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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-21-2004, 05:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wondering! Gun advice!

In the process of getting my FOID card....here are my questions.....

Where can I take lessons on how to handle and use a gun?
Are there shooting ranges I can go to to practice?
What kind of gun do you recommend for a beginner?

I have small hands and I'd like something I can just point and shoot...something that's girl friendly.

Don't really know how much it costs to get a gun but I'd like something I can be comfortable with that won't break the bank!

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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Gat Guns and Custom Guns both have NRA Instructors. As for the gun, it's more of a handle them, feel the balance. Some people thing, that a smaller gun is easier to handle. If it's a larger caliber in a smaller frame, it can be quite the hand full, pun intended. I would look at mostly at 9mm or 38s. If your using the gun for home and self defense get a wheel gun, they are completely Rick (idiot) proof. And since you have a little girl, make sure you tell her what it is, not to EVER touch it, that it can hurt and others, it's not a toy, but take her shooting, kids that learn young rarely if ever get in trouble with guns. Hit the NRA web site for the Child Gun Safety Awareness program.


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Thanks Rick!

BTW...do you recommend a place that has a good selection of guns?

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Thanks Rick!

BTW...do you recommend a place that has a good selection of guns?
Gat Guns has good selection, but I think in Illinois you need the FOID card before they let you handle pistols.

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Anytime you want to learn let me know. As far as what type of weapon...........its a personal preference. I have many handguns. Currently in the pistol safe are 22-.25-.38-9MM's-10mm-.357-.44 mag automag. I introduced the wife to shooting and she can handle most of them but really accurate on a couple. i gave her a .25 semiauto and she fell in love with it!! Not to mention pretty damn good with it as well. The whole gun is smaller than my open hand but more than enough to either make someone think twice or give an impact with hollows.

Not that i recommend this for you but it is very very small and can fit in a back pocket almost un-noticed but in a purse in the inside side pocket its perfect. (reaching for your wallet )
It is illegal to carry a weapon in that manner under the concealed weapons law so do not do that. i am only giving you the possible locations that the size of this weapon would fit in.

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Thanks Kelly! Have to wait until I get the FOID card though!

Another thing I was wondering, since we're moving to Crest Hill in a few weeks, how do I find out if I'm allowed to own a gun.

I'm a legal resident of Morton Grove and they have an ordinance against hand guns. I can have a FOID card but can't own a gun.

Where and how do I find out about Crest Hill's gun ordinances?

Anyone who lives in Crest Hill and is a gun owner either post up or PM me!

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Gat Guns and Custom Guns both have NRA Instructors. As for the gun, it's more of a handle them, feel the balance. Some people thing, that a smaller gun is easier to handle. If it's a larger caliber in a smaller frame, it can be quite the hand full, pun intended. I would look at mostly at 9mm or 38s. If your using the gun for home and self defense get a wheel gun, they are completely Rick (idiot) proof. And since you have a little girl, make sure you tell her what it is, not to EVER touch it, that it can hurt and others, it's not a toy, but take her shooting, kids that learn young rarely if ever get in trouble with guns. Hit the NRA web site for the Child Gun Safety Awareness program.


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Rick, what's a wheel gun?

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The Courage to pass most...
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who care's about the ordinance. get your card and the gun. if when you move to crest hill, look offcr ponch up. he can and will tell you EVERYTHING you would want to know about guns. and he can get you hooked up with one if you choose
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A wheel gun is a revolver. It has hardly no moving parts.

Basically it is this-----

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Crest Hill has NO ordance(local) restricting hand guns or assault weapons. They have no registration either.
Buy what you like, it will be legal when you get down here!
As stated by some of the above, shoot B4 you buy, what looks good in the case or feels great in the hand may not be whats right for you when it goes off!
If you move out here 1st I know a small gun shop where it is OWNED by a female. She also runs NRA certified classes. Any questions feel free to ask.

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Another thing especially being a newbie to the sport you will want a gun that is easy to tear down so that you can clean the gun and be able to put it back together without problems.

I got a Glock32 which is real light, small feeling and easy as hell to tear down with only 4 parts.

There is alot of knowledge between everyone on this board. I have to say THANKS to Ofc. Ponch for showing me the difference between different cal guns, tearing them down, different types of triggers and last but not least Safety.

Now I can only HOPE I don't wanna get to much into the hobby as the other toys are costing me enough already


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Thanks to everyone that posted up! The expertise on this board is most useful!

I knew I liked all you guys for a reason!

You guys never cease to amaze me !

Again thank you!

I'll take most of you up on those offers when the time comes, about the guns I mean!

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Ladydemona- just to add to the conversation and reiterate the before mentioned. Do your self a favor and take a NRA certified instruction class. Also, plan on buying a safe with the gun, especially if you have little one(s).

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Again thank you! I'll take most of you up on those offers when the time comes, about the guns I mean!

UH HUH..damn winter needs to get over these threads are GOING TO HELL!!!


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Funny, I just got back from shooting 650 rounds at the range and saw this.
There are lots of good hands here that can help you.
I've got a dumbish question. Why do you want to learn to shoot?
There is a method to my madness in questioning you as my wife said the same thing to me 8-10 years ago. She has taken an interesting journey with firearms during that time and is doing things that I never expected. The upshot is that she has not touched a pistol in 5+ years, but is probably one of the better wing/clays shooters on the board.

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To be honest with you....I've always wanted to learn how to shoot but since I come from a family that is anti-guns, I never really had a true resource to actually ask questions about guns!

Just lately since I've been on this board and seen how knowledgeable most of you are about guns my interest has been peeked again!

Especially now with my daughter around I want to be able to protect myself and my family in my own home!

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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.
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