The Mrs, coming around

I was kind of in the opposite position. After being married to a duck hunter for 30 years, I was looking for something we could do together (I don’t like to eat the ducks he brings home). Knowing his dad had been a LEO and then an FFL, hubby was familiar with handguns, I asked him to teach me about handguns. Being a smart man, he refused and said I should take a class to see if it was something I would enjoy. He was content with his shotguns but would go along with whatever I decided. He did tell me that if I was interested, he would buy me a .22 to learn on and I could take it from there. So, I took a NRA Basic Pistol Class and was hooked. It seemed I was a “natural” according to my instructor. All I knew at that point was I loved shooting. A suggestion was made that I should get my CCW. After talking to my husband, family members, even my pastor, I decided that I am my own first responder and I could (and would defend myself if needed), I took a CCW course. I was the only woman in the class, the oldest first timer that my instructor had taught the course to. Fast forward a few years, and I’ve been carrying daily for 14 years. I own several handguns in various calibers from a full size 1911 .45 right down to a .22 caliber for plinking. My most carried handgun is a 9mm sub-compact. (I love the challenge of shooting the short barrels.) Yes, I still have that .22 caliber Browning Buckmark! I love going to the range and often go alone. I am gratified to see that more and more women are at the range now. When I started, I was usually the only woman there. Keep encouraging your wives to shoot. You can’t always be there when something bad happens. Don’t try to teach them on your own. We don’t always take direction well from husbands. Find a range and a gun store that’s not condescending to women. Encourage them to ask questions. It may take time. I was carrying for abut 4 years when my sister asked if I ever gotten my CCW. (She still doesn’t shoot, darn it.) Patience is the key here. Oh, and don’t ever pick out a handgun for her!!! She’ll never shoot it, if she doesn’t like it.

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I started my wife early with a 22lr pistol. She preferred a 38spl revolver. That was over 50 years ago. She can no longer handle the centerfire pistols or double action triggers and is back to a Glock 44 22lr. Also has a S&W 15-22 rifle set up for home defense with a flashlight and instant on red dot. We practice and shoot at 3-15 yards which are HD distances. She does pretty well. Our kids are shooters.
We have been practicing a different technique using a Ruger Charger 22lr with a cheek weld and overhand grip on the fore end. It works amazingly well and may well be her new HD firearm. Much easier to shoot accurately than a handgun and not as bulky as a long gun. Look up Demonstrated Concepts on Utube.

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Great news!! But, if I may make a suggestion, keep your circle small. Less that know, less that show up for help, if unprepared! Be blessed!

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@Brian352 >> no offense but, some people don’t want to live in fear, and secrecy. Fun and friendships is a sad thing to wast , as you can see there is no shortage of it here and I don’t think any USCCA member will be knocking at your door. Jump in and have a little fun, there is no extra charge or shipping cost.
COME ON DOWN .

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Point taken. I’m all in! Just live in a somewhat rough and very unprepared neighborhood, so I tend to be cautious. My girl is not so afraid of firearms, but had to have eye surgery so she could see to shoot! Lol. Now the fun begins!

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@Sinbad >> I admire your hard work and determination to make a better life for you and yours, but don’t let life slip thru you fingers. Take or make time to make special memories with your friends and family because one of the things you will learn too late in life is that you can never turn the hands of time back but you can slow them down by enjoying the ( NOW )

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@Blacky That’s good advice to all of us. Sincere thanks for your concern. I appreciate it.

A little context might be in order. My wife and I work for a church and Christian school ministry. Our kids attend that school. My second job is tied to this ministry. It’s not like I’m leaving one job, driving to a different location and working for a few more hours. So we really do live pretty much all of life together. The kids ride to school with us, hang out in my office or my wife’s classroom until school starts, and then come back to that same space immediately after school. We get a first hand view of their friends, acadmeic progress in school, etc. We pretty much have our nose up every aspect of their lives and like it that way! Graduate school is 100% online. And I have great flexibilty with my time (I can do grad work “on the clock”). Or I’m doing that in the hours in which the rest of my family is in bed. I’ve made it to all of my son’s basketball games thus far with one exception. I think I made every volleyball game for my daughter. Our lives are a strange mix of work, church, family. It’s a blessed life!

Balance is nearly impossible for any of us to find. Like many things in life, I don’t think proper balance is a destination, it’s a journey and maybe even a dance. I’m not stating that we have it right. And I do sincerely appreciate a friend whispering a kind reminder in my ear. We all need it.

None of this is meant defensively or as a rebuttal. Just sharing with a friend. Sincere thanks.

I probably won’t be on this forum much in the near future. The next class started today. Hanging on for the ride! Posting this as a study break. =)

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Way to go Sinbad <<<

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Good for you! Take classes whenever and wherever you can. Nothing like trigger time under the tutelage of a good instructor. Take the classes and religiously practice the things you’ve been taught. Gun skills are Perishable.

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Need more women with your attitude

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