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Old 02-15-2017, 12:43 PM
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Question Canadian (Mtl-Qc) looking to get into shooting sport or weapon sport, need more info!

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I'm looking into a Shooting Sport or Weapon Sport to start and I'm just wondering what would be best for me. Here's a small list of what I'm interested in so far:

Handguns and rifles at a gun range, mostly Handguns since my only time shooting an AR15 I didn't really like it. Loved the small .22 I tried and the Glock19 9mm (especially, though there weren't , would of loved to try a Beretta 92 but instead a friend rented an AR15 so I had to try it lol Was really loud and we didn't have an instructor and I didn't know how to hold it and get my sights yeah.
After that I wanted to try the Beretta 92 (I wanted to see what kind of differences there are between guns of the same caliber) but the guy at the counter told me someone already took it not long ago and the day was at it's end (the girlfriend was tired, and she was an angel even though when I broke it off it was rough, but anyways, she paid for it all, and she didn't really shoot all that much, though she absolutely had a blast with the .22 after I told her how easy it was on recoil lol), but anyway, he suggested I try a .45...I know it was a Smith & Wesson .45ACP not sure the exact model, though...Wow! Talk about recoil lol At first, quite unpleasant, but I had so many bullets so I kept going. Then it became very challenging, and by the end I wanted to keep it and get more bullets, to get better but the day was almost over and they were pretty much closing soon, so I decided to call it a day...I'm sad I didn't get to try other calibers , perhaps rarer ones...
Then there are shotguns...I know nothing about them...but I guess if I get a permit, they're kind of a must? Are they fun to shoot besides being the "swiss army knife" of the gun world, in other words, versatile lol

Of course, I'm only interested in going to the range with those...hunting isn't for me just like fishing isn't lol

My "issues" with Firearms is I don't know much about gun ranges, and I'm not sure if there are any (good) ones in Montreal, and I know you need a special license to carry it in the car (and to possess obviously, I guess if they can't/aren't (?) supposed(or can't) be used for self-defense in Canada there's no "Concealed carry licenses" unless in special cases like Law enforcement I guess but I may be wrong), but since I don't drive, nor would I in Mtl, with public transport everywhere so how would I get to the range? Just put in a case? Need a license for that or just to carry in the car?

Then there's Airsoft. Which seems cheaper (but then again Paintball can be really pricey for good gear so I guess it's the same here right), and a lot of fun too...different (the point IS to shoot people hehe) but still. I've had a lot of fun Paintballing but never really got into the sport because of the price and all that. But I could see getting into airsoft much more. However I don't have any friends aside from like 3-4 much into paintball, but none into Airsoft. I just like that it seems much more realistic and there's an assload of different kinds of types of weapons...from handguns to snipers which is what I like about it. It's also more technical and tactical I find...

Not too interested in Paintball even though that's what seems to be the most popular in my region...

I think that pretty much does it for the Shooting Sports. Unless I forgot something, feel free to comment and let me know.

As for Weapon Sports, I must admit that I have a small knack for knife throwing, but I also can appreciate Bo Staf (smaller or taller not sure yet) and probably my favorite weapon of all, the Katana, which I'd obviously start with a practice one since I don't want to end up missing limbs lol

I guess it's pretty much about laws and my location (gun range/gun shops, good ones preferably) because I'm favoring firearms for now but all the licenses and laws and all that I'm not really familiar with because I'm the only one into guns. Well I do have my best friend who I asked if he'd like to do it all together since we are the only ones who actually went to a gun range (lucky him, it was part as like career day for him and since he chose something "sciency", they went to a gun/bullet identification lab and got to shoot many calibers.

So what do you think would be best for me?
I have a preference for a Handgun as you can see hehe
Any recommendations for one? I'd probably go with a 9mm since if I remember correctly it was the most fun and it was pretty cheap bullets as well. .22 Doesn't seem to be challenging enough for me...first time shooting in my life and after around 100 bullets I was hitting a lot of headshots and centers pretty well. Probably only because the bullets were dirt cheap lol

Also if you recently got into guns/a range and are in Montreal I'd be grateful if you could tell me what were the steps you took and where you go, which ranges/shops are your favorite etc...

P.S: I do have mild PTSD (not from combat) and anxiety (kinda goes hand-in-hand but still...) would that play against me in getting a possession license? I imagine that no but then again, back then I applied for welfare for last resort funding and even had a special form from my doctor for 3 months off of work, but was still declined...why? I still don't know and they won't say over the phone but you get what I mean.
Also, do they become more lenient with age? Like if you are 18 or 19 (depending on provinces) is there less chance of getting the license than someone 25+?

Thanks a lot, guys and sorry for all the questions. I'm not rich or I'd take them all up. But between the cost of living, simple fun, and the future purchase of an electric mode of transportation, not a car as I said I don't have a license for them anyways. would love to have a Motorcycle...big bicycle fan here, and I hated digging my parent's car out of the snow every morning.
So yeah between all that I have to make I make the right decision for me and to do that I have to torture you guys with my Q's hehe

(If you've seen this elsewhere it's normal, my story stays the same, I'm just trying to get the most answers to, you guessed it, make the right decision...besides some forums/Reddit might be biased towards one of my choice which is why I'm trying to vary it up a bit)
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:16 PM
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Very refreshing to meet an idiot of your caliber. I am honored that I got to read what you wrote. It was very kind of you to stop by.

Well, I need to go now. You take good care.

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Old 02-15-2017, 02:19 PM
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all good questions here
I suggest you post your questions at the canadiangunnutz forum. Best place in Canada for gun talk...
fyi if it's only rimfire and ariguns that interest you, check out Pointe Claire Rifle Club. they are cheap I was told.
wish I could help you more... good luck
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Old 02-15-2017, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Cheezywan View Post
Very refreshing to meet an idiot of your caliber. I am honored that I got to read what you wrote. It was very kind of you to stop by.

Well, I need to go now. You take good care.

Well... can't add a whole lot... but I'll add a little bit of clear advise for this (very young I assume) person.

1. You need help from a professional in your area that knows local laws on firearms. Nobody on the internet is going to be able to help you much. Firearms are very very dangerous and not something you can just jump on and play with. Don't get discouraged but you need to go the right way and make sure nobody gets hurt.

2. You need to calm down on all the Action movies, TV, Anime, or video games. Whatever it is that is causing you to daydream as much as I'm thinking you do. That bit about weapons and katanas and a Bo staff had me Rolling on the Floor laughing... you watch too much TV, real life is not even 20% as cool as your imagining it in your head.

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Old 02-15-2017, 06:19 PM
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I'm thinking perhaps you need to stick with plastic tipped dart's and a pretty new dart board.
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Old 02-17-2017, 11:19 AM
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Please pardon me for being harsh to you SunnyHours. Reflecting some, you obviously put some time and thought into your post that I didn't "see". My best "trigger time" is spent alone. A public range can't provide that.
Canada (and firearms laws there) are not something I know much about. Do know that I get satisfaction shooting accurate air-powered rifles and handguns. Kinda fun to work a target over with a blow-gun too. I was never worth a crap with a bow, so I leave that to your review.
I vote a good air rifle for you.
I apologize for being such an inconsiderate *** to you.

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Old 06-05-2017, 10:02 AM
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Give Trap, Skeet or Sporting Clays a try.
Plenty of satisfying recoil
Flying targets are a challenge
Usually considered more PC than pistols
Ranges are probably easier to find than high power rifle ranges
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:20 AM
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Gentlemen, please understand that the above are NOT the words of the average Canadian, and especially not the words of a rural, WESTERN Canadian (please note the "MTL/Qc" which denotes Montreal Quebec) The difference (in ALL ways) between a person from Montreal, and say, even Calgary is so vast, that it hardly bears talking about, and a person from the smaller towns, like , say, Caroline, is like the difference between us and aliens from Alpha Centuri, So please, take my word, this is NOT your average Canadian!

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Old 06-05-2017, 10:44 AM
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Welcome to the shooters forum.
Best place to start is knowing what you can legally have and how to transport without running afoul of your laws. Maybe an internet search will show what is legal and the hoops you have to jump thru.
Next is become acquainted with the firearms you can have. Then find out where you can shoot.
Good luck with all the bridges to cross on your journey.
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