I've never been a target shooter per se, but have always enjoyed putting lead down range and learning the fundementals of handgun safety and use. It's odly relaxing and satisfying to go to the range and put up decent groups at various ranges. It's definatley fun to plink around a farm or other wide open space. I was at my local range on Tuesday for the first time in 4 or 5 years and it rekindled my interest in the hobby.
I was into the whole ammo loading thing a while back but lost interest and even with the money savings it's still an expensive hobby. I had a Dillion (IIRC, is that the blue plastic one?) progressive that was pretty inexpensive and worked well.
In my wilder, lest thrifty days, I owned Sig Sauers, Glocks, Berettas, Rugers, S&W's and Stars. The Sig P229 was my favorite, large frame so the 9mm felt like a .22. The Beretta 92FS was pretty nice. The Glock .40 SW was nice but I never got used to the funky trigger/safey feature.
Now I've just got a Rossi .38, an ACP .380 backup and a Bersa .22 auto. I've got the yen again to pick up something that can be really used at the range. What I have now isn't really range worthy.
So for you target shooting types, what's your hardware of choice? Any particular ammo? Does your local range offer any amenities/services that are out of the ordinary? Tips and tricks?
This is not meant to be a political discussion regarding handguns in any way. I'm not interested in people's views on the subject. Rather, I'm interested in discussing the subject with those who enjoy target shooting. Should you find handguns distastefull, I can respect your opinion but please do not share it here.