I'm glad to see that this forum is frequented enough to generate so many replies in so short a time. It ought to make for relevant and up to date discussions.
I am an electrical engineer and I live in West Jordan where I grew up.
I used to call shooting a hobby, but lately its hard to find time to get out and practice. The last time I got out I went to the area west of Utah Lake where I swore never to shoot again on a Saturday.
I've had a carry permit since early '96 and have carried almost every day since. I try to introduce people to shooting and CC when I get the chance and have helped a number of people make the decision to get their permits.
I've got my eye on a Springfield XD in 9mm, which is the most perfect natural pointer that I have ever shot. A close second for me is my Beretta 8000... just a bit heavier.
For me nothing tops a good .22 for plinking and all-day shooting with minimal impact to the wallet. My favorite is my Ruger MK512 which I recently threaded for my first NFA purchase... I have a suspicion that this will turn into an expensive hobby!! So much for minimal impact to the wallet!