April 29, 2008

Exercising My 2nd Amendment Rights

Over the weekend, for the first time ever, I exercised my 2nd amendment rights.

I am now the proud owner of a CCW certificate, which I will take to the Sheriffs office for a CCW permit.

I took a class over the weekend that is offered at the local shooting range, which is owned and taught by current and former police officiers.

Sunday we had to qualify on the range and it was also the first time I ever picked up a gun let alone fire it.

I had to rent a gun because I don't own one, yet. It was a Kahr 9mm.

I was a little freaked out, afraid I would do something wrong and shoot someone. I also had problems with shooting as many rounds as we were suppose to shoot during the class. They wanted us to shoot off 200 rounds, I made it through 100 before they told me it was to painful for them to watch me be in that much pain.

Arthritis and shooting massage amounts of rounds don't mix very well at all.

I only needed 30 rounds shoot for the state requirement and let me tell you a secret, after the first 50 rounds shot I was bored to tears with shooting.

So we will now be looking for a gun to purchase.

The 9mm had one hell of a recoil (?) on it and I think that is what I was causing me the pain in my arms (fingers, wrist and shoulders).

Is there something out there that is semi-automatic but not as much recoil (?) as the Kahr 9mm but has the same or near the same stopping power? Oh and has a smooth grip. The one I had had a textured grip and was causing a blister on my palm (I was gripping it awful hard, practice will cure that).

Posted by Quality Weenie at April 29, 2008 08:12 AM | TrackBack

Fun! I'll think on the gun for you. I've got a really nice Glock 9 that isn't too big, doesn't have too much recoil and though textured, the grips don't chaffe.

Posted by: oddybobo at April 29, 2008 09:13 AM


As far as pistols. I don't shoot anything small caliber personally. Both of mine are .45s. Both Ruger's and both pretty heavy. Both will shoot .45ACP and the revolver also has a .45 Colt cylinder.

For something small but still effective, you may want to look at either .25 or .32 calibers. Smaller bullet and cartridge, should be less recoil. The best option would be to talk to a local gun dealer for recommendations. There are usually reviews that can be found on the internet.

Posted by: Petey at April 29, 2008 09:42 AM

Congratulations!!! :D

I love my little Sig, but it does a have a kick to it... Pete's right, a smaller cartridge carries less.

If you contact a local gun club, or the local NRA rep, they can put you into contact with people who are going to the range on a regular basis... You can hook up with them one day and shoot a variety of weapons and see what you like!

Posted by: pam at April 29, 2008 11:07 AM

Get an S&W Model 60. With an all steel frame it soaks up recoil better than many guns. Being a revolver you can load it up and have it ready to go for decades with no springs under tension, no safeties to mess with, just five for sure.
The stainless steel doesn't rust, it's a gun that works forever. The .38 target loads have very light recoil, the plusP loads do a very nice job in the emergency we pray to avoid. Unless you suddenly change careers and start taking down crack houses you will never need more than five rounds in a gunfight. You will either win or lose before then.

Posted by: Peter at April 29, 2008 12:14 PM