Shot my first handguns today
I'm 46 years of age and had never before shot a handgun. I had planned on buying a shotgun for home defense and was on my way to a gun store/range to buy one and had a change of heart. I decided it would be better to get my cc license (Florida) and get a handgun to have with me at all times. There are too many nutsos running around to NOT be carrying all the time.
Anyway, I was a little astounded at how busy this place was (located on South Orange in downtown Orlando). It was PACKED! Both men and women were there looking at guns or waiting their turn for the range. There were people there with an assortment of some scary looking guns. I saw a couple of very attractive girls (20's) shooting which, for some reason, took me a few moments to compute. Yea, I know.
Anyway, one of the guys working there was very helpful and seemed happy to answer all of my stupid questions. :embarassed: I told him I wanted to buy a gun and shoot some of them. Upon entering the range I was startled by the sounds of gunshots. Wow, were they loud! We started with a Glock something-or-another and I was nervous. He was correcting me on how I should grip the gun. I was shaking a bit too. lol. I fired one and then he'd help me some more. To be truthful, I was a little rattled. I was in awe of the power of the gun and a little intimidated by it too. I shot off some more rounds and then we switched to a Beretta (don't ask me which one, lol again!) and I shot off some of those too. Then, I tried a Khar PM9 and I was sold so I bought one, new. It was smaller, lighter and seemed more fun to shoot. I'm taking a cc class there on Wednesday, at which time I can take the gun home with me.
I had a couple of epiphanies while shooting. Even though the target was virtually in front of my face, hitting the human form on the paper was HARD! I have a greater appreciation of why that shotgun might be a good idea for the home. I think that will be my next purchase.
Anyway, I'm happy to be joining the cc club. Everyone should carry. We don't have to be victims. Thanks for reading!