|Teach young women to be responsible shooters now and it will last a lifetime|
|The Ruger 10/22 makes a great teaching rifle for young shooters|
|Loading magazines for some women may be hard|
|The .38 revolver is a great teaching aid, it's simple but effective|
|Good instruction yields great results, even with a .45 ACP|
|A great shot of the ejected brass from a 9mm Walther P-99 during range time|
|Victoria is looking into her shooting future as she holds a Freedom Arms 454 Casull|
If you or your instructor only has a semi-automatic pistol then I suggest the smallest caliber that is available. .22, .380 and 9mm are not bad calibers to learn on, they are small and have light to moderate recoil to contend with. Just remember, your friends and family that are already into shooting will most likely have the firearm you need so don’t be afraid to ask. Allow yourself enough time to learn the basics, I teach the basics at home on my kitchen table. Using dummy rounds (ammunition that does not contain powder or primers), I teach loading and unloading and with an empty and double checked pistol, dry firing to help establish good grip, target acquisition and trigger squeeze. This helps you get use to the pistol and teaches you not to be afraid of it. When it comes time to shoot live ammunition, again allow yourself time to learn and enjoy your new hobby. Rushing around is not a productive way to learn to shoot and will cause mistakes and can be costly.
|Shot by my wife, with 17 years of trigger time with a Colt Delta Elite 10mm|
1. Always keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
3. Always keep your firearms unloaded until ready to use.
Other good rules to follow:
1. Know your target and what’s beyond it.
2. Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
3. There is no such thing as an accidental discharge, only negligent ones.
See rule number 2
Now these rules vary widely from print to print but the message is the same and when you stop obeying them, someone gets hurt.
|My wife had fun shooting a 90 year old German Luger in .30 caliber|
|Range time is important for women and men to hone their skills|
|Shooting black powder is fun and teaches a little firearms history as well|