Congrats on your new gun.
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Congrats on your new gun.
Vietnam Veteran - 1966-1970 USASA
Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro - My Daughter Wanted It And Took It Away From Me.
New. Bersa Thunder 9 Ultra Compact Pro Duotone - My carry gun.
Politicians should be limited to 2 terms - One in office and one in prison.
Thank you and thank you for your service to our country. My dad served in Nam too and, fortunately, returned safe and sane.
Congrats on your discovery of personal safety and firearms...your wallet will never be the same.
Stay armed...stay alert...stay safe!
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
Certified Glock Armorer
NRA Life Member
- Treat all guns as if they were loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you're not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Know your target, and what is beyond it.
Along these lines, I'd suggest acquiring a couple of chamber flags (simple plastic doohickeys you stuff into the chamber/barrel so you and everyone can see it's clearly unloaded). Some ranges require them to be used while the gun is out of your bag whenever futzing around doing something other than actively shooting. When around a number of folks whose proficiency you specifically don't know about, every little step helps.
Congradualtion, get as much range time as you can afford and any training you can
I would rather live my life as if there is a God,
And die to find out there isn't, than live my life
As if there isn't, and die to find out there is.
I bet a lot of people start off being super conservative, careful and safe and then, over time, not so much. I'll do my best to not allow myself to become complacent.
Absolutely and thanks! By the way, that's a beautiful pup in your avatar. Pit bull?
Wow, I'm so glad you posted this! In addition to being really brave (dude, you like, totally shared your feelings with us and stuff), you have in one post summed up the bewilderment, concern (dare we say fear?) and intimidation that many people feel about firearms while at the same time showing that these concerns can be overcome VERY quickly with the right advice, a steady and friendly helping hand and some attractive members of the opposite sex...wait...what was this post about? Oh, yeah, guns!!!
No, really. You have done a lot of other newbies a great favor by sharing your experience. I'm sure many of us can relate to those first experiences. So, go get that training and let us know how it goes!
Ummm, "Yeeeeehaw!" Or something. Right?
Congrats! It's a lot of fun to shoot - and a whole lot of responsibility to carry.
I just got back into the whole gun world a couple months ago, and absolutely love it. Just remember, you can't get better if you don't practice. Spend a BUNCH of time at the range starting out, and don't get frustrated. Ask the range people questions, they really are there to help you.
One other thing I'm just stumbling on now, is the absolute importance of a gun safe. Start thinking about how many weapons you think you'll own in a couple years, double it, and then buy a gun safe for that many. Wife and I are still looking around. They're expensive, but if I'm going to leave my weapons at home while I'm gone (don't plan on CCW'ing a couple HD shotguns!) it's my responsibility to make sure they don't make it into the hands of a criminal or worse, a innocent child.