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Old 04-05-2020, 01:00 AM
IGWright IGWright is offline
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Hello All,

Yes I'm one of those idiots that ran out and bought a gun in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Picked up my firearm today.
Springfield 1911 45.
I'm 59 years old.

I have a private lesson lined up to get me started.

You may now start throwing tomatoes!!!
LOL

Ian
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Old 04-05-2020, 07:19 AM
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No tomatoes from me. You are getting training... that's what I would recommend as the first step.
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Old 04-05-2020, 08:02 AM
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Nope, no tomatoes here either. Welcome!
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Old 04-05-2020, 09:39 AM
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Made a great choice in the pistol and training.

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Old 04-05-2020, 10:46 AM
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Welcome to our 1911 forum from Italy.
I agree with Tim good training is essential.
Safe shooting.
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Old 04-05-2020, 11:53 AM
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Welcome, enjoy the training and Springer
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Old 04-05-2020, 12:58 PM
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Welcome to the Forum. Good people and solid information. Springfield 1911 45 as your first gun - most excellent choice.

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Old 04-05-2020, 01:20 PM
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Thank-you for the warm welcome gentlemen.
And I appreciate the support on my approach.

In spite of the 11th hour nature of my circumstances,
I'm still going to be methodical.

The local LAX Firing Range is open,
and I've talked to a guy there who gives private lessons.
If that falls through, I may be reaching out to the forum for Los Angeles based instructors.

To me, this has been a fascination process.
I've always been a big 2A supporter,
since I believe it represents more than simply defending our homes.
And I found myself in the center of it all,
when Cali chose to shut the guns stores.

I had an appointment at Martin B. Retting to do my FSC,
and they had to cancel.
Luckily, Orange County didn't deem gun stores as non-essential.
So I went to Rifle Gear in Fountain Valley - excellent.

And that's my story.
Happy to be here.

Ian
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Old 04-05-2020, 01:24 PM
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If you are LA based, I can strongly recommend ITTS.
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:19 PM
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Hey Tim,

Thank-you for the advice.
Their range and courses look excellent.

I'll give them a call today.

Ian
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:32 PM
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Hello All,

Yes I'm one of those idiots that ran out and bought a gun in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Picked up my firearm today.
Springfield 1911 45.
I'm 59 years old.

I have a private lesson lined up to get me started.

You may now start throwing tomatoes!!!
LOL

Ian
Tomatoe one: Don't blame yourself for not starting earlier, cant change it now.
Beyond good training for self defense, much fun can be had with deepening you skills, eventually joining a club, club matches etc. You are also helping to protect all our A2 rights by voting with your feet and going to the gun store. Best polling for any CA politician to appreciate.

Tomatoe 2: You are doing this right out of the gate I can tell. A Springfield armory 1911 in 45 is setting you up for more buying. A nice quality all steel gun. Very soon you find out you 'NEED' a 1911 in 9mm, a vintage Smith revolver, a 226 and who knows what else. Welcome to the club.
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Old 04-05-2020, 02:56 PM
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Agrees, right first moves. I recommend a push button gun safe that can go under the bed. Get the double gun one, as others have stated you buy one 1911, you're going to want another.
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:13 PM
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No tomatoes from me. We all went out at some point and bought our first gun. For me it was the Obama Regime that got me started on a gun buying spree. Chances are you wouldn’t just stop with one gun. Good first choice by the way.
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:19 PM
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Old 04-05-2020, 03:58 PM
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Thank-you for the replies.

I was VERY close a couple of years ago.
I just felt something was wrong with how things were being run.
But my wife and I were at a phase financially where we really didn't have any extra.
Also, my wife was against having a gun in the house.

But now we are in good shape money wise,
and when I revisited the subject,
she was in favor of me arming myself based upon the current pandemic.

I have many friends who are HEAVILY armed.
I mean, full on everything.
So I talked to them about all the options,
and eventually decided on the H&K P2000.
Went to the RifleGear site and all the 9s were sold out.
I kept searching around, and found the 1911 45,
was drawn to it for some reason that I can't really explain.

So I bought it online,
which was the only was to get in the door at Rifle Gear,
at that time.
And the rest is history.

I'll tell 'ya though,
I put that gun in my hand - first time I had ever even held a gun,
and it was just meant to be.

Ian
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Old 04-05-2020, 05:14 PM
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Welcome to the forums from Virginia.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:36 PM
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I'm currently LOA from work due to a hernia.
And I was joking about how, it would be funny if I fired the gun for the first time and fixed my hernia.
So she says "If you can fix your own hernia by firing a 45, you might just be a redneck!".
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:46 PM
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Having owned firearms for 20+ years, BEFORE my first pistol & carbine courses (in 2009), one of the most important points my instructor made, was - "Practice, does NOT make "perfect." Only "PERFECT practice," makes perfect."

The lesson will be important; get thee to some TRAINING ASAP, though. That way, you can best deploy said firearm, at the moment of truth.


And welcome aboard.
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:30 PM
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I'm calling ITTS tomorrow.
Hopefully they are available for private lessons.

Ian
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Old 04-06-2020, 10:35 PM
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Old 04-10-2020, 12:53 AM
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I have booked in a private lesson on Monday at the LAX Firing Range.
Got my hearing protection and my eye protection.
The instructor said the range provides 50 rounds - included with the cost,
and he said that should be enough.

Looking forward to it.
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Old 04-10-2020, 09:20 AM
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Welcome to the forum!

No flaming or tomatoís thrown here. We are always looking to get more people into the sport/hobby. Our biggest concern is people new to guns not being trained in proper handling and safety. It sounds like you are a step ahead on that.

50 rounds is a bit light for a range session in my opinion. I usually go through 200-300 rounds. For a first time shooter Iím sure youíll go through less.

The 2 biggest factors in shooting well are trigger control and your grip (in that order). Your training session will get you a good start (hopefully a good instructor) after that the internet and this forum are great resources.

Every year or so I go back and watch this video. Itís a great refresher and covers some of the best foundations of shooting well. Just be warned Jerry is one of the best in the business so donít expect to be able to shoot as good as him out of the gates.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ChSazF41q-s

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Old 04-10-2020, 09:39 AM
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Welcome on board, even though you are a tad late to the party you are still welcome.
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:29 AM
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Welcome to the forum to a new Springfield Armory owner !
Maybe I missed it, but what model SA did you get ?
Just curious, they are all good 1911s.
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Old 04-10-2020, 01:59 PM
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Here's the official from RifleGear:

Springfield 1911 5" Mil-Spec Parkerized .45ACP - CA

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