I had always considered getting a gun. I believe in the principle of the 2nd Amendment, but living in Massachusetts, guns were never big in my small town communities. My dad didnt hunt, and the only gun I ever touched as a kid was an air rifle at the local boys club. However; gun ownership was something that I always debated.
In March, as Covid19 spread, and society norms started to break down, my thought became action, and I scheduled my LTC class for early June. Then the riots started happening, and I was more than determined to protect my family as I questioned if the police would be there first because of Covid, and then because of defunding.
I took my class and my LTC came in August.
I then tried to find an affordable first gun. My first goal was home defense, but I didn’t want a gun to sit in a safe and not use it. I was told that I should try out different guns and find the one that is right for me.
I tried. I called ranges, went to gun stores and online brokers, trying to find as much information as I can. I called local Rod and Gun clubs, and tried to get someone to help me become a responsible gun owner.
What I found is a lack of guns to buy. Lack of ammo to buy.
Because I felt a shotgun is simpler to use, and I am a big guy 6’2 290lbs. I decided I would first get a shotgun.
If later I wanted a handgun, I could find one after the crisis is over.
I wanted a Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 but they are impossible to find. No one had them in stock. I found a hunting shotgun a Winchester SXP shadow 12 gauge.
Now I am struggling to find a place to learn how to use it. I bought snap caps, and I have practiced loading and cycling through them. I have not been able to actually shoot it.
This is getting extremely frustrating.
First I tried to find the right gun for me, but because of the shortages, I settled for a gun I could get.
I am now trying to learn how to use it properly, but finding it more and more difficult.
Are there any programs for people like me? There are a lot of new gun owners who bought for the exact reason why I did. We need help, so we are responsible gun owners and more importantly that we do more good than harm.