And when I say introduce, I men introduce. This was basic safety and firearms handling at the most basic level. Wax bullets are very good for new shooters, because it increases the safety factor by an order o magnitude.. Even with wax bullets it is possible to injure yourself, and all the basic safety rules apply, the danger of lethal injury is dramatically reduced. Accidents will hurt, rather than being lethal.
Milady's niece had never handled a gun of any stripe and was curious to try, so after a basic safety briefing, we let her try her hand.
In just a few minutes, she was pinging the target with regularity. She had trouble initially finding the sights, but once she figured out how to put the front post inside the rear notch, she was doing well.
Niece's son had done some shooting, but had ever run a single action revolver, all his prior experience being with semi-autos. Once we taught him to thumb-cock that hammer, he got into it pretty quickly.
And, finally, niece's daughter wanted to try her hand. Milady took her (literally) under wing to make sure that her first experience with handguns was pleasant, safe, and enjoyable.
So, in addition to enjoying the company of family that we don't often see, PawPaw and Milady enjoyed the privilege of introducing new shooters into the world of handguns, in a safe, practical, and enjoyable manner. The ladies told me, frankly, being from a large metro area, with no experience, they were afraid of guns, but found our experience very enjoyable.
After the shooting, Milady checked her feast in the oven, and we cracked open a bottle of wine. Not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon.