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  1. tetaplum

    tetaplum OT Supporter

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    1st trip ever to a gun range **update**

    my dad is taking my brother and me to the range this christmas break...i have never been to one nor shot a real gun before so im pretty excited to go. we will be renting from the club which means im not sure what we will be shooting but i guess im just wondering what i can expect there. if given the choice what type of gun should i rent? i cant wait:naughty:

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    ended up going this afternoon to a place called firing line in westland mi, it was pretty amazing. we rented both a 22 s&w and a 9mm sig with 100 rounds for the 22 and 200 rounds for the 9mm. with an hour range time the total came to around 100 bucks. i really liked the sig im not sure what exact model it was. the 22 wasnt too exciting it was kinda like shooting a bb gun. the nice thing about the range was that it had about 40 guns avalible for rental everything was only $9 an hour. i was super impressed with the staff and the range itself i would def recommend anyone in the detroit area to check it out:bowdown:
     
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    If they have any .22's, start with that. Once you get comfortable with it, then move on to something larger.
     
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    If your dad, brother, or yourself have any questions, then make sure to ask the people working at the range.

    Follow all the safety rules.

    And if you're using Semi-autos, make sure the gun is pointed downrange when you load the thing... It's scary as hell to see someone holding a gun sideways pointed right at you, put a magazine in it, and slam the slide forward.
     
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    Read and heed: http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=3&f=118&t=190118

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  5. krott5333

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    start out with 22's, and then shoot a Glock 9mm :o
     
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    i don't personally think you need to start out w/ a .22 if you don't want. just go for a 9mm. cheap bullets, hardly any recoil.
     
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    :werd:

    Unless you're a little girl, just start out with whatever you want unless it's like a .44 Magnum or something.

    And if you feel uncomfortable or don't know what you're doing, don't be afraid to ask questions... that's the BIGGEST thing i've seen with new shooters, they're afraid to ask questions. All ranges are really big on safety and making sure you're comfortable in what you're doing, so even if you think your question is stupid, just ask it.
     
  8. krott5333

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    :nono:

    first time shooting, a larger caliber will develop a flinch thats hard to break.

    22 ftw, then 9mm
     
  9. kellyclan

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    .22 -> .38 -> .357 -> 9mm -> ?

    That's over the course of several trips, not all at once. If you're really hard up to shoot a semi-auto, throw the 9mm in with the .38 a little bit.
     
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    That's what I was always taught.

    I put about a million rounds through my 10/22 as a kid before I shot anything else, to this day I dont expect recoil.
     
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    if you develop a flinch from a 9mm, you're either a pussy, or you were beaten as a child. otherwise, a 9mm shouldn't be any worse than a .22. all a .22 pistol is gonna do, is waste his money in rental charges until he gets bored of it in 5 minutes and springs for the 9mm.
     
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    The first handgun I shot was a 9mm and I thought it kicked pretty good :o

    Of course I was in like 5th grade.
     
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    if you rent any semiautos from the range...they insist you lock it open and carry the mag seperately when you leave the lanes
     
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    i havent gone yet my dads off work next week so i think thats when we'll go


    thanks for all the help guys, i have a feeling that this is going to make me want my own gun....
     
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    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    it cost me approx. $39 to shoot a Sig P229 (50 rounds) at the range last weekend. that included gun rental, ammo purchase, safety equipment/target, and range fee.
     
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    .22 < 9mm, when it comes to recoil. Start with .22, and you'll never flinch on recoil, EVER.

    9mm there's still a possibility that you will, just because it IS harder than .22.

    Why all the hate for .22?
     
  17. Zidane

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    im sure your gonna have lots of fun its pretty exciting but first like other people say you should start out with a .22 it feels like just shooting a bb gun and start moving up
     
  18. tetaplum

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    updated
     
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    Glad you had fun :bigthumb:

    I enjoy my .22lr for practicing. So cheap to shoot and you can work on sight alignment and trigger control with it.
     
  20. krott5333

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    :bowdown:

    awesome dude :coold:

    and 22's are the shit :squint:
     

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