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View Poll Results: Do you consider yourself to be:
experienced with handguns 266 72.68%
relatively new to the handgun world 100 27.32%
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #16
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Old March 6th, 2008, 09:33 PM   #17
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That's what I thought.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #18
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first gun ever owned.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #19
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Now that's funny right there, I don't care who ya are.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 04:02 AM   #20
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Middle ground

I wouldn't put myself in either category. I am one of those that grew up in the country. We always had guns around the house and I've always had one as an adult. However, I still wouldn't consider myself and expert either. The M&P is the first hand gun that I've PURCHASED. The free mags and rebate had no impact on my buying the M&P. I agree with other posters. I love the way it feels in my hand and how it shoots.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 04:37 AM   #21
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I've been hunting & shooting for 46 years. Reloading ammo for about 41 or 42 years. I'm a little slow to "change". Held off on the polymer pistols. I dislike Glock & the XD didn't feel right. The M&P45 with the small backstrap fit perfectly. I'm glad I didn't settle for what was out there. Being a die hard 1911 shooter, I find that the more I shoot the M&P45 the more I like it. I've put a good many rounds thru mine and am pleased with what it'll do.
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Old March 7th, 2008, 05:27 AM   #22
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I've been shooting since I was 8 years old. My Dad took us shooting at a range that was public and was just a big cut out place along a road not far from our home at the time (Dothan Ala). Times have changed a bit since then!

I didn't start competitive shooting until 1998.

I voted "experienced" though, I'd have to say that among my shooting friends, I'm pretty much average. I have friends who go to the range a few times a year and I have some that seem to live there! :wink:
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Old March 7th, 2008, 06:53 AM   #23
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I have been shooting for 40 years, 33 LEO still run the mobile range. I think I shot to much, had surgery on my right index (trigger finger"* problem with tendon, my trigger finger would lock up. Much better now. still have a couple of years to go before I retire.. Very happy with my MP 40 & MP 45.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 12:26 AM   #24
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I'm a newb to the 45 round!
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Old March 13th, 2008, 01:56 AM   #25
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Newb with a pistol.

.22 Rifle in grade school, Archery in middle school, 270 semi-auto for high school graduation, then I took a break for 30 years. 270WSM bolt action at 48 years old, My M&P40 at 49, and hoping for a black rifle before 50.
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Old April 26th, 2008, 08:15 AM   #26
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Ive been shooting pistols for 20 years now. Rifles and Shotguns for longer than that
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Old April 26th, 2008, 08:20 AM   #27
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Two years new to pistols but have been owner of long guns for a dozen or so years, hunting.

USPSA and IDPA shooting has really taken off with me including taking the level I RO seminar and passing the test to be a RO a few weeks ago.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:03 PM   #28
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My first one was a M&P .40 and had slide problems but s&w fixed it. I later on traded for the 9mm and I have had nothing bad happen and really enjoy the pistol.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 06:47 PM   #29
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While I am no expert with a handgun I am far from a newb.

I started shooting handguns with my Dad when I was 8yrs old. He had a Charter Arms .22lr revolver, and Erma .22lr Luger and a S&W Model 36 Chief's Special in .38

We didn't shoot a lot but always made several range trips at the beginning of the hunting season every year. My father is not a "Gun Guy" but made sure that I was drilled on safe handling of fire arms. He was an avid rabbit and pheasant hunter. We went duck hunting with a family friend occasionally. We would go blow the dust out of the shotguns and put a couple hundred rounds of .22 and .38 down range. He always carried the snubby and gave me the charter arms loaded with bird shot as a snake gun while out hunting.

I bought my first handgun on my 21st birthday at the Stuttgart Rod and Gun Club while stationed in Deutschland with the Army. A Llama commander size 1911. Shortly there after I got a Walther PPK and a P1. I shot a good bit while in Germany but then stored the pistols at my Dad's place till my ETS.

Fast forward 15 years or so...I never quit shooting altogether but didn't shoot regularly again until I started carrying full time when Ohio started issuing CCW licenses. The M&P was the first plastic pistol that I ever held that felt like a gun and not a toy, so my 40c came home with me and took the place of the PPK as my daily carry.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #30
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My first boy's .22 was given to me at Christmas when I was 4, in 1958. Nearly each year after that I got another war surplus rifle (.303 SMLE Enfield, 7.65 Argentine Mauser, 7mm Chilean Mauser, .22 Mossberg target rifle, Remington 870 pump, Springfield '03A3, etc). First handgun of my own came when I was 12 or 13, the M1911 that I still own.

While I was taught good safety practices from the very start, and was given formal rifle training at about 10 years old I can't say I learned very much about actually learning to shoot. So, yes, years of firearms experience with just about everything military you can imagine (and a few items you can't imagine); but, it wasn't until I began attending courses at Sig Academy a couple of years ago that I realized I knew little about shooting, at least in the way that matters to me.

So...I'm really a newb, and I hope to stay that way for the rest of my life. Since becoming a 'beginner', I've learned more about shooting in 2 years than I did in the previous 40.
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