reply to post by hotbakedtater
Coming from the UK, but before we banned guns, my Uncle used to have a gun range in London, plus I shoot every time I go on my hols in the US.
A bit of a related issue, I suggest you go paintballing first, just a couple of times, to get used to 'shooting' and aiming, plus you ain't gonna
kill anyone or get too hurt yourself.
Then like others have suggested go to a local gun range, most 'decent' ranges will talk youthrough what to do and what NOT to do with a handgun, The
LasVegasGunstore is one of teh best, but the gunrange in Florida was uber crap, my wife tried a gun and she fired off 2 shots and got bored.
Go to a gun range and listen very hard to the instructor, I would even think about booking one to one training.
But its all well and good having all the training in the world , but when it comes down to the time to actually use it in self defence ALL training
goes out the window if your a civilian.
You will panic, and your first shot always misses when your fretting. I can only suggest do what I did ( both in guns and Motorcycling, start small
and end big, go for a very small .22 caliber firearm, and when you feel comfortable . up to a 9mm, then if you can ALL the way upto a .50 cal,
I'm used to all types, my fav is the colt 1911, I was used to a magnum .357, glock, beretta and I was happy with the way they handled, then I tried a
Desert Eagle with .50cal ammo, ( had to try it) , I fired ONE shot and actually put the gun on the counter and stepped back, it was very , very
powerful, after that shot whatver respect I had for guns tripled.
Its not about what gun you have, or what training, it all depends on whether or not you can use it when the need arises, can you say to yourself , "
can I shoot another person?" , if you feel comfortable with doing it in self defence or in defence of loved ones then you can fell comfortable using
But if you think it would be fun to shoot someone then I'd suggest you step away from guns and stick to your knives.