Hello from OC, California!
New to this forum, so I just wanted to step in and say hi. Long story short on my love affair with guns:
My father-in-law, a 30-year LE vet who retired as captain, passed down one of his old pistols to me -- a S&W Model 645 -- a few years back at Christmas. At the time, I'd only been shooting 2-3 times...EVER. But he knew I loved it and so he gave me my first gun! It was empowering because I've always felt a strong urge to learn proper gun handling techniques to protect my wife and two daughters in the home. So I became obsessed (can anyone relate?) with getting better. I took courses, read everything I could find and went shooting more often (still do all these things!). Last summer, my father-in-law got me a birthday gift -- an M&P .45. For Christmas? Membership to the local range! I know, I'm blessed.
Working on saving up for my first "compact" 1911 -- a SA Ultra Compact -- with an eye toward TRYING to get my CCW permit. As you know, that's tough here in CA. I don't feel it's a necessity but will bring added peace of mind the way having a loaded weapon in my home does. Gotta protect my ladies!
Anyway, glad to be on here. I hope to learn a lot from you veteran shooters!