I remember my first days of owning a handgun. 357, short barrel, many moons ago (in my early 20’s), many moons,I am sure the revolver was stolen, shame on me for the purchase. My background with firearms? None. Did my Dad hunt? No. Did he own a gun? Single shot .22. Did I have any training? No, had a box of ammo, that is it. The recoil was horrible. I was a gun owner, darn proud of it. How many times did I fire it? Two or three, recoil was horrible. When I married my first wife, her family was avid hunters, and I became a novice hunter. I watch her family and how safe they were with firearms. Training? No.
Skip ahead several years. My current mrs came from an avid hunting family, safe with firearms. I told the mrs, we need to exercise our constitutional right, and get our concealed weapons permits. Since glocks were popular, that is what we came home with. Now we needed to fire a few rounds before we took the concealed course, as Idaho law requires firing 99 rounds for concealed. We received our permits. Boy howdy we exercising our constitutional rights. We as a couple decided to take some classes as we cannot hit any target with any good accuracy. Yes siree we took a couples class, AND TO FIND OUT HOW LITTLE WE DIDNT KNOW!!! Scary! That started our journey to train, shoot often, and finally after lots of training, lot of shooting, etc., we decided to become instructors, and to teach others about our journey and what we have learned. And of course stumbled into the USCCA. Should have stumbled into the USCCA earlier in our journey, but they didn’t exist. The Schmidt dude was slacking…
The point being, is how little we didn’t know. How many firearms have we been thru before finding the perfect EDC? Many. How little we didn’t know and how scary we were for carry??? We are not perfect in any way today, as we still train, and seek more training. Our journey continues to learn!
New to firearms??? TAKE CLASSES!!! TAKE TRAINING!!! The info the USCCA has is invaluable!!!