I made a trip to the range yesterday morning, enjoyed my time on the long gun berms for a few hours then turned my attention to the pistol ranges for some PCC and .22lr plinking action. While there, I got to chatting with some other 2nd amendment supporters as you do and got two offers to try out some pistols in exchange for the use of my M4 sight tool and running a mag through my Ruger PCC. I’d always been a bit leery of shooting someone else’s pistol given the absurd gun laws in the state but figured I was in good company and I was keen to have a go. So I did.
First up was a Sig Sauer P320 in 9x19 for the sight tool use, I was hitting pretty good off the mark with it and really liked the feel of the grip on this puppy, nice depth and fat as well, good for my freakish meat hooks. Very comfortable and pleasant to shoot. Next up was a 3rd or 4th gen G19 for the PCC swap, a smooth shooter as well though I felt the sight picture was a bit off as I had to aim quite high to hit anything. Still a nice pistol but while the grips had good depth (owner had a nice deep backstrap attached), if felt a little thin on the width. Definitely not as comfortable but a good experience just the same. I thanked both of the owners profusely as it was a bit of an eye opening experience. Now I’ve shot a number of firearms in my life but never a pistol, not once until yesterday.
I woke up this morning and my first thought was, “enough pissing around, just do it”. So again, I did. Maryland is retarded in many ways (and it ain’t getting better) but if you want to play, you’ve got to pay. So I shot a quick email to a local HQL instructor (recommended to me by name by one of the pistol owners) to find out more about the required 4 hour training course prerequisite to fingerprinting, licensing and legal purchase. He called me within the hour and as of now I’m scheduled to take my training course this Sunday. I spoke with him for a bit and got a good education on the costs, the process and what to expect with the training. He seems like a solid guy to boot (ex-Marine, police and homeland security officer as well). He said unlike some of the training used in MD where the instructor has the applicant shoot one round into a drum for compliance (no joke, this actually happens), he’s going to teach me something about shooting pistols (knowing that I have other shooting experience). Needless to say, I’m stoked!
Still not too chuffed about going through the entire process (it’s really about cash and control) but the law is the law, and if I’m going to do it, I’m doing it by the book. I’ll be in for about 200 clams before I can even buy a pistol but there’s really no way around it, not being a Veteran or LEO. The HQL is only good for 10 years, but it’s a start…
Anyway, I can’t wait for Sunday and really wanted to tell someone. Given you guys are the only like-minded folks I know, it was bound to be the brotherhood.