Shot my first ever match today: IDPA at Somerset. Thanks to @Pizza Bob, @Mr.Stu & @Maksim for answering numerous questions, assistance and encouragement. Some guys there stood out as being helpful as well, but I don't know if they're members here. If so, chime in.
I almost didn't go based on a very bad impression I had at a different match/range that I walked away from after helping set-up but before registration. Today proved what I'd been told and how it should be; newbies are welcomed and there's no judgement as long as you're safe/don't do anything stupid. Overall I'm not a group type of a person, but today was good, small group, no attitudes, just hot. It was also more interesting than just punching holes in targets by myself. I plan to return; if only to make up for my poor score today.
If you've been on the fence like I was, I suggest you give it a try.
Does anyone have any information about Vicari Gun Sales? Gerry?
I know they are listed as a dealer here on this site.
I used to buy from them - nice quality military surplus rifles- but now they have seemed to have disappeared.
There is nothing inherently wrong with understanding the risks of doing or owning something. It also better allows you to protect yourself if you do choose to exercise such risks.. There is something to be said about keeping one step ahead of what seems to be a very anti-gun administration.
There is a reason i would suggest building one, even against NJSP guidance, over purchasing one in this state.. If i did buy one, maybe do it out of state.