What does your wife want to shoot? This is something men need to learn: Men buy guns that most women won’t shoot. That is, men will buy that ideal self-defense gun, maybe a 9mm or a shotgun, and hand it to their wife. They might get them to shoot it once. As a result, some women at the range are pressed into service by the male club members who ask them to get their wives to shoot.
The first thing the lady coach does is take away whatever gun the husband has provided and hand them a .22 pistol. She moves the target in close and works them through the basics. It’s amazing to watch the transformation from a timid shooter into one with confidence. Even problems can be fun. I watched the coach take away a .38 snub nose from a student and hand her a six-shot .22 revolver. She loved it.
She had another student whose husband had just purchased a Sig 22 after she refused to shoot a 45. Since the Sig is notorious for feed issues, you would think that the “student” would be frustrated. But, since the coach was able to patiently explain why you needed to understand clearing issues, her student later said that learning to handle problems was the most interesting and fun part of the day.
This lady coach started with two women who didn’t want to even handle a gun much less be at the range and ended up with two new excited shooters.
What does your wife want to shoot? Don’t buy something you want. Start them with something they can handle. “Better to hit with a .22 than miss with a .45”.
Does this sound like something you may have been through? I know I have. That’s why my wife owns a .22. Tell me your experience in the comments box below. I’d like to hear it.