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Old 04-01-2013, 08:28 PM   #11
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If you ask them if they could teach how to use a gun will they do it? So I dont have to take a class..

I think I can learn just about everything online. I think I just need first hand gun experience
I don't understand, especially the last line.

You can get some good info online, and friends/relatives can probably teach you how to handle the firearm safely and hit the target, but a trained INSTRUCTOR should be able to get the job done faster and with more detail.

I learned most of my practical firearms handling as a youth and from my father. It would have been helpful to take a class, IMO.


Additionally, when looking for less-expensive handguns, take a look at the Bersa's. I have been very happy with mine, though with it's manual safety and decocker and such, it might not be as simple to learn to use as a Glock or XD or revolver (Taurus 85's are sometimes available used and under $300 with a bit of wear).
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Get Some N R A Approved training.
If you have a range that rents,
Start with a .22
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If you ask them if they could teach how to use a gun will they do it? So I dont have to take a class..

I think I can learn just about everything online. I think I just need first hand gun experience
Bad choice. Get the organized formal training course... you are making a BIG mistake if you don't get good training that INCLUDES safety instruction. You really don't want to become "death 01".
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On-line is NOT training- it is EDUCATION. No feedback on your performance.

As said, take the class, then rent some guns to see what YOU like. My standard suggestion for a first gun is a decent bolt action .22 rifle, and a Ruger .22 pistol.

With the price of ammo presently, you will shoot a heck of a lot more with a .22 than with anything else.

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Did you just get in a car and drive a death mobile without learning the rules of the road and have an instructor? This isn't COD. People die if you make one stupid mistake. Take a class and learn safety and how to fire on a range with an instructor.


EDIT: if you want to learn from YouTube, learn from this -

http://youtu.be/Et33bbA0GeM
Take a class, please.
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I have no gun experience and know nothing about guns. I dont know anything so now i have to learn perhaps not everything about guns, but certainly alot. Id like to hear if anyone has any recommendations of a specific gunshop(s) in Illinois mainly in or around Joliet,Illinois. Im 21 and have a FOID card. I heard glocks are beginner friendly so glock is certainly a top option for me. Ill use the gun for range shooting and maybe home defense. I want a cheap gun but not too cheap that it may malfunction and whatnot. I just want a reliable non expensive easytouse handgun.

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Before purchasing a gun, take a firearms course.

http://www.saferusa.com/

Dave Lombardo lives in Shorewood area and Tim Dalan is in the SW burbs.
Class are held at a number of local ranges. There are a lot of gun stores in the SW burbs. I am not a fan of Mega Sports in Plfd.

Revolvers are great for simplicity and reliability, get a 357 Magnum and you
can shoot cheaper ligher .38 Spl from it and load it with .357's for PD.

Check your PM's.
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Mega Sports has a range and classes!

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On-line is NOT training- it is EDUCATION. No feedback on your performance.

As said, take the class, then rent some guns to see what YOU like. My standard suggestion for a first gun is a decent bolt action .22 rifle, and a Ruger .22 pistol.

With the price of ammo presently, you will shoot a heck of a lot more with a .22 than with anything else.

death01 - I hope we haven't scared you off. That wasn't the intent. Everyone here has your best interest in mind, along with the safety of others in your home and the rest of us when we're at the range shooting next to you. If you roam the boards here, you're ready plenty of comments about being muzzle swept by people at the range with loaded weapons. We all take safety and responsibility here very seriously.

There is a great guy on YouTube - hickok45 - and he has a good intro video, reaffirming what c3shooter stated above. After you take a class, start with renting a .22 and move up keeping in mind some of the thoughts he provides. Take your time and let us know what you're looking for and what you've shot, liked and disliked, and we can probably save you some headaches and some money making the right choice the first time.

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

http://youtu.be/dGYf9AZlSyU
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where can i get more info on the classes? i couldent find anything on there website
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Give Mega a call. Didn't see anything on their website.

Looks like this range has a class. Give them a call as well if Aurora isn't too far.
http://www.jrshootingsports.com/index.html

Article II might be a bit too far.
http://www.article2range.com/firearms-instruction/

Shade posted some info above as well.

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