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November 18, 2008, 03:22 PM
What's the best way to shoot a gun that can not be rented? I don't want to spend $ without firing it first. None of my buddies have the pistol so... I'm stuck. Any suggestions?

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November 18, 2008, 03:27 PM
Join a club first.
Here in the UK other members are happy to loan you a gun (under their supervision) and give you help and tips.

Try diffrent guns and see what suits you best.

November 18, 2008, 04:04 PM
There are no gun clubs in my town! :-(

November 18, 2008, 04:11 PM
Details... What do you want to test drive? Where are you located?

November 18, 2008, 04:13 PM
Buy it used from a pawn shop, be prepared to take a hit if you want to sell it back.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 18, 2008, 04:14 PM
If it is a well-known and QUALITY piece, you will LEARN TO LIKE IT!

If you are simply budget-shopping for a $150 semi-auto pistol, then expect nothing but misery.

I didn't know how I would like my S&W 500 with the 4" barrel, but then after I dropped about $1,000 on it and another $1,000 in ammo, reloading dies, brass, bullets, etc. and worked up a load for it and shot it a lot, I absolutely LOVE that gun!

I'm glad I don't have the 8" or 10" longer barrels. The gun is lighter to carry, I can conceal it easily under a coat if I wish and I hunt deer and black bear with it. I dropped $1,000 on the gun that everybody was oooing and ahhhing over in the display case for 10 months, but no one would bring themselves up to buy it. I heard after I bought it that others had stated they wished they had bought it. Hey, there are always more being made every hour!

Remember, you can ALWAYS adjust the load to suit your likes and needs.

November 18, 2008, 04:17 PM
How about some specifics? What make and model? Where are you?
Perhaps someone out of the legions of THR members is close to you and might be willing to help or knows where you can go nearby to try the thing (whatever the thing is).

November 18, 2008, 05:58 PM
I'm in Tucson, Arizona. I would like to shoot an HK, any HK -- P30, UPS, P2000 etc. Local gun range does not rent HK's for some reason.

Kind of Blued
November 18, 2008, 06:01 PM
I'm curious; what are you hoping to find or not find by shooting it?

November 18, 2008, 06:27 PM
So you just want to shoot something that has HK on the side of it ? :scrutiny:

November 18, 2008, 06:30 PM
It sounds reasonable to me.

HK pistols are expensive, and James39 wants to see if he likes it before he buys.

It's something I recommend to everyone inquiring about what gun might be best for them.

That being said, I'm not sure how to help in this case.

November 18, 2008, 07:44 PM
So you just want to shoot something that has HK on the side of it ?:scrutiny:

And so what if he did?

Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 18, 2008, 07:59 PM
I would say if it says HK on it, you wouldn't go wrong at all if you bought it.:)

November 18, 2008, 08:09 PM
In the end, your options are:

1) Go somewhere that has what you want to shoot, and shoot it there

2) Find someone locally who has what you want, and ask them if you can shoot it

I don't see too many other options, and #2 isn't an especially good one (or, at least, is less likely to produce results in the short term).

Maybe plan a trip to a larger city after calling around to their gun ranges to see what they rent? My friends and I traveled from non gun-friendly NY State to gun-friendly South Carolina for vacation, and one of the things we did while we were there was shoot handguns at a local gun store/range. I got to try out some 22LR firearms that I was thinking about buying. It was a lot of fun, and we all got some useful shooting experience.

November 18, 2008, 08:14 PM
(quote) So you just want to shoot something that has HK on the side of it ?

(quote) And so what if he did?

I'm not saying that's a bad thing, HK's are great, just that the OP seems to have no other criteria, and has yet to elaborate any further, despite requests to do so. Does seem a little odd, doesn't it?

November 18, 2008, 08:15 PM
Hey James39, try Tucson Rifle Range club, Pima Pistol Club, Marksman Pistol Club, you're either young/inexperienced (I don't mean that in a bad way) or you don't get out much if you say there are no gun clubs in Tucson, look around and you might find someone that will help you out.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 19, 2008, 05:04 AM
My Opinion:
If HK's are still made in Germany, I think if you bought the piece you would be totally satisfied with the quality.

It may be expensive, but it would last more than several lifetimes.

Frank Ettin
November 19, 2008, 02:22 PM
You might take a trip up to Phoenix. There are a number of ranges that rent guns there. IIRC Scottsdale Gun Club has some HKs for rent. You'd want to call first though.

The Bushmaster
November 19, 2008, 03:48 PM
Where'd he go??

Friendly, Don't Fire!
November 19, 2008, 04:11 PM
Prob'ly off to find the HK.

November 19, 2008, 04:49 PM
For az shooters, you could go to and make a post there. I bet there is someone who would be willing to share.

If not, drive up to Phoenix and try a range up there/here (I am in phoenix). Caswells has HK's for rent (almost positive).

November 19, 2008, 04:50 PM
For some reason my login doesn't work anymore and I'm unable to reset the password. Anyways...

Thanks for all the suggestions.

I don't want to rationalize my choice AFTER I buy the gun. That's why I want to try an HK. I learned this lesson with a Sig 229. Excellent gun, precisely engineered etc. etc. and I loved it until I shot one. It just wasn't for me.

tunnug; Hello townie! :-) Last time I checked 2 (of 3) of those places did not have HKs for rent.

November 19, 2008, 08:04 PM
If this is your first handgun then you should handle (and preferably shoot) every major type of handgun out there to find out what points naturally for you. Don't start with any prejudices, just be sure that you handle the HK, 1911, BHP, Glock, CZ75, etc. platforms so that you can find out what fits your hand instead of someone else's idea of what the ideal handgun is.

November 20, 2008, 10:41 AM
I know that 2 of the places don't rent, I should have said look around and start a conversation with people there, I've gotten to shoot peoples guns when I start talking to them about it, most of the time they'll offer you to shoot it, I've offered mine for people to shoot when they've shown interest, of course how they conduct themselves will have an impact on an offer or not, good luck on your search.

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