It's all over the Internet-April 15Th buy a gun day. Me I figure any day is a good day to buy a gun. However lets add a few things. Like today is the day I educate a new gun owner about safety. Colonel Cooper's four rules:
1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.
Next: Lets try some dry fires,breathing control, sight pictures, proper stances,strong hand holding,weak hand holding,two hand grips, flinching. Damn there seems to be a lot to this gun shit. If you are going to own one train with it dammit! Before you buy that gun join the NRA. Get to know everything there is about a weapon before the first round is fired.
Do your research. My 22 year old granddaughter is 5' and weighs 105 pounds. She can't even lift my 50 caliber rifle let alone use it. She will shoot in the 10 ring all day with her Smith & Wesson 38 special 642.
Take that new shooter to the range. No matter what their choice of weapons was that they purchased, if they never shot before let them use one of your 22's. Let him get used to the smell of gun powder, the surrounding bangs of the other lanes. Let him or her feel the thrill of that first 10 ring shot. Once the 22 is comfortable move up a caliber. That 38 is only slightly bigger. Make it enjoyable.
When done for the day take him or her home with you. Show them how to disassemble and clean the weapons. Hopefully we will have added not only a new shooter, but one who will become a safe life time shooter.
And yes tomorrow will be: My hand wrapped around my new Para PDA, and of course in .45ACP