First, hi everyone! I've been lurking a few days. I'm fairly shy, so I tend not to post. But I'm kind of bursting with questions, so here I am. I live in North Carolina (and have noticed a number of you do as well). I'll be upfront about my firearms experience. Which is to say its limited. I've handled a Colt revolver about 10 years ago. Also pump and semi-auto 12 gauges around the same time. A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of handling a 9mm, .357 magnum, .38 special, and a 20 gauge. Thats pretty much the whole in-person exposure I've had to firearms. So, recently I've had the urge to drop by a range. I started looking around for information about ranges and weapons. Which brings me to my question. Well.. questions, I suppose. Any recommendations from you NC folks in/around Raleigh about the ranges? I've spent a couple of weeks nosing around the 'net. But I think I've gotten about as far with websites as I think I can get for the moment. I've got a few makes in mind. Steyr and Walther are topping my list. Sig and CZ are a tucked in behind. And while I'd consider a Glock, I'm not really enthusiastic of the idea. I can find lots of mentions of how Glocks are dependable but very few of great Glock ergonomics. So, I've been looking around but I keep coming back to the Steyr M and MA1s. My only concern here is the couple of threads speculating that the 9mm models have a higher malfunction rate. Which is making me look at a Walther P99 pretty hard. Sigs I can find a lot of information about, CZs not quite so much. However, Sigs just haven't struck the same chord with me that MA1s and P99s have despite the Sig reputation for quality, which is why they're not topping my list. And the dearth of information on CZs (maybe I'm just not really looking in the right places..) is why they're sitting in a secondary position. So.. for you Carolinians, do any of these ranges have P99s or M/MA1s around to rent? I'd like to know how they sit in my hands. If both feel good, then I guess I'll need to address my concerns about M9-A1s (because.. even before I found this forum, thats pretty much what I was looking for). And.. lastly.. some questions for everybody. I'm looking at 9mm mostly because of the cost of ammo. However, I don't know, for sure, what the costs per 100 rounds non-bulk for 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 Sig. Any info about prices either by box or in bulk appreciated. Although I'm not sure I could swing a bulk ammo purchase.. Some day down the road I might like to enter a USPSA or IDPA event. Does 9mm make a larger showing at IDPA events than USPSA because of IPSC's power factor bonus? Any flaws with any of my notions? Any makes/models you think I should take a look at for a first weapon? Sorry for a bit of a long post! Oh.. I wasn't absolutely sure where I should post this, so feel free to move the thread and poke fun at me!