Bought some punches in steel and brass and a tiny hammer, because that's something I usually need. Looked at plenty of kewl and attractive guns (and lots of junque) but none of it stood out while also being a) reasonably-priced and b) a shooter rather than a display piece. Bought 500 rounds of .22.
This may sound like a lot, but in fact, it's about one-and-a-quarter practice sessions for me, and that's if I'm being lazy. I can shoot a .22 pistol pretty well, for an old lady who wears bifocals, and a lot of the reason why can be found in that statement. If you think 50 rounds is a lot, you're not shooting enough. If your targets still look like Swiss cheese, you need to slow down, line up the sights and keep your eyes open while squeezing the trigger slowly -- you can squint the eye that's not looking over the sights if you like. Do so, and a hole will appear in the target at your point of aim. Or it should. If you keep doing that consistently and the target still looks like Picasso's pegboard, take a class. Take a class on shooting, not on "Armed Urban Survival Tactics,"* because unless you can run that thing in your hand, and run it safely and well, you've got no business playing at ninja. (Later, you may find you haven't much reason to; read some of Tam's reports on her more-advanced classes and see the skill sets they're building -- and the basic ones they're built on.) Take several. Do what the instructor tells you -- and you'll find your shooting will improve. You'll also start to look on 500 rounds of .22 as "inadequate for three days of practice."
Thus endeth today's lecture.
* As a general rule, the more lurid the title of the class, especially if it is entry-level, the less likely it is to be of any use and the more likely it is to be taught by some wannabe who has never seen that particular elephant. Learn the mechanics instead; learn not to go stupid places with stupid people and you'll do all right.
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