So I have gotten into firearms over the past two years thanks to a few of my co-workers. I used to have no real interest in shooting or owning guns, but after going out to the shooting range a few times with them I got hooked. Its a pretty fun hobby, although it can be expensive.
Here are some of the guns I have been able to shoot recently:
So of course I ended up wanting to buy some guns of my own. First up was my own Mossberg 500. I was considering a Remington 870, but I just liked the feel of the Mossberg more. Plus, modern day Remington has a bit of a reputation problem. Most things I have read say to stay away from them.
I decided to make a few modifications to it. I tired to stay practical and avoid going overboard. I added a heat shield, side saddle, and adjustable stock. All of them from ATI:
Next up I wanted to buy a pistol but was not entirely sure what I should buy. I did a bunch of research and narrowed my choices down to an XDM 9 or a Glock 19 Gen 4. After talking to a friend of mine, he convinced me to check out the XDM in .40 S&W. So I headed out to the range, rented one for evaluation, and loved it.
I went to the range to break in the XDM and found a pretty reasonable price on a SCAR 16s. This has been on my list of firearms to buy since I tried my friend’s, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy one. I briefly considered getting the SCAR 17, but looked up ammo prices and decided against it.
For my most recent purchase I wanted to get a .22LR handgun. I enjoy shooting the XDM and the SCAR, but the price of ammo can add up pretty quickly. I have also been going to the range with a lot of new shooters recently, so I wanted a .22 that I could use to introduce them to shooting since the recoil on the XDM can be a bit intimidating. I ended up going with the Ruger SR22. I considered the Walther P22, but it looked like it was a bit picky about ammo, and I prefer the American controls on the Ruger.