TTAG reader and Free Fire Zone forumista Sivartius writes:
Ok, so first a little background. I’m a 26 year old man living in Northern California. I’ve always been interested in guns, but my Mom grew up in a (she thought) no gun home, and my dad died when I was very young. All the extended family live a long way away, and almost all of them are very strong liberal democrats. When I was 16, I managed to talk my Mom into letting me buy a Winchester bolt action single shot .22. A year later, I convinced her to let me buy a single shot 12 gauge. However, without anyone else to teach me, or to go shooting with, my progress has been slow, Until a couple years ago, I thought of myself as a 2nd amendment supporter, but I bought the “common sense gun laws” line. Then I found TTAG. My political awareness and my desire for more guns has grown a lot, but with a low income, my collection hasn’t . . .
Now for the present day. I won’t tell you her exact age, but my mom turns 6X on Thurs. And I was totally astounded when, in response to “What would you like for your birthday?” she responded “A gun.” She has never owned a firearm in her life, and while she has fired my .22 a few times, and even said it was fun, it was never something she was looking for. She just went along. Until last month, she never knew that her father owned a gun when she was young, and thought he was strongly anti-gun.
Not only did she want a gun, she wanted a handgun, and to get a CCW, and even to learn to hunt. When a handgun turned out to be beyond our current price range, she said that she would like a rifle. After some shopping around, (and me coming to my senses and realizing a Mossin Nagant was NOT a good first gun for a lady with short arms and arthritis in her wrists,) she ended up getting a Savage 64 “Tactical” model, because the carbine was not quite too long for her.
So now she’s looking for me to train her. Her rifle is caught in the 10 day limbo the state requires, but she’s getting it on the 4th and we’re going to take it to the range. The thing is, I’m feeling a little inadequate. Can I get some advice? I was thinking that if she agreed I might take her out tomorrow or Thurs (her birthday) with my single shot, but I’ve never even been to and Eddie the Eagle NRA thing. I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a crack shot. I know 1 “Guns are always loaded.” 2 “Never point your gun at something you don’t want to shoot.” 3 “Finger off the trigger.” and 4 ” Be sure of your target, and be sure of what’s beyond it. But really, any advice you can give would be appreciated.
Click here to read Kirsten Weiss’ reply at the TTAG forum