Learning to shoot | My journey to be like Glenda
From Working in a Gun Store to Working on the Range
Over the next few months I’m going to share my journey of going from a normal girl working a 9-5 retail job, to working on the range and learning how to shoot and how to market that skill for my store. I'm Bre Neadow, @G_and_Bre and I was working at the best gun store in Virginia, (yea a little bias) Chesapeake Pawn and Gun, when my boss, the owner, Glenda Craddock asked me if I wanted to do more.
Of course, I jumped at the opportunity before I even knew what it entailed. She told me we were going to start going to the range a few days a week and she was going to train me how to not just shoot but also how to do the marketing for the store and all that comes with that. First off, I had only fired a handgun once in my life before this, so I was a little nervous. However, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to be trained by such an awesome shooter like Glenda… So, I said sign me up!
Firearms Training, Day One
There I was on my way to the range with Glenda wondering how terrible it was going to go. First thing she explained was of course all of the safety aspects of handling your firearm and the do’s and don’ts. Which most of it was common knowledge and wasn’t hard to understand, plus I’ve been working at the store for a while now.
After that we went into body positioning, proper stance when you’re shooting… “attack position”. Then she worked with me on grip, on an unloaded gun of course. Followed by site picture and trigger control. After we got all the basics covered, I started shooting. I started with a .22, a Glock 44. Then progressed to a Glock 19. Surprisingly I didn’t miss like I thought I would, well not much. I kept falling into the same problem though, and that was my heavy trigger pull. Yep I said pull not squeeze, like I should have. I knew that was going to be something that takes a little bit of time for me to correct so this wasn’t going to be a one and done thing for me. At the end of my first day of training I was pleasantly surprised at how it made me feel. It was almost like a stress reliever and I was super stoked to go back and fix the problems I was having the first time around. It definitely didn’t hurt that I had a badass like Glenda teaching me.
Train with Your Firearm | You Can’t Buy Mad Skills
After my second training day I quickly realized that just because you have the best gear money can buy, doesn’t mean you will suddenly be an amazing shooter. I had the privilege of going to a private owned gun range without any other distractions, no one else around but us. With expensive, customized guns like the Sig P320 X-Five Legion with a Leupold Deltapoint Pro optic and Gray Guns 2lb trigger with a very short reset, which is what I am now shooting, and I still couldn’t seem to hit that damn orange spot. Not every time like I wanted anyway. I chose the Sig over a Glock, Walther and CZ. Maybe that's another post.
No one can expect to go to a gun store and get advice on which guns will help you be on target or have less recoil, buy it, and then go out and shoot like a pro. It doesn’t work that way. Just like anything else it will take time and practice to get to the point of where you picture yourself being. Even after that there is always going to be room for improvement. I cannot wait to continue my journey, learning to shoot and market like Glenda. I’m hoping to train with Hank Hayes of Intuitive Self Protection. There is another 2-Day Firearm Training Course coming soon. I’ll be sharing my journey with yawl along the way!