Disclaimer: this thread is not about gun control. It is not about gun related legislation. There's in depth discussions about it in the debates forum. Those discussions belong there. Please don't bring it up in here.
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.