View Full Version : New soon-to-be member of the gun-ownership club...

06-20-2012, 5:06 PM
Hello, Everyone, just found this forum and already posted over in the Ladies Group but wanted to say hello and that I look forward to learning about all things gun related as I navigate the road from researching to training to buying my first gun. I would welcome and love hearing from you all with respect to any suggestions, advice, referrals, experiences, anecdotes, pretty much anything anyone has to share or say about their own experiences.


06-20-2012, 5:07 PM
welcome to the forum.

06-20-2012, 5:12 PM
Welcome to Calguns! :)

06-20-2012, 5:22 PM

06-20-2012, 6:02 PM
Welcome to the forum.
Be on the watch for the next Women on Target event.

I know a great trainer she goes by the screen name 22calgal here and I'm pretty sure her email is 22calgal@gmail.com. I know she trains with rifles (shes an AppleSeed instructor) but I think she does pistols too as she was an instructor at our last Women on Target event.

06-20-2012, 6:17 PM
Welcome, also in the SFV

06-20-2012, 7:09 PM

06-20-2012, 7:10 PM
Thank you for the welcome, guys. I will definitely look up AppleSeed, Women On Target and the links you all have recommended. I appreciate the fact that you folks have taken the time to start directing a newbie here and over on the Ladies Forum. :)


06-20-2012, 7:10 PM
Welcome to calguns.

Special Agent R
06-20-2012, 7:37 PM

06-20-2012, 7:44 PM
Welcome to Calguns

06-20-2012, 7:44 PM
It's a pretty good club to belong to. When you have a question be sure to ask -- and ignore the jerks who give stupid answers or tell you to use the search button. There's plenty or folks here that would like to see you love shooting and guns as much as we do.
New soon-to-be member of the gun-ownership club...

06-20-2012, 8:02 PM
Thank you, Vegas, I appreciate the encouragement. You know, I think the search button is very valid; however, the whole point of researching ANYTHING is to get real life opinions, experiences, anecdotes, (did I say opinions?) and sage advice from people who have been down the road before you.

Bottom line is no one, that I know of, was ever born with any kind of gun attached to their hand, therefore, they found their way to gun ownership some other way over a lifetime and more than likely the benefit of trial and error. To that end, why shouldn't those of us that come to the path eventually not benefit from that history and experience, right? :)

I mean Google and Wiki is great but it's not the same point of reference you can get from the reality of someone's experiences and these forums and the veteran members, in my mind, are the only way to learn the truth.


06-20-2012, 8:30 PM

06-21-2012, 5:35 AM

06-21-2012, 6:21 AM
Welcome to CalGuns.

FX-05 Xiuhcoatl
06-21-2012, 7:38 AM
welcome to calguns

SoCal Bob
06-21-2012, 11:14 AM
Welcome. You may have already posted this info in another section but it would help to know what you plan to use your first firearm for, such as LTC, home defense or target practice/learning.

Don't overlook getting a .22 rifle as they are inexpensive to buy and .22lr ammo is about $20 at Walmart for a box of 500+. All the skills you learn with the .22 will apply to all the other guns you shoot. In addition to just being fun to shoot, they are also great for introducing friends and family to shooting as they are not as loud and have no recoil.

Good luck with your choice.

xXx Sir Sik xXx
06-21-2012, 11:27 AM

06-21-2012, 11:40 AM
At the moment, I just want it really for in-home use to defend myself if heaven forbid I ever have to. However, since I plan to take classes and what not who knows I might find I actually like it so much I'll make it a hobby and go to the range regularly. :)


SoCal Bob
06-21-2012, 2:50 PM
You will get a ton of advice here, the bottom line is to try as many as you can to see which gun and caliber you are most comfortable with, five hits with a 9mm are better than four misses with a .45. My wife's favorite gun to shoot is her Ruger 10/22 rifle; her home defense gun of choice is a 4" Smith & Wesson revolver, she just doesn't enjoy shooting semi auto pistols.

06-21-2012, 3:13 PM
five hits with a 9mm are better than four misses with a .45.

Agree with Bob. My wife likes 9mm the most, very manageable. Staying on target and shot placement is what counts.

If you have not shot yet, I would recommend visiting an indoor shooting that rents out pistols. Shoot many and decide which you like most. Take someone with you if you can, its more fun.

The link below show's some indoor shooting ranges in SFV.


Have a great night and happy shooting!


06-21-2012, 4:29 PM

06-21-2012, 6:20 PM
Welcome aboard.

06-21-2012, 11:20 PM
Fighter that's quite an impressive assortment of toys in your picture. :)

408er You icon cracked me up, I had a crazy long day after a some 2 hours of sleep so I needed the crack up... thanks bunches.

Thanks for the welcome to both of you. :)


06-22-2012, 10:32 PM
Welcome aboard! Lots of useful info and helpful folks 'round these parts.

06-23-2012, 6:38 AM
Fighter that's quite an impressive assortment of toys in your picture. :)

408er You icon cracked me up, I had a crazy long day after a some 2 hours of sleep so I needed the crack up... thanks bunches.

Thanks for the welcome to both of you. :)


Thats old, i need to take an update :) I got more knifes and guns now

06-23-2012, 6:48 AM
But I agree. .22 is a great gun to start off with. Long guns(rifles and shotguns) are much easier to get then handguns(less requirements). When I was a kid the first gun I shot and trained on was a .22. I miss that gun wish my dad still had it.
I am not sure of the ranges out there, but go to a range that have gun rentals(i have one near me) and shot the different guns and calibers. Then go from there. Best to go with a gun you are good with and enjoy shooting.
If you got any questions feel free to PM me or ask in the correct forums.