I got a call at work last Friday afternoon from my friend Holly. She told me that she was interested in going to the range the next day to - get this! - prepare for the CCW class.
That's right. One of my chicks with guns (see blog sidebar) wants to get her CCW!
Thing was, Holly still isn't feeling very confident in her gun handling skills and wanted to bring a couple of friends with her, both who had never been shooting before. I offered to supervise and bring our .22 pistols - a good way to teach basic safety, grip, and sight picture to newbies without having to manage a lot of recoil. Holly said she was going to bring her H&K P2000, a 9mm.
I met Holly, Starla and Starla's husband Mikey at our local range where they had already acquired two lanes and a bunch of targets. They were eager to begin so I brought out the .22s and demonstrated the difference between a revolver and a semi-automatic and how each was loaded. I helped them with their grip and just let them shoot, telling them not to worry about aiming - I think it's better to feel what shooting is like before you start worrying about hitting the target.
Everyone did very well with their gun handling - muzzles were always pointed downrange and I had to give a Rule 3 reminder only once.
The H&K 9mm is a fine, efficient pistol to shoot - but honestly? There is so much slack between beginning to squeeze the trigger and the trigger actually doing something that it completely sucks for teaching trigger control. I suggested they try my Bersa instead - a little bit of recoil, a better trigger...everyone liked it. So much, in fact, that Holly is thinking of buying one for her carry gun and Mikey was asking for one for his birthday.