Rev wrote:I have a coworker who is 4ft 5 and is interested in learning about firearms...She's a little frightened of firearms but she understands that her fear is illogical and as a responsible adult she should have at least a working knowledge. Her husband would like for her to be able to use one for self defense within the home and she's also interested for the same reason.
armydawg11b wrote:Ok guys, he mentioned "carrying for self defense." I dont think this little lady is going to be slinging a .22 rifle of any sort on a daily basis, and if you advised him to tell her to start with a .22 rifle for home defense, you should jump in front of the next huge face moving BOV you see! <snip> By all means get her a rifle, yes a smaller .22, to teach her the basic fundamentals of marksmanship. Do not let her think its all she needs for self defense. good luck man.
Nobody was advocating carrying a .22 rifle for self-defense, nor using one for home defense. Those of us who advocated a .22 rifle, or pistol, were advocating it as a training tool. The idea here is to get a very small-statured person with no experience with firearms interested in the subject. The .22 is the ideal training tool, because it's inexpensive to shoot, and the mild recoil makes it easier to diagnose, and treat, various problems like flinching, anticipating recoil, etc.
An airgun can be a great lead-in to firearms, because it's even milder, even quieter, even cheaper, and, perhaps most importantly, "just a BB gun." This can overcome a psychological objection to firearms, while being used to teach basic firearms safety and marksmanship.
Note the thread title: "Starting Firearm" not "Home Defense Firearm."
I would also suggest thinking of rifle and pistol as two different skill sets, and learning rifle first. A pistol is harder to shoot well than is a rifle. My suggestion would be along these lines:
1. Air rifle
2. .22 rifle
3. .22 pistol
4. Let her borrow/rent some centerfire arms and see what she likes. Start small: a pistol-caliber carbine, whether that means a levergun or a 9mm Hi-Point (the carbine, not the pistol), and a .380 or .32 pistol.
Rev wrote:Been trying to find a decent instructor set up in our part of Ohio since she's told me she'd feel more comfortable learning about firearms in a group/classroom setting.
Try asking at local shooting ranges, whether they offer basic safety and marksmanship classes, or know anyone who does.