Firearm virgin... :-\

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by kablooie, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. kablooie

    kablooie New Member

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    So the wifey and I have decided to get more informed on firearms and potentially buy something. Mind you neither of us have ever fired a gun (so I guess that means no bad habits...?) :rolleyes:

    Anways, we're in our early 30's and both are healthy with a 3 and 6 year old. We live in a safe LA County suburb. We are eventually planning to move (probably to MT) by the end of next year.

    Our kid's little league coach is a LEO and suggested we check out Turner's for safety/training. Checking out their website shows this information Turner's Outdoorsman which seems decent... But I was wanting to see what you all thought.

    TIA,
    Louie
     
  2. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    I'm no expert but will offer you my $0.10.

    I would first figure out what use you have in mind for the weapon. Hunting, Self Defense, Recreational?

    After you've established that, I would take a trip to a local gun range. Mine, and many others, let you rent many of the firearms they sell before you buy.

    Then, I would get you and your wife some 1-on-1 personal training. Including everything from safe handling, proper maintenance, proper grip and stance, etc.

    Then, buy your gun, your ammo, and practice practice practice practice...

    HERE is an article written by one of our members, Samples.32, about a weapon for concealed carry. It touches on many important issues, and you may find it useful to your search for a weapon.

    (original link HERE)
     

  3. aliendroid

    aliendroid New Member

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    Good decision, I think anyone who doesn't buy a gun or have a gun today is taking a huge risk.
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations, you've made a critical decision to look after you and yours.
     
  5. kablooie

    kablooie New Member

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    falseharmonix: there are a few ranges with a few miles and I know for sure one of them rents all different types, so that will be good. As for the training it will probably come down to Firearms Training - LAX Firing Range in Los Angeles, CA or the Turner's link I posted above. I can't see spending $100 for 2 hours versus $75 for 5 hours. Granted ammo is included only in the $100 price and lunch is included in the $75 price. ;)

    Back 5-6 years ago when we lived in apartment and the neighbors had a domestic dispute (of their own), I looked into getting a gun but that fizzled out as wifey does not care for them and didnt want one in the home. (now she's seeing the light and is asking about CCW... I was like, "you? WTF? where is this coming from??") lol.

    So now I'm looking into this again and slowly pushing this along so as not to overwhelm her. Anyway, no hunting use, mainly SD and then recreational time permitting.

    I liked the look/options of the SW686 when I was checking this out before, but never did anything about it. One recommendation was a shotgun though due to the common walls. Now we're in a house and I think either HG or SG will be fine. Heck maybe one of each and a sp101 for her... :D

    So as we progress, I'll keep you updated.

    TIA for the help!
     
  6. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    Glad I could be of assistance. Keep us updated, good luck with the search, and we hope to see you posting around soon!
     
  7. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

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    Be careful once you buy one gun you'll buy another then another,then another,then another,then another, then another,then another:D
     
  8. kablooie

    kablooie New Member

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    I'm sure, however due to limited funds and the WAF... I don't think I will encounter this "problem" :(
     
  9. Rentacop

    Rentacop New Member

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    "The more guns you have, the more you need." - Anon.
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Spend $15 and become a Supporting Member! supporting.gif

    Then jump into the Knowledge Base and read, read, read.........

    It's the logical, 'next step' for you. When you run into a question, you can post it here or PM the author and get the info direct! It's why we're here.
     
  11. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

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    Hi neighbor.
    Welcome to the FTF. I sent a PM, check your inbox.
    Jo
     
  12. hogger129

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    I'd suggest a 1911 as a gun to start with. I always liked it, I think it's a pretty simple gun, there are many different purposes it can be applied to, and I don't think they cost a ton. The first gun I ever shot was a .44 Magnum, so recoil was not an issue for me when I got into .45s. As for the safety training, I'd say ANY training and safety you can pick up is never a bad thing.
     
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  13. NGIB

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    While I love 1911s and have a number of them, they aren't necessarily a great first/only gun. They can be finicky and require more care and possible tweaking to make them "perfect". Once you gain some experience and get really comfortable with handguns - it's a great platform.

    If I were to choose a single handgun for all around use, I'd suggest a 4 inch .357 magnum revolver. Simple to operate, they are a true "no tinkering required" type of gun. You can shoot anything from light .38 Special loads all the way to full-house, really nasty magnum loads - it's one of the few jack of all trades handguns out there.

    If carry will be a consideration, 3 inch models are available which are a tad easier to carry & conceal...

    Here's my 7 shot, 3 inch S&W 686+ and it's a great all-purpose gun...

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  14. troy2000

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    +1 on the recommendation for a .357. The nice thing about them is that they'll make a humongous noise and big hole with the .357 ammo, but you aren't restricted to it. You can start with the regular .38 specials, work your way up through the +p loads, and on to the .357 when you're used to handling the gun.

    And the price of .38 specials for practice or recreation isn't going to break the household budget, if that's a consideration.....my nephew (on a restricted income) just sold his .45 1911, because he couldn't simply afford to shoot it as often as he liked.
     
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  16. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Here is my "Jack of all Trades" .357 Magnum. I trust it more than any other gun I own.
     

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  17. Kain

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    Just a different viewpoint. I was a complete newcommer to firearms just 6 months ago. And everyone I talked to (pre FTF) tried to push me into a revolver. But I HATE revolvers. I have yet to find one that dosen't feel like a club (full frame), a toy (snub nose) or just plain awkward in my hands. So, keep your options open and decide for yourself what feels best. 90% of what makes the "right" gun is personal opinion. What is right for one person may be horribly wrong for you.
     
  18. canebrake

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    Spoken from truth right there!

    A caneisim: "Never, did I say never buy what I like on my gun, ALWAYS buy what you like! Otherwise you will be carrying my gun on your hip!"
     
  19. it makes me happy to hear people talking about safely classes before the purchase of a firearm. Always research your chosen firearm (make sure the right bullets go in the right gun you'd be surprised how often this happens :eek: ) always be safe and always teach your kids to be safe

    for example take your kids shooting a Few times, don't let them shoot at first let them watch you and your wife shoot then when they demonstrate the necessary safety and handling skills start them out with something small (ie. .22, .223) them very slowly work your way up as they age. if you start a child off with something big and scary they will never want to shoot again.

    here are some links on teaching gun saftey to kids

    How to Teach Your Child Gun Safety | Field & Stream
    NRA - Safety Information for Parents

    good luck and have fun the world of firearms is fun but you should always be safe :)
     
  20. JSDinTexas

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    I think deciding to arm oneself is quite a leap, yet after it is done, it feels pretty natural.

    My strong advice with kids in the house is: Gun Safe