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Unhappy Went shooting, Scared the **** outta me.

OK as an english guy I don't think I've ever even touched a hand gun before. I've fired rifles on a range when I was a kid in the air training corps. buts pretty much my experience of ****.

So I got invited with a friend today to go down to the local shop. He has like 5 **** so said there would not be a problem using his and ammo so it was going to be a cheap experience. I must admit I was a little excited and a little nervy. When I got to the shop I saw they had a Walter PPk for hire, So being the numpty I an, I figured I may only do this once I wanna use the Bond gun.

So any how it was pretty rushed. Sign a bit of paper, the guy give me a 5 second operating guide of the gun passed me some ammo and off I went. After like 5 mins of nervously fooling around with the gun and the ammo in the 100 degree shooting range I realised he gave me the wrong ammo. So I'm like a bag of sweat.. Even more nervous as everytime the guy shot a cannon in the range next to me I nearlly jumped a foot in the air. and they dodge some flying copper as the sheels bounced over.. Finally got the gun armed or what ever you call it and popped a few off and all that fear dissolved away pretty quickly. I shot off 200 rounds and really had a fun time. But I'll admit all the way through the experience the noise of the cannons firing off made me feel a little Maybe it's just the fact people you dont know are so close with so much power at there will... I'm not sure I could ever have a gun in my house or I've not really lived in a place where i thought it was needed. But thats just because I really don't trust my stupid self... overall though it was great fun and really glad I did it!
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I don't own a gun but have went a couple of times to an indoor shooting range several years back. I enjoyed the Sig-Sauer 9mm the best. Not that the Beretta or Glock 19 isn't good, The Sig just fits my small hands better.

Glad you enjoyed it Easty.

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I'm not a big gun nut but I do have five hand ****. Two Colt .380 caliber automatics, one Colt .38 caliber revolver, one Sig Sauer .40 caliber automatic and one 5.7x28mm FN Herstal automatic. No long ****. Just collected them over the years.
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I've done quite a bit of shooting (shotgun, rifle, pistol, even a Bren once) over the years but the best fun of all was in the basement of a hotel in Eilat where there was a shooting range (only in Israel could this happen ). I tried a load of different pistols includiong a revolver. They even had one of those video simulators with a screen you could shoot at showing video of people popping up from behind cover. Normally you shoot light **** at these things to calculate a score, but not here - real bullets, never did work out how it worked. It was terribly politically incorrect - all the good guys you weren't supposed to hit were women and children, and all the bad guys were Arabs.

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That looks crazy. No partitions between the seperate ranges.. Neabs you'll be getting the copper from the guy/gal next to you in the side of your head.
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Worse than that, one of my friends had a round jam in a Beretta and he turned round with it still in his hand to ask the instructor (an Israeli army Major moonlighting in his uniform) what to do. We all hit the deck, including the instructor
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I'm not a big gun nut but I do have five hand ****.
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Five **** might seem like a lot. I know some people that have MANY **** and rifles. I have three at work for protection (never had an incident in 12 years) and two at home.
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FWIW, I have never had a gun and have many friends who have none. For the out-of-towners, not everyone in the US has them.

Shot a revolver once at someone's range. Also scared the crap out of me while I held it just thinking about the terrible force in it. Kinda like driving a car fast, I guess

I guess the scariest part is what happens if you make a mistake. Kinda like Cheney.
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FWIW, I have never had a gun and have many friends who have none. For the out-of-towners, not everyone in the US has them.

Shot a revolver once at someone's range. Also scared the crap out of me while I held it just thinking about the terrible force in it. Kinda like driving a car fast, I guess

I guess the scariest part is what happens if you make a mistake. Kinda like Cheney.
Word to the wise, don't paint everyone with the same brush. Many responsible people have ****. It's the idiots and criminals that we need to worry about. That's why I have mine. Mistakes do happen, just like the airliner yesterday taking off on a short runway. Tragic mistake. They do happen.
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So any how it was pretty rushed. Sign a bit of paper, the guy give me a 5 second operating guide of the gun passed me some ammo and off I went. After like 5 mins of nervously fooling around with the gun and the ammo in the 100 degree shooting range I realised he gave me the wrong ammo. So I'm like a bag of sweat....
I found this thread whilst doing a search for fellow pistoleros.

And easty after reading your post I started sweating. Using the wrong ammo in a gun is horrifically dangerous. You are lucky that it wouldn't physically go in the gun, for if you had been able to actually chamber a round and fire it, all kinds of bad stuff could have happened. It's a cardinal rule of gun safety to use the right ammo, and the range guy should have known better.

When I go shooting with a friend we usually have a variety of **** on the bench, and it is important to check that one is loading the right caliber ammo into the gun. Much of it is of a similar diameter. It is physically possible to load 9mm rounds into a .40 caliber gun, or to put .40 cal rounds into a .45 but a mistake like that could have disastrous results.

I don't consider my 12 sidearms and 3 rifles to be a lot, compared to what some of my friends have, but it's a lot more than none, which is what some other friends have (in this country we don't force anyone, if they don't like **** they don't have to buy one ).

Be safe, have fun, everybody.
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Maybe it's just the fact people you dont know are so close with so much power at there will...
really, that's how everyone's morning commute is....car's can be much more dangerous, and it's MUCH easier to get into a car!


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Extremely disappointing that the person at the gun range didn't take the time to fully instruct you on the operation of the gun. More frightening is the fact he gave you the wrong ammo. I would inform the management of this business of your experience so they can train their employees properly to avoid a tragic mistake in the future.

The Walther PPK is a nice gun. My late father had one and it fits very nicely in your hand. I'm trying to get my mother to be trained on it since she lives alone up on a secluded hill in North Carolina. I want her to be able to defend herself, even against the animals, if need be.

Hopefully you were wearing ear protection while at the range. The first time I went to a public one I didn't and it was a big mistake. My ears rang for days afterwards.
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I have had a PPKS for years and love it (not just for the Agent 007 cachet), and it has been my #1 pick for personal defence carry, followed by a S&W J-frame (Model 36, .38 SPL, 2" bbl). Lately it seems that the .380 round has been left behind in the horsepower race in the world of personal carry arms, so I just picked up a 9mm piece--a Ruger SR9 (new model, 17+1), which doesn't have the minuscule footprint of the Walther but packs much slimmer than your average .45.

Major dittoes on the protection. Where I shot most recently (Hoffmans in Newington, CT) the guy who lets you in the range checks for eyes and ears (my first choice is David Clark muffs and some ordinary industrial-grade safety glasses) plus he checks your ammo.

Safety first. (on the highway and at the range)
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+1 - pretty much agree with the rest of the sentiments expressed on gun safety, and on good eyes and ears.

My personal favorite is my H&K USP45 - I have big hands, and find this an incredibly smooth and comfortable to shoot hand gun. Still have a singe action Beretta 92FS and a couple of other toys including a U22 Neos for target shooting and general plinking.

Several rifles as as well - both for hunting and for fun, and the obligatory Remington 870 - I am from Louisiana - along with a couple of others that never seem to get dragged into the woods.



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Never felt the need to have or use a gun, until I got attacked by a dog when I was working (by myself) over Christmas - it was a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy) - I didn't want to hurt it, but it wanted to kill me - it had a box on it's collar, which I (naively) thought was some kind of transponder to find it if it got lost, found out later, it was an electric shock thing for mad dogs. This thing wouldn't take 'No' for an answer - I was jabbing it in the chest with a bit of equipment I was using, trying not to hurt it, but it still took ages to get bored and give up. Since then, I've gone to work 'Tooled Up' (OK, it's only an airpistol, but in the UK, that is a fairly big major deal!!).






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I definitely agree with being safe. I purchased my biometric gun safe even before the gun so that my son or any friends have no way to access the gun. I didn't want a key or combination to be floating around anywhere that he could discover it.

I was just out at the range this weekend shooting with my father-in-law.
I only have one gun myself a Walther P99 not a bad gun it's accurate.
Though I really don't care for the trigger the first pull is set for a very long travel so that you don't inadvertently shoot yourself as a carry gun.
We shot at a private club which is no more then a room with some card table’s setup at one end and you shoot toward the target and trap at the other end.
With eye and ear protection I didn't mind the occasional shell bouncing off of my head.
I just hope the new president doesn’t make it more difficult for honest citizens to get hand **** because criminals have no problems getting them and never will.
I know I sleep much better having one in the house.
Heck just last month there was a home invasion not too far from me in a really nice neighborhood they rushed into the garage as soon as he opened the door in the morning to go to work.

They tortured him and his wife looking for money finally killing him but his wife got away.

If anyone comes into my house they’re not leaving if I can help it.
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Woolly, if that's a frequent occurance, you might want to look into a stun baton or air taser.


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I used to have a few **** including a Smith & Wesson Sigma 9mm, but I sold it years ago because it had a really heave trigger-pull and never replaced it as I originally intended. I kept one rifle, however, mostly because it is a cool piece of hardware. It is a Professional Ordnance (now Bushmaster) Carbon-15 97s.
Years ago I was at my friend's cottage in Northern Michigan with a few buddies and we were shooting pistols into a bullet trap that my buddy built. It was basically a sheet of .25 inch sheet metal that would swing back with the impact of the bullet and deflect the bullet into the ground directly below. It worked great with the sidearms. I was eager to test my new rifle so I asked my buddy if I could try firing at the target. I fired one shot, standard 55 grain FMJ, and at first everyone thought I missed because the bullet trap didn't swing. I was sure I hit it because there was no way I could miss it from about 30-40 feet so we walked over and this is what we saw:
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This is the first time I went to a gun range. This was the first date that my current boyfriend took me on. He is a sharp shooter for the Marines. I do not believe in hand **** however, I have to admit, there was a rush. Check it out! I shot the strongest handgun in the world and it scared the heck out of me. In fact, I felt the sound barrier hit me!



BTW, I apologize for the cussing but I had so much adrenaline running through my system!
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