Shot my first handgun last night

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by taihawk, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. taihawk

    taihawk New Member

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    My buddy from work took me to the local gun club to let me try my hand at shooting. Started out on the indoor range. Out of about 20 rounds, only got 3 in the black, but hit the target at least just about every time (think I missed low once). Surprised me that I'm right handed and right eye dominant, but I seemed to shoot much better left-handed (tried that out because I'm blind in my right eye)...I think holding it left handed I was able to keep it steadier.

    Then we went outside and he let me shoot his .40 with laser sight on the (sorry for not knowing the terms here), but the round metal targets that when you hit them, they fall backwards. Actually did pretty well on those.

    I told him I get an extra paycheck in July, so he is going to order me that Ruger .22 slabside to be here on the 15th.

    One quick, one hour trip to the gunclub shooting about a total of 50 rounds, and now I feel I'm hooked.
     
  2. rifleman1

    rifleman1 Active Member

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    can i ask how you are right eye dominant if your blind in it? im just curious iv never been blind so kinda just wondering.
     

  3. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    +1. Rifleman, you beat me to that exact question.
     
  4. taihawk

    taihawk New Member

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    Very right-hand, right-eye dominant. However, about 20 years ago was in an accident and my right eye lens found the working end of a barbed wire fence. Since then, can see light, colors, etc. but absolutely no focus with that eye. My natural inclination is still to try to aim things with that eye. Also, because of that, have no depth perception.

    More of a term to what eye a person favors....before the accident, I never even knew we each have a "dominant eye"
     
  5. Thadeuce

    Thadeuce New Member

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    Thanks for the clarification. I was thinking that you were some kind of alien being able to see out of an eye you were blind in...LOL!!
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    You may very well be hooked now Tai. Just give in to it, you'll be much happier. ;)
     
  7. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Great fun, wasn't it? What kind of Ruger .22 are you getting? I'm in the market for a Mark III in my very near future.
     
  8. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Glad to know that you had fun shooting a handgun for the first time. I was hooked on shooting from the very first time I had fired a firearm; as I say a lot "it only takes on shot to hook someone". Now a few years later I own quite a few firearms, I'm working on my gunsmithing diploma, and firearms are my passion.
     
  9. taihawk

    taihawk New Member

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    Gonna get a .22 Ruger Slab Side (Believe its a Mark III, but such a rookie better not quote me on that). He had one of his own and let me shoot it last night, and liked the feel of it.

    As for other comments above, yes....I am already hooked. It was frustrating, but nothing time and practice won't fix. This winter they have a pistol league that I think I'm going to look into...sounds like a great way to meet some people and learn a lot.
     
  10. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    In 2008, before the election, I decided I wanted to get my CCW (in Oregon it is called a CHL, thus my screen name). Problem was, I didn't own a handgun and had never even fired one. I took a class and the fellow asked me what kind of handgun I wanted to borrow from him to learn how to shoot, a revolver or semi-auto? I didn't know the difference.

    I was starting from scratch just 3 years ago. This forum is so helpful and patient, I have since bought 8 handguns of all types, a shotgun, and built my own AR-15. I've learned a lot of those terms and really enjoy this (expensive) hobby...that might very well protect my family one day.

    Keep reading and learning. You obviously have the right attitude for firearmstalk.com.

    BTW, I recently bought a Browning Buck Mark 5.5" Camper .22 pistol. Love it! Rugers make great pistols, too.
     
  11. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    Taihawk, welcome to our world. May I offer a suggestion? No disrespect intended toward your friend, but I suggest you take professional training from a qualified firearms instructor. The sooner the better, before you learn / develop bad habits that can be very difficult to break.
     
  12. taihawk

    taihawk New Member

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    Absolutely no offense at all! Love the respect everybody shows each other on this board...

    ....but to respond to your suggestion, my buddy is a qualified instructor and is the guy who teaches the conceal and carry course for the county, in charge of leagues, etc.
     
  13. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Now your big problem is keeping your wallet closed.
     
  14. Cinderocka1989

    Cinderocka1989 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the obsession... :)
    My first boyfriend took me shooting when I was 16, I had to wait 5 years before I could buy my own handgun but I've been addicted since day one and now have three guns. I love them, a lot. :D
     
  15. shadamai

    shadamai New Member

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    Hi Taihawk,

    I was wondering whether you have found your lack of depth perception to affect your shooting and if so, if you have come across any methods to compensate. I am wondering because my dad and I began shooting a few months ago and he is also blind in one eye and is still having some accuracy issues.