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Old 04-07-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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So I want to get into shooting (at the range, etc) and I have no idea where to start. I eventually want to purchase my own gun (pref a handgun) but I have never really handled a gun before. Are there training courses I have to take? When would it be appropriate to buy my own gun?
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I'd find a local range that is reputable.
Most offer basic training classes or a class by the NRA like basic handgun.
Also allow you to try out many guns until you find one you are comfortable with.

No shame in taking the class, everyone should.

You are in NJ so forget about ever carrying it outside the house.

LEARN LEARN LEARN and become expert on NJ firearms laws.
Plenty of traps to land you in jail for honest mistakes.

Find a buddy to accompany you to the range too.
No need to rush! Welcome to the club, it's gonna be a ton of fun

Any questions? fire away

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Old 04-07-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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+1 for going to a local range and taking a class. If you don't know where the ranges are, go to a gun store and ask them where to go. Whatever you do, don't buy a handgun until you learn how to use one, and then get some hands-on time with a couple different brands and models to see what you feel comfortable with.

If you have a friend or acquaintance that is a gun nut or avid shooter, ask to go shooting with them. People in the shooting/gun community are typically very open and welcoming to new people who are interested in getting involved. People ask me all the time to take them shooting. To date, I have only refused to take one person, and that was safety-related decision based on their lack of maturity.
In my pistol league, new shooters who show up on their own are immediately teamed up with an experienced shooter to teach them what to do and what not to do. When I look at all of the activities I've ever done in my life, shooting has always had the most inviting and welcoming community.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:30 AM   #4
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Sucks to be in nj, i cant imagine not having a gun with me at all times.

Since your still under commie rule and cant utalize a carry gun properly I suggest getting a .22, The hobbie is alot funner when you can afford to play with your toy.

Theres no shame in shooting or owning a .22, I've got some pretty big stuff including a m2 but 90% of the time I'm playing with a .22 at the range.

Whats your budget and your style? Are you a wood and blue type of guy or do you like the polymer type guns?

If you want something with class but at a entry level price may I suggest the Ruger Standard/mkI/mkII/mkIII. There are many different barrels/finishes to choose from and are one of the most accurate pistols you can buy. I've got a few of these and I dont have any pistols that can touch my bull barrel target. They can be had for as little as $200 or so and go up depending on the options.

If your in to more polymer type guns I like the walther p22. I bought one of these just for the size/ease of carry for my honey moon. Mine has rarly jammed, while not as accurate as the mkII its still a very fun side arm.

For a rifle the SKS is a hard gun to top for a first rifle. Classic comblock battle rifle, well built and sturdy. These rifles were my first loves. Bought several right after I turned 18. They shoot cheap ammo and have enough power to keep you going in a fire fight even by todays standards. These are good "red dawn/shtf" rifles for the cheap. Dollar for dollar you wont find a better fighting weapon than this one.

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Old 04-08-2012, 01:49 AM   #5
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Check the local range. Most have NRA basic courses for about $100 that include a rental gun. Learn the basics. I also have a Walther P22 that I taught my wife and son how to shoot with. Once you take the course....go to the range and try out a few guns from 9mm to 40...then work your way up. Best advice I can give you is try several, and different calibers. Nobody can tell you what is right for you. Personally I own 22, 9mm, 10mm, 40, 45, and 50AE in handgun. They are all great to shoot. My daily carry is a Glock 27 in 40 cal. Home defense is Glock 20 in 10mm. I will have to say a nice starter gun is a Glock 19 in 9mm or SA XD in 9mm. Just my personal preference. You will find guns are addictive though
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