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The above pics were shot with 1D Mk III and 85mm f/1.8. The pics below were 1D Mk III and 200mm f/2.8L.
This one was with the 5D Mk II and 85mm f/1.8
A lot of good information has been shared here so far. With a substantial amount of military behind me and over 40 years of shooting I am going to do the first fix. "Guns are plastic toys that shoot peas, water and an assortment of non-lethal projectiles and Weapons are tools or instruments for doing different jobs, some lethal others not lethal but a weapon is to always be considered lethal no matter the application". I have been around some of the best shooters in competition and as friends and have learned as well as shared from these experiences. The first rule to choosing a weapon is to stick to the well known "Quality Manufacturers" (list to follow below). This means do not give in to the cheap price tag of junk, it will only be a miserable experience at least or a fatal flaw at worst. Some may be discarded due to high price but it is still a good idea to try them as a comparison so you know what a good quality piece feels like. Sorry for you if you are like me and don't settle for seconds on anything. Never ever buy a weapon on looks as in how cool it looks as a first criteria. While a lot of junk is made to look cool there is no substitute for quality. As it turns out though, a lot of high end weaponry looks better than your run of the mill stuff. So with this information go to a good reputable gun shop that has a large selection and a staff that knows their stuff, even better if they have an on site range where you can try them. If you cannot try the weapon you want make sure you try something similar in the calibers that interest you with some assistance from the staff, even if you have to pay for that part. Next thing is that just because something is the best does not mean it is even passable for you. ie; If you are a small guy with small hands that $1,100 Sig 226 WILL NOT BE FOR YOU. So when you walk in you want to look over what is in the display not so much as to see what you like the looks of but to help not be so intimidated when you get to handle something. Tell the person across the counter that this is your first time and what you want the weapon for. Then have them put several on the counter and have them hand them to you one by one. If you can get a knowledgeable friend to accompany you they can hand each to you with your eyes closed and you facing a safe direction. When you are handed each make like you are shaking hands with a potential friend. Then drop your hand so it is pointed at the floor and just kind of lightly shake it a little, then raise it to no more than a 30 degree angle in a safe direction. Using this technique you will know when you pick up "THE ONE". For first timers I recommend 22LR or 9mm as these are the least costly to shoot and light on recoil. For hard core protection including concealed carry you will likely want 40 S&W or more.
On to protection and concealed carry. Most people, especially women seem to have the thought that if they confront an attacker with a weapon that the attacker will just run away. Studies based on pure numbers from data mining show that this could not be farther from the truth. More often an attacker is more likely to use their weapon on you or worse yet YOUR WEAPON ON YOU!!! So if you want to do concealed carry you need to think long and hard if you are capable of taking another life. Because if and when that time comes and you brandish your weapon in defense you generally have a split second to asses the situation and shoot. When you shoot terminal results are to be expected. There is no such thing except in well trained professional hands as "soot to wound". I am licensed to carry in 37 states and I am prepared to Kill if needed to protect myself or others.
After you get your weapon I highly urge you to shoot regularly and often. There is no substitute for practice practice practice! One of the most common mistakes is to get a weapon and not use it.
Here is my list of manufacturers;
Heckler and Koch
(Desert Eagle, Baby Eagle, ETC)
Not long before digital cameras took off i used to own 2 Canon F1 AE with motor drives and a Canon Ftb along with thousands of dollars in lenses. In addition i owned a complete darkroom for b&w and color sides as well as negatives up to printing. I loaned my 2 F1 AE camera's to a friend who never returned at all. Now I have found a deal on 2 F1 AE cameras with motor drives in like new condition like what I had. So I am wondering if it is worth pursuing film again. Can you buy good color film anymore and how bad is it to get developer and other chemicals considering all the new epa laws. Or, should I just go whole hog on digital.
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