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    Teaching opportunity went south

    A friend of mine, 80'ish,widow recently lost her son. She asked me to teach her how to shoot his CCW pistol. She doesn't have any firearms experience. So, today I went to her house and off we go to the range. I took a g19 with me to start her out with something soft. Plus, a cleaning kit. She walks out to my car and hands me a xd40 cal and tells me it's loaded. Drop the mag and I see what's obvious to be salt deposits on the mag and bullets. Oh lord! It took considerable effort to rack the slide and eject the chambered cartridge. Gets worse, rust underneath the slide, on the outside and the guide rod is completely pitted. No wonder it was hard to rack. I released the slide and told her it would have to be completely disassembled to remove all of the rust, parts reblued and then it still might not be serviceable. (She couldn't rack the slide of the unloaded g19 so, that was a no/go also). Her son evidently never cleaned it. What a waste of a decent pistol. Oh well, I tried.

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    A shame you didn't have a .22 to save her first day at the range.

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    Yeah, you left us hangin . . . she got to the car ( pistol was trashed) and you headed to the range. YOU had the smarts
    to take along a clean serviceable pistol for the beginner to shot. Go On . . . . . .

    (might be 22mag revolver time)
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    Nice effort Phonejack. I'm sure she appreciated the outing.
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    It weren't ALL wasted. Ya learnt to bring more'n one of your own shooters to the range!

    Damn crime that XD was left to rot.

    But, still, you made the effort, and that gets an A in my book!
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    You tried. Good for you. Good for her. Probably better to start her w/ a .22 LR pistol. Older people especially women seldom have a surplus of hand strength. With no firearms experience, anyone is better served to start w/ a smaller caliber pistol to at least learn the fundamentals of marksmanship, etc.

    The grungy pistol? Par for the course. Lots and lots of people who buy guns for protection are not pistoleros. They are just plain Jane people who feel the need for a gun for protection. It's about like people who buy cars for transportation. They seldom buy race cars. They buy cars ... "go carts," i.e., they get in them and crank them and drive away. They don't put a lot of thought into the care and maintenance. I can understand such thinking. I drive a car. When it wears out or I get tired of it, it goes down the road and I buy another one. Guns? I've got a few. None are rusted. But, I tend to buy guns to use and enjoy so they get more than occasional attention. Sincerely. bruce.
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    You tried. That gets you an A in my book. As Scout said, might be .22 mag or even .38 spcl. revolver time.

    I fear the fate suffered by that XD is the fate a lot of pistols recently purchased for self defense will suffer. People as first time gun owners that payed close attention to what the "pros" were telling them, but missed the class on maintenance. If it was ever offered.
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    What is the game plan for the XD40? Is she leaving it with you to take care of? Is somebody sending it to the mothership for a redo?
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    Hope the Xd rework comes out OK. Maybe it can eventually be traded for something useful. Good on you for the effort anyway.
    Heartily agree about the .22 suggestions as well as a .38 and medium to full size 9mm or .380. I have steered several people to a Walther PK 380 because it is easy to rack Vs. so many other pistols, especially the pure blowback versions. Lots or really small pistols relegated by new shooters to the dark too - they are just too hard to shoot. Too bad they did not get better advice.
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