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    New to all gun forums. New to all guns. I have always been a strong supporter of a woman being able to take care of herself. I have taken martial arts in the past but some health issues has stopped that for the time being and I felt the need to get a little assistance in my safety. Husband has been very supportive of all my wild hairs, and has fully backed me in learning how to use a gun. I was out looking and thought I had fully settled on the Beretta PX4 9 mm as my weapon of choice but then I held and was able to handle the Bersa Firestorm .380. I instantatly felt comfortable with it and bought one on the spot...after trying out a rental first. The money I saved went into a membership at the local indoor gun range. Today is my anniversery and my husband got me a carry case, holster and a spare magazine for my gun. I plan to get a conceal carry permit as money allows. First plan is to get comfortable with the gun enough to make it part of me before I do. A few months ago I was too scared of a gun to even know what to do with one if I got it away from an intruder.
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    Welcome to the circus! Lotsa good information here, as well as a few laughs. Enjoy the ride!
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    Hi, Kat....welcome to BC! Sounds like you've got hubby pretty well trained. He really should be rewarded with a Bersa of his own. Get him something different and they'll cross pollinate and multiply.
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    Maybe I could talk him into a .45 then I could end up with a baby .40?? That would be awesome LOL

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    Yesterday I went to the range to try out what different calibers feel like. I took My sons Taurus Pro Melinium (sp) .45, rented a MP .40 and then finished up with my .380. I was right to go in that order. Hands and shoulders are very sore today. First shot with the .45 almost kicked me back in the forehead. Then it would no longer shoot. I had to get help from the staff and finally determined that after me shooting it one time I need to send it in for repair because the trigger spring went. The range then let me borrow a different .45 XD I think it was. I was all over the target but it made some really big holes and I think I killed it. Then the /40 was a bit better in that I could hold with both hands and it felt ok but still it took alot of effort to control the thing. I then went to work with mine again and it was like wow, ok I am glad I picked this gun as my first. I should state that I have had both sholders worked on at least once and had several other injuries at my last job so I will have to build up to the bigger guns.
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    Welcome to Bersa Chat Kat! Looks like you have went both feet first in this gun/shootn thing! Make safety FIRST and the fun will follow!
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    Use only Bersa mags. Be carefull most places sell pro mags. They at best 50/50 on working At 10 posts you can get pass word for Condorsflight and 10% off. We have a few ladies here that are members . When you ready to move up I suggest the Bersa 9mm compact Just a little bigger than thunder and 13 rounds. of 9mm. Don't get caught up in the caliber war BS 380 , 9mm both will work for SD. YOU must place bullet . I carry 380, 9mm , and 45 auto(1911) I don't have any problem with this one better than this one. Except I think 40 total waste of money. 9mm is the cheapest ammo to buy for range and carry.

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    Hello and welcome, Kat.

    Congratulations. I fully support women being able to defend themselves. Our numbers are growing by the day. We are a friendly bunch here. The forum is PG13 rated. There is lots of good advice. Please make yourself at home and enjoy your stay.
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    Welcome Kat. An east Texan here. The .380 is a good choice, but if you decide to go up in caliber, I vote for the 9mm also. The Ultra Compact 9 is really not that much larger than the .380, in respect to dimensions, but it is heavier when loaded. Because of the added weight, I feel little difference in the recoil between it & the .380.
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    On the Texas CHL board this guy was bragging about his wife taking the CHL class. She scored perfect 100% on both written and qualification. Must be a real relief to him that he no longer has to carry. She can defend him.
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    I live in the east texas..Tyler area.
    I have been in water ballon fights with hubby. He used me a a human shield. I worry the same might accidentally happen in a gun fight LOL.

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    Who says it would be an accident?

    You are pretty close by. I'm just north of Gladewater, about 25 miles from Tyler. Used to shoot at the indoor range at Larry's Lock & Load.
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    That's the problem with human shields. They squirm.
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    Lock and load is where I got my Bersa Firestrom .380! I was having trouble pulling the slide on all guns I was looking at. They took time and showed me how and I was off and running. They also gave me a free beginners instruction. That was all before I was even going to buy a gun for sure. Could be they just spotted a sucker..I don't know.

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    Lock & Load is a good place to do business. I bought my first pistol there, a Firestorm Mini 40 & a couple of others since then. I'd still be going there to shoot, but I joined the East Texas Pistol & Rifle Range in Longiew. It's outdoors so subject to weather issues & they don't have the electronically positioned targets, but it's a lot cheaper.
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    +1 on the haunted houses. That's the best place for Zombies to gang up on you. Many years ago we adopted a 10 year old girl. Not knowing much about parenthood she wanted to go to a amusement haunted house (my ghost hunting group goes to real haunted houses all the time but that's another story) she freaked out halfway through with all the monsters (read this as zombies) jumping out and I had to carry her out screaming. No more imitation haunted houses for me.

    I'm joining the Austin Rifle Club. Their memberships were closed down for some months and recently revamped and reopened. Passed the range safety evulation and will be attending the range orientation in November. As much range time as I put in its going to be a much cheaper and safer place to shoot. I've been shooting IDPA there at the monthly matches anyhow. Now you have to participate in 3 workdays in the first six months of your probation. The Yacht Club had the same deal when I joined back in 1996. only you were on probation for a year had to race in 70% of the regattas and I forget how many work details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchr View Post
    Lock & Load is a good place to do business. I bought my first pistol there, a Firestorm Mini 40 & a couple of others since then. I'd still be going there to shoot, but I joined the East Texas Pistol & Rifle Range in Longiew. It's outdoors so subject to weather issues & they don't have the electronically positioned targets, but it's a lot cheaper.
    Outdoor ranges are also healthier.
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    Re: New From Texas

    Eliminator, we have the same kinda thing here joining my local gun club.. Fact FXW is out this week finishing up some of my work detail there right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gun sane View Post
    Outdoor ranges are also healthier.
    That's true. At least I was able to go when they weren't busy. Sometimes I was the only shooter & don't remember there ever being more than 3 or 4. But, I do like the outdoors a lot better. They open it at 6:00 am so on hot days I can go early & be done before it gets too hot.
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    Mason I'm impressed that you got her to do your range chores. Excellent, I might have to look into that idea. Actually three days of work in the next 6 months is not bad. At the Yacht Club when on probation you are on a list for first called and always picked on. When I didn't finish all of the racing requirement they were nice enough to extend my probation, of course by then I was the webmaster and had their web site as hostage.
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