DOC'S BLOG: Learning About Handguns From the Experts

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I grew up in the south and many, if not all of the kids I hung around with, were shooting guns shortly after they took their first steps. For whatever reason, I didn't. I did some skeet shooting and wasn't that bad at it. I could handle the shotgun pretty well, but it wasn't exciting enough for me to own one of those or a handgun. That's surprising given where I was living, and even more so because of how close I lived to Memphis. It wasn't a safe town then and not much better now. My dad, my two sisters, my cousins and nieces and nephews all still live there, and guess what? Yep. They all own handguns.

In the course of my life, I have been blessed with many friendships with a variety of people from different backgrounds who are gun owners. Would it surprise you if I told you that as many women I know own a gun as men? I'll be honest, it surprised me. It didn't freak me out, but instead it inspired me. I was doing research for one of our radio stations and needed to learn more about the active lifestyle of women 25-54. I really wanted to know what it is they do and are passionate about. While I have have the raw numbers, I can tell you that easily 70% of the profiles I read about from women included gun ownership/firing range along with hiking, running, skiing, etc. This was a small sample and not what I would call "scientific", but I will still amazed at how many women own a gun. As I said, that inspired me. Here's something important: it didn't inspire me to go out and get one. Not yet. It inspired me to learn more about them. Not having owned one, I know nothing. I want to learn first and own one second.

This is exactly what I told Shane and Ben at USA Liberty Arms in Fort Collins. I went there for several reasons, but chief among them was word of mouth (great reputation) and the proximity to my house. Also, I have been to Ryan's Sports Grill and Guitar Center a lot, so I have seen the USA Liberty Arms store more times than I can count. Funny note, when I walked in to the store the first words out of my mouth was "whoa". I had not idea how much space they had in there. I for some reason thought it would be a small shop. It ain't. Now, when I met Shane and Ben, I told them I knew nothing about handguns. They were immediately receptive and eager to help me learn. That wasn't what I was expecting. You know how it is, you're helping people all day who know what they're doing and then they have to deal with me....a "doo-mas". Nope. They were eager to show me and teach me the weapons I was looking at. They let me hold, for the first time, a small handgun. They showed me the RIGHT WAY to hold that small handgun. So, the education has just begun and I'm really looking forward to it.

If you are also looking to buy your first and are also in need of being taught the right way, check out USA Liberty Arms on 925 E. Harmony Rd, next to Ryan's Sports Grill and Guitar Center. You will love the customer service and knowledge that Shane, Ben and all of the employees have to make your visit worth it. If you are an owner, stop by and check out all they have inside that huge store. They have the largest selection in Northern Colorado, including ammo and other accessories. They've got some really good deals for the upcoming holidays that you can find in-store on online. Also, you can follow them on Facebook.

My story has just begun. I am really looking forward to sharing this with you step-by-step.

This is a sponsored post by USA Liberty Arms