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        09-09-2013, 12:57 PM
      #21
    Started
    You are embarking on a great journey my friend. Firearms are more than just hunting or putting holes in paper. There is a distinctive culture around responsible firearm ownership. Be ever open to learning. Be ever diligent about safety.

    Here are some GREAT resources for you.

    GunTalk is a weekly radio program that you can download the podcasts for for free. I have been listening since I was very little. Tom is my hero.
    Gun Talk Radio : Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio Show : High Powered Talk Radio

    He also has a great FREE video training series.
    GunTalkTV - The #1 Online Resource for Gun Training

    And you cannot go wrong with the bigger gun safety advocacy group in the US.
    NRA
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        09-09-2013, 01:06 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Actually, where do you live in MN? I too live in MN, I might be able to point you in the right direction. I grew up with guns, I learned gun safety right along with how to eat properly with a spoon. I had my own tiny Chipmunk rifle before I was strong enough to hold it. My dad's got guns up the wazoo.... So I might be of some help!

    Feel free to PM me. :)
         
        09-09-2013, 09:24 PM
      #23
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Am I the only one whom finds this as a sad state of our country?

    I mean, honestly, growing up guns and gun safety are like walking.

    You learn it, you only use safely, and life goes on.
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    What if a person just likes target shooting? Where is the harm in that? I find it a great challenge to measure velocity, wind and distance to see if I can get that tiny projectile into the small bullseye. Where is the harm in that? To me, it is no different than shooting basketball and seeing if I can get that ball in that hoop.

    Personally, I am tired of people only seeing the dark side of shooting. It is as much of a sport as archery, yet you never see people bash archers for their skills.
         
        09-09-2013, 09:24 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I'm glad you are going to learn to shoot and handle firearms. Good skills, and great responsibility.

    Two of my daughters "grew up" hunting and target shooting. A third had no interest at all. At 24 years, she started shooting and now does contests locally. The other two? Pretty much only subsistence hunters. Practice a couple hours, a couple days before season starts. Go "grocery shopping" as we call meat hunting. Clean and put away the rifles for another year.

    Kids. You never can tell about them!

    Have fun learning!
         
        09-09-2013, 09:34 PM
      #25
    Trained
    I didn't shoot a gun until college, where I took a class taught by the US Army. I found out I like shooting handguns better, and never did become a hunter. My oldest daughter didn't want anything to do with guns...until she joined the USMC. Like me, she drifted into shooting handguns. And like me, she would much rather pursue wildlife with a camera...probably because we're both too lazy to clean the carcasses.

    And our handgun shooting is pretty specific and snobby too...no plastic guns for us!


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        09-09-2013, 10:10 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Thanks everyone! My mom decided that if I want to do target practice at home, it will be with a airsoft or BB gun. She says that there is far too much danger for me to be shooting a real gun at home with no experienced supervision. I can do it at a shooting range, but she says its too dangerous for me to shoot a gun at home, when no one else in my family (other than my dad, but my parents aren't together anymore) knows anything about guns.


    Thanks everyone for the very helpful input!!!
         
        09-09-2013, 10:22 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Am I the only one whom finds this as a sad state of our country?

    I mean, honestly, growing up guns and gun safety are like walking.

    You learn it, you only use safely, and life goes on.
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    Theres something intoxicating and addicting about having a high-powered rifle in your hands. Its a personal challenge/way of life for me haha




    OP glad you get to start! Keep us updated
         
        09-09-2013, 10:25 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Thanks! I will! It might be a few weeks, but ill see what I can do.
         
        09-09-2013, 10:36 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    I was just looking at airsoft stuff online. I was thinking a spring loaded (seems much simpler) gun. Should I go for a pistol or rifle? I was originally thinking I wanted to learn to shoot a pistol, but I would be open to rifles too.

    What are your guys' opinions on airsoft? I know its not very hardcore or anything, but I think its a good place to start. I mean, with horses, you don't start on a greenie, so im thinking airsoft is like a nice good bomb proof lesson horse
         
        09-09-2013, 10:42 PM
      #30
    Trained
    Okay, I will be honest. DD and her friends played airsoft all through middle and high school. It is a game, they are toys. To learn the respect for a gun you need to have to be around fellow shooters, you need to go to a "real" gun safety class and learn to appreciate a gun can be your best friend, but it is not a toy.
         

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