This weekend was the Rose City Gun Show at the Portland Expo Center. We have been planning to go for quite some time. I have been hemming and hawing about getting a pistol because the one I fired in my class was so big and scary. I have been pretty discouraged actually. Then my friend Marie, an NRA Instructor in Texas, suggested I start with a .22 instead of a bigger gun. The more I thought about it the better it sounded.
We were advised by friends to shop the gun stores before going to the gun show. So that’s exactly what we did. I thought a double action revolver would be the best type for me because the slide on a semi-automatic intimidates me (plus it is hard for me to operate). The first few guns I tried made it pretty clear a revolver was not for me. I literally could not pull the trigger through both stages. And I really tried.
Next we looked at a few small semi automatics. Either the handles were too short or the slides were too hard to work. The salesman was just filling in because of the gun show and he was so patient with me. He was relaxed and knowledgeable and treated me with respect. It was a really good experience, even though I pinched my hand in a slide and it bled. I was so embarrassed!
I eventually found one I liked, that fit my hand and was not difficult to operate. A Walther P-22. It was more money than I wanted to spend, but I really liked it. We had asked to see the same size gun made by Ruger, but he said they just sold the last one.
He knew we were heading for the gun show and thought maybe they would have one there. No pressure at all to buy from him. It was so nice.
We had one other store that had been recommended to us so we headed there before going out to the Expo. At this second store I found the same type of treatment from the salesman. He was so helpful, patient and kind. And he had the Ruger SR22 I wanted to see. It is the gun I ended up buying.
And I LOVE it!
My husband found a Ruger SR9 that he really wanted. He reasoned that when I move up from the SR22, and get ready to buy a gun to carry, this would be the perfect one. So, we bought two guns for me – and I’m sure that SR9 will be nicely broken in when it finally becomes mine.
Now we have a “date night” every week at the range :) We also found a trap shooting club within 20 minutes of our house. I’m taking my shotgun out on Tuesday to learn a new fun sport!
Maybe next time we’ll make it to the gun show. . .
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