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Joncorleone September 1st, 2019 08:27 PM

New Member from Severn/Ft. Meade area
Greetings everyone,

Just recently joined the world of firearms and firearm ownership. Not much experience other than going to the range a couple of times with friends. My first experience with a handgun was shooting some Kimber 1911 .45 about 8-9 years ago. Ever since then, I have always wanted a 1911 but then never got back into shooting until recently.

Got my HQL, purchased my first handgun earlier this month. Purchased an M&P Shield (I know I know, sub compact is not the best for a first gun but honestly, I was not sure how invested I would be in firearms/shooting and the Shield was at a price that was well below what I wanted to pay).

Have been to TheMachineGunNest in Frederick and was able to shoot my friends Sig P220 Equinox (absolute beauty) and his AR-15. We also rented and fired the Barrett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle which was an amazing experience. Wish they were closer to where I live but I dont mind making the drive there to test out some of their toys.

Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and say hello to the community.

hillbilly grandpa September 1st, 2019 08:36 PM

You might want to check out Berwyn in Bowie or Anne Arundel Fish and Game in Annapolis as reasonably close places to shoot. PM me if you're interested in checking out either one.

Mr. B September 1st, 2019 08:40 PM

Welcome. I'm a newer member too and I think you're gonna like it here based on my experience.

Dave MP September 1st, 2019 09:17 PM

Welcome from PA!
Thank you for having the courtesy to introduce yourself.

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welder516 September 1st, 2019 09:23 PM

Welcome to MDS , enjoy .

DontTreadOnMe September 1st, 2019 09:26 PM

Great screen name. Welcome!

ST19AG_WGreymon September 1st, 2019 11:13 PM

Welcome. I'm local to your area.

Biggfoot44 September 1st, 2019 11:53 PM

Welcome !


Within the context of subcompacts , the Shield 9mm is a nice shooter , that gives up very little compared to the next size catagory larger . ( It's kind of the 2inch K frame of the bottomfeeder world .)

Practice your fundimentals , but hold yourself to the same expectations as would a " normal" pistol , and you will do well .


Berwyn and AAFG are indeed fine, outstanding, very active Clubs with long histories . Albeit , with waiting lists to join, and $$ involved .

More accessible both time frame and financially , and still reasonably close to you are AGC in Mariotsville . The constituent Clubs range from totally bare bones, to highly specialized in specific shooting genre , to very active all around full service Clubs . All around active Clubs are a fine thing, and the value added is well worthwhile for the slightly higher dues .

sandeman September 2nd, 2019 06:07 AM

:mdpatriotWelcome Aboard!

Bikebreath September 2nd, 2019 07:35 AM

Hello and welcome.

50 cal has some concussion, eh? :party29:

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