I could never get my wife to do that. She says that she is afraid of guns.
My wife was never afraid, I don't think. But she was a lot more comfortable after we went over the safety rules and such, before we even went out to the range. She was reassured that, basically, you can't
get hurt if you follow Cooper's Rules.
A few weeks ago I was at the range with a friend who came with another friend and his girlfriend. The girlfriend had never fired a gun before That day all I was shooting were .22 LR rimfires, almost like cap guns, no recoil and very little noise. I always prefer starting people off with rimfires. Anyway, the girlfriend stood nearby for a long time, asking questions and working up the nerve to fire one of the rifles. Finally, I got her down on the seat, rifle in hand, siting through the scope, dry fired a couple times. I loaded the chamber with a round and she went as far as to place her finger on the trigger before she said she couldn't do it, she was too afraid. I'd never seen anything like it.
Of course, it doesn't do any good to try to force someone like this into a scary situation, so I said that's all right, maybe some other time.
I've introduced a lot of noobs to shooting, but that was the first time I encountered someone literally too frightened to fire a .22.