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I am really new to Guns in general.Just picked up a NIB SA XD 45acp 4: Service with Thumb Safety for $489 OTD (GunsAmerica to my FFL and then to Me) Local would have been $100+ more.
I went a little crazy on the accessories.
As for Cleaning I went with the Hopps 44-45 cal Pistol Kit and a Can of Breakfree CPL and a small bag of cotton patches .45cal sized. Assorted Mops and Red Cotton work towls also.
Checked out an iTAC Retention Paddle Holster and seemed cool for the outdoor range so I ordered one along with a Fobus Paddle Dual Mag Pouch(#6936), 3 Factory 13rd Mags and a Maglulu ( I viewed the video and was hooked ).
Radians NRR 29 muffs (I plan on using the spongy ear pieces also)
Yellow Wrap around Safety Shooting Glasses
Also ordered a heavy leather Gunbelt.
Picked up a 50cal ammo can and filled it with (all .45acp 230gr fmj Unless noted) (ordered three more ammo cans since then)
250rds UMC (Brass) Mega Pak ($139) damm should be half this
50rds Fiocchi ($29)
50rds Brazer Brass ($29)
2x 50rds Remington UMC ($19.95)
50rds Winchester (JHP) ($27.99)
500 rds Collins Cartridge RLN ($159)
2x 50rds Collins Cartridge RN ($19.97)
250rds Federal Mega Pak ($100)
Purchased at several different shops....
As for safety - I may have viewed every safety video and read every doc on the INTERNET in the last 6 months, since I decided on the purchase. Now I need to put what I've read and viewed in practice so it becomes muscle memory.
I plan on taking a class or three as well.
A cigar buddy of my is a retired Sheriff (1980's drug task force member) and we will go out and shoot together for my first range visit tomorrow. Although he is a Customized Colt Gold Cup guy I guess he still shoots 45's...
Welcome to the forum, and congrats on your new gun!
It seems you covered just about everything, what about a safe, do you already have one? And how about a range bag?
Welcome from North Central Texas.
As for a range bag I'm using a bag I got from one of my other hobbies - Cigars! It's a good size and black rip stop nylon and it doesn't scream "GUN".
Welcome from Northern Colorado.
I grew up just outside of Chicago.....I'm sorry you live there....