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experienced with handguns 266 72.68%
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Old January 10th, 2011, 12:45 AM   #31
 
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Semi-retired rent-a-cop, computer guy, and a few other things. Since 1967....



And every shooting gallery I could get near before that - I always was big enough to shoot if nobody actually asked my age.



Not to mention a YMCA camp in the late 50's that let us shoot rifles, albeit .22's....



Very long break in service, though, or at least that's what I call it - I've carried more or less 24/7 since 1967, but the City pulled all the Special Officer's commissions a long time back, and since I wasn't "on the road" anymore, I just carried "Affirmative Defense", and barely saw a range. In 2004, OH changed to "Must Issue" and dropped the "Affirmative Defense", so I had to get a license. They wouldn't take my OPOTA card (Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy) 'cause it was from 1968, so I had to take the class.... NBD, really, but the required range time was one of those "hey, I really missed this" situations. Cost me a ton - joined a club, bought some new hardware, etc.



BTW, the gun I took to class was an S&W M10HB that was older than the lead instructor. I bought it for concealed carry in 1968. My 6" M19 "duty" gun was a little much under a jacket. I have a Charter "Undercover" from that time frame, too. Can't hit anything with it.... Couldn't then, either....



Shooting once a week now, and carrying 24/7/365 unless I absolutely have to go someplace I can't. I'm a 1911 guy, too, so I do a lot of my own gunsmithing. Once in a while I get something right, too!



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Semi-retired rent-a-cop, computer guy, and a few other things. Since 1967....



And every shooting gallery I could get near before that - I always was big enough to shoot if nobody actually asked my age.



Not to mention a YMCA camp in the late 50's that let us shoot rifles, albeit .22's....



Very long break in service, though, or at least that's what I call it - I've carried more or less 24/7 since 1967, but the City pulled all the Special Officer's commissions a long time back, and since I wasn't "on the road" anymore, I just carried "Affirmative Defense", and barely saw a range. In 2004, OH changed to "Must Issue" and dropped the "Affirmative Defense", so I had to get a license. They wouldn't take my OPOTA card (Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy) 'cause it was from 1968, so I had to take the class.... NBD, really, but the required range time was one of those "hey, I really missed this" situations. Cost me a ton - joined a club, bought some new hardware, etc.



BTW, the gun I took to class was an S&W M10HB that was older than the lead instructor. I bought it for concealed carry in 1968. My 6" M19 "duty" gun was a little much under a jacket. I have a Charter "Undercover" from that time frame, too. Can't hit anything with it.... Couldn't then, either....



Shooting once a week now, and carrying 24/7/365 unless I absolutely have to go someplace I can't. I'm a 1911 guy, too, so I do a lot of my own gunsmithing. Once in a while I get something right, too!



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Old January 17th, 2011, 07:08 AM   #33
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I've been shootin' for about 12 years.. Just shooting.. Not a hunter..
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 09:45 AM   #34
 
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Old May 12th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #35
 
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While I've been shooting for a few years, both for work and for fun, my M&P was my first handgun; I got it less than a year ago.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #36
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i have other handguns and have shot many more of the most common types. For me it was the ergonomics. I can pull the M&P's up from the side or draw from either OWB or IWB and the front sight is where it needs to be and pretty much right on target every time. About the closest one to this is my 1911 that has had a lot of work done to it.
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Old May 16th, 2011, 05:01 PM   #37
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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.




I started out about the same age. My grandfather bought me my first bolt action Remington 22 (birthday) before I could ride a two wheel bike (Mom & Dad freaked), but the gun stayed on the farm and they let it go at that. Every chance I got Gramps had me out hunting, shooting and teaching safety was ALWAYS #1. Got a single shot 20 guage around 10 and my first 12 guage around 11-12. First handgun was handed down from my other Grandfather, his old 1911 at around 16. At 18, I heard my call to duty, spent 3+ years in the Army and got to shoot and learn all kinds of neat stuff. Joined a gun club in the early/mid 70's and became an NRA rifle, pistol and shotgun safety instructor. Shot in leagues and competition until the mid 80's when my snowmobile desided to buck me off and messed up my shooting hand. Took a year or so to get that back in working order. I couldn't quit shooting, so I did get good left handed while getting the right hand back up to snuff. Nice thing about that "excapade", I can take the center out of the bullseye shooting either handed. Soooo, off hand shooting competitions are a cake walk. You're never to old to learn new tricks. My best friends son is an instructor at the academy, so he's always showing us new tricks & tips. So, after 50+ some years, I'm still learning and getting better too.
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I used to be a Glock shooter but switched to M&P pistols about three years ago. Dan Burwell setup an M&P45 for me and it has the finest trigger of any of my .45's. I have a safe full of 1911's but I enjoy the M&P the most for IDPA competition.

Do any of you guys have any info on the new M&P 22lr pistol? I would really like a .22lr practice pistol to suppliment my 9mm & .45 ACP practice.

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Old July 4th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #39
 
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No info on the S&W, but I've got a Kimber kit for the 1911....



Not precisely what I had in mind (target sights on it - silly on an SD gun), but it's good training, and fun to shoot. About the only downside is that it pretty well demands being either squeeky clean or loaded with the expensive min-mag style loads. (The slide is just a tad heavy for lighter .22's.) I had a blown Commander frame, which is seriously unsafe for .45's, but good enough for the .22....



Someday, I'll probably swap the sights.... Meantime, the weight, form factor, and controls, are all pretty much a 1911 for about any training regimen. Some of these (I still think the Kimber's the best) won't hold the slide open when you finish a magazine. That actually may be a feature .



I would think that a .22 version of the M&P might be at least as useful, if nobody put a bayonet on it, or something equally silly.



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Old August 9th, 2011, 08:37 PM   #40
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I would consider myself middle of the road... No formal training, but grew up in the country, cutting teeth on rifles and shotguns, hunting deer, turkey, and feral hogs (which btw make the best dang BBQ, period!). First pistol was a Single Six, which I still have and love. I own several handguns now, none are collectable or safe queens, and I shoot whenever I can. I'm not Military, LE or a competition shooter, just your average Arkansas Hick with an education and a passion for handguns of all sorts. I am proficient with my handguns, and can and will defend myself and my family if need be. That being said, I shoot my Apex-modified M&P40 as well or better than my Colt 1911... Where does that put me?
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I'm just curious about the typical M&P owner. I see a lot of posts about the M&P being the first handgun for many of the members here. I'm sure the free bag, free mags, and rebate has something to do with it.



So what about you? Was the M&P your first handgun? Do you consider yourself a newb or are you more experienced?






I never heard about any free stuff. I had a chance to but a S&W MP 40 cal with a safty so I jumped on it. The safty was the big factor.
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Old October 17th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #42
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I purchased my M&P after carrying a Glock for 12 years on the job. Reason being: my local gs stopped being a LE Glock distributor and became a LE S&W distributor. Couldn't pass up the price. Actually have grown to like the platform quite a bit. Still love Glock though.
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I got several guns from a local gun pusher with an LE discount, way back when.... I should have grabbed a shotgun from him, too, when he was part of a trade-in deal with the City PD for new ones, but missed that....



He passed away a long time ago, and my current dealer won't give me the discount .... (Actually, he gives the Rod & Gun Club members a discount that's good enough. I'm still on the edge of LE, but not like I used to be.)



The full sized M&P's are right up there with the K-frame guns that LEO's used to buy years back. The Compacts are, IMHO, as good a value as the J-frames were, too....



(OK, I hate Glocks ....)



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Shot rifles and shotguns but new to the handgun world as of 1 year ago
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