I am new to this forum (never even realized OT had a weapons subforum really) and just wanted to say hey. Have been reading a lot of the stuff posted in here and it all seems pretty sound. Backstory: I have a few shotguns (my Dad gave them to me as a kid when we used to go pheasant hunting in NE), which are back home in CO. I have been shooting those for quite some time and definitely can't imagine my childhood being the same without a proper education in shooting. I am currently in the Bay Area, CA for college. I am also a pretty big knife fan and carry a Cold Steel Recon 1 on me daily (mostly because I am a stagehand and that entails lots of instances where having a knife on you is quite handy, but there is always the protective element about it). I plan to take a lot of training classes for handguns in the near future so I can a) learn to use a handgun effectively for protection and sport and b) so I can get my CCW back home once I turn 21. My name is Mike, by the way.