My wife and I went to an indoor range last night and another couple came in after a few minutes and started shooting in the lane next to us. I wasn’t seeing the girl do very much and at one point there was a conversation going on between them that made me ask her if this was her first time to shoot a gun. She said it was, and I could tell she was very apprehensive about it. My wife has had problems with her hand bruising when she shoots, so I just bought her a S&W 22 M&P 2.0 that we were trying for the first time. I encouraged the girl to step into our lane and try the 22. I assured her there was almost no recoil. When she picked up the gun, I realized she knew nothing at all about shooting, not even how to hold the gun. As soon as I realized that, I took the gun back, removed the magazine, racked the gun to remove the bullet in the chamber and showed her it was empty. I love helping people, so I really enjoyed showing her how to properly hold the gun and explained that the slide moves when the gun is shot, etc. It was difficult to get her to keep her hands in the right position, but eventually she very nervously shot one time. The boyfriend was there watching, too. I’m not sure how much he really knew either. I hated to see someone be handed a gun without any apparent training at all. I really believe in having someone new to guns do nothing but hold it, aim it, and dry fire with it several times before ever loading it.
My wife and I talked about it afterwards and we couldn’t tell that we violated any range rules with what we did, but I’m curious of what your opinions may be with what we did. Is letting someone else into your lane to fire your gun alright or is that taboo?