i'm not an experienced shooter at all, having only received the most basic familiarization training through the military, but it's something i really want to get into, so some friends and i headed to the range yesterday. so much fun! i really had a blast. i rented a Sig P229 (.40) and loved it. i guess i have expensive taste, but i'm really looking into purchasing one now and taking the CHL class so i can carry. one of the range employees was shooting his DE .50 - man that thing is LOUD and huge. really cool though. totally impractical, but really cool.