Welcome from South Carolina...
If your father taught you well you know the rules of safety.
Treat every firearms as if it IS loaded.
Keep your finger off the trigger until your ready to discharge the weapon.
Dont point it at anything you dont intend to kill
Always visually and physically make sure the weapon is unloaded and safe before handling it.
Just wondering, what happened to the RULE: "Know your target and what is beyond".... Just curious...
Hello, Wolverine, and welcome from Missouri to a great and informative forum. Lot of very good experience and good folks here. There is a much one can learn in this forum. You made a good choice in joining this family!
Welcome to the forum from California! :wave: Another suggestion to add to your weekend shooting trip would be to go locally and get some hands-on with the pros for some really good info on where you can get some shooting in under some instruction too. Don't be scared of guns. The more you know about them and how they work along with ALL of the safety steps, the more comfortable you're going to be around them. ALWAYS follow the rules and there's nothing to be afraid of. No need to sugar-coat it, they can be dangerous and kill in the hands of people who don't follow the rules. Gun Safety Now - Good luck and have fun! :hand10:
Welcome from So Cal! A good healthy fear of guns is good, as others have said it will keep you alive.
For your situation, there is nothing better and pretty much safer than a good home defense shotgun. I remember as a kid, holding my dads, while supervised and it being impossible to use as a child just due to weight. Thing is light as a feather to me now, but as a kid I knew I could not effectively use it. As a father myself and a kid once, this is a safety to me. It is also extremely effective against predators of the 2-4 leg varietal and has a multitude of ammo choices that let you cater it to your needs, such as apartment, close neighbors, no neighbors etc.
Many ranges let you rent guns and it is a good idea as it will give you an idea of the style you like and don't. Look into it, stay safe and enjoy.
Welcome Aboard and Greetings from Rocky Top Tennessee
In response to members recommending that I get actual training, I'm definitely looking into it. I know of a good LGS around here with a lot of different classes, but money is tight so I shot around at my aunt/uncle's backyard shooting range with my dad's bullets/guns ha... it was very fun. I now feel confident in defending myself from tiny paper targets in the daylight that don't move.
Many of us know what we hope to do, only the few who have truely had to defend their lives know what they did.
Oh, and welcome to the forum. As you can see lots of hands on experience here. [ no pun intended]