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Wife's first trip to a gun range.

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by modelflyer2003, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. modelflyer2003

    modelflyer2003

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    I took my wife to the indoor range today so she could shoot my guns. She has never shot a gun, or been to the range with me when I shot them. She was nervous. She grew up with her father pointing his pistol at her all the time (one of her earliest memories), pulling the trigger, loading it up, shooting the ceiling, threatening her mother, telling them he was going to go the woods and shoot himself, walking out to the woods, fire a single shot and staying gone for an hour…. Nice guy. Anyway, it was a big coup that she was even there. I showed her my revolver, and we spoke about safety. She held the unloaded gun to get used to the trigger pull. She was ok with it. I set the target up, we put our ear and eye protection on, I fired the first shot and she said, “I can’t do this. I’m sorry.” I told her it was OK. She watched me shoot my Taurus 605, Beretta 92FS Compact, and my Glock 26. We had good time. She was worried I would think less of her, but I don’t. Baby steps. Perhaps next time. She must have brought me good luck, because I shot the Glock better than I ever have. I told her that there are many gun owners that would love to have taken that gun away from him and shoved it up….well, you know. When we first got married, I couldn’t clean the Beretta in front of her, because it brought back way too many memories. Now I can clean them and she is not threatened by them. She puts my clean socks in the drawer where one of the guns is kept without flinching. She’ll get there.
     
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    Congratulation on getting your wife to the range, and of course on now being able to find your clean sock in a convenient location. If I could have gotten my wife to the range, she might still be my wife!

    Other than that, like the old saying goes...

    :needspics:
     

  3. Marc1956

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    Perhaps a life size photo of her father with a bullseye on it for her first few shots? You may be surprised at how quickly she'll pick it up! YMMV :supergrin:
     
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    My wife's first target. :supergrin:
     
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    I didn't take pic of her at the range. Never thought of it. Didn't save the targets, since I was just shooting at a piece of corrugeated plastic with some black circles drawn on it. I find the smaller the circles I draw, the tighter my groups. Weird.
     
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    Nice, what was she shooting and at what distance. Looks like a .22.
     
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    Yeah, my wife froze up too. She was threatening divorce when I got my first target 22 pistol. four years ago. Now I am hunting, buying and selling guns, ammo and parts, and have an FFL C and R. She mellowed, maybe she will try the range again. All her girlfriends and their husbands come to the range with me!
     
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    I can't recall the distance, 15 steps :dunno:

    Think it was my Ruger 22/45 - but she shots also shoots my S&W model 63 -

    What my wife really likes to shoot is my Marlin model 60 rifle -at a spinner.

    There are days she shoots better than I do - which is OK by me -
     
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    maybe it will grow on her
     
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    My fiancee has a similar story. Her father used to pull his gun on her when she was real young and he would make her sleep with it under her pillow...he was a real piece of work.

    She has just gotten used to my guns being around me in the house and with me carrying concealed. She says that she is ready to go to the range so I will take her in the next week or so and see how she does.
     
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    it is nice to hear how important your wife is to you; your sensitivity to her regarding the wreckage of her past is commendable; good man....



    -Brady-
     
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  13. modelflyer2003

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    Thanks. She's a great lady. A nurse, like me, only better.