Disclaimer: this thread is not about gun control. It is not about gun related legislation. If you steer the conversation in that direction I will hate you. Forever. And ever and ever and ever. Please don't do it.
Now on to the topic at hand! I fully expect participation from at least a couple of people around here. Quintin, Paleo, I'm eyeballing you
Up until a couple weeks ago I'd only ever fired basic hunting rifles and some shotguns. 30-06's, a 30-30, several different .22's, a .270, and both 20 and 12 gauge shotguns. I'd wanted to get a pistol for a long time, but was never quite sure what I wanted. After a recent trip to a gun shop spent fondling pretty much everything they had under the counter I bought a Glock 17.
The 9mm kicks more than I expected it to, but it's not bad really, I just need more practice. I can at least put all the shots on the paper on a small 25yard slow fire pistol target. I don't carve a big hole in the center or anything, but they're on there, which is pretty satisfying since I've only fired about 8 mags worth of cheapy Wolf range ammo in it to date. I figure more practice and I'll be fine.
Any favorite recommendations for a next pistol? Right now I'm eyeballing a Springfield XDm, but it's only available in .40 at the moment and demands a bit of a price premium over the regular XD. I've wanted a Kimber 1911 for ages, or maybe a Springfield GI. I don't know. Sway me!
Now on to my other impulse purchase. I bought an AR-15. Oh my is it ever fun. It's hard to use at past about 75 yards because the stock front A2 style sight post is huge and covers up a lot of the target area, but whatever. It's fun and I won't have to worry about that soon. New upper with 20 inch barrel and free float tube here I come.
And another question: any ideas on optics for the AR? Brands to avoid? I keep seeing decent deals on stuff from Barska, Bushnell, Millet, and a couple of other brands, but have no idea what's best of the bunch or of it's all comparable. I have time to think on it, as right now I'm pretty sure the front sight post would be majorly in the way of anything I buy and it'll be a good month and a half before I can afford to get the new upper with the longer barrel and the flip up/down front and rear sights.
Sidenote: We took a little Mossberg 12 gauge out a while back. I was initially afraid to shoot it, as it has a plain old pistol grip with no stock. The gun stops where I'm not normally used to a gun with an 18" barrel stopping. After a friend fired it I grew a pair and gave it a shot though. It's fun. Highly recommended in the event of a zombie invasion. Or a burglar. You know... whichever.