View Full Version : Bay Area Gun Newb

08-20-2012, 6:10 PM

First, I'd like to start off by thanking you for creating this wonderful community where someone such as myself can learn the ins and outs of guns in a supportive arena. Where people can have likeminded conversations or even some heated, yet friendly debates regarding their favorite gear.

Now, a bit about myself, a NorCal resident near Berkeley:

My father first sparked my interest in guns. He is a former reservist with a knack for marksmanship and one who has spent many, many years in the Alaskan bush hunting his own food, including caribou.

Now more recently in my life, one of my good friends, a gun enthusiast, has helped rekindle my interest. If it were possible, I'm sure he'd take me out and teach me himself, but we live a ways away from one another.

I've never fired a gun (unless you count airsoft - I don't), though I have safely held one of his revolvers before. All I remember is how damned heavy that thing felt in my hands.

I've had the importance of gun safety impressed upon me quite a bit, though I can't say I have any formal training or know much about guns in general. Just the few rules one must always follow, including that a weapon should be treated as loaded at all times, to always point the muzzle away from oneself and any person or object you are not happy to see explode, clearing your target and behind it, etc.

Naturally, I have a healthy respect and caution for these devices, though I am still fascinated all the same. I know just enough to know that I love them, and not nearly enough to be satiated (or pick up my first rifle - yet.)

I am particularly interested in the marksmanship aspect of shooting, as I greatly admire those with such talent. It is my goal to become a marksman and shoot for contest. I can't say I'll be much of a hunter as I personally can't take a life, even that of a squirrel.

I am a musician with sensitive hearing, so those guns with quieter reports are my target. I'd imagine some of the larger calibers can be dangerous for your ears even with hefty hearing protection. Is this true?

When I'm ready to make my first purchase, I think I'd like to start off with a .22LR or an 870, but we'll see where things take me.

Phew, that's probably more than anyone wants to read. My hat off to you if you got through it. : )

08-20-2012, 6:29 PM
welcome buy a 10/22 or a rem 870

xXx Sir Sik xXx
08-20-2012, 6:33 PM

08-20-2012, 6:44 PM
welcome to the forum.

08-20-2012, 7:32 PM

08-20-2012, 7:34 PM
Welcome aboard

08-20-2012, 9:20 PM
Welcome aboard.

08-20-2012, 9:50 PM

08-20-2012, 10:03 PM
Welcome to Calguns! :)

SoCal Bob
08-20-2012, 10:35 PM

08-20-2012, 10:40 PM

08-20-2012, 10:59 PM

I don't have a 10/22, but i do have a 5.56 chambered AR-15 with a 22lr conversion bolt. I also have a 22 pistol, 45 pistol, 12 gauge and 20 gauge over unders.

Going to a rental range with little familiarity can be pretty intimidating. And most rental ranges don't allow you to rent alone.

If you'd like to hit the range sometime, i'd be happy to lend you some ear protection. PM me if you're interested, i usually shoot at richmond rod and gun club.

btw, you got 3 of the 4 safety rules down already. :D The one you missed was "keep your finger off the trigger," and unfortunately that one is the most abused rule.

08-20-2012, 11:01 PM
Welcome to Calguns.

08-21-2012, 5:22 AM

08-21-2012, 6:30 AM
Welcome to Calguns

08-21-2012, 7:29 AM
Welcome to CalGuns.

08-21-2012, 8:29 AM
Welcome aboard!

08-21-2012, 8:31 AM
Welcome! A rifle .22LR sounds like a great choice for you.

You can usually find me in the Curio & Relic or Second Amendment forums.

08-21-2012, 10:12 AM
Welcome aboard! If you're like me (somewhat sensitive hearing) I double up on ear plugs+ear muffs for indoor ranges. I use only one of those on outdoor ranges. A 22lr is a good start. If you were down south I'd let you shoot mine.

Welcome aboard!

08-21-2012, 1:23 PM

Wicked Pete
08-21-2012, 7:09 PM
Welcome Feels. You've come to the right place.

08-21-2012, 8:19 PM

08-21-2012, 9:46 PM
Thank you guys so much for the warm welcome! I'll do my best to be a positive contributor to the community.

It's cool to see someone else with sensitive hearing, especially since you don't let it get in the way of things. ;)

08-22-2012, 12:08 AM
welcome aboard..!!!!

08-22-2012, 5:51 AM
welcome! everyone should own a .22!

the big ravioli
08-22-2012, 6:14 AM
Welcome Aboard

Striper 05
08-22-2012, 10:16 AM

08-22-2012, 5:52 PM
Welcome To CALGUNS !! :D

08-22-2012, 11:06 PM
beginner to season pro everyone needs a .22. my favorite is the ruger "10-22".

08-22-2012, 11:40 PM

You can protect your hearing better with large calibers by "doubling up"...earplugs and muffs.

Get a .22 and start slow.

Paper Boy
08-23-2012, 6:44 AM

08-23-2012, 1:04 PM
Welcome aboard