Well I got bored today and decided to go up to the range. I was there talking to the owner and looking at some improvements he was doing. A lady cam to the range with her brand new purchase. She had been married and her husband passed away a few weeks ago. She had always depended on him for the safety of their home & family. Her hubby had been married previously & had 2 grown sons by that marriage. He had a teen age daughter by the 2nd wife. His loving sons cared so much for his 2nd family that 3 days after the father passed away they removed all the guns from the home.
Anyway the lady wanting to ensure her daughters safety and her own at home. Visited the local dealer who sold her an HP .40 for $239.99, when it MSRP for only $186.00. I can see a dealer making a profit but dang not ripping people off. She had shot a gun before but never a 40 caliber. So I put her up a target and set her up at around 7-8 yrds. The first mag went smoothly through the gun as expected. Problem is she completely missed the target.
I asked her if I could try the weapon. I put all within a 3" group. I handed it back to her and told her to try again. I went and changed the target while she reloaded. I adjusted her sight just a little as it appeared off by about a 1/16 of an inch. She fired again and only hit with 3 out of 10. I notice her finger placement for one thing and I also noticed she was flinching right as she fired. So I asked her if I could help her with it. She seemed a little suspicious of my motives. I reassured her that all I wanted to do was help her with improving her shot. While there the local dealer showed up. I mean the old man not the daughter who just took over the shop. He saw the lady trying to handle the big frame of the 40 and suggested she try a smaller gun. He went to his truck and got a brand new C-9. Loaded it up for her and she tried it. Much better but 4 of the 8 missed the target completely. She still had the same shooting stance and hold of the weapon. She let me show her how to hold the gun. I helped her with both hands and helped her learn to aim. We ended up putting the Ghost Ring on it. After a few pointers she was putting 8 of 8 in about a 5" group. I was talking to Chad and tellin him what Lisa charged her for the 40. He was not happy. We discussed several other guns and the prices. He was even unhappier. I asked him if he had seen the Century C-15 for nearly $900? He liked to have had a stroke. Well to shorten the story , he had the lady follow him back to the shop. He gave her the difference in the price of the 2 guns and swapped the 40 for the 9. He let her have the C9 for $139.00 Gave her 3 boxes of WWB, holster and a storage case. He and his daughter got into an argument in the back room but could be heard out front. Anyway the prices on many of the guns dropped atleast $60-75 on each. He told her she wasn't going to run a shop in the ground that he had worked years to build. Anyway he made the lady happy with the C9 and I help her get to be a better shot. She is going to practice more and see if she can get better at it. It was a fun couple of hours. The most fun I had had this week.