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My first time – Tales of a true gun noob

The following story comes from a friend of my sister's who recently took a trip to the range for the first time. She recounts her experience here. - TJ

By Rebecca

To be clear I would like you all to know I am not a stupid woman who lacks common sense (even though this recounting does make me double check that statement); I am a 36 year old successful business owner with a good head on my shoulders.  I am also not complexly ignorant of guns and how they work, and by that I mean I have held a revolver and a Glock, I know where the trigger is, and which end is the business end of the gun.  I have however never shot one…until today that is.

To set the stage you must realize I am in no way afraid of guns, so I do not handle them timidly or with trepidation and due to recent events my boyfriend Joe and I have discussed the purchase of a firearm for myself as he has weapons of his own.  He explained to me that I should go to the local Firearms dealer and range to try out a few of their rentals and get the feel of it,  the feel had to be “Just Right” I was told.

Today being a free day for me I popped the address into my GPS and off I went to shoot for the first time.  Another person might have thought twice and made sure that they were prepared and dressed properly for an outing like this, but then that person would not be impulsive like me.  In fact the thought of wearing a floor length low cut sundress with more than ample cleavage popping out and flip flops didn’t even occur to me as being improperly dressed until I was half way there… oops..

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SHOT Show Report: Day 1&2

It’s the classic case of the best laid plans of mice. When I was planning for the show, there was a big list of “ok, I need to do X, Y, Z, etc” and “I can’t miss____” and so on. These plans were based off my previous experience with trade shows and such. The problem is, however, that none of the trade shows I’ve been to come anywhere close to the scale of this one. Let me give you an idea of what I’m talking about here. I have a pedometer app on my phone. I’ve tested it in the past and it’s pretty darn accurate. I left for the show at 7:00am on Tuesday and started the app before I left. The battery on my phone died around 3:00pm. The last recorded distance I walked was about 12 miles. One gentlemen I met also had a pedometer. In 2 days he had gone 56 miles.

This place is f***ing huge.

...and crazy.

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GunUp Launches a New Gun Magazine!

Our good friends over at GunUp have been busy lately! Not only have they started an online firearms business but now they're getting into the print business as well! All of us here at GunNoob wishes them the best of luck. I know I'll be subscribing once it's released!

Full Press Release After the Jump:

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Walther Arms Launched a new Website.

Looks like isn't the only one refreshing their look. I just got a press release from Walther Arms announcing a new design to their site. I have to say, I wasn't a fan of their old page. Like many firearms manufacturer's pages, it wasn't very good at all. It was difficult to navigate and short on info, considering it was just a subset of the S&W homepage. This new one is nice to look at and easy to get around in. It's a shame I haven't had the opportunity to test a Walther gun because, I have to admit, their page makes me want to try one now.

Full press release after jump:

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A $100 Hunting Rifle?

I’ll say this right off the bat: I’ve always been more of a handgun guy. I don’t hunt. I have nothing against hunting and such, I just don’t do it and, I must admit, I don’t have an interest in hunting. So the desire to purchase a rifle or shotgun was never really on my radar. That’s why TJ is a writer for the site. He hunts. He loves rifles. He knows a lot about them. That way, I could stick with my handguns.

Then a buddy of mine let me shoot some of his rifles...

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Vegas, Baby!

In case you didn't see the announcement on Facebook or Twitter a couple of weeks back, Gun Noob will be at the NSSF SHOT Show in Vegas. If you’re new to shooting, the name might not ring a bell. The SHOT Show is, according to the website “...the largest and most comprehensive trade show for all professionals involved with the shooting sports, hunting and law enforcement industries. It is the world's premier exposition of combined firearms, ammunition, law enforcement, cutlery, outdoor apparel, optics and related products and services. The SHOT Show attracts buyers from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.“ This isn't like a gun show at the county fairgrounds. Essentially, it’s the CES or E3 of the gun world. Every product that will be coming out in the next year will be announced and shown off there. It’ll be 630,000 square feet of firearm related coolness! The show is only open to industry professionals and the media and somehow this rag-tag band o ...

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Okay,  I understand some are reluctant to talk about ARs in the aftermath of Newtown, but since apparently there's like a billion new AR owners out there thanks to all the talk of a new assault weapons ban, we should probably start talking about them again. Today, we're talking about SPORTS.

Look, nobody talks about what you should do if your AK47 malfunctions because, let's face it, if your AK47 has a malfunction you can just bang it against a rock to get it working again. AR15s are much more finicky. They malfunction. It's a fact of life. They'll malfunction when they're brand new out of the box, so it's not like the rifle is punishing you for doing something wrong, it just hates you on general principle.

If you have a malfunction at the bench, you can just stop, put the safety on, unload the weapon, take it apart and fiddle with it until you reverse the gypsy curse they put on your rifle at the factory. The real question is "What if it malfunctions when I really need it?"

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Security Quick Tip: Hide your Boxes...

Christmas has come and gone and, hopefully, you got some good gifts. All my neighbors certainly did. As I drive down the road I know exactly who got PS3s, XBoxes, iPads, Computers house got a really sweet 70" flat screen!

How do I know this? Because they put their boxes out in front of their houses. Fortunately, I am a responsible and law abiding citizen. Others might not be.

Do yourself a favor: cut up your boxes and put them in trash bags. Better yet, take a few minutes and haul them to the dump yourself. Don't make it any easier for a criminal than it already is.

Help Identify This Antique Gun...

A local friend asked for some help in identifying a rifle he recently came into his possession. He doesn't know much about it other than what the previous owner told him...which wasn't much either. He thinks it's a German made piece, possibly from the 1800's. It has a serial number: "17563", the middle number is a bit hard to read. There are proof marks on the gun but no manufacturer's mark. Photos are below. Clicking any of the pictures below will bring up a larger photo.

If you recognize this weapon or can at least provide some hints, let us know via our contact page or on our Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Reader Question: What Should I Look For in a Gun Store?

Chris asked “The town I live in now only has one store but I’ll be moving to a place soon that has a few. How do I know which is a good one?”

Whichever one is cheapest? Just kidding. I see what you’re getting at. There’s actually a lot more than just price that needs to be factored in, as far as I’m concerned. When I travel, I love to stop in to gun stores that I come across both to make new contacts and to get a good idea of the regional prices. Through that time, I’ve come across things that impressed me and things that left me shaking my head.  

So here’s what I’ll do: I’m going to list off a bunch of the things I’ve seen over the years to design my “perfect” gun store. Then it’ll be up to you to find the store that matches as many of the things on the list that you agree with. Does that work for you? If so, great! If not, too bad, that’s how I’m writing this article. 

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