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An old teacher is interested in firearms related self defense, what info to send?

shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberPosts: 5,862 Senior Member
One of my old high school teachers who I stayed in touch with is interested in arming herself for home invasion following a spur of violent break ins near her. I told her I'd gather pertinent information for her to steer her in the right direction.

My plan was links on:

New Mexico gun laws and self defense laws
Links about how to get into shooting and learning
How to choose a carry gun

What else do I need, and do you guys have any specific recommendations?
- I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
"Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski


  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,339 Senior Member
    One of my biggest pushes is always for practice. Like many other items....bicycles, guitars, cars, painting....firearms take time to develop the skill set necessary to use them effectively. Because the wrong time to be figuring it out is when you need it.
    Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
    Winston Churchill
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,954 Senior Member
    How about steerimg her to this website. :tooth:

    Wielding the Hammer of Thor first requires you to lift and carry the Hammer of Thor. - Bigslug
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,807 Senior Member
    First impressions are all-important to the un-initiated. If she is unfamiliar with shooting, the most important thing is for her first experience to be positive.

    I have introduced a couple of people to firearms, and, not being a pro, I kept it very basic - the cardinal rules stressed repeatedly, etc. Hearing protection and de-emphasizing recoil are the most important thing, when the actual shooting starts. I start them with a .22 and stick with that till they are smiling and thinking they are pretty good, then up it to 9mm with practice loads. That is usually a smooth transition with a full-sized pistol. I use the CZ-75 with the .22 Kadet kit, and just switch the slide and magazine for 9mm.

    So, my point here is just that someone she trusts can give her a great start by taking away some of the fear, before turning her over to a pro. I always tell the people I help that they still need to do some homework and to select a teacher they like for the self-defense aspect, and then practice, practice, practice, with dry-fire and live-fire.
  • gunrunner428gunrunner428 Senior Member Posts: 1,018 Senior Member
    Among the selection, training, and practice that should go along with her decision, have her check out the interview with Massad Ayoob posted with this thread - http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?3188-interview-with-Mas-Ayoob - even if you print it out and hand it to her.

    While Mas can get pretty deep (as befits a professional, an expert witness, and a veteran LEO), he is articulate and logical in his ideas and recommendations. For someone new to the world of defensive shooting and planning, his experience and pointers are invaluable. A huge part of his philosophy is how you interact with law enforcement and the justice system should you ever need to fire a gun in self-defense, and it takes a lot of the mystery and uncertainty out of the process. Plus, his advice on the mind-set of the armed citizen is worth its weight in gold.
  • mythaeusmythaeus Senior Member Posts: 831 Senior Member
    Refer her to corneredcat.com. There's more pertinent information, most likely better expressed, on there that are geared towards women than you will be able to gather than anywhere else.

    "In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth and have begun striving for ourselves." - Siddhartha Gautama
  • shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior Member Posts: 5,862 Senior Member
    Done and done on all accounts, thanks for the info guys.
    - I am a rifleman with a poorly chosen screen name. -
    "Slow is smooth, smooth is fast, and speed is the economy of motion" - Scott Jedlinski
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    There is however no substitute for good structured classroom / range training.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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