Monday, May 9, 2011
Bringing Someone Along
A lady friend of mine whom I have often taken to the range, has just bought herself a gun. I did not pressure her to buy this one over that one, but rather let her shoot everything I owned, and anything I could talk my friends into letting her shoot. I emphasized that if she bought one for herself, it should, first and foremost, “fit” her. That is the piece should come to point in her grip reasonably close to what she’s aiming at so as to minimize the final tweaking of the sight picture.
She wanted something in a major caliber, that is 9mm or larger that was low maintenance as far as learning the fiddly details like cleaning and correcting malfunctions, at a modest price. She found a 4” Ruger Security six in .357.
She likes the part of practicing with relatively cheap .38 special ammo, and having the option of the .357s power should the occasion call for it. Think bowling pins.
Having bought the gun, she’s looking at it in much greater detail than she did with the loaners she used before, and is developing a variation of the soldiers attitude toward it. “This is my rifle. There are others like it, but this one is mine, and I’m going to love it and hug it and squeeze it until its eyeballs pop out.”
Now comes the fun part: accessorizing. The gun came in its original cardboard box. No accessories. So what is needed, and in what order? Here’s my list:
1)Ear Muffs. Electronic ones can be had at Harbor Freight for about $20. Non-electronic ones work better.
2) Cleaning kit. These can be had low buck from the big box stores complete with solvent and oil. If the solvent is missing, there’s Butches Bore Shine, although I’m sure everybody out there has a different favorite.
3)Holster. This is not particularly a CCW gun, but could be. My suggestion would be an OWB rig in leather, with a retention strap. Something that stays open when the gun is out so the gun goes back in one handed.
4)Speed loaders. 2 each, in a belt-mounted holder.
5)Carry Case. The soft ones are relatively cheap. It needs to hold the gun and speed loaders at a minimum. A small range bag might be the ticket here. For that matter, a small gym bag might work just about as well and doesn’t scream GUN if you wind up carrying it about in public.
That should cover the basics. Anything important I forgot?