I am in the process of purchasing a shotgun for my wife, and wonder if any one has any suggestions for instruction for her to shoot. I would try to teach her myself, but I'm not the best shot, and I figure a qualified instructor could teach her better than I could, not to mention would probably be more patient! HA! I live in the St. Louis area in Illinois. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks and happy hunting!
I'm not in your area so can't recommend any classes, but I would like to say that I bought my wife a set of 12 ga. snap-caps. They helped her get familiar with loading, ejecting, cycling, aiming, etc. before teaching her with live rounds.
Didn't work in the autoloader w/manual cycling, but it worked fine in the pump shotty.
Sean, Welcome to Jesses. ###I'm sure you will get a lot of good info hear. ###I'm not in your area either but along with shaginators advice, I would say that one of your local shooting ranges has got to have some kind of ladies group or club. ###They should have some good advice on how to get your wife started shooting. ###If she hasn't taken a gun safety class, that might help also.
Let us know what you find so we can share it with those of us who haven't got our wives behind the barrel.
Thanks for the response fellas, I'm embarassed to say that my local shooting range is a joke full of drunks with bad attitudes. They have the attitude up there that if your grandfather wasn't a member here, than you don't belong. (I enjoy a few beers just as much as the next guy, just not while I'm shooting) I did get some good info from a local outfitters store in St. Louis, they gave me a name and number of a fella who has been instructing for 30 years, when I asked his rates he chuckled and said the satisfaction of succesfuly teaching others the proper techniques to shooting and watching them succeed was payment enough! God bless the passionate!
One tip I would have is to try to keep her from competing with you on shooting. ###I have taught a couple of women how to shoot various guns and they start to get frustrated when they don't shoot as good as you right off. ###So now if I am showing them how to shoot I won't shoot until they improve. ###When they are tired we'll pack it in and call it a day.
Get a gun that fits her and don't try and teach her yourself. ###I've heard lots of guys say the second out of a past bad experience. ###Remember, in that case, the instructor doesn't have to drive home with the student and live with them. ###
Songdog, I couldn't agree more, I found an older gentelman who is a professional shooting instructor, who charges nothing! He says he just enjoys teaching shooting.
I just put a browning gold hunter micro 20 gauge. it is a beautiful gun, and she is very excited about shooting it. found it for 746.00 and then we get the 100 dollar rebate on top of it, thats a great price on a great gun, (I just havent broke the news to her yet that is also going to be my new slug gun for deer season next year! (wink wink) HA! anyways, thanks for the replies fellas!