Packin’ Heat in Texas… Hello CHL!
Posted by cann0nba11 on November 17, 2008
Over the weekend the me and the Mrs. took the Texas Concealed Handgun License class and shooting tests. For both of us this was our first time using a handgun. The verdict: WE ARE HOOKED!
We had been considering this class for quite some time, but given that Mr. Anti-2nd-Amendment is now our president-elect we decided to take the class while we could still afford to. Honestly, I registered us for the class late on election night once I realized that McCain couldn’t win. Apparently I wasn’t the only person with this idea, our class had about 75 students, only about 10 were renewals. The rest were first-timers and there were many husband/wife teams there including us.
We chose http://www.concealedhandgun.com for the class and were very pleased. Sammy is a retired DPS officer and his wife Jo is his busy better half (according to Sammy). They were both a hoot and made it very easy for all of the students. Sammy kept the class light with plenty of humor and the occasional dig at Obama (he had a sympathetic audience). Jo was busy as heck in the back of the room dealing with paperwork and the mind-numbing questions from students that sometimes forget to listen.
The all-day class ran long mainly due to the quantity of questions we asked. I learned that our class was a little larger than usual thanks to the election. We also learned that the cost of ammo has skyrocketed and business for gun range owners is also greater than supply. We tested at the Bracken gun range, the place was packed. They actually had to turn away fifty people on Saturday due to space limitations. We qualified on Sunday and the owner said that it is never packed like it was when we were there.
As I said, neither Sue nor I had fired handguns before. Jo helped Sue load her clip, she qualified on a Glock 9mm. I qualified on a Ruger. Here’s how we did (click one either one for a larger view). I was thoroughly impressed with Sue, she was initially quite nervous about handling a gun. But after her first five rounds I could tell she was digging it. She managed to get three rounds into the center center circle with one almost dead center. I landed five or six in the center with two dead center shots. We were both very happy with our results. Now the hard part… we have to decide which gun we each want to carry. Sue liked the Glock 9mm, we just need to get a smaller size for her hand. I need more time to evaluate, but I was impressed with Taurus’ “The Judge.” I’ve heard this before, the best home defense (other than a big dog as a deterrent) is a good shotgun. The Mossberg 410 Home Defender will probably be one of the guns we get for the house. Nothing like that cha-chick sound to persuade someone to get the hell out.
Now we need to find a good online gun community and try to avoid buying too many guns. This hobby could get pretty expensive if we’re not too careful.