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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Just got my FOID card!

What's next? I'm a total gun newb, where to I get some knowledge & experience?

I saw some gun classes through the NRA website, but the only one that replied to my emails says that I need to bring my own gun to the class. I was hoping to handle, load, inspect the action before buying a gun. I've only held a gun, so I know VERY little. I've done some reading on the net, but that's not hands on.

I live down the street from GAT, so I'm thinking about renting a handgun to use at the range.

Eventually I want to get a handgun & shotgun for home defense, and hopefully an assault rifle before the man bans them again.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2008, 07:32 AM
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The IL DNR has gun sfaety classes that you can take-although usually not a hands on class

Dont just go down to Gat and rent a handgun because you can. Dont develop a bad habit

Walk into Gat and ask the same questions you asked here

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My Suggestion would be take a class if you are unsure of anything. Then I would look into a .22 pistol Ruger Mark II or III a Browning Buckmark. Practice your ass off with those because they are very inexpensive to shoot develop good form and habits because you can apply them to anything after that. I would be more than willing to meet you at a range on a Sunday and I could walk you through some things myself. PM me if you want.

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My Suggestion would be take a class if you are unsure of anything. Then I would look into a .22 pistol Ruger Mark II or III a Browning Buckmark. Practice your ass off with those because they are very inexpensive to shoot develop good form and habits because you can apply them to anything after that. I would be more than willing to meet you at a range on a Sunday and I could walk you through some things myself. PM me if you want.
.22 are fun and cheap. I get ammunition in boxes of 1100 or something like that. I could spend all day working on drawing smilie faces Martin Riggs style.

+1 on the classes. I've taken a Safety/Basics class, and three tactical pistol courses. I'd still go back to class today. Just like riding, you can never stop learning!

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The IL DNR has gun sfaety classes that you can take-although usually not a hands on class

Dont just go down to Gat and rent a handgun because you can. Dont develop a bad habit

Walk into Gat and ask the same questions you asked here
Thanks, I'm checking out the DNR site now.

Going to GAT, I was going to ask the same stuff. I just know that the advice could be very hit or miss (no pun intended).

Paladin, I'll have to take you up on that sometime.

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ask any gun shooting location for the range master and ask if he would spend a few minutes going over gun safety with you.

most any NRA range master would be honored to help you out.



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