With me starting to do more & longer trail rides, plus the fact that we've had a mountain lion sighted around the barn we ride at...Hubby picked out a 380 acp that he plans on getting me for my b-day. He does hydro-graphics so he'll make it pink camo for me. Yes, I'm spoiled like that!
So I have tried to find some training with in a 30 mile radius and nothing comes up on the internet. I am in a town of about 180K. I would have thought it would be easier. One of the ghun shops does have an indoor range but they do not let you shoot anything but what you already own. They are worried about liability because they said that someone went to a gun shop and commited suicide. Hmm guess that saves on going and buying a gun. I also did not get a warm fuzzy from that shop because when I said I was looking and not going to purchase today he didn't have time for me. He was also all about why he was the best and why I shouldn't go elsewhere. It was very annoying. I do think that I will mainly keep the gun at home and not have it for day to day but would have it when traveling with the horse and trailer. With all the info that the posts have supplied you can see why it is confusing and every one has a different opinion.
Wow, that's too bad that your options are like that up there. I guess that also shows the difference in cultures surrounding guns though. Around here, you'll find some sort of gun shop in almost every town with a population of more than 50K. There are dozens of gun shops in Amarillo, where I used to live, and it's about the same size as your city and there was at least one that had an indoor range where they would let you test guns before purchase. Every store I've ever been in, the guys will nearly fall over themselves trying to help you, even if you tell them you're just looking.
The worst part about buying a gun, especially for the first time, is that you never really know what you'll like until you've fired several different types. Do you have any friends that have guns that might be willing to take you out shooting somewhere? That's how I got started, shooting my Dad's and Brother's guns.
You guys neighboring down south of us are lucky to get permits to carry concealed weapons. If canada made it a law that we could carry concealed weapons...I would go for it.
We live in a country where it is common to get notices in our papers about crinimals who've done their time in jail and now they want to live in 'your' community. Yet, in many ways, they're still dangerous to the society. What would I give..to have something to defend myself and my family with.
Churumbeque, you could come on down to Missouri and I will let you try out my Hello Kitty weapon.
Heck down here in semi rural Missouri you could just walk down the street and ask if you could try out all the neighbors handguns, they would say sure and you would get quite the variety. Stay away from the meth-labs though, they don't share their weapons too readily.
Thats why I teach women to operate a slide completely different than I would a man, For a women I teach her to turn her weak side down range, grab the top of the slide with her left hand on top tight to her body. Then push on the grip with the strong hand. Holding and bracing the slide stationary with the weak hand.