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Tonight I'm going to get pelted in the head by 9mm shell casings. Translation: Going shooting.

Why do I love baby Glock soooo much? It's definitely my favorite. And now that my husband has a Glock of his own, we're like a couple of gun dorks. Maybe we should wear matching outfits to the range.

Also, it feels like a salad bar night. Yeah, target shooting and salad eating... perfect combination.



Aug. 1st, 2008 08:31 pm (UTC)
Remember to shoot for the forehead. That's where the CPU port is.

So, if I were to purchase my first ever handgun, what would you recommend that's fun to shoot, but not on the expensive end of things?
Aug. 1st, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
Your best bet is to visit a gun store, although it can be a bit overwhelming and you'll no doubt be horrified by the prices of any brand you recognize.

As a starting point, I'd suggest checking out the Bersa Thunder 380. My first gun was an older version of that. It's reasonably priced as far as semi-automatics go and very comfortable to shoot. It's certainly not high quality, but it's not crap either. It's a decent gun and I enjoyed shooting it.

Right now my Bersa is sidelined because of a broken spring, but it's like 15 years old, so I don't think a small easy-to-replace spring breaking after all that time to be a big mark against the quality of the gun. Which reminds me, I need to order that part.

I would avoid big chain stores like Bass Pro Shops or Dick's unless you already know exactly what you want. Otherwise, those places suck. Find an independent gun shop or two and go browse. You'll get a lot more information and help. One thing about gun shops - they like to talk about guns and they are generally very friendly. Don't be afraid to look like an newbie and don't be intimidated when you see some other shopper in there who knows EVERYTHING about every gun ever made (there's always one of them).

Another thing to keep in mind is that ammo is very expensive. A box of 50 rounds of 9mm or .380, for example is like $20. A box of .22 ammo I think only runs about $12. For target shooting, a .22 can be a lot less expensive for the gun and the ammo, but you're not going to get the same thrill from shooting it (not much stronger than a bb gun really). So it depends on how much of a lure the power of the gun is whether to go bigger or smaller. I personally think anything bigger than 9mm is overkill though (and very hard to shoot and the concussion you'll feel in your chest isn't fun).

Let me know what you end up looking at if you go shopping.

Edited at 2008-08-01 09:08 pm (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely keep that in mind. A few of the listed retail locations are only a few miles from my house, so I will take a look.

I still need to be lean in the summer here in Texas due to electricity prices (mega AC bills due to constant 100+ degree weather), but come the fall I'm really thinking about it.

Everyone in my family owns a gun but me and it's always felt weird and living in the city I wouldn't feel unsafe having one in the nightstand.
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
Or you could be like me and have enough guns and ammo on hand to halt any armed invasion yet since yet since it's all locked up, you wouldn't be able to stop anyone from doing anything. ;)

BTW, I just reread what I wrote you earlier and I had those ammo prices wrong - that's how much it costs to buy 100 rounds, not 50 (although you can buy BIG boxes of .22 for even cheaper).

I had a very enjoyable hour at the range. I've never wanted to go shooting this much before. That Glock is one sweet gun. I don't even care about any other guns now. We brought the .22 with us and didn't even use it. It was Glocks all the way tonight.
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
My parents are S&W fans. They all own the 9mm nickels and my dad has a special .40 that he uses as his own. My father also makes his own stocks for rifles as a hobby.

Mahogany, walnut, and rosewood stocked colt .22 longs all fill his gun safe.

Plus the generic 12 gauge just in case.

My family owns so many guns there's one in the barn (they live in Indiana in the country) and my dad, when working late, keeps binoculars and the gun and watches for deer out the bar door. He got a 10 point buck that way.

I was thinking one of those Bersa .380s. They look nice and I would want something I'd feel when I shot it.

I still feel weird when my dad talks about shooting and I don't own a weapon at all other than a steak knife.

Glad you had fun!


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