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Old 09-09-2011, 5:08 PM
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Default Taking my 2 Teenage Daughters shooting for the first time

so, I'm taking my 2 Girls shooting tomorrow it will be their first time at the range.

Can't wait.. any tips on how to make it more fun for them?
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Bring a camara for you. Those some of my favorite pictures. Maybe get those targets you can see the bullet hits on.
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That's good. Love to hear when people teach their young ones how to use a weapon. I know one time a buddy of mine used water balloons and they were shooting at that.
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Bring a camara for you. Those some of my favorite pictures. Maybe get those targets you can see the bullet hits on.
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If it's possible, see if you can get some reactive targets too. Water bottles, fruit, etc. Obviously that isn't much of an option if you're going to a regular range.
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Have a lunch or sit down afterwards to have time to listen to feedback and thoughts on how they liked it. I think women in general express their thoughts differently than guys, I have had friends say it sucked, but they will come back, as to a female just will categorically place everything gun into the "Don't like" column.

To illustrate what I mean, let me share when I took my girlfriend out shooting once. I thought she was having fun, and she told me the day after all her complaints about shooting, and how much she disliked it. I managed to turn it around by telling her, how I can make it better next time. I am hosting the day at the range for her, so I have to make it fun, and easy. Her biggest complaint was just the ear protection; her hair was getting messed up, lol, so I brought plugs next time. She likes it now, but not as much as I do, but what is important I made it so she wanted to come again.

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Take reactive targets like water bottles/jugs, watermelon, besides regular targets.
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only loade one round at at time, makes new shooters more comfortable to know that the gun they just fired won't go ((BOOM)) like that again


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Yea make sure you bring a camera and video camera. Best moments are first timers.

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I hope you have a 22 or a 38 revolver. Its not fun when you can't hit the target.
If their not used to recoil and semi autos its possible they will flinch.

Are you allowed to shoot at cans or shotgun clay propped on the ground or hung on target stand or bowling pins where your going?
I like the balloon thing and they don't need to be filled with water.
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Or....... you can scream near them everytime they are about to fire "OOOHHHH MMYYY GAWDDDD" . They soon wont forget that day at the range.
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Justin Bieber targets . Just kidding. I hope you have fun and the girls enjoy shooting.
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As others have said, reactive targets. Shoot-n-see's, clays, water bottles, watermelons, etc....

You have to make it fun, and the least amount intimidating as possible.

Low recoil stuff is a must. I start all new shooters that come with me on a single shot .22.
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I have a 9mm SR9 (full size) my wife's gun... and it's an indoor range, for sure the 'shoot and 'c' good idea...

The range has rental guns, maybe will start them with a .22 that's how I got my wife into it (hell she's a great shooter now!)
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I have a 9mm SR9 (full size) my wife's gun... and it's an indoor range, for sure the 'shoot and 'c' good idea...

The range has rental guns, maybe will start them with a .22 that's how I got my wife into it (hell she's a great shooter now!)
That's what I'd do. Rent a .22, then move them up to the 9mm if they are willing and ready.
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Great plan, taking the girls shooting.
If you have electronic headgear so that you can talk while shooting that is a plus.
Also, low recoil guns like 22 pistols are good for girls/women the first few times.
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Ummmm..... They are teenagers and this is the FIRST time you've taken them shooting? Tisk tisk, man.
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I have a 9mm SR9 (full size) my wife's gun... and it's an indoor range, for sure the 'shoot and 'c' good idea...

The range has rental guns, maybe will start them with a .22 that's how I got my wife into it (hell she's a great shooter now!)
I am planning on shooting tomorrow as well. I usually try to get there an hour or so before or right after lunch. May see you there...at the Barn. My daughter is in her mid thirties but still likes to shoot with Dad.
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Even a full size 9mm can be a bit snappy in recoil.

I would start them off with a .22lr bolt action rifle and move up to a Ruger MkII pistol or something before you step up to the 9mm. Maybe throw in a big .357 Blackhawk firing some light cowboy action .38 special loads as an intermediate step.
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Start with a .22 rifle, preferably a bolt action or pump action. My wife's favorite rifle to shoot (and her friends that go with us occasionally) is a Walther G22.
Then, move up to a .22 pistol. A Ruger MkII with a bull barrel weighs nearly as much as a 1911.

After that, move up the ladder gradually. .380, then 9mm, etc. by then you'll know if you have a "shooter", or someone who goes with you just to make you happy.
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I have a 9mm SR9 (full size) my wife's gun... and it's an indoor range, for sure the 'shoot and 'c' good idea...

The range has rental guns, maybe will start them with a .22 that's how I got my wife into it (hell she's a great shooter now!)
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* Start them with a simple .22

* DON'T go to an indoor range for their first trip out...awfully intimidating, IMHO...

* Have a sit down with them PRIOR to going, and explain it will be very loud (and if an indoor range, the percussion effect will be felt too). Explain to them the basic fundamental rules (stay behind the line, etc). Explain everything to them, so that they'll know exactly what to expect, and will have no (unpleasant) surprises.

* Hearing protection in LONG before they enter any area close to shooters. I'd suggest both plugs and muffs for their 1st time.

Kudo's for taking your girls shooting!

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I have teenager daughter and about 3 month ago she even didn't want to hear about go to the range. At some point I got lucky-she has a teacher at school which is hunter and I guess the guy brought to the school crowd right attitude about firearms and hunting. From the beginning of the summer my daughter all of sudden asked me if I want to take her to the range, so I happily did. From that moment, almost every day I come from work she wants to go shoot. I even bought Ruger 22/45, so she can use it. She probably shot already 5000 rounds. Now she is asking to to shoot my 9mm and 32ACP and seems like she like them too.
From my experience, please don't push girls, let them figure out how to shoot straight, applaud if they got to the bull eye, but before you even going make sure they do understand safety. Don't push them to clean the guns-they will not like it on the beginning,later may be they will, mine still doesn't want to hear it LOL.
BTW, today we are going to range again and were there yesterday and Tuesday.
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Please start them with a 22
Many first timers get turned off with too much recoil.
I know. I have taking my kids out.
Even my 10 year old thinks that a 22 kicks pretty good.

Enjoy the time well spent with the family.
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only loade one round at at time, makes new shooters more comfortable to know that the gun they just fired won't go ((BOOM)) like that again


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Bit safer too, when a piece of hot brass goes down the front.

The next time my 1911 is pointed at my chest I'd kinda like the slide locked back as opposed to cocked & ready...
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engrain safety into their brains. hand them a unloaded gun and have them shoot, see if they jerk.
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Ear and eye protection are a must, with ear plugs/muffs used together if at all possible)?. Preferably do it at a outdoor range first time.
Most of my shooting with my boys was with rim-fire, then shotgun not handguns.
I've noticed with new shooters if the sound volume can be cut to a minimum, the reaction to recoil was allot less or even none at all.

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Justin Bieber targets . Just kidding. I hope you have fun and the girls enjoy shooting.
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Make sure the girls are wearing the appropriate clothing. Nothing puts a damper on a first time shooting with HOT BRASS going down the front of the shirt or hitting them in the arm. Get them some long sleeve tee-shirts with high collar or some mock turtlenecks. My ex- took some hot brass into her shirt and was smart enough to put the gun down before jumping up and screaming!

Hats (caps, boonies) are good to deflect cases from bouncing off their head.

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My one piece of advice would be to make it all about them, and all about them having a good time. Except for basic safety, nothing else really matters at this point.
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Start them out on a .22 pistol.

Take your time; sit them down and spend several minutes going over safe gun handling.

A. Keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction at all times.

B. Keep your finger straight and OUTSIDE the trigger guard until the weapon is pointed downrange and you are ready to fire. These two rules are important basics.

C. All guns are loaded all the time. Etc.

My youngest at 14 now has 4 years of practical experience with several weapons. A Ruger 22/45 was her first shooter, then several GLOCKS and her favorite (one she claims as her own...haha) is this 1992 GEN 2 Glock 17
that I bought new. I have some custom some custom stuff on this G17 and she loves shooting it.

She can pick up any pistol, load check it, clear it, take it down, put it together, load a magazine and chamber a round without direction.

And shoot it with precision if need be

She's partial to GLOCKS at the moment....but I made the mistake of letting her shoot my older Ruger Bearcat .22 single action. She loved shooting it and guess what..?....In order to keep my BearCat I HAD to buy a Talo Blackbird Ruger .22 for her..... DANG...!!! will it never end..!!!???

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cmon guys enough with the .22. These are teenage girls and you shouldn't treat them like 4 year olds. If the OP thinks that his daughters can handle it (which im sure they can) he should let them try bigger calibers. I kinda dont wanna say it but it feels like a extremely subtle sexist attitude. "They are female so they cant handle the big stuff." Didnt mean to flame anyone personally; to the OP, hope you have a good time.
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My kids had no problem with "bigger guns" my yougest daughter was shooting my .357 no problem after awhile, her favorite ended up being a 586 with .38 spl loads, and the ak is her favorite long gun. She was 11 and a whopping 85 probably.

Just go over the saftey lessons and handling at home so makes more comfortable out there....of course the ears and eyes
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Take along a .22 pistol and rifle, as noted above. First you walk, then you run, then you fly.

Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. (This includes safety!!!) Keep the targets close and easy at first. And reactive targets are great. If you have a cowboy or W3G range that will let you use their steel targets, that is perfect.

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Start with a .22 or .38 (mild loads) and teach them safety (I am sure you have got this covered).
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shoot bad so they feel good. tell them it happens now and then, build their confidence, DO NOT bring a large calibur loud heavy recoil handgun.
Make a bet between them on best shooter gets out of chores at home.
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best advise yet! Ha ha.

I still like the idea of the .22 first for them.. and yes safety is the main point I hope they have fun... hopefully the range isn't too crowded ..


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Start them out on a .22 pistol.

Take your time; sit them down and spend several minutes going over safe gun handling.

A. Keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction at all times.

B. Keep your finger straight and OUTSIDE the trigger guard until the weapon is pointed downrange and you are ready to fire. These two rules are important basics.

C. All guns are loaded all the time. Etc.

My youngest at 14 now has 4 years of practical experience with several weapons. A Ruger 22/45 was her first shooter, then several GLOCKS and her favorite (one she claims as her own...haha) is this 1992 GEN 2 Glock 17
that I bought new. I have some custom some custom stuff on this G17 and she loves shooting it.

She can pick up any pistol, load check it, clear it, take it down, put it together, load a magazine and chamber a round without direction.

And shoot it with precision if need be

She's partial to GLOCKS at the moment....but I made the mistake of letting her shoot my older Ruger Bearcat .22 single action. She loved shooting it and guess what..?....In order to keep my BearCat I HAD to buy a Talo Blackbird Ruger .22 for her..... DANG...!!! will it never end..!!!???

Her Talo gets picked up Tuesday at OC ARMORY. Here it is.




Of course Dad has to hold it until she's 18...hehehe

Her GLOCK 17



I am glad you're educatiing your teenagers on weapons. We owe our kids a gun education these days.

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Great photo. Only way it could be better would be if she was shooting a classic S&W wheelgun instead of... that... thing.
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Great photo. Only way it could be better would be if she was shooting a classic S&W wheelgun instead of... that... thing.
LOL.....looks like I'am going to dig out my Model 66 from the bowels of safe number 2. ...hehehe
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well, forgot to take pictures, but I have to say 1 word...

SUCCESS!

They both had a great time, spent about 1/2 hour with each individually... started off with one round at a time (thanks for that) they shot very well... and had a great time!

I can say for certainty that they learned the basics of handgun safety, and have respect for the gun, and found out they CAN do it, and that it was FUN so ... WIN
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