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Getting Started In Shooting

November 19, 2012 by  

Getting Started In Shooting
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A major component of modern survivalism and most preppers’ survival philosophy includes owning firearms. The practice of having firearms can aid in personal defense and the defense of loved ones and property, and offers the ability to hunt for food. What can be difficult, though, is getting a start in shooting when you were not raised in an environment where firearms and the shooting sports were a part of life. Guns can be intimidating and, therefore, often cause apprehension and sometimes outright discomfort when considering the option of taking the first step toward getting started in shooting. Consider these questions when getting started in shooting.

Which Gun Is Right?

Choosing the right gun should be based on the intended use, whether it be personal defense, hunting, home defense or target shooting. Handguns are well suited for personal defense; shotguns can be used for personal defense, home defense or hunting; rifles are ideal for hunting; and any of them can be a whole lot of fun for target shooting.

Handguns (semi-automatics and revolvers): Both revolvers and semi-automatic handguns are manufactured in a wide variety of sizes and calibers. While smaller guns are easier to conceal, larger-framed guns tend to be more accurate. Some prefer semi-automatics because of their increased capacity in the number of rounds that they can hold where others prefer revolvers for their simpler design. There are many calibers of handgun cartridges, but perhaps the cheapest and best round to train with is the 9mm Luger. This round will work only if your handgun of choice is a semi-automatic. If choosing a revolver, the .38 Special is a good round to choose for its affordability compared to others.

Rifle: A rifle is a great weapon to use as an introduction to the shooting sports. Large percentages of people have learned to shoot with a .22 caliber rifle. It is a small caliber that makes it easy for anyone to learn to shoot; the rounds can be purchased at a fraction of the cost of any other round; and a .22 rifle can be purchased relatively inexpensively.

Shotgun: In the realm of beginner weapons, a shotgun is typically not to be found, but that does not withdraw it from possibility. There are some great benefits to the shotgun as a weapon choice though as well. A single shot shotgun can be purchased at a big box store for less than $150, and a box of 25 target rounds can be obtained for about $5.

Who Can Help?

Family or friends: The ideal situation would be if you have a family member or trusted friend who is gun owner and who is available to show you their firearms and let you shoot some of them. Typically in this case, it will not cost a whole lot other than maybe the cost of ammunition (and perhaps some snacks) to get the opportunity to get a feel for how a few different weapons fire. This will give you a good idea of what might be the best fit for you before you make a large investment in a gun of your own.

Gun Range: A local, privately operated gun range will often have rental guns that can be rented for a portion of a day and fired on the range. In most cases, you don’t even have to worry about cleaning the guns after dirtying them. This is usually the one opportunity outside of shooting a friend’s or family member’s gun where you can try it before you buy it. The range staff should also be able to offer assistance with which firearms might be best suited for you in the circumstances that you will be shooting.

Gun Shop: If there is not a local range that offers rental guns or family or friends who can help you with finding a gun that is a good fit for you and your needs, the staff at a gun shop can be a huge help. There is typically no other place where one person can compare so many different models of firearms, which is a great advantage — especially for someone who is new to firearms or even just someone who wants to see what is new and exciting in the world of guns.

Where To Get Training?

Local shooting range: Find a local shooting range that offers firearm instruction at wheretoshoot.org. While you are there, make sure to check out the resources tab where there is some great information about news and events, printable targets, information about firearm safety and information about the shooting sports.

First Shots: The First Shots program is also offered in several States through local ranges and is designed to give interested people who have never fired a handgun the chance to learn how to, free of charge. The First Shots program covers the safe use of firearms, the local requirements for purchasing and owning a firearm, and an overview of opportunities in the shooting sports at all levels. More information can be found as well as local seminars at firstshots.org.

Project Appleseed: One of the great programs available today is Project Appleseed from the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, which provides marksmanship clinics for all ages from mature youths all the way up to seniors. In addition to marksmanship training, the Appleseed Project includes lessons in American history and heritage with emphasis on how marksmanship skills set the course for the establishment of America. More information about Project Appleseed can be located at appleseedinfo.org.

Concealed Weapons Class: If the State you live in allows the lawful carry of concealed weapons, pursuing such training not only offers the opportunity to carry a concealed weapon if licensed, but it also gives great insight into the applicable firearm laws of the State. The curriculum of most States’ concealed weapons classes also involves a firearms qualification portion which can be useful in establishing firearms proficiency.

National Rifle Association: The National Rifle Association offers multiple training opportunities for everyone from beginners to competitive firearm shooters. What is unique about NRA programs is that there are specialized programs for hunters, women and youths. To look into NRA training programs, click here.

State Department of Natural Resources/Fish & Game: Every State offers hunter safety classes, usually through the Department of Natural Resources or Department of Fish & Game. While a hunter safety class will not teach expert marksmanship, attendees will gain a firm grasp on the safe handling and operation of firearms as well as how to properly and safely hunt in your State of residence.

Where To Buy?

Once you have decided what kind of gun is right for you (hopefully you received some help along the way) and completed some training, find a good place to buy your new firearm. There are a number of possible locations to purchase a gun. It is recommended that only legal options should be pursued. Some of those options include sporting goods stores, guns shops, pawn shops, auctions and gun shows.

Now that all the pieces are in place, make sure to always practice firearms safety and remember that guns are useful tools that can be very enjoyable as a lifelong hobby. All it takes is getting a start.

–Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

lives with his wife and three sons in the Northeastern quadrant of the United States. He has completed countless hours of advanced training in both clinical and trauma medicine and is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Tom has also completed several courses in disaster and emergency planning/management as well as hazardous materials handler and transport certification. He graduated with honors from American Military University with an Associate of Arts in Real Estate Studies. Tom is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served with honor as a combat medic on his multiple overseas tours during the Global War on Terror. During his time in the Army, Tom became an expert in the use of several weapons (including long guns, sidearms and improvised weaponry) and obtained competence with many other weapon systems, including foreign firearms. The Army also afforded Tom the opportunity to become proficienct in the driving and operation of several different vehicles from Humvees to heavy trucks and tracked vehicles. If there happens to be any free time available, Tom can be found sharing his passion for fishing with his sons, working on a project in the wood shop, tending to the garden or trying to maintain some resemblance of physical fitness. Tom's other writings can be viewed on his blog, The Prepared Ninja, at www.thepreparedninja.com. If you are on Twitter, Tom can be followed on the handle @preparedninja.

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  • CZ52

    A 357 magnum is a much better choice in a revolver. With the 38 you can only shoot 38 special ammo with a 357 you have your choice of 38 special, 38+P, or 357 magnum ammunition. I also notice Mr Miller did not mention the 22 as a good training handgun and for those who are good enough shot with it a hunting firearm.

    • Bill

      Good advice,
      With the cost of bullits, it is a great idea to practice your hand eye coordination with a 22. The 357 is a great self defense caliber. Smith and Wesson makes a 357 so smooth, it feels like a 38

      • Robert Smith

        The .357 also has a snake cartridge available. For a first round out it increases the odds of any kind of hit and lets an attacker know you are serious about making the loud noise. Just the first round. It also has the advantage that it won’t generally go through a wall.

        Rob

    • Deerinwater

      If I’m buying, ~ the 357 round is my ammo of choice for all around defense, for it’s light weight , ballistics and shear hitting power. But you are restricting yourself some ~ with the calibre as widely used as it is.

    • jt

      I agree with all the recommendations for the .357. It’s a good, stout handgun round, while being completely manageable for most shooters.

      A practical option that also adds a different dimension to fun at the range is a rifle/revolver combo in the same chambering. There are practical advantages for the ability to use the same ammo in your rifle and revolver. Of course, we’re talking about lever actions chambered in .357, .44 mag, and .45 Colt. Excellent handguns are available in all of those chamberings, and Marlin makes an excellent, highly reliable lever rifle (model 1894). It’s great fun at the range, and is adequate for hunting deer-sized game at modest ranges (or even Black Bear in .44 and .45). You can also pick up a nice Winchester model 94 in the used market if you shop around.

      There’s nothing quite like the feel of a well-made lever rifle in the woods. They’re solid, compact, and they handle quite well in close quarters.

  • hipshotpercusion

    Great article1 All who want to shoot should also consider re-loading your own ammunition for center fire firearms. 605 percent of the cost of center fire ammunition is the cost of the brass case. for a modest investment, you can roll your own. you can even get the equipment to cast your own bullets. i know, i have been doing it for over 30 years.

  • hipshotpercusion

    Sorry for the typo…should read 60%

  • Anita

    Good article. Thanks! For home defense purposes do you need a concealed carry permit? Is having the permit a good idea or an invitation for later confiscation–I hear a lot both ways on that question.

    • Robert Smith

      Anita asks: “For home defense purposes do you need a concealed carry permit?”

      Absolutely. What better place for a firearm than on one’s hip when one arrives home and surprises a bad guy.

      Rob

    • http://www.thepreparedninja.com Tom Miller

      Anita,

      Thank You! It is not necessary to have a concealed carry permit to have a firearm in your home for defensive purposes in the United States. The purpose of a concealed carry permit is to be able to carry a weapon in a concealed manner outside of the home where it is legal to do so. Whether you get a permit or not is a personal decision. Having a permit does let the government know that you have completed the training to carry a concealed weapon but it does not mean that you have any weapons to confiscate. Many citizen’s take the course as a means to get comfortable with weapons or familiar with the law but never actually follow through with purchasing a firearm and carrying it.

      -Tom

      • CZ52

        “Having a permit does let the government know that you have completed the training to carry a concealed weapon but it does not mean that you have any weapons to confiscate.”

        Tom, she would need to check her state laws about the CCW permit. Some states used to require you to get the permit for a specific weapon registered by serial number. Don’t know if they still do or not. My state does not require that. Here you qualify with either a semi-auto or revolver. If you qualify with a revolver you are restricted to carrying a revolver. If you qualify with a semi-auto you can carry either but in both cases there is no specifics kept on record. One thing you can do is purchase two guns one to carry and the other the cheapest operable gun you can find. Then if they come looking for your carry gun give them the cheapie.

      • Jimmy the Greek

        In Texas we don’t need a permit to carry a pistol in or on a car, truck , or motorcycle as long as it is not in plane view and not on your person . A Lot of other states let you carry without a permit to .

      • Bimbam

        How high does the plane have to be before spotting your handgun? Or is this for planes on the runway only? Are binoculars allowed on the plane for spotting? I have never heard of a law like that, but it is Texas and these are strange times.

  • Deerinwater

    Big topic, ~ I use whatever I find. ~ Bad guys will bring you guns of all kinds ~find a bad man and take his guns. Surprise and overwhelming force is a deadly combination.

    Ammo, is the concern, you need common available ammo that is light and easy to acquire.

    I would start with a 410 shot gun and learn to cut your shells for effect and the 45 cal, round.

    http://youtu.be/k3M46XVfVOU

    A poor man’s approach to taking care of business.

    • gunner689AI

      In my opinion the best of both worlds is a Tarus Judge for close range (25 ft.) The Judge is a revolver that fires either .410 shotgun shells or .45 cal longs. there are numerous .410′s made now specifically for self-defense. Either cal. is a good manstopper at reasonable ranges. Top it off with a red dot lazer and you have a good defensive system. Don’t overlook the .38 + P with the 125 gr. hollow point bullet. Definately not your grannies .38
      I believe a revolver is the best type of defense handgun. Less shots but are virtually fail-safe in working. Auto’s have a bad habit of jamming at the worst times; Murphy’s Law.
      I tell my students to shoot center mass, concentrate on the front sight and keep putting out lead till the perp stops kicking. When the cops show up just say “I was afraid for my life” and shut-up. Parrot that expression to whom ever asks about it.

    • Old Henry

      Deerinwater:

      That was a very cool video. I remember, 45 I think, mentioning a while back about cutting 12 gauge shells. Looks pretty easy, but what is the downside if you cut too much?

      • CZ52

        Not sure how they would work in a semi-auto or pump shotgun either.

  • CD

    Two things I hope would be covered in firearms training; 1, never ever, ever shoot at anything unless you can see and know your target and 2, if you purchase a used gun at say, a pawn shop or from a private party, take it to a reputable gun repair shop to be checked for proper operation before you ever shoot it.

    My personal favorites are my 22LR for small game, 30-30 or ought-6 for deer, 308 or 270 for bigger game, shotgun and 38 for home/personal defense. When I was a single mom that little 22LR put a lot of quail, grouse, rabbit and squirrel on the table (I hate picking shot out of game), other guns provided red meat and security, no welfare or food stamps needed.

    I started my daughters on a 22 Chipmunk rifle by the time they were 4 years old and taught them to treat every gun as if it were loaded (because they always were) and with the exception of self-defense, never to shoot anything they didn’t plan on eating. As adults now, they each have a collection of their favorites. I wish more women were as comfortable with guns as we are…maybe articles like this one will convince them to get a gun, learn how to use it and have fun with it!

    • http://www.thepreparedninja.com Tom Miller

      CD,

      You make some very fine points. I would go one step further and say that a firearm should never be pointed at anything that you do not intend to fire upon but without question verify the target first. Thank you for your input. The difficult thing about firearms is that they are such a personal subject. For every person that thinks the Glock is the perfect handgun you will find another that will stubbornly declare that they would rather use a slingshot than own a Glock.

      -Thomas Miller

      • Deerinwater

        I have never had or fired one, and it’s hard to instill passion for a plastic gun while all the testimony, stats and documentation backs up your statement that The Glock is a master piece of fine craftsmanship second to none.

      • gunner689AI

        Glocks are great but Sigs are better. You can run a 100,000 rounds through one before it needs rebuilt. Only pistol I ever used in combat was a gvt. 1911. Worked fine even when dirty. Never liked the 9mm or the .380 for defensive work; bullets too light for one hit stops. The key to winning a gun fight is to put your opponent on the ground and bleeding out before you are.

      • jt

        gunner689AI,

        I’ve fired a number of Glocks and Sigs (though never owned either). Craftsmanship of both are excellent, but I’d have to agree that the Sigs are superior in design and final quality. I have also used a variety of S&W 9mm’s during the late80′s and 90′s. Nice sidearms, but nothing to brag about there.

        That brings me to my real point. I’ve never held a pistol that inspired as much confidence in my equipment as a 1911 variant. There are a lot of them out there, but I have to say that the Kimbers are absolutely outstanding. One final mention is that the Colt Delta Elite (10mm) is a devastating and absolutely reliable weapon……pricey ammo though, even to reload (the brass isn’t cheap).

      • CD

        Thank you and yes, S.O.P. is always, verify, point, shoot or verify, don’t point. Thank you for adding that and I agree with the personal choices of different guns. Many, if not most, gun owners have their favorite makes, models, calibers.

        For some of us (women, mostly), our body size matters too. I’m only 5′ 1″, so the shorter, lever actions work best for me. Longer barrel guns tend to tip me over forward and make it difficult to aim and hold steady, not to mention the kick from a higher caliber rifle or handgun can, and has, put me on my backside in a heartbeat. I don’t own anything that knocks me off my feet but my cousins, knowing I’d shoot anything at least once, used to hand me their high-powered guns just so they could laugh at me, and it was a lot of fun to see if I could stay on my feet. So, yes, it’s all about preference and what “fits” each person.

      • ChristyK

        A Springfield XD is a good gun for a cheap price. They come with many add-ons that you normally have to spend over $100 for such as a holster, spare magazines, magazine holder and a slick loader that attaches to the magazine holder for fast reloading. The XD-M comes with a slimmer grip that will fit better for woman and is more accurate, but also a little more expensive. It is a good way to get started and spend a small amount on a good (but probably not best) handgun.

    • jt

      CD,

      +1 on the .22LR’s

      What a great utilitarian round. Whether bolt action, semiauto, pump or single shot in rifles, OR single shot, semiauto, or revolvers for a handgun, the .22LR is an all-around game-getter, fun plinking, training, or borderline defense caliber. Within it’s practical limits, it can also be incredibly accurate if you take the time to learn what shoots well in your weapon, and buy a large quantity of that specific lot. And you can’t beat the price of .22LR ammo, right?

      P.S.- I hate picking shot out too…..especially anything smaller than 6′s.

      • CD

        JT, you are absolutely right! I’ve had my LR so long (and use same ammo) I know right where that bullet is going and rarely miss a head shot on a bird or other small game. I also have my mother’s, grandmother’s, and great-grandmother’s 22 revolvers, love them and as you said, great fun and no, you can’t beat the price of the ammo.

      • jt

        WOW CD,

        I envy you. To have such a rich heritage in your collection is quite something. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to pass down such significant heirlooms such as yours. That is what America needs more of. I see that as a bygone era, but I desperately hope that I am wrong in that regard. Please keep the faith………and keep some powder dry….-jt

      • jt

        Hey CD,

        I just noticed your other post in which you mentioned lever actions. I’m right there with ya. They are great for smaller framed shooters, for sure, but I also love ‘em (and I’m 6’1″ @ 200lbs.) A good lever rifle is an asset at home or in the field, NO QUESTION.

        Hey, John Wayne knew a thing or two, huh? lol………-jt

      • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.fox.98892 Benjamin Fox

        I’m thankful for the Marine Corps gun training. I have a 9mm and can hit 13 head or heart shots outside at 50′ and have the targets to prove it. Gun Control is hitting what you aim at and as many times as you pull the trigger.

      • Deerinwater

        There is no substitute for good training to the making of high quality gun skills. IF you had to find all the technic on your own, ~ you will more then likely waste a lot of time and money and develop some bad habits for your trouble.

        I would be willing to say, ~ no matter how good you are, you can be taught to be better.

    • jt

      Hey again,

      I stupidly replied to a couple of your posts by clicking on the reply link on MY post. My mistake. Anyway, I hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving day, ……and remember….keep some powder dry….-jt

      • CD

        Jt, Thank you and you too. I AM very fortunate to have those heirloom guns. I’ll leave you today with what I think is a really good laugh; not only do I have my female ancestors “hip jewelry,” I have all their BIBLES too!
        Have a great day….and yeah, the Duke knew a thing or two about lever actions!

  • David169

    For a beginning shooter I believe a pistol or revolver as a primary weapon is a mistake. The primary weapon should be a rifle. I have taught my children and grandchildren gun safety and how to shoot. The odds of someone with less than three years experience hitting a target while under pressure with a handgun is very low unless the target is within a few feet. The fiasco in New York where two supposedly trained policemen emptied their high capacity magazines and scored one hit at about ten feet while hitting a few innocent bystanders is proof of my obversations of 60 years of shooting.
    I believe the best all around weapon for someone only interested in defense of their home would be a rifle that fires a pistol cartridge. Many above have recomended a .357 magnum which is available in many lever action rifle that are used for cowboy competitions.Then as the rifle owner becomes more experienced they can buy a companion revolver that uses the same cartridge. Both will fire the 38 special cartridge which has a slightly shorter case.
    If someone is dead set on buying a pistol as opposed to a revolver buy one that someone offers a 22 conversion for. This allows the shooter to change the magazine and slide and shoot 22s for practice which cost about 1/10 the price of first line self defense ammunition in an adequate cartridge. Then it can be changed back in a minute to the original cartridge that has adequate power for self defense. A new shooter shooting only full power ammunition will almost always develop a flinch that will be hard to get rid of.
    To Mr. Miller, the nomenclature “round” is a term used in non fixed ammunition. It is missused constantly. It refers to the gunners ability to fire a shot which consists of a projectile or shell, a propellant charge and a primer or initiator. If an artillery crew has 50 primers, twenty shells or projectiles and one powder charge they only have one round left. The term was brought into being so a comander could ascertain how many more shots could be fired by artillery. Small arms unless they are muzzle loaders normally use fixed ammunition which is called a carrtridge or a shell. Cartridges normally fire a single bullet or projectile. Whereas shotguns normally fire a shell. The difference in the nomenclature is that the projectile or projectiles of a shell do something other than remain in one mass. A shotgun shell get it’s name as a shell because the pellets or projectiles form a pattern after they leave the gun. Hence a .357 magnum cartridge or a 12 gauge shell is a correct discription of the ammunition.

    • http://www.thepreparedninja.com Tom Miller

      David,

      I certainly appreciate your opinion. There is certainly no way to cover everything about firearms in one article and clearly this is a very personal subject. You state that you have 60 years of shooting experience. That is a whole lot of experience! I do not have that much experience but since I have been shooting, the term “round” has been widely accepted when referring to a single or multiples of bullets or pieces of ammunition when discussing small arms whether it was in the military, with law enforcement, or in the private sector. Even modern small arms weapon and firearms component manufacturers refer to rounds when they discuss the capacity of modern personal use firearms. It seems to be a term that was originally developed to serve a specific purpose but has been widely adapted to serve a variety of purposes in the modern setting.

      -Thomas Miller

  • Mrs. S. L. Garrett

    Maybe I’m wrong but it seems like there is a point missing here; and it is getting started, learning how to shoot. As a 5ft woman, two months ago, I was determined to learn how to shoot. I purchased a .22 revolver and went to my first class. I was intimidated when I saw the few other women with gun holsters strapped to their legs. (I do not own a pair of pants!) when we went on the firing range I got even more intimidated and hearing all of the fire power from the guns being fired, I just broke down and cried and cried. I felt so wimpy and like a +&%$# (put whatever you want in that sentence.) I did have ear protection on but my hands were shaking, heart racing, embarrassed, I could not control flinching, crying or jumping every time a gun was fired, so I left the class early. The instructor only charged me a fraction of the cost of the class. Two weeks later, I took a semi-private class. I’ve stopped crying, still wearing a skirt, still flinch just a little when my instructor demonstrates with his Glock 19 but I’ve learned to hit the target! My instructor did let me shoot his Glock about 2 weeks ago and I jumped. the next week when asked do I want to fire the Glock, the answer is NO, because I’ve seen the “fire” from the gun. I’m encouraged to upgrade to higher caliber or semi auto but quite frankly, I’m still afraid! I’m still going to the range every week and the more I go, the more I feel confident in shooting, again, it is about getting started. Okay, so the 22 revolver won’t stop an intruder like a higher caliber, but I’m still learning. Mrs. S. L. G.

    • deerinwater

      A single step at a time Mrs. Garrett, you will only fail if you stop trying. We learn a lot between our range time. ~ by just Thinking.

      Golf is much the same.

      I fought a war without ear protection and now at 65 , I don’t hear so well. ~ Keep’em on.

  • Ric

    Ever hear about Front Sight Firearms Training in Nevada and Alaska? Most instructors are former LE/Swat/Military from my understanding. Wide variety of courses, I’ve been there and highly recommend them to people I know. I want the person covering my back to be safe and trained.
    As for Ammo, you need 9mm (most common ammo used in the world) and always use hollow points for self defense. HP’s have stopping power, ball tips go in and out, target will bleed to death but won’t be stopped as quickly. I’ve seen this in the operating room. A good method for training neuro-musclular memory is to shoot .22 or even air soft will do. Speed is not an issue when training because slow, done enough times will be fast when the time comes.

  • Smithkowitz

    As is often said, the best gun for the job is the one you can shoot accurately. Along the same lines, the best gun for carry conceal, is the one you actually will bring with you. There are a variety of factors that will determine that. Weight, Size, and of course your ability to shoot it accurately and being comfortable shooting it. Then we run into the economics of the shooting: ammo cost, weapon cost, training, maintenance products, accessories necessary to carry conceal at various times of the year. As many have stated, a 22LR is a great weapon to learn with and practice with regularly. You maintain your skills and it is the absolute cheapest ammo caliber you can purchase, 4 – 5¢ per round (or less) is not out of the question for reasonable practice ammo. For home defense the shotgun is a very popular item. You can choose from a variety of gauges, the most common being 12, 20 and 410. For those who cannot handle heavy recoil, a 410 would be fine, the 20 with standard shells is not really harsh either. However, for more bang, you could always shoot 20gauge magnum 3″ shells. Technically, this would likely handle 95% of all home invasion encounters quite nicely. Still the best advice, pick up a lot of different firearms at your local gun shop. See how they feel in your hand, can you operate all the controls easily with either hand (you might need to use the weak hand some day) (you should practice weak hand firing after you become strong hand confident). Some firearms feel like they are part of your body, some don’t. After you find ones that feel good, rent them and test them. Might want to do this a few times (with some time off between testing) before you make a decision. There are 100′s of different options available; cheap is not a good reason, reliability and your ability to fire accurately is. Happy shopping, buying firearms is always a pleasure.

  • NativeBlood

    My faves and weapons of choice are:
    Winchester 12 guage pump
    Ruger Mini 14 Ranch
    AMT 22 Mag long slide
    Makes for a secure domicile (along with 2 German Shepherds)

    Happy Thanksgiving to all on the forum:-)

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THE PHOTOGRAPH FOR THIS ARTICLE PROVES THE COMMENT I MADE IN ANOTHER THREAD THAT National Rifle Association (NRA) HAS A “CAUCASIAN” FACE.

    AS LONG AS CAUCASIANS PRESENT A VISUALIZATION THAT ONLY CAUCASIANS UTILIZE FIREARM TRAINING, REPUBLICAN SUPPORTERS OF SECOND-AMENDMENT RIGHTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE VIEWED AS RACISTS.

    NRA NEEDS TO START AN ADVERTISEMENT CAMPAIGN UTILIZING NEGRO MODELS. MAYBE, BY THE TIME OF THE 2016 ELECTION, NEGRO GUN-OWNERS MAY FIND MERIT IN SUPPORTING POLITICIANS WHO FAVOR GUN-RIGHTS.

    • Charlie

      The NRA is doing just fine by admitting people who ask to join. If you need Politically Correct, ask HuffPo to run an advertisement.

  • ChristyK

    What type of gun matters less than what your training is. Using a gun for self-defense, is much different than shooting at paper targets. A good defensive handgun and/or defensive shotgun course will be more useful than just target shooting. I recommend Frontsight for training. In 4 days you will be better prepared than many people who have been shooting most of their lives. The normal price of the training is pricey. (4 day defensive handgun $2000) Sign up for their email list. They periodically have promotions on their classes or memberships that will allow for unlimited visits for training. We were able to go to the 4 day defensive handgun for $100. You can’t believe how great the training is. It is good if you haven’t ever shot a gun and it is good if you are military or police with lots of experience.

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