First time at a firing range!
Well, as part of my pre-buying research for my first handgun I talked to my friend George about going out to a local range and shooting his handguns to get a better idea of what I would like to buy. He brought and eclectic mix of four different handguns for us to shoot; 9mm Browning High Power ('66 vintage!), .38 Colt Detective Special snubby, 9mm Taurus compact, and some sort of fancy .22
I have to say, I've read about guns and weapons in general since I was a kid, so I was pretty pumped to get to shoot the Browning. I knew I was holding a legendary gun, and from the moment I picked it up it lived up to it's hype. The grip felt awesome, pointed naturally, and allowed me to shoot more acurately than I thought I would be capable of. It turned out to be my favorite of his bunch. The snubby was fun, but I was totally unable to shoot accurately with it even at 12 yds. It now seems odd to me that snubby revolvers are recommended for self defense to new gun owners who won't train much with their weapon. Because of my novice skills, I would have to shove it in an attacker's face to hit anything. It did look nice though. The Taurus compact was a small polymer framed gun, so was light but didn't feel as natural as the Browning. Like most modern guns it also had alot more safety features and levers, which actually made it kind of hard for me to understand how it worked, but I shot ok with it. The little .22 could make a 'dead eye' out of a monkey, it was so easy to shoot! I also bought enough cheap .22 ammo at Walmart to last until the next millinium.
All in all I had a GREAT TIME! The facility was very safe and run totally professional. I was telling my friend that I actually felt safer there than at the paintball field I frequent. Plus it was so relaxing, with paintball I'm running around on adrenaline for a few hours and at the end of the day I'm totally exausted and sore. This was definately a nice change of pace.
So after weighing this experience with my recent trip to Academy sports were I handled several different guns, I have to say I'm probably going to buy a full size, steel CZ75B 9mm. I pretty much fell for the CZ75B as soon as I picked it up, and it had the same great grip and ergonomics as the High Power. Once I get comfortable shooting and handling handguns I can always buy a Glock 26 or something soley for CCW. I think this will be a great start!