No pictures and little detail (for various reasons), but I had a range trip today with another new female shooter. It was fantastic. She has had a bad experience in her only other hands on range trip. This was a very important range trip indeed. We started with .22 LR and some fun target shooting and breaking the ice. The ultimate goal was for her to shoot the full size Springfield XDm 9mm and really, truly enjoy it. The .22 was a hit and there were smiles. I spent a good deal of time working on proper fundamentals and in the end, we got our first round fired. It was dead on target. What was more important? The smile. It was enjoyable. She fired about 5 or 6 more rounds in a spectacular group and was happy and content. I had brought a lot more guns and ammunition, but she was very happy and wanted to end on a positive note. My advice when shooting is always take it slow. Usually I mean take it slow while working on your fundamentals. In this case, taking it slow meant this was a great first time and we have lots of time in the future to build on this experience. She was happy and I was thrilled.
The bonus on this trip was that we also had an unknown new shooter. Her husband and son had come along and the son told me he had never fired a handgun. Well, step right up. We had a blast. The husband had brought small oranges and grapefruit. I had brought balloons and high visibility targets. It was a fun time. By far the best was when I let the son shoot some fruit my Glock 23. I loaded it with some inexpensive Remington green and white box jacketed hollow points for a little more spectacular display. Vaporization of citrus is quite humorous.
I couldn't be happier. They are getting an XDm for her and we will be right back out to work on the next steps.