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    Introducing Someone to Shooting

    PH’s aunt said she wants me to introduce her to shooting.

    I asked pistol or rifle?

    She said she would prefer to learn pistol but was open to shooting rifle too.

    I said, love to have you out to Sandlake, we’ll introduce you to safe fire arm handling and shooting.

    Well, what do you start new shooters off with? Well a 22 obviously.

    I don’t own a 22 semi auto pistol to show her the ropes on ...

    Sooo

    I bought a TX22 today.

    It appears to be a quality pistol.

    Yay me!


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    ...good man! I don't think firearm training is complete without both rifle and handgun. Personally, I like to start out new shooters with a rifle, then progress to handguns. If their primary interest is pistol, we don't dwell on the long guns but I think it's a bit easier to learn how to use sights on a rifle. Also, it's usually easier for most beginners to hit a target with a rifle so I think it instills a bit of confidence from the beginning. Of course, most I've introduced to shooting were young kids.
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    I have introduced numerous people, young and old, to the shooting sports. It's very rewarding, especially if you get the chance to introduce someone that has reservations about guns. I've never had a hesitant new shooter be anything but excited when the range time was done, and most have conquered their irrational fear of firearms.

    Air pistols and rifles are the best way to teach someone that has never fired a gun before. It removes the noise and recoil so they just concentrate on the mechanics of firing the shot accurately. Not everyone has an airgun, and a .22 is the next best thing. It's manageable and easy to control. Rifle is generally safer, as you can more easily keep track of the barrel, but pistol is doable. I like to load 1 round for the first shot, as some people will still be startled and may get distracted. I rarely load more than 5.

    After successful training with a .22, I may give them a chance to try a centerfire gun. Again, only loading 1 round, and I'll usually fire it first so they can get a feel for what is going to happen. With the centerfire gun it's easier to have them dry-fire as well, which gives you a chance to watch for a flinch. Snap caps in a .22 would allow to do the same.

    Be sure to discuss the 3 basic rules for firearms safety before going out on the range -

    * Always keep the gun pointed in s safe direction

    *Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

    *Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use


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    Good on ya lad. Stay safe and enjoy.
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    That's a great choice for teaching a new shooter. If I had a do over I would have taught my wife how to shoot with a .22. She didn't grow up with guns & feared them so I couldn't even bring one in the house until 2010. Changed her mind in 2010 (local crime increase) so I taught her with the first gun I bought, Ruger LCR 38. Lousy choice for a a beginner! 3 of my 9 guns are .22 & they're the only guns she hasn't shot. Now I can't drag her to the range. I think she would find the TX22 fun to shoot but she has to try it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texheim View Post
    PH’s aunt said she wants me to introduce her to shooting.

    I asked pistol or rifle?

    She said she would prefer to learn pistol but was open to shooting rifle too.

    I said, love to have you out to Sandlake, we’ll introduce you to safe fire arm handling and shooting.

    Well, what do you start new shooters off with? Well a 22 obviously.

    I don’t own a 22 semi auto pistol to show her the ropes on ...

    Sooo

    I bought a TX22 today.

    It appears to be a quality pistol.

    Yay me!


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    Good on you Tex. The TX22 is a perfect training tool, you may want to order another magazine as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverstring View Post
    Good on you Tex. The TX22 is a perfect training tool, you may want to order another magazine as well.
    Came with 2. Buy now before they become unobtainium?


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    I agree that to start somebody out shooting the 22 is the best pistol choice. Only trouble I had was my wife when she was alive wanted a 22 that take down an elephant. So she was not happy with anything louder that a 22.
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    Great job! I need to pickup a TX22 for that reason also. I took some relatives from out of town to a public range here a few weeks ago. They live in a restrictive state so they were amazed with the freedom most of us have. One hadn't shot a riffle since leaving the military and the other was on the fence of anti/not anti gun. Had them shoot 22lr riffle and a friend that was there let them shoot a surpressed 45 (me too, me too)! They not only had fun but I think we've gotten two more on our side!
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