Been wanting to learn how to use a weapon and have a gun, and wanted to know what some of the other Bears recommend to start with.
I would think to start with a pistol and shotgun...but I'm way out of my depth when it comes to this.
I've spent some time looking online, and see the Glock 20 or 40 being ones that I come to (I'm 22 rogans tall, and appreciate the larger grip/size)
Next steps is to get certified, go to a range, learn the ropes, but any input is appreciated!
I'd recommend 9mm for a starter gun, simply for cheapness of ammo that will kick enough to get used to. Glock 19 is always a solid choice, but you're going to pay for it. I personally used to have a Canik TP9, until that *tragic boating accident*. Really good starter gun; don't pay more than $350 for it. Incidentally, if you'd be interested in purchasing some cupcakes for my local church's bake sale, they're going for $325 a dozen. Very good condition on the frosting.
I'd avoid .22 to start with. Ammo is dirt cheap, but it doesn't really teach muscle memory for recoil.
I get what the last guy said about 22 not teaching enough muscle memory but some people are weak and need an easy start. If you are 22 Rogan's tall and can handle a 9 mm that is probably a good choice. I personally always prefer 45...
However anyone else checking I'd say do a 22. Maybe go action a 9mm and ask to try loading the clip and all that minus chambering a round to make sure you can do the stuff.
Shotguns are great, but maybe i'm biased because of my name.
Maybe practice with a stick and make "pew pew" sounds
Heya! RangerBear on DLive is a great source of information about all that, too. I think HammarBear as well.
100% on all these responses. I chatted with a few locals as well and they recommended a SigSaur P226 MK25 Full-Size, and a Remington Versa Max for the Shotgun. Exciting times ahead with everything thats happening.
Make sure you get your Hawaiian shirt while you're at it.
I JUST A BOUGHT A WALTHER PPS M2. very nice easy to use 9mm for very low cost
Remember that the best safety is between your ears. I personally don't keep a round in the chamber. I do keep a magazine in the ready firearm and plan to chamber a round if necessary (I pray I never have to). Be careful of where the barrel is pointing - this is a problem with beginners and pistols and their short barrels. Remember to keep your finger off of the trigger as well. Sorry to be a naggy B***h with this unsolicited advice, but if it saves a lot of pain and heartache suck it up. Also get some training, even if it is just paying an extra $50 for an hours time from one of the guys at the gun range. If I could afford to pay for training (and wasn't afraid of the other idiot students and them violating one or all three of the rules multiple times during the class), I would first look for trainers with military special forces combat experience, especially with units (i.e. the Unit) like Delta or Seal Team Six. Law enforcement trainers would be my second choice with champion competitive shooters bringing would be third. Regular military especially marines, Army combat arms (again Special Forces), Rangers, Infantry, Airborne, anyone with combat experience would be a plus. Expect to pay at least $500 for a one or two day course plus ammunition and you will have to provide your own gun, holster, lunch, hotel etc.. I think Larry Vickers, Kyle Lamb, and Pat McNamara (all from Delta) have their own training schools and some of them sell DVDs. Panteo productions has some good DVDs and YouTube videos and some of their Special Forces people have training course as well. And of course their are a whole bunch of YouTube videos out their to train you as well, but buyer beware - you get what you pay for.
This is a great response man...will need to read through it more...it's an investment that's worth it in the long term. Those types of investments is like an insurance policy. Is there a standard look-up for these trainings? Or to do the leg work...either way I'll get it done.