Firearms have a way of forging unique bonds through shared interests and experiences. Yes, they are practical tools for hunting, self-defense, sporting, and they’re just plain fun to collect and shoot. But gun ownership is also a very personal experience you can share with someone you love. Such was the case for Michelle and Colin.

While Michelle’s father was a hunter, gun ownership wasn’t really a hobby for her dad until she went off to college. When she was off at school, he began collecting firearms and even became an avid member of a range. He shared his newfound enthusiasm for firearms with his daughter when she came back from college. 

On the other side of the coin, Colin’s only exposure to firearms growing up was his dad’s old pellet gun. Plinking in the backyard was his only real shooting experience until he visited an outdoor range with a friend in high school. 

Meeting Michelle is what finally really set them both on the path to becoming new gun owners. Her father shared his passion for responsible firearms ownership with both of them. Over time and many range visits, they developed an increasing comfort with firearms.

On the other side of the coin, Colin’s only real exposure to firearms growing up was his dad’s old pellet gun. Plinking in the backyard was his only real shooting experience until he visited an outdoor range with a friend in high school. 

Meeting Michelle is what finally really set them both on the path to becoming new gun owners. Her father shared his passion for responsible firearms ownership with both of them. Over time and many range visits, they developed an increasing comfort with firearms.


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A woman shoots her Glock 19 pistol on the range
With some added capacity over the Glock 26, Michelle opted for the Glock 19. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

It was more than just the firearms, however, as gun ownership developed into something the young couple could bond over and share with each other. After graduation, Michelle’s father helped her make the leap into owning her first gun as a gift for graduation – though, he probably was eager to help her find her first gun regardless of the occasion. 

Both daughter and father agreed that 9mm would be their starting point so they could share ammo. After renting various guns, Michelle settled on the Glock 19. She liked the trigger and the sights, and it offered more capacity than the smaller Glock 26 she tested at the range. To customize the gun even more for herself, she selected a pistol with an OD green frame that would be suitable for home defense and range visits. 

A man shoots the Walther Creed pistol on the range
Boasting the three Cs – cost, comfort, and capacity – the Walther Creed met Colin's needs. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)

For Colin, price and reliability were key to picking his first gun. The couple worked together to search for the right pistol. Boasting the fine balance of cost, comfort, and capacity, they eventually settled on the affordable Walther Creed. Walther’s handguns were already renowned for their ergonomic grips. But the Creed fit Colin’s hands like a glove. Plus, it was a good bang for the buck. Like many gun owners, the first firearm led to more and deeper involvement inside the Second Amendment community. 

The couple has since gone on to gain their concealed carry permits. Michelle opted to add a small, concealable Glock 43 in the same OD green color to her collection. Colin opted for the Sig Sauer P365 XL.

More than that, the two recently got married, with responsible firearms ownership still actively part of their relationship. From date nights at the range to cleaning their firearms after, the couple that shoots together stays together. 

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