Monday, January 30, 2012


I'm getting some range time tomorrow. 

It's not all just for me, though--I'm going to be teaching a very good friend (claimed kin--her mom was my male genetic donor's first wife's second cousin, and my mom was wife #3) a bit about shooting.  She's shot a bit, but mostly rifle.  I'll be taking her out for some handgun tomorrow. 

She doesn't know much of anything about guns--except what she's seen in the movies, which is wrong.  I've told her the four rules, and her reaction was priceless: she blinked and said something along the lines of why do those need to be articulated?  They're just common sense.

(Alas, common sense isn't.)

She's earned a post-graduate degree in an area of studies that tilts farther left than the English department, and has been put into contact with those disadvantaged individuals similar to those who make up the Occupy Whatever movement--only, not so middle class to wealthy in background.  She's had a major wake up since then, and has come over to the Dark Side (we have cookies--nice, fresh, warm, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies) of conservatism and prepping. 

Part of that, she rightly concludes, is being prepared to defend herself. 

Thus, the range trip.  I plan to take a few guns--mostly .22 for learning the basics, followed by defensive pieces like my beloved CZ-82, and a couple of others (at least one of which will be in her affordability range).  I will not bring the Charter airweight snubbie .38--I'm an experienced novice, and I hate that gun.  It kicks.  Hard.  Even with the nice, rubber grips.  No way am I exposing a good friend with next to no experience to that (her husband, on the other hand...but that's a different story, and one I don't have permission to share). 

I also don't want to influence her against revolvers (though my personal preferences lean toward autos), so I'm having another good friend come along, and bring a full sized, steel-framed .357 and some underpowered .38 rounds (he doesn't have such a critter as a .22 revolver, and Odysseus's revolver only likes him). 

So, to any more experienced teacher: eyes, ears, breasts (important for a woman whose shirt will gape when she uses the Weaver stance, as mine does, and as hers will) protected; muzzle, target, trigger discipline.  Safe storage--which means out of the reach of children small and large.  Proper maintenance--cleaning and making sure parts that rub together are properly lubricated.  What else do I need to make sure she knows?


  1. Hot brass stuck in your bra is a far better reason to "Get the little lady a revolver." than most of the common gun store know-it-alls give.

    Granted I'm not sure I could see most of them muster up the courage to get into....that topic even if it occurred to them.

  2. I can't resist.....your opening paragraph makes for an interesting 'family tree'.....

  3. Yeah...and that's on the mild side of what's there. Odysseus's family tree is even more interesting.

  4. Odysseus' comment alludes to my advice...proper attire. V-neck sweaters, tank tops, open toed shoes...bad idea.

  5. Shepherd K: I made sure to tell her to wear a high-necked shirt, and she knew enough to wear a pair of hiking boots.