In the article, I go over my experience taking a new shooter to the range and show John Lovel’s experience taking an anti to the range.
I also provide some tips on how to ensure a positive experience for these new shooters. Here are the bullet points, but I recommend rifling through the article so you can have the best shot possible for a good experience with new shooters. (and I’m think I’m out of puns I can work into a single sentence…)
The key to taking new shooters to the range is to give them a good experience. Another lady I’ve met had the exact opposite experience of the two previously mentioned women. This gal was at a friend’s house and they got talking about guns. So this guy pulled out one of his guns to talk about them and show them off. Except this guy was a complete idiot, didn’t handle them safely, and had a negligent discharge inside his home. Not only is that a felony in some states, not only did he almost kill someone, but now this lady has sworn she will never touch a gun and completely shut down all discussion about them when I tried to broach the topic.
Teach the rules of gun safety
Give them a SAFE experience
Be casual and focus on fun
Answer questions in a civil manner
Take new shooters to the range – it works. Taking someone who is on the fence about guns really is the best way to grow the 2nd Amendment community.