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Welcome from Northern Indiana enjoy the conversation.Just moved from NorCal to Madison, Wisconsin. We sold a condo in the Bay Area and bought one for about a third the price of the one we bought in Madison, so I figured I'd spend a little of my capital gains on a new 9mm. I already had a Ruger KP95DC, but it's proven rather unreliable over the years (my son opines that I'd probably be better off throwing it at someone than trying to shoot them...) so I thought I'd look at what's new in the compact 9mm game since the mid-90s (last time I purchased a firearm). I went to a local Cabela's and handled a lot of compact and full-size nines and kept coming back to a P320 M18. It just felt right in my hands. I'm still looking to take it to the range - but I'm hopeful it will outshoot the Ruger (shouldn't be hard). The extra magazine capacity is nice, but really wasn't part of my decision process.
While I don't have any current ambition to get a CCW permit (I've managed to make it 64 years without needing to carry around anything bigger than a pocketknife) I'm glad that the Sig would be concealable should the need arise. Other than the Ruger and the Sig, I have a S&W 19 and a Marlin 1894CS in .357, a Ruger 10-22, a Remington 870 shorty in a Magpul stock and a Remington 700BDL in 30-06. 06. I do have an ambition to trade the Remington in on a Garand or M-1A, since I really don't have any ambition to hunt these days, but am going to wait until I can get some repair work done on a bunch of torn tendons in my right rotator cuff that make shooting longarms rather uncomfortable.
While a move from sunny CA to wintry Badgerland may seem weird, my wife and I both have deep roots here (we met at the UW in 1978) and I have visited pretty much every year since we left in 81 to see family and friends, so it's a natural move for us. I really look forward to exploring the Driftless Area in detail armed with my tenkara fly rod and finding all best shore fishing spots in Lake Mendota, Monona, and Wingra (any tips are welcome!) I have a friend (retired state patrol officer) who lives along with lower Wisconsin river and with whom I've shared a lot of great fishing and canoing trips, but he needs work done on his knees and I need my shoulder repaired, so it looks like canoing is out of the question for this summer.
I also collect guitars and knives (well, I don't really collect either - I just buy enough of them that it amounts to a collection!!!) and play guitar and sing every opportunity I get.
Anyway - when I get out to the range with the new M18 I hope the results are what I expect from the research I did prior to buying.