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Need some advice about Guns

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by a_minimalist, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    I've never shot one, but I've always wanted one and wanted to go to the range.

    What are some good guns to start off with?
  2. Cowboys&LakersFan

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    Start off with a pistol.
  3. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    I would recommend taking a basic handgun instruction course before purchasing one. They usually offer weapon rentals for these classes.

    You will learn a lot about them and probably can rent different guns so you get hands on a few different types.
  4. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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    Find a buddy that has guns. Ask him if you can go to the range and shoot with him/her.

    What are you looking for? A gun just to punch paper with? Home defense weapon?

    You could also go to a gun range and rent guns. Look for the model that you have been lusting after and take her for a spin.

    I always shoot a gun before I buy it. Sometimes the gun just doesn't feel right in my grip. Took me a few months to find my carry piece - SA 9mm subcompact.
  5. Wimbo

    Wimbo Active Member

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    Find a gun range close to your house & go there... tell them the truth, that you know nothing about guns but want to learn how to safely operate one. They generally have classes and demo programs to help you find the right weapon for you. Don't be embarrassed - this is a big portion of their business & they want people to learn to handle a weapon properly.
  6. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    It is an expensive hobby. Bring some $$$, especially if you want to become proficient.

    The suggestion of a gun club is a good one. Most will rent you different weapons to try. I love my Springfield Arms XD40. I have smaller hands and the angle, shape and size of the grip help my accuracy. I sold my Glock even though it is a better weapon, I could not shoot as well with it.

    Spend some time trying different weapons until you find one the feels comfortable.
  7. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    I assume you are talking about a pistol. What do you want one for or want to you want to accomplish with a weapon?
  8. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Kill things and blow stuff up. :laugh2:
  9. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    I like this idea, this is probably what I will do.
  10. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    Both, if I bought a gun just to take to the range it would be kept in my house so that automatically makes it a home defense weapon.

    I've been looking at glocks but I've also read you should start with a bolt-action rifle first. I'm about a clueless as one can possibly get. I know the best idea is to just get out there and jump in but I figured I'd ask here first.
  11. a_minimalist

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    As a kid I would always love shooting my friends paintball guns and bb guns. I just liked shooting them, not sure why. I was never allowed to have any type of gun because my mother's brother was shot and killed when he was 18 during some weird and somewhat questionable hunting accident. So photos and toys and such were forbidden in our house. That's probably why I've always been interested as well too. I usually go after when I'm told I can't get or have.
  12. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    Sounds smart and logical. :D
  13. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    Thanks, I'm usually pretty shy about things I know nothing about so knowing that is good.
  14. jobberone

    jobberone Orangutans make great guitarists Staff Member

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    You use a rifle to hunt unless you're going to be a sniper.

    I would recommend a subcompact 9mm or .40cal semiauto pistol. Or you can go with something simpler like a revolver in say .357. You should definitely go to a gun shop with a range and fire some pistols before buying anything. And if you know nothing about a gun then take a course to familiarize yourself as others suggested. You can then go from there.
  15. kapolani

    kapolani Well-Known Member

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    Gotcha. I have different guns for different purposes. My home defense gun is a shotgun. I have multiple range guns and guns that I use for competition (IDPA).

    Do you want a gun that you can conceal i.e. going for you CCW permit? Full size 'battle gun' i.e. 1911.

    Glocks are supposed to be indestructible and not fail. But, I hate how the Glocks feel in my hand and was never able to shoot as well as I can my other guns.

    Guns that I think are just as indestructible that feel good in my hands:

    HK, Springfield Armory, and Sigs.

    I feel you should start with whatever gun you want and go from there.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    You must have some friends that have guns.

    Talk to them.


    They can be a lot of fun but they cost too.

    And by the way if your friends happen to drink and shoot at the same time RUN LIKE HELL!!!
  17. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    I guess I just never thought about different guns for home protection and guns for the range. If I did purchase one it wouldn't be until much further down the road but it would be primarily for the range and home protection would just be part of the package. I think it would be cool to have a gun that can handle attachments and what not but I'm in fantasy land and clueless when it comes to that stuff.

    Thanks for the suggestions of guns to look at, I appreciate it.

    Also, I'm pretty sure in NJ you can't carry a weapon unless you have a legitimate reason. I don't think 'protection' qualifies.
  18. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    No friends that shoot or have guns. I'm hoping to be the trend starter. :bang2: :bang2:
  19. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Active Member

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    Thanks
  20. Duane

    Duane Active Member

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    I've got a Glock 33 and it is a sweet shooting little gun.

    http://www.gunreports.com/gow/handg...ig-self-defense-compact-PI3350201_1213-1.html

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