- Ask them about their goals. Do they want to hunt, are they interested in competitive shooting or are they concerned with personal defense?
- Have them take a certified hunter's safety course. If they are more interested in personal defense have them take a basic handgun course.
- Purchase them proper-fitting safety equipment including shooting glasses, and hearing protection. If they plan on shooting a lot look into shirts or jackets with padded shoulders to minimize recoil.
- Team them up with a comfortable "starter" firearm. Start with an air rifle if needed. Don't bring out the big guns yet.
- Make sure they have fun and set targets that guarantee success. You can teach long range shooting later.
- Answer all questions patiently and to the best of your ability. Be honest if you don't have an answer, but always portray enthusiasm.
- Research to see if there are any female-only shooting events or clubs to accommodate women shooters. It's fun to shoot with your husband, but sometimes girls just want to have a girl's day out.
- If they dig the shooting sports it's time to purchase them a firearm that fits them like a fine glove. Make sure length of pull, weight, sights and trigger pull all feel perfect to your spouse.
- Enroll them in advanced shooting courses if their interest expands. You may be a good shot, but sometimes it's just easier to learn from an outside source.
- Lastly, don't prod them into your interests. Let them explore. Your spouse may enjoy shotgun sports like trap whereas you may just enjoy waterfowl hunting with a shotgun.
Having a shooting or hunting partner you can trust is a great situation to land in. What better person than your life partner, your spouse.
For more info on NSSF's Project Child Safe go to ProjectChildSafe.org.