Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Baby Steps

I can't believe I completely neglected to mention this.

My mom held one of my Sigs over the weekend. In fact, she knew I was heading to the range with my brother and asked to see what I had. This is the 1st time she's ever held a gun other than on a police range with a cop within arms length of her. Interestingly, she seems a bit unnerved that none of my guns have safeties


the pistolero said...

That's why you need to buy you a good 1911, though cocked-n-locked might spook her. But every gun nut needs at least one. ;-)

mike's spot said...

they don't have traditional safeties, but they still have safeties :)

I often have to explain that difference to new shooters who try a glock or even a wheel gun.

both have safeties built into them to prevent accidents, its just not a traditional lever.

my mom went from not being anti- but just not shooting much to carrying concealed and going to the range with me regularly. The difference was I just had to take the time to show her how to shoot, and find a gun she liked.

Sometimes I think thats a tough thing for significant others to convey, and its a role easier filled by the children or other family members.

NotClauswitz said...

Cool that she took a look. My wife's old house-mate expressed interest in shooting a gun that, as she put it you: *smack* (hand against fist) and (finger straight) *Pow* shoot - so not a revolver then... :-) But maybe not a .45 P220 either.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the both of you. The whole safety thing was unnerving to Better Half for a time, too, until I explained that every firearm's primary safety is between your ears. She thought about that for a while, and is ok with it not. Hell, she went shotgun shopping with me a while back, and that was one hell of a step - it takes time, but it is worth it :).

Julie said...

great news !!!!!! i finally got my mum out on the range with me awhile back (after many years). Started here with the .22 (Ruger) and then loaded a mag for my Springfield (9mm), thinking she'ld shoot a round or two and give up .. .nope - 40 rounds later she was still interested!

Mike W. said...

Pistolero - Yup. I do need a 1911
Then again I also need a revolver, a .32 pocket gun, another AR lower, another P228....... the list goes on and on.

I also need to get a DE CCDW eventually

Mike - Yup, sigs have a whole bunch of safeties. Basically they're not going off unless you either pull the trigger or manually lower the hammer on a live round (I'm not even sure you can do the latter, but why would you try?)

I have a few lady friends who may be interested in heading to the range. We shall see.

Jay G said...


Good on ya, brother. Come this spring, I'm bringing Mom G. to the range for the first time in, oh, about 40 years.

Gonna bring the Remington Nylon 66, which was her favorite rifle back when she used to go shooting with Dad G. in the sand pits (tells you how long ago THAT was).