One of the greatest challenges we can face in the firearms community these days is getting women to want to shoot. Though women are showing more interest in owning and carrying guns for protection, that doesn’t mean that they all are suddenly interested in becoming a master shooter and being gun nuts. Getting a spouse or girlfriend to shoot is a huge accomplishment for many people. It is even better when they want to learn to be proficient and be able to handle themselves with a firearm. But you must remember to take it slow and remember that they are learning and that takes time, repetition, patience, patience, and more patience. No one picks up these skills overnight.
Many people prefer to teach someone the basics of shooting with a rifle due to the fact that they are generally alot easier to control, and therefore adds to shooter confidence, leading them to want to continue learning new things. I always recommend having your spouse learn to handle firearms in an actual class taught by professional and credible instructors where their actions can be monitored in a controlled setting. But beyond the classroom, I have found that drills generally inspire personal competition and therefore stimulates the desire to learn in order to get better.
When setting up drills for your spouse though, I recommend starting off with simple things that are basic. Things like learning to bring the weapon up, take the safety off, fire a shot or two on target, and bring the weapon back down while putting the weapon back on safe and taking their finger off the trigger. This will seem very basic for alot of people, but it can be new and somewhat challenging for a new shooter. You can add a timer if they agree to it, but don’t try to force it on them. Learning to shoot is a choice for people who are not obligated to use one for their day job, so remember to not be pushy.
Another drill that I like to teach is reload drills. Have your spouse shoot a magazine until it runs dry, do a reload, and fire one more shot. Again, you can see if they want to use a timer when they get more used to the sequence of the drill, but be prepared for them to decline.