It's just been slow here.
Yesterday I took a neighbor shooting. She said that it was only her second time shooting a gun, but she was great. She understood that guns are dangerous to the user if not handled properly and her respect for the weapons was evident, however she wasn't scared of them and she followed my instructions and retained what I'd told her in my initial safety briefing. Being new, she had few bad habits to un-learn, and though she had trouble working a few slides and double-action triggers, she concentrated on what she was doing and almost every shot went right where it was supposed to. It was an excellent day out, both for her and for me watching.
Weapons used were as follows:
Walther PPK, caliber .380 ACP
Smith and Wesson Model 642, .38 Special 2"
Smith and Wesson Model 66, .357 magnum. 4" (she still shot light .38 loads)
Browning "Hi-Power", Model of 1935. 9mm
Smith and Wesson M&P 40, .40 S&W, borrowed from another shooter.
Marlin Model 1894 lever-action rifle, .357 magnum
She wants to buy a handgun, and eventually a long gun, both mainly for self-defense, so we tried a few representative samples that fit her rather small hands. I'm thinking that the Kahr 9mm would have been a good addition, but I don't have one. Anyone else have recommendations for a small-handed shooter? And for a long gun, next time out we'll try the M1 carbine as well. I'm thinking a 20ga. shotgun'd do her well, too.
She shot a lot, all close-in and with no time constraints, but the point this time was familiarization and technique, just working on being safe and smooth. If you're smooth, speed will come. But a good foundation with solid technique and safety has to come first. To her credit, she was there. In fact, she was there so much that when three yahoos showed up and started to shoot rather carelessly, she pointed it out to me. I was very proud. And she can shoot with me any time.