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My Fellow Peacenik Liberal Friends Want to go Shooting... What do I do?
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Last week was the first time I ever posted a purchase on Facebook (Taurus PT1911) and about 4 people I know, all nearby neighbors, lit up like a Christmas tree expressing interest in going to a range to shoot rentals. One owns and has only been at a range with her husband once. Rest have never touched a firearm ever.

A couple I know I would have no problems training myself but with 4 people... they need sit-down time in a safety course.


I myself was trained by my father and have had no instruction at all except for the obligatory Texas carry course. All my experience comes from pump-action shotguns and full size revolvers. The Taurus was my first SA purchase ever and broke it in last weekend. Every SA I've ever touched was a rental or I stepped into the next stall to test drive or borrowed one from somebody because they wanted to play with an 870 12 gauge.

I'm kinda perplexed... I want to take my neighbors out to the range just so they see it's not all bad, shooting is actually quite fun, but I really don't want to be giving any instruction because it's obviously not my place to. They're your typical Philly city liberalesque peaceniks, so...

Thoughts how to go about this responsibly?
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ArcticSplash;12507 Wrote:Last week was the first time I ever posted a purchase on Facebook (Taurus PT1911) and about 4 people I know, all nearby neighbors, lit up like a Christmas tree expressing interest in going to a range to shoot rentals. One owns and has only been at a range with her husband once. Rest have never touched a firearm ever.

A couple I know I would have no problems training myself but with 4 people... they need sit-down time in a safety course.


I myself was trained by my father and have had no instruction at all except for the obligatory Texas carry course. All my experience comes from pump-action shotguns and full size revolvers. The Taurus was my first SA purchase ever and broke it in last weekend. Every SA I've ever touched was a rental or I stepped into the next stall to test drive or borrowed one from somebody because they wanted to play with an 870 12 gauge.

I'm kinda perplexed... I want to take my neighbors out to the range just so they see it's not all bad, shooting is actually quite fun, but I really don't want to be giving any instruction because it's obviously not my place to. They're your typical Philly city liberalesque peaceniks, so...

Thoughts how to go about this responsibly?

Take them to Philadlephia Archery & Gun Club (AKA SPAG) in south Philly. They have instructional/safety classes there. This way you help them out and you're not on the hook at the same time.

http://www.philadelphiaarcheryandgunclub.com/
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#3
If you think a less formal intro would go over better, you might want to reach out to Mytheus on that other forum. He seems to have become quite the shooting ambassador. IIRC, he shoots at PAGC/SPAG as soberbyker suggested.

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#4
If those suggestions don't work, try to take one or two at a time. This way you can devote the appropriate time/attention to safety but won't bog down the range. Just get them behind the gun and if they are really into, show them where to get "formal" training.

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GreenBlood10;12599 Wrote:If those suggestions don't work, try to take one or two at a time. This way you can devote the appropriate time/attention to safety but won't bog down the range. Just get them behind the gun and if they are really into, show them where to get "formal" training.

GB

I'm with GreenBlood10 on this one. Take them to the range individually if you can, in no more than pairs otherwise. Don't sell yourself short. If you've been shooting for a while you should know the basics. Otherwise, read up ahead of time on the fundamentals, especially the four sacred rules, and pass that information along. Unless they are taking a formal day long or weekend long class, throwing too much information at them would be counterproductive. It will be enough for them to remember the basic four rules. If you've never been shooting with absolute newbs, they are generally, I won't say scared, but they are nervous and self conscious.

One recommendation that I would make would be to invite them over as a group for a beer/wine/etc. in a relaxed atmosphere and go over the basics using a cap gun for them to learn the basic mechanics e.g., finger off trigger, muzzle control, etc. Being a toy, they won't be as completely apprehensive (otherwise read as "terrified") by the big, scary, real gun, but they can still learn the basics. As an added reinforcement, each time a person puts their finger on the trigger before it's time or each time someone sweeps another party goer, they have to eat a jalapeno or a thai chili pepper. Keep it fun, but make it unpleasant.

Once they get the basics down with the cap gun, then you can introduce them to a real, unloaded gun. Teach them to check to see if it's loaded. Teach them to always pass to another person while unloaded. Hell, even teach them to field strip it so they understand how they really work. The more comfortable they are with the gun, the safer they will be. Once they understand what they will be using at the range, you only have to hit them with a brief refresher at the range before they shoot.

Have fun with it, but by all means, if you have someone ask you to teach them to shoot, TEACH THEM!
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Take them to the next PAFOA shoot. I know it is "the other forum". But what a great way to introduce them to GUN FRIENDLY people and let them get a chance to shoot a lot of different firearms.
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#7
If you're closer to NE Philly, Doubletap range also also gives instruction.
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#8
One at a time.

It may sound "fun" to them, but that's only part of it. Safety and introduction to "how it works" are important enough to keep things one on one initially.

After that, go as a group.
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#9
That's an eseay one , shoot him !Big Grin
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#10
I've taught groups of girls to shoot several times, it's not that hard as long as at least one of them is familiar enough with guns to act as your lovely assistant.
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