Basic Gun Handling - more complex than I thought...

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Basic Gun Handling - more complex than I thought...

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When you 'grow up with guns' like many of us have, you get so used to the mechanics and basics that it becomes second nature, like tying your shoes, but after watching this basic 'gun handling' video - https://youtu.be/5CjRJbsTzcY - I realized that to a never-held-a-gun-before person, it really does seem COMPLEX.

I think Lena Miculek does a GREAT job of explaining such stuff in a 'non-threatening' way that can appeal to the first-time gun owner, particularly females.

I've shared the video link to many new female shooters already.
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THANKS!!
Sent that to some new shooters.
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She could teach almost anyone about gun handling. That lady can shoot. Of course, she has one of the best teaching her.
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We teach a number of NRA basic firearms courses at our range and I especially like to work with the new shooters. Both the kids (over 12) and the women are the most fun as they start out a bit intimidated with our club single shot 22lr carbines but by the end of the lesson I'm up for letting most of them choose to try one of my personal center fire carbines for a few test shots; either my Rossi .357mag Carbine, my M1 Carbine, my Mini-14, or my AR.

I help them heft and then shoulder the unloaded carbines, one at a time to allow them to feel each before they choose the one they want to try. Interestingly, well over half choose the M1 Carbine while most of the rest choose the Mini-14 (set up to look like a Mini M14). In truth, they like the Rossi but are a bit intimidated trying to cycle the action. However, those that do give it a go love it and that's why I worked up some really light puff loads for them.

Interestingly, few even give a second look at the AR as they tell me that the other carbines look less threatening and are much more compact and easy to hold. Most tell me that the AR is too bulky to hold comfortably even though it weight less than my Mini-14. I've got to agree with them, even though I have it, my AR Carbine is my least favorite long gun I own. In fact, I only have it because my son wanted one and so we both have them to shoot together.

I've found that as a whole, women as beginner shooters do better, many much better, than beginner men shooters. I think that it's mainly that they don't assume that they already know how to do it and so they listen to our pointers more closely and concentrate on the basics better. Especially our beginner pistol shooters where there have been a few women I've helped that took to shooting very quickly.

One in particular that I remember was an absolute natural and after giving her some help with her stance and grip, she proceeded to out shoot her experienced boyfriend. :shock: He was not taking it well either. :lol:
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It is hard to beat a 357 Magnum levergun with 38 Special loads for a first-centerfire-rifle to fire, especially one of the little 16" ones....!
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Until I went into the service I had no "formal" firearms training. My dad and uncle were much sterner task masters than any military firearms instructor I ever met. The rules were explained and behavior monitored and correct until you got it right every time.

These lessons paid dividends every time I pick up a firearm.
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Thanks for that link -- sending it to the daughter who lives in zombieland. And I'm watching it again, too!
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This video from Rob Leatham is another great 'first gun' video.... https://youtu.be/li0rGtXh23I
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