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Hello! I bought my first semi-automatic pistol at the Tulsa gun show earlier this month, a baby Desert Eagle 9 mm, having never held, much less shot any firearm previously. (Surely not a practice I'd recommend.) The same day I purchased the Desert Eagle, I went to a shooting range also for the very first time. Friends of mine who know firearms encouraged me to give it a shot, literally. I was really nervous because (a) I had no prior gun safety instruction, and (b) was only vaguely familiar with the gun itself. Luckily, the nice gentleman working at the range was kind enough to walk me through the basics. To my surprise, I was comfortable with the gun and shot pretty well, especially given the circumstances. That was April 1st. Again, not a sequence of events I'd recommend to other first timers.
Upon my return to Houston on April 2, I wanted to do this the right way and scheduled a one-on-one gun safety and basic gun handling instruction with Top Gun Range ASAP. The very next day, I had my lesson. It was an incredible feeling to learn from a professional and get my fundamentals down correctly. I went to the range three more times that week. Into my third practice day, I realized that I'm an ambidextrous shooter with a slight preference to the left. Since I'm left eye dominant, I decided to train as a lefty even though I write with my right. As a result, I bought a HK p30 9 mm, known for its ambidextrous configuration.
The next week, I ramped it up and had my second lesson which worked on my accuracy and speed at 3, 10, and 15 yards. It was awesome. I even ordered a kydex holster and mag carrier for my HK! (I did manage to sell the Desert Eagle and recoup my cost.) My dear husband teased me about my "little" 9 mm so I upped my shooting skills and bought a gorgeous Wilson Combat .45. That ended the teasing, LOL! A few more range visits with both pistols, and my 9 year old daughter expressed an interest in learning to shoot too. She had her first lesson April 14th and took a shine to the S&W MP 22. She's a pretty good shot and what they say about kids is true - they learn faster than adults! So it's great to make this a mom/daughter hobby.
On April 21, I passed CHL proficiency tests with both the 9 mm and .45, passed the written exam, and satisfied all the CHL application requirements. :). Oh, and I've also been practicing with the AR 15.
My current goals:
* I hope I won't ever need to use a gun for self defense, but I will be prepared to do so
* Become competition ready
Thanks for letting me share!
100 lbs. and prepared
Welcome from Delaware!
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Welcome to the forum from Virginia.
Just curious as to how you managed to buy a handgun in another state?
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Welcome from Michigan!
It sounds like you've had a busy month.
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Welcome from South Carolina...
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Oklahoma has pretty liberal laws concerning the sale of firearms. I was surprised too.
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Welcome from east Texas.
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Thats great to hear that your taking those extra steps. Good luck with your future endeavors.
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Welcome from Ohio.
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