Last Thursday, I found myself at the range with a very experienced, well practiced shooter and someone else who saw a gun in a movie once.
The man new to shooting required a lot of instruction. When I say "a lot," I mean it in the same way that the Hoover Dam took a lot of cement to make.
I swear I have never been that nervous around firearms.
The other shooter and I explained our pistols. We had both brought Glocks that night. We taught him how to operate the pistols. We explained the internal safeties. We explained safe operation. We stressed muzzle awareness. We repeated the safety rules repeatedly and again.
Right after explaining hand placement and how to work the slide, he cuts his hand on the slide (gives himself a nice blood blister anyway).
He dry fired a few times and we loaded a single round into the first pistol.
We told him to keep the weapon pointed down range and to keep his finger straight until he was on target.
The first thing he does is pick it up with his finger in the trigger well and turns around with it. We yelled at him to turn around and face the target. So he does it again. When he was not doing the hokey pokey with it, he was looking down the barrel.
Among the questions he asked that night:
"Why is it so loud? The movies aren't that loud."With a few exceptions, I think that everyone should own a firearm. Of those, most people should carry them.
(referring to a bullet) "This little thing can kill someone?"
"Why does it kick so much?"
"So if I..."
I think he may be one of the few.