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Old 05-07-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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So I finally broke down and bought my first firearm. Picked up a Walther P22 - I wanted a semi-auto that I could spend time at the range with without breaking the bank on ammo. I'm a Florida resident and I've also signed up to take a Firearms safety course with live fire exercise in order to obtain my CCW (although I don't plan on carrying the P22 or anything anytime soon - I want to become far more proficient first).

What else would you guys recommend a newbie do? Obviously practice, practice, practice. I'm looking for things you wish you would have known years ago when you first started shooting, etc. What about books? I've already read Ayoob's In The Gravest Extreme: The Role of the Firearm in Personal Protection and thought it was fantastic. My next trip to B&N will most likely have me picking up a few more of his books, and one or two by Col. Jeff Cooper. Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance guys.

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I would recommend printing out this target, buying some Shoot-n-SEE stick on targets in a small enough size to JUST cover the center of the target, but keep the instructions visable.

Then I would take a bunch of them to the range as often as you can, shoot as often as you can afford. Nothing is going to beat rounds down range.

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You anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale?

I'd be glad to accompany you to the range for some knowledge transfer.

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You anywhere near Ft. Lauderdale?

I'd be glad to accompany you to the range for some knowledge transfer.
Yep. Living in Davie, and that would be greatly appreciated as I'm an extreme newbie. What range(s) would you recommend? I was thinking about spending time at Weston Arms for indoor shooting and up at Markham Park for outdoor.
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You are screwed now newbie. Cane will bring his Colts and his beloved High Power and you will be smitten forever. Listen well to the master young Jedi...

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Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry by Ayoob is pretty good. (Not sure of the title, but that's pretty close). JD, how does a Luddite like me go about printing that target into something usable. If I PM you would you mail me one I could xerox? I'll include SASE.

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Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry by Ayoob is pretty good. (Not sure of the title, but that's pretty close). JD, how does a Luddite like me go about printing that target into something usable. If I PM you would you mail me one I could xerox? I'll include SASE.
If you have a copy of Microsoft Office's Word, it would be simple to insert the image into a document and then stretch it appropriately for printing. After that, you could just Xerox any copies afterward from that original. If you have Word, let me know and I can give you more detailed instructions, or simply email you a Word document set up accordingly. As far as making it larger than what would be possible on an 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper (which would be quite more useful I'd imagine) you might be able to take a copy of the image to Staples/Kinkos have them print you out a large version for a fairly low cost. ... Now that I think about it, I could also cut that image into 4 quadrants and print each on a separate 8.5x11 then tape 'em together for a larger target.
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Thank you Krahis, if I knew anything about this I'd take you up on it. Maybe I can get the Lovely Miss Freefall who is not such a luddite to do this for me. It's all I can do to correspond on this forum.

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JD, how does a Luddite like me go about printing that target into something usable. If I PM you would you mail me one I could xerox? I'll include SASE.
PM me and I will mail you both the ones I made with the Shoot-n-See and a fresh one you can Doctor up on your own Brother.

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Many thanks JD. As soon as I figure out how to pm. By the way, how do I quit getting e-mails about somebody posting to something I did? What a lot of crap in the junk box.

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