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New gun owner

Postby Kenar on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:40 pm

Hey every one how's it going? I am a new gun owner, I am taking my conceal carry class in the beginning of April. I am looking to buy a handgun, although I may wait until after the class. I did buy a DPMS Oracle though, I plan to build my next AR and actually am very excited about it. I bought the DPMS as a cheap back up and to get familiar with that style gun.

I have spent most of my life in Minnesota, although I am new to the north shore. So if any one knows of some where I can go to shoot, up in the Two Harbors/Duluth area I would appreciate a point in the right direction.

Any way just stopping in to say hi, now to go soak up some knowledge from the forum.


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Re: New gun owner

Postby yukonjasper on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:45 pm

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Re: New gun owner

Postby shooter115 on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:59 pm

Welcome from out in the middle of nowhere in west central MN.
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Re: New gun owner

Postby Hmac on Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:11 pm

Training. After you get your handgun permit, you'll need to find someone to teach you to use it safely and effectively as a self-defense tool. Without that training, your handgun and rifle are far more dangerous to you and your family than any potential malefactor.
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Postby Kenar on Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:22 pm

Hmac wrote:Training. After you get your handgun permit, you'll need to find someone to teach you to use it safely and effectively as a self-defense tool. Without that training, your handgun and rifle are far more dangerous to you and your family than any potential malefactor.


I most definitely understand this. The reason I am buying a gun now is because I am at a point in my life where I can own one responsibly. The same with motorcycles, I got my license a few years ago, I am now 35 btw. I only got the AR now because I am comfortable with rifles more than handguns as I shot all styles while growing up. Also I really want to get in there as I love to tinker and learn about mechanical devices. Oh and also to shoot it.

Even though I will be getting my permit to carry I have no intentions of doing so until better trained and more comfortable with handguns and even then I may not. I am looking to buy to shoot for fun, not for home defense, they will be locked up at home, however doesn't mean I won't take some self defense or safety classes for them.


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Re: New gun owner

Postby Pat Cannon on Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:58 am

I'd highly recommend IDPA competition. It's a great shakedown of you and your gear and it's fun fun fun. I googled "idpa duluth" and the Northwestern Gun Club looks pretty nice. http://www.nwgc-duluth.com/idpa.html

A bonus of being in a league is you don't have to be a club member to shoot there. Maybe they have open-to-the-public hours anyway, I don't know.
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Re: New gun owner

Postby jshuberg on Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:26 pm

Hmac wrote:Training. After you get your handgun permit, you'll need to find someone to teach you to use it safely and effectively as a self-defense tool. Without that training, your handgun and rifle are far more dangerous to you and your family than any potential malefactor.

^^^ This

Owning a gun doesn't make you armed anymore than owning a paintbrush makes you an artist. If you're going to carry, you should train as often as your schedule and finances allow.
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Re: New gun owner

Postby homestead on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:05 pm

Kenar wrote:I have spent most of my life in Minnesota, although I am new to the north shore. So if any one knows of some where I can go to shoot, up in the Two Harbors/Duluth area I would appreciate a point in the right direction.


Hi! We have a forest homestead just North of Two Harbors, although we are still in St. Paul part time as we make the transition. Are you closer to Duluth or Two Harbors?
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New gun owner

Postby Kenar on Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:08 pm

homestead wrote:
Kenar wrote:I have spent most of my life in Minnesota, although I am new to the north shore. So if any one knows of some where I can go to shoot, up in the Two Harbors/Duluth area I would appreciate a point in the right direction.


Hi! We have a forest homestead just North of Two Harbors, although we are still in St. Paul part time as we make the transition. Are you closer to Duluth or Two Harbors?


I live and work in Two Harbors, in the next year or so I am looking to buy some land near here and build a place.
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Re: New gun owner

Postby Kenar on Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:10 am

So I moved to Burnsville and am looking for a couple things. 1 a range for shooting my rifles, during the winter (indoor or outdoor), and a local gun store.

Thanks
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Re: New gun owner

Postby photogpat on Sun Jan 08, 2017 8:00 am

Kenar wrote:So I moved to Burnsville and am looking for a couple things. 1 a range for shooting my rifles, during the winter (indoor or outdoor), and a local gun store.

Thanks


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Re: New gun owner

Postby Pat Cannon on Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:16 pm

Kenar wrote:So I moved to Burnsville and am looking for a couple things. 1 a range for shooting my rifles, during the winter (indoor or outdoor), and a local gun store.

Thanks


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