Yeah, you might say that...
BabyGirl G. had her very first trip to the range. #1 Blogdaughter and her SD (Sweet Daughter) were kind enough to host us at Geodkyt's backyard range. SD volunteered to help BBG with the learning process, since she's an old pro at shooting (has been for four years, even though she's a couple years younger than BBG). I took TheBoy to the range for his first time when he was ten, and BBG was ready, too.
For targets, I brought along steel poppers, figuring that the ping of a successful hit was way better than seeing a hole in a paper plate (it was). #1 Blogdaughter had some expired soda cans to shake up and blast to kingdom come, and SD put together an awesome reactive target that was a large sheet of cardboard with easter peeps glued to it in several different rows. Talk about a hit!
We started BBG out on SD's Cricket, figuring that a single shot rifle was a great starter. After BBG mastered loading and firing the Cricket, we graduated to a repeater:
(we also came up with a better rest...)
That's my Remington 572 Fieldmaster .22LR pump-action, which BBG proceeded to use to devastating effect on the resident peepulation. It took her a few tries to get used to the pump action (and much like Lissa with the lever gun, a few times she ejected a live round), but once she had the routine down she was quite effective with the iron sights.
A few rounds of observation and she was ready for the main event:
(That sound you hear is Chuck Schumer quietly weeping...)
Yes, that's a eeeeeevil black rifle ("evil FDE rifle" doesn't have quite the same ring) with a .22 LR conversion kit in it courtesy of the good folks at CMMG (it's their Bravo unit, and I cannot say enough good things about it. It had a few stovepipes, but overall we put several hundred rounds through it with very good results).
And yes, we did correct the lean so that she wasn't about to fall over. Thanks to Brownells for the Magpul furniture - it really made a difference in how she was able to handle the Bushmaster. The Redfield Counterstrike was a huge hit as well, with the red/green dot amazingly dead-on at 25 yards (it was zeroed at 50 yards for .223 Remington, then taken off the rifle for the furniture change and I wasn't sure how the zero would hold. It was perfect).
Did she enjoy her first time? You tell me:
Yeah, I'd say that qualifies as a genuine new shooter grin.
That is all.