Six weeks ago I took a new shooter to the range. Today we went to the range again for her to try out numerous guns in preparation to buy a gun and take a class.
- Suppressed .22 Ruger 10/22
- Ruger P89 (9mm with lightly loaded 147 grain bullets)
- STI Edge (.40 S&W with lightly loaded 180 grain bullets)
- The Gun Blog 45 (.45 Auto with lightly loaded 230 grain bullets)
I had to correct her stance and give her some hints on the grip but after that she did really well. There were a few flyers but most were good solid A-Zone hits.
The stock was too long and she ended up putting it on top of her shoulder to get the proper eye relief and get it close enough she could hold it up. Still, she had great hits.
I had her shoot the Ruger P89 only in single action mode. My goal was to see how she handled the 9mm recoil in a fairly heavy gun. If that worked out okay I would have guided her to Glock or S&W M&P style gun.
Great hits (smaller holes are from the .22 rifle):
Then the STI Edge in .40 S&W:
There was one flyer:
She said she liked that gun the best so far.
On to the Gun Blog 45. Even though these were light loads with a MV of just under 775 fps (PF of about 178) she fired one shot and said that was enough.
I rented a Sig 238 (.380 Auto) and she liked it before she even touched it. We did a little dry firing, then actual shooting. She really liked it. She had great hits and after shooting about a half dozen magazines said she was done. She really liked the .380.
She had three flyers. But she shot a lot more good solid hits.
We put away the guns, washed up, and went to the store where her husband ordered and paid for a Sig Sauer 238 and two extra magazines.
I will probably do some more coaching to prepare them for the May General Defensive Handgun class from Insights.
That’s great! Wonderful to hear of someone coming over to be a new gun owner and happy about it! Maybe she’ll share her positive experience with others and more will become gun owners. Thanks for your efforts and sharing this experience with us.
Way to go, Joe! A victory in the freedom culture war!
Congrats on the new shooter, and that Sig P238 is a great carry gun. And damn fun to shoot.
Excellent choice signing them up for the GDH class by Insights. They will learn a lot and come away better shooters.