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Old 07-23-2011, 12:34   #901
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Just by growing up on the west side of Birmingham, Al (35208) and wanting to be a police officer, since I was a child. Saw lots of stuff happen, learned to see trouble comming. Trouble will fiend you, be ready, train and train some more.

Off duty I carry, but one day my wife and daughter broke down in a nice part of town. I was in a hurry, left out without even a pocket knife. Get to my wife and daughter and soon figure out the problem, battery died. My wife takes my car to go get a new battery, while my daughter stayed witih me (she was 16 or 17). While I'm working on the removal of the old battery, I notice a guy walking up. Skinny, prison tattoos, long hair. I told my daughter to get behind me and she noticed him too, knowing I didn't have any WEAPON, she handed me her pocket knife. Turned out to be someone I had put in jail before, he knew my last name and what department I worked for. He said he'd changed
his ways and was a hard working man and wanted to help me. I thanked him, but told him to have a nice day and I had it fixed as soon as my wife gets back. He went on his way and I kicked myself in the butt for allowing the wolf to get too close to my family.

christmas, 2 years a go, I got my daughter her own S&W .38BodyGuard, she's a good shot.
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Old 07-23-2011, 18:21   #902
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I want to thank everybody for sharing their stories.
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Old 07-25-2011, 16:24   #903
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I decided to get a ccw after being robbed. I won't discuss details. The investigation is ongoing.

I carry a G26 or G36.

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Old 08-04-2011, 13:51   #904
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This incident was my catalyst:

A couple of kids, not much younger than my girlfriend and i at the time. I bought a CZ P-01 a few weeks later. I had my HCP a few months after that. Now, concealed carry is a daily thing.
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Old 08-08-2011, 22:50   #905
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Background: When I was a teenager I thought guns were fine in the home but had no place in public. My father, a retired LEO, walked in on a group of teenagers robbing a gas station and proceeded to arrest them at gun point. The way the situation developed he wasn't looking for trouble but it found him. I might not be able to spend holidays with my father if he wasn't carrying that night.

I decided to carry because of Murphy's Law.
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Old 08-09-2011, 15:13   #906
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Originally Posted by xXGearheadXx View Post
This incident was my catalyst:

A couple of kids, not much younger than my girlfriend and i at the time. I bought a CZ P-01 a few weeks later. I had my HCP a few months after that. Now, concealed carry is a daily thing.

My catalyst was a similar story near here:

The Christian/Newsome murders (putting it lightly) hit really close to home living in Knoxville. It was a huge deal around here, as were the trials.

This tragedy was the catalyst for many in the area as it seemed to drive the point home about how random things can happen to anyone and that there are simply some incredibly evil mf'ers in the world.

Most around here are really upset about how little national coverage it got.
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Old 08-16-2011, 01:58   #907
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"This incident was my catalyst:


A couple of kids, not much younger than my girlfriend and i at the time. I bought a CZ P-01 a few weeks later. I had my HCP a few months after that. Now, concealed carry is a daily thing. "

That is just horrible, and that's the world we live in; Long live the second amendment.
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Old 08-27-2011, 15:22   #908
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Originally Posted by GellyNose View Post
Background: The way the situation developed he wasn't looking for trouble but it found him. I might not be able to spend holidays with my father if he wasn't carrying that night.

I decided to carry because of Murphy's Law.

Spend all the time with him you can GN. You won't regret it. I'm glad he was carrying that night too! Stay frosty my friend.

I awoke one night back in 1973 to the stomach churning sounds of footsteps outside my window. I was unarmed and responsible for my wife who was sleeping peacefully beside me. I first thought someone was inside the house coming down the hall towards our bedroom. Believe it. Thats a fear I don't want to relive! All was ok, but I have not been unarmed since.

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Old 08-27-2011, 15:46   #909
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Just down the street here in Hartford, VT there was a late-night armed home invasion. The victims said that the robbers had the wrong address. I'm glad that they didn't intend to rob my place a few doors away. There would have been two bullet-ridden home invaders. I always have my G17 on me loaded with +p+ JHPs. Who'd of thunk that such urban-style home invasions would occur in semi-rural VT?

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Most recently, having neighbors 2 doors down end up on the wrong end of an 8" knife from a drugged-out home invader in the early AM. Hearing and seeing cops checking for unlocked doors and clearing any unlocked houses in the Tuscaloosa Historic District. Big wakeup call. Starting collecting Glocks.

In the 80's, having best friend end a road rage encounter. Perps were 2 rednecks with baseball bats. Friend's katana convinced them to leave. My 1911 came soon after and stayed until toddlers made it go away in mid 90's.
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Old 08-31-2011, 20:26   #910
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Originally Posted by SCmasterblaster
Just down the street here in Hartford, VT there was a late-night armed home invasion. The victims said that the robbers had the wrong address. I'm glad that they didn't intend to rob my place a few doors away. There would have been two bullet-ridden home invaders.
Sounds like the wrong address for sure!

As for why I decided to carry...

I've been raped, but that didn't decide me.
I've been at work when we were robbed by a group of guys with guns, but that didn't decide me.

What decided me was the (early) morning maybe 3 years ago I woke up hearing someone downstairs, then footsteps coming up the stairs to my bedroom.

Even as I was waiting for 911 to answer & yelling at whoever it was "get out of the house, I've called the police", etc., I realized there was no way an officer could teleport in between me & whoever was coming up my stairs*.

I've never been so terrified. (Came close once, 04JUL10.)
I'm feisty, & would fight back, but know I really have no chance of not being harmed.

So I read everything I could get my eyes on about the practical, legal, & ethical aspects of armed self defense,
then researched which pistol would be right for me (and like the OP, originally bought a KelTec P11, but have now moved up to Glocks),
then bought one, took training, & started carrying.

*(It turned out to be my boyfriend who was trying to be thoughtful & sweet & romantic & came over to surprise me... only it surprised me much more than he expected!)
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Old 09-14-2011, 02:15   #911
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I was very young when I decided I would become a firearms owner and it was when I read the second amendment for the first time. I thought to myself it must be a pretty important right if the founding fathers made it number 2.
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:29   #912
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Why I carry

It was a dark evening in Late February 2002, I was a 17 year old high school track athlete leaving the track late from practice on evening. Due to the cold temperatures and the sweat that I had covering my body, my car windows fogged up as soon as I entered my 1991 Chevy Corsica. Upon exiting the parking lot at the track, I pulled onto a highway and cut off a car that I did not see coming due to the fog on my windows. Several hundred yards down the road the car pulled alongside mine as I made my way home and began honking and yelling at me, screaming curse words and really over reacting. Being young and inexperienced in these matters, I simply waved at them and yelled sorry. Approximately 200 yards down the road we came to a 4 way intersection with stoplights (looking back on it, I should have just rolled on through), I applied my breaks and came to a stop with the rest of the traffic that was congregated there waiting for their turn to pas through the intersection. Then suddenly I heard the sound of a car door slamming and loud foot steps on the concrete ( at this moment I knew exactly what was happening, the two men that were in the other car yelling at me earlier had followed me to the intersection and just because there were other cars around they were not deterred), I immediately locked all four door to my car, made sure that my window was rolled up,and unbuckled my seat belt (in case I had to move from my seat or defend myself). As soon as the buckle on my seat belt was loose it was as if time stood still for about 3 seconds which seemed like an eternity, my driver side window exploded showering me with broken glass as something came through the glass and struck me in the face, imbedding broken glass into my nose and forehead. Instinctively I raised my hands to defend myself, realizing the attack had stopped momentarily, I looked out where my side window used to be, craning my neck to see what or who was behind my vehicle. I witnessed a less than wholesome looking man getting into a late model chevy compact with another shady looking man in the passenger seat, as they pulled their illegal U turn I was able to get a good look at their license plates and remember the number.
I stayed so calm throughout the entire incident that my dad and the police at my house were almost worried that something may be wrong with me, but it turns out that I am just able to keep a level head in high stress situations. After the police officer documented the damage to my car and face, the police ran down the license plate number and it turned out that the car belonged to a well known drug dealer/ all around dirtbag in town that had a history of doing things like this. We pressed charges and got my window paid for.
After this incident where I was not sure what was on the other side of the fogged up glass window of my car, just knowing that it was not good, I decided that I always want to be able to defend myself even if it requires me to use deadly force. The man used some kind of object to break my window and all that was there to stop him from continuing to cave in my skull was the other cars that were stopped with me, otherwise I may not be here today. If this were to happen again, I would have access to deadly force to protect myself and my loved ones from harm. I own a S&W638 which goes with me practically everywhere and a G23 which is usually around more in the winter time when it is easy to conceal. Both of these will do a fine job of stopping a threat that is deemed to be endangering either my family's or my life.
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Old 09-27-2011, 19:54   #913
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The police officer immediately knew who I was talking about before he even ran the plates, after they verified that it was in fact the suspect in question, officers were sent to the scum bags shanty where he was arrested. The other man in the car with the tattoo on his neck did not get arrested. We pressed charges and the guy plea bargained in exchange for a guilty plea. The law didn't really do much else, I had my window paid for and the turd was released back on the street. I wasn't really happy that because of the fact that I wasn't beaten within an inch of my life, they couldn't do much else except for an assault charge which was dropped to some kind of property damage. Anyway, Im sure the guy is in a much worse place now given the direction that his life was heading at the present time in 2002.
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Old 09-28-2011, 14:38   #914
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I bought a house. A gun seemed like a sensible purchase. Naturally I though that if I owned a handgun I should be able to use it should the need arise. Shooting soon became a hobby. Rather than run the risk of accidentally breaking the law while transporting a firearm to and from the range, I got my p2c.
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Old 09-28-2011, 19:03   #915
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I work in real estate so I am in empty homes all the time with people I don't know. I have had some very sketchy situations so I carry 24/7.

I once was showing a house in a rough area and had a very scary situation. Went in the house and locked the door behind me. I was in the basement and heard footsteps and voices upstairs (empty house). Walked upstairs and there were two very large Mexican guys who were obviously startled that I was there. I didn't even ask why they were there, just flat out said "you're going to have to wait till I'm done in here before you can come in". They left and I got the heck out of there. I dont know what they were doing and don't really want to. They weren't wearing work shirts and didn't offer any information. Scared the heck out of me.
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Old 09-28-2011, 19:07   #916
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I had a gun pointed at my head and managed to talk my way out of the situation.
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Old 10-15-2011, 18:50   #917
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I have yet to obtain my CCW Permit for the State of Florida....sadly even $117 is a saved for expense these days...but my reasoning to begin saving for it is simple...

I live in a small town in SW Florida that crime has been a non-issue in for quite some time...yet in the last 3 years we have had more murders and violent crime than we have seen in the past 20 years...I will not become a victim, nor will I not come home to my son because I was unprepared to deal with someone that tries to make me another victim.

I bought a Glock 17, I took my safety course and now I'm saving for my CCW permit. I fully believe in Open Carry for all Law Abiding Citizens(While reasonably regulated). You can't be thought of as a victim when the criminal has to second guess making you one.
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Old 10-15-2011, 19:31   #918
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My uncle taught me to shoot when I was a kid, and I always practiced when I could, though I saw it as more of a "fun" thing than anything else(though it is still a lot of fun!).

Defining moments, in order leading to my CHL...

Getting mugged at 17 was a lesson in what it meant to feel helpless. They got my cash & my smokes, & thankfully that was the end of it. Started carrying a knife at all times.

Finally bought my first "my own" gun, a crappy old .38 snub, at the end of the '90s, when my cousin and his lady were victims of a home invasion.

Fast forward to three years ago, my GF and I started buying old cars to restore. On our way to the first purchase, the thought in my head?

"We're pulling up to this stranger's house, in the middle of nowhere, with several grand in my pocket... hmmm."

I had my gun(my first Glock, a 23) under my seat. But it was in that moment, that I realized I'd feel much better having it on my person at all times. I took the CHL class that weekend.
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I have no problem charging somebody stark nekid, with a TP tail hanging from my butt... Maybe they'll go to their maker with a smile on their face.
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Old 10-16-2011, 17:43   #919
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Folks, just a reminder that this thread is to tell about what motivated you to begin carrying for self defense.

It is not for discussion of the merits of anyone's decision nor for the discussion of comments made by the poster.

Freedom has a taste to those who fight and almost die, that the protected will never know.

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Old 10-18-2011, 04:18   #920
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It was a culmination of happenings, which took a while to sink in to me. Deciding to go armed didn't happen overnight. It was a very gradual awakening.

I was nearly killed in a terrifying road rage / chase incident several years ago. I was riding an old and underpowered motorcycle at night, and was chased by a drunk kid (I saw him and he looked VERY drunk and angry).

He chased me and attempted to run me off the road numerous times, and when I tried to just stop he pointed his car at me and gunned it. I was defenseless against a maniac. I finally managed to evade him, with my poor old bike. I was alone on country roads with no cellphone and no defense weapon that night.

When my wife and I were still dating, she was finishing school in Kenosha, WI. I would see her on weekends and was once violently accosted at a Milwaukee gas station by two young males. One black, one white, and both meant trouble for me.

With quick talking and quicker moves back into my car I high-tailed it out of there. I still have an onerous feeling today that things that night were about to go horribly wrong - and fast.

There were other clues to get armed along the way: The carload of Mexican gang-bangers, all dressed up in their colors, glaring and posturing at anyone who dared fuel up a car at 'their' gas station.

There were the meth addicts who would hit you up for money, the drunks who would wander into a remote campsite late at night. There's always going to be people who give off the sense of clear and present danger.

The event that made me finally take responsibility for protection was the birth of our daughter. It finally dawned on me that only as an armed husband and father, can I protect my innocent and defenseless little girl.

I do it for her and my wife. I guess I also do it for me, since I need to be around, but the ladies in my life come first. That's the way I want it to be.

(Oh, BTW this is my first post here, so I guess it serves as my intro. I am also on other forums as 'bluehighways'. Cheers! )

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