Old Squid on a Blade
Join Date: Apr 2002
Sportbike: 2000 929
Years Riding: Longer than most of you have been alive. And I'm still slow.
How you found us: The voices in my head told me to come here
OK, so you have 2 reasons. For my $.02.
If you want to learn to shoot (pistol) well, get a good .22. It's cheap to operate (500 rounds goes for about $10 vs. $10 for 50 of a larger cal.), cheap to buy (A Ruger Mark II target is about $300), highly accurate so it will give you good feedback on what you are doing and won't beat you up so you will avoid developing shooters flinch and other nasty habits. Good basics are a must and getting started with good instruction is important, but there is no substitute to putting rounds down range. A .22 lets you do that with ease. Of the 650 I ran through last Saturday, 500 were .22. Frankly, just the cost difference in ammo will pay for the pistol in a very short period of time. Then after you are comfortable with the .22 and have gained some experience you can make a more informed decision for a home defense pistol.
With that said, Iíd grab a 12 gage over a pistol any day, if I had the option, if there was an intruder in the house. Aside from the additional firepower it represents, there is nothing like the sound of chambering a round in a 12 gage to send a clear message to any bad guy within ear shot. He would have to be VERY determined or stoned to hang around after hearing that. The downside, is most of us donít want a gun safe in the master bedroom that is large enough for a shotgun. Since you have a child, a loaded and unlocked weapon is a greater risk than the possibility of any intruder. A pistol safe in a drawer or the headboard can make more sense.
Iím sure you know it, but guns and bikes for that matter can be very deadly if improperly handled. All it takes is 1 screw up to ruin your day. Have fun, but be careful. Oh, once you get your FOID add me to the list of people to call if you want to go shoot. Since I messed up my shoulder and the weather is poor, I get to the range at least every other week. I tend to shoot out at GAT in Carpentersville, but I work in Buffalo Grove. Note, a couple of the boys are really good and are/were instructors. Take advantage of their offers till you get your basics down. Then munge around with guys like me just for fun.
BTW, does the spousal unit shoot? Donít forget about dragging him along.
There is nothing firm, nothing balanced, nothing durable in all the universe. Nothing remains in its original state, each day, each hour, each moment, there is change. Change is the essence of life. Embrace change as you do life. To fight change is to live in the past.