RE: Firearm lovers.
I grew up in a non-gun family. Actually, that’s not entirely correct. My father used to duck hunt a bit but quit when I was a small boy and after that had a .22 rifle reserved for the summer ground squirrel infestations. Regardless, I was gun un-savvy. It's not that I've ever been antigun, or pro-gun control. I just grew up in a non-gun family where it was a non-issue.
Feeling like my life was somewhat stagnant and wanting to step outside my "Box" and force myself into unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory, last fall I took a "Handguns 101" class through my local shooting range. 9 hours classroom and range time, hands on exp with multiple caliber, multiple manufacturer revolver and semi-auto's. I've put in another 15 hours range time renting and trying out various makes and models and ended up buying a Glock-19. I like the weight, balance, feel in my hand. Nice trigger pull, I group well with it, just overall very comfortable and happy with it. Plus, it's pretty time tested in reliability and ease of maintenance. 9x19 ammo is cheap, common, low recoil. It seems to be my trifecta. Good range gun, easy to carry, decent home defense. Or at least a decent balance of all three.
Most of all it's opened me up to a whole new world that previously I only had an outsider's point of view, which was quite dim and critical, and I'm having a lot of fun at the range. I can pick up a gun magazine and not be lost and clueless.
My next purchase is going to be a Taurus Judge .45 Colt/.410 Shotshell revolver. I've rented one and it was a kick to shoot off 410 shotgun shells from a pistol. And you should see the target by the time you've emptied the chambers!