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I went to the range Saturday with my brother-in-law. He just picked up his new S&W 500. He was having fun shooting some factory loads that weren't anywhere near what he will be loading. Now, I'm not a handgun shooter, but I love my rifles. He wanted me to shoot the cannon, but I wouldn't. Seems to me if I want to learn to shoot a pistol, there's probably a better beginners gun! cluck, cluck Jim
 

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2eagles, you have that right, there are a lot of different guns out there to learn on. The 500 Mag is a beast. I have 2 of them. A 4 inch and a 8 3/8 inch. I have some of my reloaded 575 gr. that I would not let anyone shoot but myself, not because it poses a danger of blowing up the gun, but the recoil is extremely stout. :D
 

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:D Kinda reminds me of a trip I made to the range several years ago. I had just put a scope on my TC and took it out to zero her in. A young lady, about 25 years old as there shooting a little Colt .25 auto. I fired several rounds and was ready to go down and take a look at the target when she came over to look at my cannon. We talked for a few minutes, I told her what it was, she wanted to shoot it. This lady was about 120 pounds but she hung on to the .44 and put about 7-8 rounds through it. Several weeks later I was shooting my deer riflle and she drove up. She jumped out of the car and came over to my station with a blue box under her arm, as she got closer I could tell it was a S&W box, inside was a model 29. This little lady told me she had never fired a gun until she got the .25, and had not fired another one until she shot my .44. The point is, she had no fear, recoil and the muzzel blast did not bother her. Today she is a very good shooter and owns several pistols. I don't recommend everyone go this route, but if you are not bothered by recoil and muzzel blast, then go for the big ones. If it bothers you stick with the smaller bores and work your way up to the big boys.
 

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Last year when my hunting partner & I were sighting in our 44 mag Contenders fir deer season, his youngest son came up to me & asks "uh, hey Ed, I want to shoot the Contender". Now Garret is 13 years old & has shot 22 cal. handguns quite a bit, but nothing like the 44.
Now I'm thinking, his dad is 10 feet away with the same gun & the same loads & he asks me. Maybe dad has already said "no". Oh well, the kids gotta learn sometime.
I explained the way the Contender works & let him use the dry fire feature several times then set him up at the bench. All this while his dad is standing there shaking his head.
The kid was very suprised when he pulled the trigger, his shot was about 8" high but right on center. He handed me the gun back & thanked me.
A little while later "hey Ed, I want to shoot the Contender again" :grin:
This time he was ready & put it right in the bulls-eye at 50 yards!

As we were putting our stuff away to go home, his dad looks at me & says "thanks pal, you know what thats gonna cost me? the kid will never shut up till I buy him one"
Always glad to help out! :twisted:

2eagles, I would have to think pretty hard about pulling the trigger on a 500. I don't know if I like recoil that much.
 

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:cb2: My wife learned to shoot without ever being told about recoil. She wasn't afraid to shoot anything. Her favorite gun is my Glock 21, but since she is too cheap to buy one of her own, she has to stick with her .357. One guy handed her a 10mm at the range thinking she was gonna be flustered by the recoil. She just shot it a few times and handed it back to the man and said, "Shoots good. I like it." If ya never tell 'em about it, it will never bother them. :eek:
 

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youre a chicken now wheres them feathers....?? :mrgreen: :) :)
 

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last year a kid was killed when the pistol he fired jumped up and smacked him between the eyes.

you guys be very careful when letting folks new to handgunning fire the big boomers.
 

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myronman3 said:
last year a kid was killed when the pistol he fired jumped up and smacked him between the eyes.

you guys be very careful when letting folks new to handgunning fire the big boomers.
I have to second that. I only let experienced shooters that know big bores shoot my 500 Mag. :D
 

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:shock: A couple of weeks ago while at a gun show in Abilene Tx I overheard a conversation between a father, his son, and a dealer. The son, seven years old, was looking at a model 29. The father told the dealer, "My son is looking for his own gun. He has been hunting for almost a year, and has killed several pigs with my gun and handles it quite well." The kid made a remark about his father wanting his .44 back, so I am buying my own. During this conversation the father said the kid was a very good hunter and marksman and often hunted alone.

I see nothing wrong with starting a kid young, but at that age they still need supervision. This kid, small for his age, did display maturity beyond his age, but I don't think I want to be in the woods with a seven year old running loose with a .44. :roll:
 

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It is agents the law in Delaware to have a person under 18 in the field hunting with a handgun and under 16 with a rifle or shotgun unsupervised by an adult 21 or older.
 

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Texas sure is not Deleware, if you can carry it, you can shoot it.
On private property anyone can carry and shoot whatever they are big enough to handle, providing Pop and Mom agree.
I got a .410 sxs for my 6th .
Killed ducks and doves with it the same year.
 

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DPRinks said:
Texas sure is not Deleware, if you can carry it, you can shoot it.
On private property anyone can carry and shoot whatever they are big enough to handle, providing Pop and Mom agree.
I got a .410 sxs for my 6th .
Killed ducks and doves with it the same year.
Just what we need, children in the woods hunting without supervision. I am a believer in teaching a child to hunt and have done so with my son, but with supervision. JMHO. :D
 
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