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    NOT allowed in the house!? UPDATE

    I noticed that a few wondered about how things were going with my situation.
    Since my last post things have changed dramaticaly. Not only is she okay with me owning a gun,
    shes even offered to PAY for it.

    BUT due to financial restrictions, i still dont have one. But i should be getting one within the next few months.
    I actually just left a gunshop a few hours ago. I picked up a small study guide for the written test,.

    Since i was in the army, i have some experience, but as a lower enlisted soldier i never got the opportunity to shoot a handgun. Our only training was with assault rifles and machine guns. Id like to learn to shoot a handgun properly so ive decided to a some sort of class, which the gf has also agreed to take.

    So, so far things are fine.
    Now i just have decide which gun should be my first.

    i am very much attracted to the Rugar the SP101 in .357

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    Well, I'd agree that things are looking up!

    The NRA offers (through associate instructors) a course called FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation. It is aimed (pardon the pun) at folks like you and your girlfriend (details below):

    Name : NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation
    Short Description : Firearm Instruction, Responsibility, and Safety Training — is the NRA’s response to the American public’s need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers.
    More Details: NRA FIRST Steps Pistol is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation to one specific pistol action type for classes of four or fewer students. This course is at least three hours long and includes classroom and range time learning to shoot a specific pistol action type. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular pistol model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Students will receive the Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification booklet, FIRST Steps Course completion certificate.

    This link may help you in finding a local instructor that is offering this, or any other NRA-certified courses:

    http://www.nrainstructors.org/searchcourse.aspx

    Select the course(s) you are interested in taking by clicking the check-box(es), enter your zip code in the bottom box, and select the number of miles you're willing to travel to attend a course, then click the Search button.
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    Glad to hear things changed for you!

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    What happened that caused the change of mind on her part.

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    Thanks Dj, the NRA coarses are the best I've seen so far. I'm actually interested in a few of those.

    And I honestly don't know what changed her mind.
    I thnk she jst wants me to be happy.

    Also letting her read the last thread probably had alot to do with it too.
    There were lots if people telling me to leave her. Haha. So I'm sure that made her change
    her mind REAL fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFord. View Post
    ... Also letting her read the last thread probably had alot to do with it too ...
    Good move. I'm sure once she saw how intelligent and unbiased our replies were she realized resistance was futile.

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    Since money is an issue you could begin your handgun education with the free gun safety/usage books and videos at your local library. Then search for gun safety, pistol stance, handgun training etc at youtube. Before you buy your first gun lemme tell you my story. I walked in to the gun shop knowing nothing about guns and left with a S&W .22. Took it back a few days later because it’s too small of a caliber and left with a Taurus PT99. A few weeks later realized that it was to expensive to shoot for practice so i sold it and bought a glock 19 with a .22 conversion. A few weeks later I realized the glock was to big for concealed carry so i sold it and bought a Kel-tec pf-9. Luckily thanks to wheeling and dealing I only lost a hundred bucks with all my returns but Im not liked well in a least 1 of my local gun shops now. What I'm saying is if you are going to buy a full size glock for home protection, a long barrel .22 for accurate shooting while plinking, a .22 that is similar to the size and shape of your ccw gun for practice, a Kahr cw9 for conceal and carry then that is easy but if you are broke like me and you need 1 gun for all purposes then,,,,,, well for me,,,, the ccw requirement was the need that wouldn’t budge. I could only realistically conceal a pocket gun.

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