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12-25-2009, 3:39 PM
im still kinda new to firearms, been shooting for like 5 months now, my question is my wife is 6 months pregnant and was wondering if its ok to take her to the range to teach her to shoot.

second question is what firearm would be good as he first time. i was thinking my 92fs but i also have an xd 40, and what about rifles, i have an ar, ak, and a mosin, i dont think the mosin so much.

and input would be appreciated


12-25-2009, 4:13 PM
No, to be on the safe side. fetuses around 6mos can hear already.

12-25-2009, 6:23 PM
ok thanks for the advice

12-26-2009, 1:03 AM
exposure to lead while pregnant can't be good either i think..

12-26-2009, 2:33 PM
Nope. Too much noise for baby.
Congrats on baby coming!

12-26-2009, 5:23 PM
ok guys thats why asked first.

thanks again

12-26-2009, 7:44 PM
I seem to recall at least two Ladies forum threads about firearms noise, lead poisoning, and pregnant female shooters. Somebody might even post links to them.

12-29-2009, 7:44 PM
No. Don't do it...But she can take this time to learn basic manipulation techniques. Just clean the gun really well so there isn't lead exposure (and have her wash her hands after, no touching eyes/mouth/etc) and teach the basics of stance/grip/sight picture/trigger control, etc.

P.S....Be careful about teaching the wife. First, you don't have a ton of experience...not to put you down because everyone is there at some point, but the knowledge of firearms use and ability to effectively teach comes after a long time. Also, there's something about "instructing" significant others (man or woman) that can lead to problems with the relationship or the teaching. Have fun together but don't push too hard.

Congratulations and get ready for the best time in your life. My three year old is my life.

12-29-2009, 8:37 PM
I'm not so sure that the noise is that big of a deal if....your shooting outside and you shoot .22's. You can handle the lead if your wife is worried. I wouldn't take her inside 6mo. pregnant. We did take my friend inside about 10-12 weeks pregnant, but the baby is so protected in there we weren't worried. I even asked my doc when I was pregnant and he wasn't worried about the noise. Didn't ask about the lead...but can't hurt to be careful with that.

Also-try a rifle first...no bigger that .22!!! It's easier to keep down range! set it on a table, that way she doesn't have to hold it-just sight and shoot. then try pistols, again no bigger than a .22!!! Anything else is way too intimidating. I highly suggest you not give her a big 'hand cannon', she'll hate it! Something light and easy to shoot like a .22 revolver or pistol. a single action revolver is good, again less likely to miss-handle or fire since it's one round at a time. If she's nervous she may forget there's another round in a semi-auto ready to shoot! My Dad's an instructor and this is how he teaches.

There's a thread about teaching ladies to shoot for the first time somewhere on here. I commented and said basically the same thing.

good luck! have fun! hopefully she'll be hooked like all of us!

12-29-2009, 8:43 PM
Wait. It isn't worth the risks.

Enjoy being a parent. It is a great experience.

01-10-2010, 2:35 PM
well thanks for all the input. i just wait

btw this will be number 2 for us.

my 2 year old turned 2 on the 4th:D

01-11-2010, 11:43 AM
Congrats on another baby -- keep your family safe.

As mentioned previously, you can hit "search" and find similar threads to your question. I've been competing in pistol for several years, but I always took a break when I was expecting. That covers both indoor and outdoor ranges.