Too much recoil for wife
bad move having my wife shoot the XD9sc for the first time, I had her shoot my mark III today and it was still too much for her, any suggestions on guns?
She has to learn to get over her fear of fire arms. There is nothing with less recoil than a .22. Just work with her and be patience. She'll come around in due time. Good luck.
Last edited by Baldy; 01-06-2008 at 05:29 PM.
I had my ex shoot my .44 mag once. It bruised her palm and 'bout knocked her on her butt.
Start your wife out small-work your way up.
Many people who say they are bothered by "recoil" are actually bothered by "noise." Invite her to try plugs + muffs.
Or, she just doesn't want to go shooting, and she doesn't want to hurt your feelings, so she is making an excuse. If that's what's going on, let it go. She's an adult; she doesn't have to shoot guns, ride motorcycles, run 10Ks or anything else if she doesn't want to. There are plenty of things that she likes that you don't, and vice versa. If she doesn't want to have anything to do with guns, respect that.
yeah she is scared by the noise, she wore muffs and plugs today. She went to come back into the booth to try again and I told her dont worry. She has a major phobia. We are grom NJ and in NJ if you own a gun for the most part you are a hunter or kill people. She does not understand the sport yet.
Originally Posted by milquetoast
An airgun or an airsoft gun might be a first step. No recoil.
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Steve from NJ, this can't be! I'm Steve from NJ. I agree that most people's attitude in NJ is that if you're a gun owner you kill people and bury them in the Pine Barrens! I'm lucky that my gf loves to shoot. She is 5'3 100lbs, and handles the XD40SC no problem. For her birthday I'm surprising her with the XD9SC in OD, but don't tell anyone shhhh!
You can have her practice with an air pistol, but if she can't handle a .22 (I call BS if she says she can't) then there's not much hope.
I'd keep at it with the .22; make sure she's got a proper grip, and definitely make sure she can get her hands properly and comfortably around the grip. I prefer the stock Buckmark grip to the stock Mark III grip; it just feels more solid in my hands. If she can't get a good grip, it won't matter how well her body absorbs recoil, the gun will be about to come out of her hands on every shot. You may have to take her shopping; find her a pistol that feels to her like it was built for her hand, just like one of your own considerations should be that your pistols are comfortable to hold and ssolid in your hand. Anything less is going to cause problems. The Buckmark, Beretta Neos and Mk III are all between $200 and $300 and if you pick the right one she'll be shooting it a lot, so it's a good investment.
Also make sure she's lined up behind her shot. If she takes a Weaver stance, encourage her to take a Chapman; the recoil will FEEL harder since more of her body is absorbing it, but her arm will move less and allow her to reacquire her target more easily. If she takes an Isoceles, make sure she keeps the arms fully extended (maybe not locked) and leans into her shot just slightly. Shooting is not an activity where she can look girly and cute; she has to have decent form.
EDIT: Noise, huh? Well, definitely get her used to a .22. I'm amazed she could hear her own gun with muffs and plugs; she was probably jumpy with other larger guns being fired in close proximity. I'm not sure about NJ law regarding discharge in rural areas (are there even rural areas in NJ?), but you might consider going outlaw. That way there's no one in the next booth with a .357Mag feeding his ego, there's no enclosed space to contain and reflect the report of the pistols, and you can help her with her form and technique a little more closely, wink wink nudge nudge. Get her to relax. If she's uncomfortable around guns (or downright afraid of them), it will largely go away as she has more and more positive experiences with them. A little healthy respect for guns is definitely a good thing, but shooting at cans or a paper target is by no means a malicious or criminal activity.
My wifey told me she had the same issue with trying to shoot my Beretta 92 9mm - too much recoil!
I was conviced it was more the "noise" factor too, since she didn't seem to have too much of a problem with shooting her Single 6 .22 revolver. ( mind you it's got a big bark when shooting magnums) and it for the record it does have low recoil.
So I picked her up a new BERSA THUNDER in .380 for Xmas, & some Winchester 95 FMJ target rounds and took her to the range last Fri. to break it in, and let her get familiar to it.
She was very aprehensive a first, then very jumpy/flinching by "THE NOISE" when she squeezed the tigger more than the actual recoil, as such she wasn't hitting a thing. But I encouraged her to keep going and quit worring about accuracy. Just shoot.
It took a fair bit of coaxing and patience (on my part), but after helping/showing her grip/stance & overcoming the noise factor by adding ear plugs w/her over ear protection, she seemed to relax and was shooting pretty good a about 7yds.
After about 70rnds w/her BERSA, she piped up she wanted to try my 92 again, so I let her blast thru one mag. Mind you she didn't hit much since my targets were further out, but I'm pretty sure she's conquered her "big bang" fear, cause she laughed it off, and said "sure glad you like it", then went back to her targets until she ran out of .380 ammo.
She was commenting a bit on her sore hands (which I figured was very plausable since I too shot the little BERSA and noticed it did have actually quite a bit of recoil for a small framed auto), but continued to switch to her Single 6 till we decided to go home.
And hey if she's happy and had fun - well its all good.
She wants to go back this Fri. for more.
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