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Old 05-20-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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First post, so here's my intro: New to Guns, New to the Board.
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So, I bit the bullet (yeah, sorry for that) and decided I'd go shoot for the 1st time ever. Went to Palm Beach Shooting Center, down here in Lake Worth, FL. They offer a one-one-one, 30-minute get-you-on-the-range-without-killing-yourself-or-anyone-else safety class. Or more properly, their Basic Handgun class.

Really glad I did all of the reseach that I did prior to going. All of the safety and gun familiarity stuff was like a review of what I already "knew". The instructor, Shannon, was a great. Felt right at ease with him immediately. We did the basic 4 safety rules, parts of the gun, handling the gun, siting, releasing the mag, loading and unloading, clearing jams, etc.

On the range, I shot the 3rd-gen, full-size, 9mm Glock (G17). Was absolutely surprised at how loud the raport was of handguns even with cans on. (Mostly the shots of those around me moreso that the G17, but even that was louder than I had anticipated.) Next time I will def. put in earplugs under the over-the-ear protection.

Here's my 1st 25 shots. I'm very happy with the results.



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That is really good, especially for a first timer. What distance were you from the target?

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I don't think that target will be getting up for more; it is destined for the recycle bin.

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That is really good, especially for a first timer. What distance were you from the target?
1st 5 shots were at 15'. Instructor then put the target back to 21'. The next 20 shots were at 21'. 4 of the shots that were in the white were at 21', when I was instructed to shoot 5 quickly (although quick is a relative term, but I really didn't re-establish my site picture on those five.
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That's some very good shooting there my friend. Now, take a CPL course and get your license to carry.

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Congratulations on your first range trip! Are you an addict yet??

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Absolutely! It's like doing CrossFit for the 1st time. You're like -- WHY didn't anyone tell me about this before? This is frickin' awesome.

I'm actually quite surprised at how "fatiguing" shooting 50 rounds was. My strong hand feels like I did a hard session on a heavy bag and my forearm is a bit taxed. I'm obviously using a bunch of small muscles in a way that I've never used them before.
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Congrats on your first shooting experience...now you're hooked. -<evil laugh>

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Now, take a CPL course and get your license to carry.
Def. on my mind, but I think it's going to be a while before I feel proficient enough for that. I still plan on getting the CCW, but I'm not sure when (or if I ever will) feel adept enough to actually carry.

I'm already signed up for another 3.5 hr Basic Hand Gun course at Shoot Straight - West Palm Beach. I had already signed my wife and I up, but I couldn't wait (it's not until 6/1), so I "cheated" on her and went on my own today.

Believe it or not, it's actually our Anniversary gift to each other. We're going to spend our 6th anniversary slinging lead! Yehaw!
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