Hear me out on this one, even though it might not make too much sense. I’m going to buy a gun, I’m not in a hurry to, but I will. I’m also not much of a gun guy at this point in my life, and I’m not looking to spend too much money. I’m issued a 9mm (beretta px4 storm) at work, though I, nor anyone else in the company’s history has ever fired a shot off while on duty. From what I understand, the px4 is a terrible gun to shoot. Our annual qualifications is as follows: Spoiler Stage 1: 25 metres, 2min. 5 rounds strong side, 2 round weak side (in between there will be a dummy round that you will have to clear properly). Five rounds kneeling, and then a tactical reload, and finally 2 rounds prone. Scoring is marksmanship Stage 2: 15 metres, 20sec. 4 rounds standing, 4 rounds kneeling. Scoring is tactical Stage 3: 7 metres, for facings of 2sec each. At the low ready you are off centre a slight bit. When the whistle blows you are expected to use "instictive fire". You have two seconds to shoot. As you shoot you scan and move to the opposite side. This continues until you've done it four times. Scoring is tactical Stage 4: 5 metres, five seconds. This is called "The failure to stop drill". You have five seconds to draw and fire two rounds centre mass, and one to the head. You do this for four facings (I think..not too sure). Scoring is marksmanship. Stage 5: 3 metres 10 seconds. One handed. You've already prepared your magazine with four rounds. In your strong hand you fire four rounds, reload with a fresh mag and fire four more rounds with your weak hand. Scorking is tactical. My only issue is shooting at 25m (or 27ish yards). It really depends on the day. The rest of the stages I can hold my own. We get 1000 rounds to practice with yearly, which I don’t think is enough if I really want to become proficient at 25m, but still enough to not lose any accuracy between qualifications. The px4 retails for roughly 1000$ Canadian, which is a little rich for my blood. Any recommendations on what less expensive 9mm I could buy to practice with to elevate my shooting with such a hard gun to shoot? Only thing I’m looking for is reliability. Vs I’ll be taking up hunting within the next year or 2, and I’m looking to buy a quality gun, also while not breaking the bank. I’ll be mainly hunting turkey/duck at first, maybe getting into deer and moose after a few years. The Mossberg 500 and the Remington 870 express (possibly a wingmaster) are guns that keep coming up in my searches online. Anyone recommend any other shotgun? Or one over the other? I’ve been going back and forth over which one I should buy first, and I think finding what models I want might help with that.