Originally Posted by Fractured
I am really glad that I posted here, there is a wealth of great information in this thread.
In CA, all firearms have to be sold with either a trigger or cable lock. Do you guys think that is sufficient? Once again, I have no children. If a gun safe is in order, any recommendations?
The last thing I feel I need to express is the fact that I am a little nervous about purchasing this. I am very responsible and safe ( I work with deadly levels of electricity daily) but I still have a "feeling" of minor dread about owning a firearm. I am almost starting to feel like it's a fear that I need to overcome. Am I nuts for thinking this? My parents are kind of anti-gun, so that might be some residual feelings nagging, but being almost 30, owning my own house etc. I am confident in my decisions.
Thanks for listening.
Mark my words. Once you go to the range and shoot it, all your nervousness will go away. Someone already mentioned shoot & see targets- get some. Once your rounds hit the target and you see the color change, you will grin ear to ear. Instant gradification.
Your choice of the XD is a great choice. It offers many safety features to help you out. A loaded chamber indicator on the slide, another indicator on the rear of the slide if the gun is cocked, plus the trigger and rear grip safety. Plus it's an overall quality gun.
As far as storing the gun goes. Your gun will come with a case. It is lockable, if you feel the need to lock it up, get a lock for it. My 2 cents is load it and tuck it away some place only you and your girlfriend know about. That way, if the need should arise, you can grab the gun and be ready. You don't have kids around so that is not an issue.
Oh, good luck and enjoy yourself. Have fun at the range.