Hi all - just thought I'd pop on over to this section and introduce myself. I've been lurking around for a bit, absorbing what info I can, and just yesterday decided to drop the hammer, so to speak, and join in the fun here at NWFA. Back in the early '90s I was introduced to shooting by the Boy Scouts, pulling the trigger for the first time on a single shot .22 at Camp Merriwether in Oregon. Needless to say, I was hooked! (I'm not sure if the BSA still teaches shooting with actual firearms but I hope to god they do! The last time I checked, the Scout camps around here were using bb guns) My grandpa, who was a good ol boy from montana and an accomplished outdoorsman/hunter, was soon teaching me the fundamentals of marksmanship with his old Winchester model 61. Unfortunately, that was pretty much the extent of my shooting experience (aside from a few afternoons here and there spent shooting skeet with my college buddies in West Virginia), until about 6 months ago. Me being a newfound family man (with a 3.5 yr old son and a wife of 4 years - yes, it was a shotgun wedding), and times being what they are, I decided that it was time to add another item to my skill set - the fine art of pistol marksmanship. I spent a good 2 months agonizing over which gun to buy for my first semi-automatic pistol, and finally settled on a Walther PPQ in 9mm. I remember how anxious and impatient I was while waiting for the background check to clear (I didn't have my carry license yet) and the day I took it home I was on freaking cloud nine! Thanks to the good folks here at this forum, and a few other sites around the web, I was able to glean enough information to feel safe and confident enough to take it to the range a couple weeks later. Now, I've got the bug! What started out as a simple desire to protect my family has turned into a full blown passion, and I'm hoping to one day advance my skill set to the point where I can participate in some target competitions. Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting to know you all around here and maybe even meeting up in the woods for some shootin' someday. And yes, I still have that old Model 61 as well as the Colt Diamondback that Grandpa used to show me the ropes with.