Now I know you're looking at 'lock thread' pretty hard right now and I'm hoping this is a legitimate topic based on the 'Rant of a gunstore owner'. I'm also hoping for a worthy discussion and not flamebait; but if it comes to that, I understand the need to keep our discussions above the board. You're a gunstore owner. I'm a gun newb. As a gunstore owner, you are probably going to be my first point of contact for anything related to firearms, including handling one. I probably saw that Berretta online and said, "I need that for self defense." and walked into your store asking to see one. We can debate whether I should have gone to a gun class before hand all day long, but I probably didn't like everybody else in sudden need of a firearm. Now, my knowledge gap is not immediately apparent. I ask to see the gun in question and like the kindly purveyor of firearms you are, let me handle it. At that point it becomes obvious that I don't know as much as my initial confidence suggested. I'm hunting for the safety. I'm fumbling with the mag. Don't confuse ignorance with intelligence... I'm not stupid, I'm just don't know my way around this model. Hell, maybe I'm an S&W guy. At this point, what do you do? What do you prefer I should have done? Would you have just liked me to state my ignorance straight away before handling the gun? Would you have helped me? How much? Why not? I'm asking these questions because I think the fact that we are all newbs at sometime or another gets lost or confused with stupidity and society has conditioned a lot of us to where being new opens oneself up to ridicule. I'm probably not going to let you know just how new I am regardless of how obvious it will become, so what would you have me do differently and why? maybe I can feel a bit better about walking in to your place and buying something if I knew what to expect. Owners responses appreciated, and of course, feel free to lock this down if it becomes a crapfest. That's not the point.