Wants to buy a gun?
Yup. He's a good guy who I have frequent discussions with at work. On Tuesday we ended up chatting about guns for about an hour. Now given our prior political discussions, which sometimes involved gun control, I wouldn't have taken him as a potential gun owner. I think sometimes those of us who are fervently pro-gun need a reminder that the general public has a lot of general ignorance and has been pumped full of a ton of misinformation on the subject. When you're talking to someone who fits that description they may not necessarily be anti-gun, but they spout anti-gun talking points because it's all they've ever learned.
Anyway, he's a young, smart, articulate black guy (despite being an Obama supporter) and he does an A/V editing / production gig on the side up in Philly in some not so nice areas. That and he had a friend who was recently robbed and shot in the back in Philly.
He had gone shooting at Targetmaster recently and wanted my advice on what to buy. Frankly I told him to do exactly what I didn't. Shoot as many guns as you can and buy the one you shoot best. He was looking seriously at a S&W Sigma .40, which I tried to steer him away from by saying that if you're buying something for carry/defense you want it to be reliable.
We also discussed ammo prices, concealed carry, OWB / IWB carry, deadly force laws and a bunch of hypothetical situations. (I wanted to get across the proper mindset if you're going to own/carry a gun. Avoidance & conflict deescalation) and I showed him my CCW permit. He had a lot of questions which I hope I was able to answer well without confusing him.
If he's really set on a .40 S&W I'd recommend a P229, which can be cheap if you buy a CPO. It was fun getting to have an open, engaging conversation about guns with someone I didn't expect.
I'm sure I'm leaving out quite a bit of what we discussed. Oh, and I told him to ditch the teacup grip, though my knowledge of what "proper grip" means is likely somewhat limited. I'm sure we'll be talking some more once he gets closer to actually picking out a piece.