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I chose the HK 9mm compact, because I liked the feel and how it fit my hand, and the size, for eventual concealed carry. My son, who is a fighter pilot in the Air Force (Iraq & Afghanistan, F 15-Es) is going to train me how to shoot it over Thanksgiving, as his birthday present to me. He's a really good kid, and a great teacher, currently a flight instructor teaching air to air combat. He's also a really good shooter, with every kind of fire arm, including whatever comes out of his air frame. He won the top gun award went he went through the school, and has accounted for many, many bad guys, a fact that makes me feel good inside, as I had a lot of friends at ground zero on 9/11. Of course, I taught him how to shoot when he was a boy, and gave him his first rifle, so there's a sweetness to him being my hand gun instructor. I did no research before I chose this particular make & model, just looked at and handled every revolver and semi-automatic, and this one fit my hand the best. I should mention that I decided to buy a hand gun because I am of an age where I no longer think I could win a fight if I were attacked, I'm honestly too old to run away, and if I ever hear, "Allah Akbar!", and some guy comes at me with a butcher knife, I would like to go down with a smile on my face, while I gut him. So, since you guys know more about guns than I do, tell me what you think of my choice, and give me whatever advice you think I need.
 

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I don't think you need any advise. Especially since you chosen the HK! drool.gif
 
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Good choice!
 
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I don't think you need any advise. Especially since you chosen the HK! View attachment 11908
Quite right on the drool part, Mad Scientist, as picking it up for the first time was like swallowing Viagra. I have always felt that one should love one's chosen fire arms, as things of beauty, and this one sure looks & feels like piece of art.
 

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Yes what Mad said. You have chosen one of the best carry guns on the planet. You have raised a son that has proven himself to be a hero and a outstanding young man. You are an American citizen and should be proud of yourself. Thank You Sir!

As far as any assistance I can offer.

1) besides your sons training I would recommend a NRA safety course and a Basic pistol course. Now your son will teach you most of this stuff I am sure but it never hurts and will help you learn something that is useful.

2) Your son will teach you to shoot and that is great. It is still up to you to practice to develop the muscle memory and the skills to make sure you can defend yourself should the need arise.

The best personal training I have found for a CC person is the " Bill Drill "

Bill Drill : Starting at 5 yards. On a silhouette target draw a 6x11 upright rectangle (This is considered the A zone)

Shot timer: You can get one of these free as a phone App on your smart phone.

When the timer sounds you draw and shoot 6 shots in the A zone as fast as you can. Now it is ok if it takes you 10 secs at first just make sure you get all A zone hits.

If all 6 are not in the A zone it does not count.

Your goal in this is to eventually get below 2 seconds (which is most excellent, and most cannot do that) Just do the best you can to improve. It will take a while.

After you have achieved this standard then move back to 10 yds.

This will develop your skills and make you a great defensive shooter.

Also look up on you tube "Dry Firing" dry firing will develop your skills faster than any other. And It will save you money. There are threads on here about that. Also you can buy the book on Dry Firing by Ben Steoger.

Welcome to the forum and again thank you and your son for your sacrifice.
 
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Congratulations on a quality pistol that, I am sure, will give you many hours of enjoyment. You have a great son there, whom you can be very proud of for his accomplishments and his dedication to his country. I am glad that he will be able to train you with it over Thanksgiving.
 

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Thanks a million, Larry. This is just the kind of specific advice that's worth it's weight in gold, and over time, I will follow all of it. And I really get it about thanking the family for the sacrifice, as there ended up being a lot of that when he was deployed and his eldest had cancer, and my wife had to quit her job so we could uproot and go to England to help care for the kids while he was in Afghanistan. All the grandparents took turns at that, as did my daughter, so the bottom line is that it takes a whole family to fight a war. In that sense, we all feel really good about it, so its it's own reward, my granddaughter lived, my kid survived, and I feel very blessed by God.
 

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Sounds like you're on your way to becoming another handgun lover!!
Prepare to spend time and money adding to your arsenal!!!!
 

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Great choice sir!!! If you don't mind me asking...where did you buy your guy and did you do any pricing research before your purchase?
Excellent question. I bought the gun at Bass Pro in Olatha, Kansas, and did no pricing research before hand. But I did get 10% off for opening a charge on the purchase, and I plan to cancel the card after paying off the gun when I get the bill. I went there for this purchase, because they have a big selection, and during off-peak hours during the week, the guys have been helpful, and this salesman was, and answered every stupid question that I asked him. He walked me through every single handgun, just about, and it was a kind of process of elimination, which requires patience on the part of the employee. From my point of view, its a lot of money to pay for something, be it rifle, pistol, or canoe, and I don't have the money for a "do-over", or a bunch of any one thing. I had determined that I could afford one pistol, and saving money was less important than getting the right one.
 

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Sounds like you're on your way to becoming another handgun lover!!
Prepare to spend time and money adding to your arsenal!!!!
Promise me you won't let my wife hear you say that.
:lol: Now This is where it gets interesting... Oops! How did this gun get in here???

Welcome to the club :thumbsup:
 
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:lol: Now This is where it gets interesting... Oops! How did this gun get in here???

Welcome to the club :thumbsup:
Thank God she's a Southern girl from the boot-heel of southeast Missouri, where the standard accessories that come with a man include guns, dogs, boats, fishing poles, an old pickup truck, and enough bows and arrows to open a store. This pistol purchase really pushed the envelope, but when I put it into the context of, "our son will teach me how to shoot it," the H&K fell into the pink cloud of a mother's love, which is a sacred space, as far as she's concerned. I had not planned this particular strategy, and nearly fell over when all of a sudden the little gun was all OK, and the small fortune it cost was not an issue. The Second Amendment and Motherhood; an unbeatable combination.
 

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Promise me you won't let my wife hear you say that.
I won't say a word.
Being that I don't have a wife anymore, Guns and things are much easier to bring home nowdays! :weapon2: :wink: :thumbsup:
 

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Congratulations on a fine purchase. Can't go wrong with an HK.
I'll bet your son thinks a lot of your purchase. When he comes home to visit. Might joke around with him about the lousy gas mileage he gets. I saw a report that said the average fighter jet costs Nineteen Thousand Dollars an Hour on gas mileage.
Larry is a good teacher. Good advise. I may even get that book he mentions.
Oh...BTW...There is a guy in Olathe who is selling Agency trade in Sig220's at a good price. If you're interested in a 45? I saw him on gunbroker and well.... I just couldn't resist. Especially after great expert advise from this forum. If you're interested. PM me. I'll send you his info.
 

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Thank God she's a Southern girl from the boot-heel of southeast Missouri, where the standard accessories that come with a man include guns, dogs, boats, fishing poles, an old pickup truck, and enough bows and arrows to open a store. This pistol purchase really pushed the envelope, but when I put it into the context of, "our son will teach me how to shoot it," the H&K fell into the pink cloud of a mother's love, which is a sacred space, as far as she's concerned. I had not planned this particular strategy, and nearly fell over when all of a sudden the little gun was all OK, and the small fortune it cost was not an issue. The Second Amendment and Motherhood; an unbeatable combination.
I usually just sneak mine in without her noticing and lock them up in the gun locker. Next one will be a 1911, i'm just a few hundred bucks short :cornut:
 
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