My registered handguns:
Left: S&W MP15-22P
Top Right: Ruger P345
Lower Right: Ruger SR9c
How do you like your MP15-22P? The thing looks like a lot of fun, although I can imagine the questions and hassle I might get at the muni range.
It's accurate, with the rails (hardly necessary) it is a little more adaptable, although I would hardly consider it a tactical weapon as a .22 caliber. Flash hider is mainly window dressing too. I got this for a few reasons-
1. It breaks down similar to an AR, so it helped to familiarize myself with the concept without purchasing a full size one.
2. Ammo is getting pretty expensive these days, .22 ammo's still inexpensive, so it gives me something to put a high volume of rounds through if I just want to shoot.
3. My wife can chamber a round with this semi-auto's charging handle.
4. Wanted a gun that would appeal to my nephew-somehow my middle brother married a woman that I highly suspect to be anti-gun (she's got some conservative values, but gun ownership doesn't appear to be one of them)-I intend to ensure that disease doesn't become hereditary for either her son or their daughter. He's not mature enough yet to own a firearm (nor of legal age for a handgun), imo, but I think he's ready to use one under close supervision. I have bought him several knives though-he's getting a Remington hunting knife, an electronic counting piggy bank, and a junior NRA membership this year for Christmas. That's the first fixed blade I've given him, and he's also got a low power BB gun from my youngest brother prior (yeah, it's a team effort.)
Never had a problem with anyone hassling me over the guns that I own at the range, but in ND privately owned firearms probably outnumber citizens somewhere in the area of 4-1 (guessing). Many of the people that I work with own ARs. They're not an uncommon sight on the ranges around here. Add to that the high rate of military enlistment for ND, and you've got a recipe for very little concern over ownership of firearms of any type-the majority of people here understand that firearms are the basis of freedom. You can legally own a machine gun here if you've got the right permit. As a "shall issue" state, we also have quite a few CCW holders. Looking at the smaller towns in the state, for the most part if you've got testicles, you've got a firearm-or people wonder what exactly is wrong with you that you don't. Sure, we've got some liberals here too, but they're still very outnumbered in my neck of the woods.
Good work with your nephew, glad to see you aren't going to lose him to the liberals without a fight.
I've never had a problem with my AR on the range, they are pretty common around here, but most gun owners and range personnel are familiar with ARs now.
The city range doesn't allow full-auto firearms and the MP15-22 though looks a little more like a sub-machine gun than an AR, especially because of the shape of the magazine. I'm sure at the private range I go to, no questions or funny looks. Especially since the private range allows legally owned machine guns.
Although it sounds fun, I think I will have to wait on buying a MP15-22, I have a 1911, a shotgun, and a couple of other firearms on my wish list already.
I'm also glad to live in a "shall issue" state. Don't have my CCW yet, but that's primarily due to time constraints between work, getting married last year, and my wife and I having our first baby this year... hard to fit in the full weekend of classes.