Remember how I said I don't know a thing about guns? That makes shopping for guns and learning about guns hard. I walk into a gun store and start talking to an employee about guns and in the words of Crash Davis (my personal idol as a catcher) it's "like a Martian talking to a fungo".
People in those stores just aren't used to people who have never been taught about guns. It took me two weeks of going to look at guns to learn how to cock a pump shotgun. They don't show Schwarzennegger pressing the little button on the side when he's cocking his shotgun with one hand.
I didn't grow up in a place where guns were something people had. My childhood was spent in a suburb outside of Portland, OR. I had small town sensibilities like having to earn my own money to buy things like toys, but I never went hunting with my dad because my dad doesn't hunt either. We went to the baseball field and I wouldn't change it for the world.
Even after I figured out what the very basics of a shotgun are I struggled. I was passing out so many blank stares every time I was asked a question in a gun store I probably made the guys realize how their high school teachers felt. "Uhh...I don't know" was probably all they thought I knew how to say. For example someone asked me if I was going to use hot loads and I still think those are something you search in a porn site cause his explanation required more knowledge than I have.
I'm still not sure what I'm looking for but I'm getting a basic idea. I'm looking for a receiver (which is where you load the shell in I now know) that takes a 3 inch shell with a 26 or 28 inch barrel. On Sunday I go trap shooting. It'll be my first time ever shooting at a moving target. Wish me luck.