Just had a co-worker come to me asking what he needed to do to get his gun permit in MA. After a quick rundown of the checklist (i.e. not a felon, no restraining orders, no OUI conviction), I told him to contact his local police department and start the application process. I have friends who can provide the MA training needed (yoo hoo, Down Range Firearms Training!), and my recollection is that the town where he lives is pretty reasonable about permits.
Then, of course, he asks me what kind of pistol he should get...
Well, boy howdy, if that ain't a tough one. I recommended a few based on the general type he was looking for (i.e. not concealed carry, at least not right away, not a revolver), and mentioned that I had a few different types that I'd be more than happy to let him try out. We're going to wait a bit until the weather gets a little nicer, but I'll be taking him to the range to give him an idea of what's available in the MA market. Sure wish I could show him what's available to residents of America, but we are limited in what we can do.
Score another convert, even in the Volksrepublik.
That is all.