my wife. She had worked matches with me so had good idea about safety. She is cross eye dominate and that really made it difficult for me. She did well and learned to shoot.
  15. Good for you for taking them. Sounds like you know what you're doing and it's definitely a plus they asked you. I have seen new shooters this year that load their gun to set it down. I mean full magazine one in the chamber.

    It's good that people are getting into the sport but scary how much some don't know!
  16. Good on you for starting with a 22. I know there are people who started off shooting 44 mag and shoot well. But not most.

    I really hate seeing some stupid fool on YT handing a beginner a smoking hot magnum and laughing when it floors them.

    And as said by others, watch out for the unexpected.

    A shooting friend of mine was the range master an AF range. He told me the story of one day many years before instructing a class of beginners. He had told the class if they had any kind of malfunction with their 38 revolver, to lay it on the table and keep it pointed downrange, then raise their hand.

    This young 2nd Lt raised his hand, so he called cease fire, and went to see what the problem was. The Lt grabbed the revolver, turned and pointed the revolver right at his waist and said, "It won't shoot." as he pulled the trigger. Fortunately it was just out of ammunition.

    My cousin and I were taking turns shooting a 22 one day out on his dads farm. He fired a few shots and then started waving it around carelessly. I said, "Jimmy that things still loaded."

    He said, "No its empty." He went to Port Arms right between us and pulled the trigger. Bang!
  17. I was hoping you would say something like that...

    Competition shooting and RO training are excellent! I'm USPSA shooter and RO for about 15+ years...

    They are in good hands for sure!

    I'll be they had a blast... literally! Keep up the good work nameO2G !!!
  18. Teaching someone to safely shoot a pistol is a piece of cake. I was once OIC of a hand grenade range at Fort Jackson for six months. Every thing is relative. :juggle:
  19. Let me guess:
    “You DO know what he don’t know?“
  20. As stated I have taught before, several times. Things went quite well. Surprisingly I had more trouble with the 19 y/o than the 55 y/o when it came to trigger discipline. Kept putting his finger on the trigger at inappropriate times. I was admittedly getting a little frustrated with him. I had to speak to him several times about it. He kept loading the pistol and would be holding it with his finger on the trigger while it was pointed down at his feet. Finally I resorted to asking him if for some reason he didn't like his feet. He got this puzzled look on his face and said that he liked his feet just fine. So I told him, "Then quit pointing a loaded gun at them with your finger on the trigger!" I think he finally got the message on that one. They had a good time and learned a lot. And are both asking about when we can go again.

    I always start new shooters with a .22. Especially women. No need to scare them or hurt them. It's just bad form.

    DANG!! How did your friend handle that situation? I'm pretty sure I would have had a conniption on the guy while throwing his butt off the range.
    And I hope your cousin learned a big lesson there.