excellent advice guys. thank you. as far as the gun thing goes, i just like to be able to see and feel something before i buy it. so i'm kinda worried about buying a gun from SketchyDude69 that lives thousands of km's away in BF nowhere. although ive heard nothing but praise about amos, and he's local.
and good call on the NDP comment, rocksteady. a choice yes, and a poor one indeed.