Van, Allen, et al........
Today I took the Glock .45 to the firing range for a test run. Wow! I am glad I went with the .45 instead of the .40 or 9mm. The pistol is very controllable, easy to operate, fire, disassemble to clean (BTW, I'm disappointed with how little the instruction book says about cleaning and oiling etc. I was expecting a blowup with little arrows pointing to places needing oil, grease, or nothing. Van, any advice here?) and reassemble.
My 15 year old son, 6' tall and lanky, had a little trouble aiming it but did well. We both practice fired at 21 feet and 50 feet into a human shaped target (on paper) and most shots landed in the center of mass area. A few were even in the bullseye located on the sternum.
A couple of safety notes - We fired the single action Ruger .22 revolver a bit as well. There is quite a difference in trigger pull. My son immediately noted that he liked the heavier trigger pull on the Glock much better. Me too. the Ruger felt unsafe after the Glock. Another important issue - noise. I wore my OSHA approved industrial duty ear plugs (worked fine for shotguns), not ear muffs. Besides my son and myself, we had people firing large caliber handguns on both sides of us. My ears are still ringing (finished at the range at 3pm, and it is now almost 11pm). Next time earplugs and muffs. Van - gunfire without ear protection must do some serious damage to ears. TV and movies do not do justice to the sound power a .45 generates. How to pros deal with this? BTW, my dad was in an artillery outfit during ww2, 105mm howitzers, and could not hear much at all later in life. (As an aside, he fought his way through Sicily under Gen. Bradley, then up through Naples. He even told me a story about leveling a hilltop structure the Germans used as a command center and observation post - Monte Casino I believe. Was that in your neighborhood?)
Any thoughts by anyone will be appreciated. So far the advice has been great.