Welcome from Memphis.
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You may need to advise me to move my post again, but I think this one is appropriate.
Update: I have purchased a used Taurus 38 Special (just to have something for defense) I've been to the range 1-2xweek and renting some 9mm too. (I'm still deciding on that purchase--leaning Beretta Nano)
What I'm learning from my research in the real world and the virtual world:
1. shooting is fun--I'm wanting to do some of those obstacle course things!
2. shooting is kind of expensive-- we were poor, don't know how we had some many guns growing up
3. Gun guys really respect their women--not intimidated by their obvious capability. I think its sweet when you are shopping for them! (the stereotype is kind of the opposite! in case you didn't know)
4. Women shooters can still be feminine. (Confession: tomboy as a kid, but haven't worn a ball cap since high school)
This has been an interesting experience for sure. I'm joining a Ladies Pistol Group in Dallas (Bass Pro Grapevine) and I'm looking forward to learn more about what I think may be becoming a new hobby for me.
Thanks for letting me lurk in your forums!
Welcome from Memphis.
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Welcome to the forum. Yes shooting is fun (and addictive too!), the 'obstacle things' you refer too I think you mean competition shooting, which is IDPA, USPSA, and IPSC.
All are loosely based around the same principle, but IDPA, which is what I participate in, is basically the cheapest option. Mainly because there are restrictions on the type of firearms used and how much 'work' you are allowed to do to them in IDPA, the others can get expensive if you decide to become really competitive, and gun costs can range anywhere into the high 4 figures.
IDPA was born out of USPSA and IPSC as a way to make the sport affordable for all. To actually get started you've probably already got most of what you need, don't know about your area, but here in Alabama, your first match is free, then around $10 a match thereafter. You dont have to be a member to participate in the match, but to be officially ranked, you have to be a member of the IDPA (idpa.com).
If you are really into the shooting scene like I am, I would strongly suggest you find a local club and try out a few matches, its a lot of fun, the guys are usually great with helpful tips and info, and you compete on equal terms so the guys can't cry 'unfair advantage' when you whup their *** .
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Welcome from Washington State!!!
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Welcome from Alaska.
Yes, there is a place here called Big Boar Tactical that does more real life scenarios with how to practice drawing, etc. (not just paper target kind of thing).
I'm not interested in competing, but admit that I'm kind of competitive by nature. (I couldn't raise an African violet without entering it into a flower show) so that's my cross to bear.
Also, I think my vision/progressive lenses may be an issue in this kind of shooting as viewing sights and target requires 2 different areas of my eyeglasses (requiring a bit of a head bob to reacquire).
Anyway, I'm looking forward to learning more!
Welcome from the dry side of Washington (if it doesn't say DC it's the state).
Lots of us shoot with glasses its a pain but you really get used to it. Nano seems to be a decent gun. You might need something a little bigger for the classes. Might want to rent a glock 26 or a g17 just to try them out. Welcome
Hello from Southern Illinois. Welcome aboard!
I like all kinds of foreign guns.
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Shooting didn't use to be as high priced as it is now, caused by current administration and fueled by recent headlines.
1911 when a follow up shot just isn't an option
Welcome from South Carolina. It's great to hear you've taken such an interest in firearms.
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