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Old 04-22-2011, 07:48   #801
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First, welcome to GT. There's a lot to learn here, not just about our favorite pistols but perhaps more importantly, how to handle yourself with and around the very serious right of bearing a firearm. We've all had our 'youthful indescretions' mostly without harm. Be thankful that your's turned out that way and use it to get things under control and become a responsible contributor to society.
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Old 04-22-2011, 22:01   #802
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ARJeff:

First, welcome to GT. There's a lot to learn here, not just about our favorite pistols but perhaps more importantly, how to handle yourself with and around the very serious right of bearing a firearm. We've all had our 'youthful indescretions' mostly without harm. Be thankful that your's turned out that way and use it to get things under control and become a responsible contributor to society.
Thanks for the welcome. I definitely am thankful, as my mom was shot when she was younger. It really hit home to be in a situation like that. Thinking back on those days before I 'grew up', I'm really happy to see where life has taken me now.
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Old 04-24-2011, 00:13   #803
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Defining Moment

June 1992, I had retired from military active duty in February and was working in Lacy Washington. My wife and I had just parked at a local store when the driver's side window shattered followed by the sound of a shot, needless to say we both jumped and crawled out the passenger door to take cover.

The shot, I found out later, was from a robbery across the street. I had been shot at many times in my 25 year military career, but never when I was unarmed... I applied for a CCW the next day.

I still have the spent round, it was lying in the back seat after hitting the rear door frame, 9mm FMJ.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:05   #804
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I carry a weapon because I've seen the worst of people, first-hand.
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:40   #805
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...I had been shot at many times in my 25 year military career, but never when I was unarmed... I applied for a CCW the next day.
My epiphany was during the Beltway Sniper spree back in 2002. I was pumping gas one night, scanning the "perimeter" when it hit me that unlike my AF days, I had no way to return fire, no close air support. Had my permit 55-days later.
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Old 04-28-2011, 14:58   #806
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Was watching the news of a brutal beating of a couple in Denver. My wife and I had been in that location 2 days earlier. Wanted as many tools and options as possible available to me, got the permit as quickly as possible.
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Old 04-28-2011, 15:23   #807
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I'm originally from Little Rock, now live 60 miles NE of there, but have a lot of family there and go back home frequently. I got my permit in the mid 90s to protect my family mainly while we were there, but things have gotten so bad everywhere I feel I need it just to go to the local Wal Mart.
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Old 04-28-2011, 16:01   #808
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When I worked in South Central Los Angeles back in the early 90s a riot broke out. Back then I kept my pistol in the trunk unloaded and three full mags in the center console of my car. When buildings started burning and gangs of thugs were cruising the streets looking for a white person to kill I opened my trunk, got my piece, loaded it and headed for home. This process left me out in the open and exposed to possible attack for far longer than I liked. It was in fact a frightening experience. After I got home and saw what happened to Reginald Denney just a few blocks away from my work on TV I decided that was it for me. Had I been caught in traffic there is no way I would have been able to get to my pistol and get it loaded in time to avoid an attack like that. So I moved 1000 miles away to a CCW-friendly state. I will never live in a place that gives the bad guys such a huge advantage over the good guys again.

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Old 04-28-2011, 16:14   #809
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I don't really remember the year, month, day or any of that... which really is probably a testament to the rest of the crap that's happened in my life.

Nonetheless, the defining moment where I decided I would keep my gun in my posession with more relgion than my keys came as a small business owner somewhere in the late 90's in Clarksville, AR.

In this small town of, at the time, roughly 5k people - I found myself on the floor with a shotgun being rammed (literally) into my face by three young men whom had the foresite to hide their identity with trashbags, of all things.

You probably wouldn't believe the things I've seen in my life at this point, mind you I'm 17 here. I'm watching as two men in garbage bags physically assault (read: beat) my brother.

All the while, I have two loaded firearms sitting just outside the door in my truck. The ONE day they were outside instead of in - because we had just got back from a range session.

While I accept the fact that my own life or the life of a family member can become endangered at the whim of any idiot with hands, I refuse to find myself in a situation again where I am helpless to viciously yank said life from the a-hole with a 12 guage inside my brothers mouth.


I could name a number of other 'incidents' that have really pushed me in the direction of carrying - but that one set it in stone. I carried from that day on - underage and all. There wasn't a cop in the city, county or state PD in that area that didn't know it, too. In fact, more than one (many of whom were very dear friends of mine - as time carried on) told me with a great deal of conviction that I had better - and to expect those three boys and probably some of their family to come looking for retribution, given that they were caught and imprisoned.
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Old 04-28-2011, 19:23   #810
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doing some night fishing with my wife and son, about 1:30 am saturday evening and quietly 4 unsavory individuals (20-25 years old) appear behind us on the bank of the river. they seemed unfriendly and offered no hello's just stood there looking at us.
i got a sinking feeling things may become dangerous if these guys were there for money so i did the only thing i could, put my hand in my fishing bucket around a 27" machete and told my wife and son to swim for the other side if things got out of hand.

i began to reel my line in as if i had one on and stood up with my machete in hand as if i was gonna chop whatever was on my line, all the while keeping an eye out for movement. well the next time i turned around they were gone and all i can figure is none of them had a gun and didn't wish to be the guy that got hit with the machete first.

i now carry and will never feel like i have no chance again because i wasn't as prepared as i could be.
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Old 06-03-2011, 17:22   #811
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It was when I finally woke up to the reality of where the US is being pushed economically and the divisiveness, it makes you wonder when people are losing there jobs and homes, when they will begin to lose it! Don't won't to be one wishing I had protection and not have it! Plus I've always had a little touch of paranoia.
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Old 06-14-2011, 20:06   #812
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I grew up mostly in semi-rural southern towns, and I was used to being able to go to Wal-Mart by myself after dark without much worry--everyone knew everyone. I started dispatching and then realized, hey, crazy stuff happens...and it could happen to me! But still, I didn't really think to carry a weapon. There wasn't as much crime as there is in the city, I said to myself.

Then, I moved to Atlanta, and the first thing someone said to me was, "You know someone just got shot in broad daylight at the Kroger? You should really get a gun." Going to our Wal-Mart after dark alone and unarmed is unheard of. Not to say that doing so is a sure way to get raped/mugged, but hearing about people being assaulted every day on the news was enough of a change to make me wary of toodling about unarmed in the city. Not to mention I still dispatch, and some of the calls I had to handle my first few weeks were things I had only heard about on COPS or national news. Different world!

My dad, who is prior military and a huge gun advocate, also told me that I should get a weapon. So I took classes, tried a bunch of different guns, and I couldn't be happier with my Glock 19.
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Old 06-15-2011, 14:37   #813
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My defining moment was back in 1991 when I first moved to Vermont, I was a lomg-time competition shooter, and I had a G17 (still do). Well VT is a free state for gun owners, but every state that I lived in prior to VT had no CCW for gun owners (MD, CA, & Quebec). I decided that if I, with an excellent skill with my G17 (one-hole groups at 25'), were to see a felony in progress while being unarmed, I could not live with myself if someone were killed during the felony. SO, I started CCWing in 1991 and have been doing so ever since. Right now I am here in Hartford, VT with my G17 on, loaded with 17 115 gr +P+ JHPs. I am ready for just about anything.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:28   #814
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I moved from Austin TX to St Louis Mo.
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Old 06-21-2011, 14:04   #815
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Old 07-11-2011, 00:09   #816
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Inbred thug wannabe's who live 2 doors down from me abducted my pet and locked it in a room with a pitbull. After they watched it maul my pet to death, they threw it in the trash.

The investigation that is currently going on runs a high risk of retaliation on their part, and I am pushing it to the hilt with lots of media coverage and a hefty reward. I've never been a gun owner, until now that is. I hope I never have to use it, but absolutely refuse to be anyone's victim
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Old 07-11-2011, 19:56   #817
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Inbred thug wannabe's who live 2 doors down from me abducted my pet and locked it in a room with a pitbull. After they watched it maul my pet to death, they threw it in the trash.

The investigation that is currently going on runs a high risk of retaliation on their part, and I am pushing it to the hilt with lots of media coverage and a hefty reward. I've never been a gun owner, until now that is. I hope I never have to use it, but absolutely refuse to be anyone's victim
Sorry about your dog, that really sucks. Hopefully they will get what they deserve.
Just remember that owning a gun is only a part of the equation, don't forget to get good training and have the right mindset.
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Old 07-11-2011, 21:27   #818
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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 07-12-2011, 01:07   #819
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:18   #820
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Thanks for the welcome, guys. Just got my lifetime CCW license and have a couple of friends in LE who are showing me the ropes. I'm approaching everything above-board and with a level head- plus I'm having a lot of fun with my 27 and my Mossy- it's a fun hobby in addition to its function in self-preservation.
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