Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: First Steps

  1. #1
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    16

    Post imported post

    Where do I begin.?.... <Carrie hums the "Love Story" theme song....>

    Truly, what are some first steps for someone who has not fired a gun in over 30 years?

    I would like to visit a gun range and rent a gun (or several to find a good fit), but perhaps you fine folks have some suggestions.

    Thank you very much.



  2. #2
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Burton, Michigan
    Posts
    3,361

    Post imported post

    Carry wrote:
    Where do I begin.?.... <Carrie hums the "Love Story" theme song....>

    Truly, what are some first steps for someone who has not fired a gun in over 30 years?

    I would like to visit a gun range and rent a gun (or several to find a good fit), but perhaps you fine folks have some suggestions.

    Thank you very much.



    Check out makes and models via the Internet; S&W, Glock, Springfield, etc. Go to gun stores to determine what gun looks good to you and how it feels in your hand.

    Make determinations on barrel length, caliber, magazine capacity, etc.

    If possible, in your area, do as you already mentioned.


  3. #3
    Campaign Veteran
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Lakewood, Washington, USA
    Posts
    599

    Post imported post

    Consider if you want a safety or not. Revolver or semi-Auto. And yes you should rent one before you buy it. All guns have their own different charter, like Glocks hurt my hand for some reason, but the same caliber in the XD is fine.

    Also do your research on the weapon that you are interested in read magazines, internet, and asking questions. I learned not to trust magazines to much anymore, example Kimber has a SIS 1911. It was all over every magazine front page for months about 3-4 months I kept reading on that gun, and started to get it. But I did more research on the net and found that it has some issues that people did not expect and it was a turn off for me.

    So don’t get brainwashed by the magazines in making your purchase. Buying a firearm is not something to rush into. A hasty handgun purchase could cost you your life.

  4. #4
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Virginia USA, ,
    Posts
    1,688

    Post imported post

    I'd sign up to take a basic safety class first. 30 years is a long time, you may frankly just have forgot a few things.

    Good luck getting back into shooting! It certainly hasn't gotten cheaper.

  5. #5
    Regular Member SouthernBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Western Prince William County, Virginia, USA
    Posts
    5,849

    Post imported post

    I would suggest doing some research and some reading, then visit a few gun shops to see the actual products.

    Then go to the first large gun show in your area. At gun shows, you see so much more and can handle so much more. Be aware that you will be hit with some good information and some garbage (this is where your research will help you out). The main point about going to a gun show is seeing so much of what is out there and handling the different pieces.

    Once you have learned a bit and narrowed your selection down to a reasonable number of possibles, go to a range where you can rent handguns and try several of your choices to see how they feel in your hand when you fire them.

    I cannot stress how important the research/learning phase really is. So do your homework and separate the BS from the good stuff, then continue to narrow your choices until you hit on the one that is right for you.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    America First!

  6. #6
    Regular Member VAopencarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    The 'Dena, Mаяуlaпd
    Posts
    2,147

    Post imported post

    Take a safety/basic pistol course, renting is good, do not research too much it will just make you more confused, find a 9mm or 38/357 revolver that feels comfortable in your hand, buy it. Go to range regularly.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

  7. #7
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    16

    Post imported post

    Thanks for all the advice, everyone.

    What books are suggested? I have come across these two today, but have not ordered them yet:
    - The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense
    - The Texas Gun Owner's Guide

    I have to be careful and avoid the paralysis by over-analysis I tend to get by too much research. For some reason, I have this feeling of hurry up and get on with it. <upcoming election? egads>
    Seems like the criminals are creeping in and the world full of chaos & getting worse.



  8. #8
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Posts
    914

    Post imported post

    Carry wrote:
    Thanks for all the advice, everyone.

    What books are suggested? I have come across these two today, but have not ordered them yet:
    - The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense
    - The Texas Gun Owner's Guide

    I have to be careful and avoid the paralysis by over-analysis I tend to get by too much research. For some reason, I have this feeling of hurry up and get on with it. <upcoming election? egads>
    Seems like the criminals are creeping in and the world full of chaos & getting worse.


    Seriously: http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=3179

    It will help a LOT.

    Also: http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=2854

    You will get 10 fold MORE than your monies worth on those.

  9. #9
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    , ,
    Posts
    16

    Post imported post

    Bravo_Sierra wrote:
    Carry wrote:
    What books are suggested? I have come across these two today, but have not ordered them yet:
    - The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense
    - The Texas Gun Owner's Guide
    Seriously: http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=3179

    It will help a LOT.

    Also: http://www.tacticalresponsegear.com/...oducts_id=2854

    You will get 10 fold MORE than your monies worth on those.

    I'll check this out--Thanks! Any other 'Amens' on this?


  10. #10
    Regular Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
    Posts
    914

    Post imported post

    I'm not trying to run a commercial here, but after watching that DVD once I saw a HUGE difference in the way my girlfriend shot. Like groups that were sometimes missing the paper to groups the size of a tuna can lid.

    She was slapping the trigger
    she was looking to see where she hit
    and she was afraid of the recoil and loud noise.

    A hand full of dummy rounds and her next visit to the range was like night and day. It was as if she had unlearned all her bad habits overnight.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •