I have three uncles on my mom’s side. They’ve always hunted, but never had handguns. Last time one of my uncles was in town, my mom (not a huge gun fan) asked me to take them to the range. Of course I responded! We had a great time - and my uncle ribbed his brothers about having shot a handgun before they had. Two days later, one of my other uncles messages that his son-in-law’s father took him to the range and he had shot handguns too.
Awesome, right? Those two uncles are both in town this week and requested a trip to the range. Like I’d say no!
I took them and went through the same safety procedures I go through when I don’t know how someone shoots. After going through my own safety briefing, I only have them put one round in the firearm for the first shot of the range time. I am so glad I did! My mom’s grip was timid and I didn’t let her shoot until she fixed it. One reminder was all it took and she had a great time - and decent grouping!
The uncle I’ve shot with before has some memory issues, so we spent some time reviewing what we’ve gone through before. He had a great time as well - and was appropriately cautious and asking questions.
The uncle I’ve never shot with wanted to cross his thumbs on the back of the gun the first 4 or 5 times he shot. So I was very aware of his grip and stance. I almost felt like I was being mean correcting him so much. A lot of people from the older generation do not like being corrected by younger generations - and I didn’t want him feeling that I was disrespecting him. I just wanted him to be safe.
My mom texted later to let me know both uncles talked about how great of a time they had at the range and how awesome of a teacher I had been.
I never realize how much I’ve learned until I work with others who are just starting out.
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It would have been my grandparents 84th wedding anniversary today, so it was an especially timely trip to the range with my uncles and my mom this week.