I shot my first gun with one of my friends a couple of years ago. I believe it was a 9mm Glock 17, and I feel in love with shooting at the range ever since. I have shot various firearms, since a few of my friends are also into guns and have various types. I have shot a S&W revolver, two types of .22 caliber handguns (don’t know the brands), an AR-15 rifle, a shotgun, a Beretta PX4 Storm, and of course the 9mm Glock 17. I loved going to the range with my friends, but I really wanted a firearm of my own. I went through the process to get my permit and was very serious about learning gun safety. I took a course that teaches the basics, and I would eventually like to take more in the future. I don’t take the safety of firearms lightly, and I want to learn as much as possible to develop my skills of my new-found hobby.
I decided to get the Glock 19C because I was told by many people, friends and also recommendations at the shooting range, that you can "never go wrong with a Glock." I was deciding between the Glock 19 and the Beretta PX Storm, since I also liked shooting the Beretta. I decided to rent it one day at the range, since I wanted to test out a few firearms before I made my first purchase. I also was able to test-fire it again at the safety class I took. When it jammed on me twice, I decided to go with the Glock. I wanted to get the 19 over the 17 due to the larger magazine capacity.
When I went to purchase the regular Glock 19, they did not have any more, but they had one 19C left. The owner of the range and I were discussing, and he also owns a compensated Glock. He told me about it, since I never knew about them, and recommended it due to less recoil. That was something that was very intriguing to me, since I do need to control recoil more. I also love the look of it; it’s a bad-ass looking gun. They had the Gen 4 in stock, but I wanted to go with the Gen 3 because I liked the stippling better on the grip. So on my day of purchase, the Glock19C Gen 3 was the last one in stock; I took it as a sign. I also like that it is a little bit smaller than the 17, since I did not want to get a huge gun. I did not get the chance to break her in yet, but I am looking to go this weekend to the range and finally do so. I never fired a compensated handgun before, so I am very eager to see how it feels.
Concealed carrying is not permitted in NJ unless you are a cop, have been shot, or own an establishment (I think there are more regulations, but I need to research). There are stricter laws in NJ than other states, since I know CT allows concealed carrying. I would be too nervous to do so anyway. I feel like I am too much of a beginner to carry a loaded firearm, and like I said, safety is my priority.
I like going to the range and shooting because I feel it is a big stress release. It is also very fun, but safety is first. Owning and shooting a firearm is a very serious and huge responsibility, and I do not want to take it lightly. I would just like to master shooting and become really good at it. I also purchased the firearm for home protection, but that is my second priority. I do hope to never have to use it for that reason, but it is something that I wanted to consider. However, the main reason I wanted to own my own firearm was that I wanted to be able to go to the range, whenever I wanted, and just go shooting. You never know if you would need to use that firearm for your protection, so I would rather be safe than sorry.