Caliber, Barrel length, sights ??????
Ok, so I figured since I'm not going to be able to purchase a gun anytime in the near future, I'd check out some shooting ranges, rent some guns, and build up some experiences. Here's a check list I made up using Google documents.
Anything else I should be looking for?
Caliber, Barrel length, sights ??????
I'd skip "year." It'll be virtually impossible to determine year of manufacture while at the range, if that's what you mean.
"Sights" could mean night sights or standard, white dot or plain black, etc.
I'd give myself more room for "impressions," "what I like" and "what I don't like."
I do admire your organized, objective approach to this. If everyone did this, we'd see a lot fewer people going through six different guns their first year of shooting. Though, hmmmm, that does help my employer...
I like it.
Maybe you can post an update when you have it completed; other people may find the information to be useful.
You might consider the number of rounds downrange on each and the results (score). I keep an excel spreadsheet on all my weapons and track their rounds fired, results at qualification, and any other issues with the weapon. I also list any modifications or improvements made to each. As you are in the early stages it may be too soon for that info. Good thing about keeping track of things with excel is that you can add and change values as needed. An organized good way to address your search. Good luck with it.
What's the purpose for the gun? Range/Home protection/ Personal carry. Just looking at your sheet so far and having a couple of them, here's what I use them for.
Glock-19 for carry and personal protection.
M&P-9 is for the range and home protection.
Both due their jobs just fine and I am happy with my choice.
Last edited by Baldy; 08-22-2008 at 11:36 AM.
Very nice looking guns btw. I hope to test both out someday. What's your feedback on comparing the two?
Take the opportunity for some training, focussing on stance, grip and marksmanship. I'm guessing as a novice, your hand position hasn't stabilized yet. Training will help prevent you from developing bad habits. And, for your selection exercise, shooting with a proper stance and hands will give you a better evaluation of what suits YOU.
I'd also broaden the range of guns you test to ones people DON'T LIKE. You really can't appreciate the good unless you've experienced the bad. This will also provide a baseline for defining your preferences. IE a really heavy DA pull (ie. PPK or DA revolver) might push you to SAO. Its really up to YOUR preferences, that are not necessarily the same as for others.
Also, HP rounds are not legal in NJ. This might push you to a larger caliber.
http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/fire_hollow.html. You can have 'em in your home, while hunting, and on the range. You can't carry them on the street, but normal people can't get carry permits in NJ anyway.
EDIT: unpecador beat me to it!
For home/range I like the M&P-9, and packing I like the G-19. Each is made a little different but they both feel good to me. Good luck on your choice.
After reading the information provided from the link above, I would reconsider the use of HP ammo for home defense in NJ. It is allowed in the home but that does not mean that it is allowed to use in a self defense situation. It may be best to seek proper legal advice regarding this matter.
Also, in the event of a natural disaster and even in the midst of chaos, the law will still ultimately prevail. The only thing IMO that would negate that is the complete annihilation of civil authority, in another word, anarchy.
Note: I don't have expertise knowledge on the aforementioned.
Beats me what the difference is between "posess" and "keep". Find yourself a Jersey lawyer to know for sure. Doubtless if you ever actually USED HP bullets in SD in NJ, you'd be screwed.http://www.nraila.org/statelawpdfs/NJSL.pdf
It is unlawful to knowingly possess “any hollow nose, dum-dum, or body armor penetrating bullet.” A person may keep such ammunition at his dwelling, premises, or other land owned or possessed by him, or carry such ammunition from the place of purchase to said dwelling or land.
For that matter, you might want to also find out if NJ has a Castle Doctrine.
Again, if FMJ was your only choice, it might make you consider larger caliber.