Main reason you own a handgun


January 4, 2003, 01:22 AM
I know many of us own guns for multiple reasons, but what is the number one reason you own a handgun?

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January 4, 2003, 01:26 AM
(too bad I'm mediocre at it)

January 4, 2003, 01:27 AM

January 4, 2003, 01:29 AM
Because I can.

January 4, 2003, 01:32 AM
I know its going to sound all heady but, I origionally owned guns as a exersize of my 2nd A rights. Just that. Now, I did shooting targets...

I put other.


Neal Bloom
January 4, 2003, 01:37 AM
I find that shooting a handgun is challenging and I need as much practice as I can get. Because I can is the other reason.

January 4, 2003, 01:40 AM
Cannot believe that I forgot to put "range/general noise making" as an option. Mods would you please add. Thanks


January 4, 2003, 01:49 AM
I like to shoot.....a lot.

Almost clicked Competition....thought it said Compensating. :D

January 4, 2003, 02:03 AM
Because I can

January 4, 2003, 02:23 AM
Personal/home defense primarily

Competition secondary

January 4, 2003, 02:52 AM
Because I'm a Handgun junkie.. plain and simple.. cut and dry.:)

January 4, 2003, 03:05 AM
Because this is America and I feel like it. I don't need to give anyone a reason other than the 2nd Amendment. :)

Mike Irwin
January 4, 2003, 03:10 AM
Because I want to, and I can.

January 4, 2003, 03:47 AM
Because pistols are beautiful machines.

January 4, 2003, 03:49 AM
I collect them.... and I figure my having them just might keep them out of the hands of some idiot... :p

Kahr carrier
January 4, 2003, 04:24 AM
Hobby and it keeps me off the streets.:evil:

January 4, 2003, 04:33 AM
Ditto on the " because I can", something we should never take for granted. Truth is, I've always been interested in them since I was a little kid watching all of the old war movies. :)

January 4, 2003, 05:29 AM
I never owned a single handgun before Bill Clinton took office. Now I own quite a few. It is pobably a combination of things. Maybe because I'm a supporter of the 2nd ammendment, maybe because I don't trust the government, and maybe because when someone reaches into a rabbit hole to pull out a helpless rabbit, they will get a rattle snake instead.

Ala Dan
January 4, 2003, 06:15 AM
well, that is not exactly right. So, I will say for personal protection. At least, that sounds smooth!:neener:

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 4, 2003, 09:44 AM
Because it's my God given right that allows for life,liberty,and my pursuit of happiness.:D My happiness increases with every handgun I own.

January 4, 2003, 10:20 AM
Because I enjoy shooting and for home/personal protection.

January 4, 2003, 11:32 AM
Brought a handgun because IT'S MY RIGHT. Secondly I'm looking for work in armed security as it's better money and will help earn income on the side. I bought it for personal protection. Also, I enjoy shooting. Lastly, I'm Sicilian so I couldn't resist not running out and buying two Berettas!:D

January 4, 2003, 12:13 PM
Other :neener: I enjoy shooting & I enjoy owning my guns.

January 4, 2003, 12:19 PM
Range and personal protection, for me. Though the probability of needing it in this town is slim to none, I still like having my gun around me. No sense in not being prepared for anything, if you're able.

January 4, 2003, 12:23 PM
Because I can.

Do I really need a reason? :)


Kentucky Rifle
January 4, 2003, 12:24 PM
However, I purchased the "first" handgun for protection. I reckon that's the main reason, but now that I can, I "collect" firearms. I just like to shoot different guns at different times. My wife's the same way. Last night out of the blue, she says, "I want a new shotgun"! (OK by me! Shotgun shopping is fun.)


4v50 Gary
January 4, 2003, 12:29 PM
Home & homeland security. Can't get more patriotic than that.

January 4, 2003, 12:31 PM
Recreation, informal target shooting, enjoy the various designs and history.

January 4, 2003, 12:32 PM
Voted for 'Other' - to exercise my birth right and for recreation.

Main reason I own a shotgun is for personal protection and protection of the family.

January 4, 2003, 01:04 PM
First for recreation, but now, all of the above, and I enjoy the craftsmanship and the personality, something that my long guns don't seem to have.

January 4, 2003, 01:36 PM
Because I'm a Handgun junkie.. plain and simple.. cut and dry.


:D :D

January 4, 2003, 01:39 PM
Because I like to shoot.

Self defense.

So that I don't fall into that old trap of wasting hard earned money on frivolities like: food, heat, and yet another jacket.:)

January 4, 2003, 02:51 PM
Because I want to! :scrutiny:

January 4, 2003, 03:14 PM
Its a right, despite what the liberals say.:neener:

Rebel Gunman HK
January 4, 2003, 03:26 PM
Because the Government has lots of guns. And they think they can do whatever the hell they want.:neener:

January 4, 2003, 03:39 PM
When I started shooting several years ago and bought my first gun, the main reason was competition with just a hint of defensive use.
Over the years that changed and now it's 49% competition and 51% defense.

January 4, 2003, 06:02 PM
Personal protection.

January 4, 2003, 06:39 PM
Recreation mostly.

January 4, 2003, 06:56 PM
Because long guns are hard to conceal and harder to clean. ;)

January 4, 2003, 09:01 PM
It's the first three choices and then some!

January 4, 2003, 09:03 PM
So I can launch different diameter objects at interesting velocities.

I suck at throwing.

Sean Smith
January 4, 2003, 10:15 PM
I do it for fun. And I can't pitch, either. :D

January 4, 2003, 10:57 PM
One of the main things I like about shooting is, it's an activity that causes me to focus. It's meditative. Oh yea, and I like the noise, too!

January 4, 2003, 11:06 PM
The "Main" reason I own a handgun started with hunting! Since then I have purchased handguns that you would not necessarily hunt with. Is it because of personal protection I bought them? Yes and no. I suspect I bought them more because I just wanted them, liked them, and enjoy shooting! If I had to get rid of some handguns, the ones I use for hunting would be last on the list. So, that takes me back to the original reason I bought them in the first place.

Marshall ;)

January 4, 2003, 11:13 PM
Because millions of Americans, before me, gave up their lives so that I and you could have weapons.

God bless all of them.

January 4, 2003, 11:32 PM
1) Personal defense.
2) Target practice.

I consider #2 to be an integral aspect of #1.

January 5, 2003, 01:53 AM
My Dad was one of those G.I.s who fought Fascism in WWII.....

January 5, 2003, 01:56 AM
that would depend on which one??

I said protection because that is the primary reason for 3 of 4 (1911 next to the bed, and carry either P-11 or P-32) but the Ruger MK II is strictly a fun range piece...

January 5, 2003, 01:59 AM
Originally posted by hansolo
Because millions of Americans, before me, gave up their lives so that I and you could have weapons.

God bless all of them.



January 5, 2003, 02:00 AM
I have often been asked why I own and carry a gun. The long version is as follows.

I am Riddle of Steel.

My legal name is Malloy, of the clan O'Molloy, county Offaly, Ireland. My ancestors, descended from Neil of the Nine Hostages, lived by the sword and the dirk. Our stretch of Ireland for over forty generations was called Fircall and we were its rulers. An eleventh century text reads; The princes of Fircall, of the ancient sword, are O'Molloy. The steel was our ally and companion in a wild and dangerous land. Steel in hardened Irish hands protected us while we tilled the soil and raised our cattle. When we warred with other clans we killed and sometimes died, again by the steel. When the English came we fought with the steel until they overwhelmed us. Afterwards we had to hide our swords and concealed the carry of our dirks and knives. Carrying and training with weapons, the pipes, native songs and even Gaelic itself was outlawed. When guns and powder came to our land, in secret, we mastered and added them to our belts. We fought for 300 years against an occupation army on our island. They called us traitors in our own land for not swearing allegiance to an English king or worshiping in an English church. Officially, we were an unarmed population standing in defiance of the most powerful-armed empire on earth. In truth, with guns and powder, bombs and knives we fought and struggled until we freed most of Ireland.

We were also locked in combat with another enemy we could not defeat. Instead it killed us by the thousands, the tens of thousands, the millions. Famine killed and scattered my clansmen to the distant corners of the earth. It was brought on by generations of absentee English landlords raping the land, English taxes, and exportation of shiploads of food to England while the Irish people starved. On the tiny plots of our land the English lords rented us we grew potatos. It was the only crop that could support a family on such a small area. When the potato crop failed, we starved. No steel could save us, not sword, nor gun, nor plow.
During the time of British occupation some of my clan came to America. We brought with us the steel. My great-great-great-great grandfather settled in the mountains of central Virginia. Law there was mostly what you made of it. Those who were strong and knew the steel and lived and prospered; those who were weak or unarmed died. Our family grew strong farming, hunting, trapping and fishing. We used the steel during the Revolution to free this land from the hated British. With powder, ball and blade my forebear secured the freedom for me I would not have had in Ireland. Again in 1812 we beat back those who would usurp that liberty.

My great-great-great grandfather came to the piedmont of North Carolina in a flat bottom boat on the Dan river. He and his family took a grand adventure and gave up everything to live by their wits in a new land. They used the steel to defend against bandits and Indians. At that time the foothills of our state was a wilderness. From this wilderness he carved an 800 acre farm with sweat, sinew, courage and steel. He carried a brace of pistols and a knife as part of every day life.

My great-great grandfather went to war to defend the freedom he had come to cherish in our hilly wooded land. Yes, he owned a slave or two, but what he fought for was the freedom to live free and conduct his own affairs as he saw fit. In this war we learned that not all thieves of freedom come from other countries. Any federal government , British or American, that intrudes on the lives of its citizens uninvited cries out for resistance. The thought was, we had traded one tyranny for another. Hundreds of thousands of Americans died for what they believed was this just cause. He had lived his life free with the steel as a tool of war and of peace. He was one of the best shots in the county. His exploits with a knife also survive in family documents. When he returned from the Civil War he carried his brace of ivory handled six-guns and a large knife until the day he died. Best accounts state he was never afraid to use them. At his death they hung on a belt on his bedpost.

My great-grandfather moved to town to take advantage of the new industrial boom. To the city of the new age of steel he had brought the steel of our ancestors with him. We still have the revolver he used to defend himself and his family in this new urban wilderness. His son, my grandfather, was the first generation of my family that never went armed. An overprotective strict mother raised him. His education was the tea party and the textbook, not the woodlands and the steel. Maybe he was a product of the times. Laws had been passed that forbade the carry of weapons in cities. For the first time in history Americans were learning to look to the government for their needs. When he was in his thirties he was murdered in an alley by two thugs over $20.00.

My father is also a stranger to the steel. He was raised in that same city by his mother with no father. To him the steel was something to be taken up in war and then turned into a plow during the peace. To my knowledge, the first weapon he ever owned was obtained as collateral for a loan to an employee. Uninterested, he later gave it to my sister. However, luck of the Irish has been with him and he still lives.

As for me, far removed from the green Irish hills, I have again taken up the steel. The gun and blade are constants of my life. Through them I reach back across the generations to a distant skin clad chieftain on a shaggy Irish pony griping the hilt of his sword, to a Revolutionary soldier loading his musket as the redcoats cross the field toward him, to the settler on the eastern frontier feeding and protecting his family, to the Civil War soldier sitting in the mud at Sharpsburg with the pungent smell of burned powder in his nose, to my grandfather laying in a stinking alley his blood on the bricks.

You ask me why I carry the steel?

I ask you why were laws passed and kept on the books for almost one hundred years that choked my right to carry it? This right my clan has cherished for over a thousand years. A right secured for my family and me by the blood of patriots. Why does the same intrusive federal government we bled to rid ourselves of now seek to disarm me? Why is there American soil I can not tread upon armed? Why do honest Americans fear the steel?

January 5, 2003, 02:11 AM
I guess the main reason is personal protection, but I really just enjoy shooting them.

January 5, 2003, 02:45 AM
Protection, using CCW .... wife thinks I am crazy wearing the thing every waking hour but hey ..... the one in a million problem can occur unannounced so . it's like my wrist watch .. it's worn all the time.

I enjoy shooting a lot . used to do huge amount of competition shooting . enjoy long arms too ..... but in the end it is to permit me the (I consider) inalianable right of self defence. Pray God I never have to use it in anger.

January 5, 2003, 04:59 AM
#1- For fun, i.e. informal target shooting/plinking.

#2 (very close to #1 until I get another shotgun)- Home defense.

If I lived in a carry state #2 would be personal protection/CCW and the current #2 would be #3 but as I live in MD a knife and pepper spray are the only weapons I can carry. Anyway, as it is all the choices are almost equally important. I bought my first gun, and most of the subsequent guns, for fun at the range. I consider self-defense and some guns were bought with that specifically in mind (actually w/ CCW in mind for when I move or if MD becomes a CCW state) but considering the likelihood of me getting into a defensive situation anytime soon fun wins out as my primary handgun consideration.

January 5, 2003, 06:29 AM
For me, handguns are all about personal protection. I bought my Glock 19 because a lot of gangbangers and drug dealers began showing up at my apartments.

I don't really enjoy shooting handguns nearly as much as my rifles. Aaaah, rifles. :D

January 5, 2003, 07:38 AM
Personal protection and collecting.

January 5, 2003, 11:28 AM
Because I can.

January 5, 2003, 03:10 PM
What Peetmoss and the others said.

Mal H
January 5, 2003, 03:38 PM
eagles1181 - Sorry we missed your request to add the extra category earlier. I added it and another - "All of the above" which is how I would/did answer the poll. (If you want me to remove that category, let me know, after all it's your poll.)

Note - unfortunately the SW won't let me rearrange the categories so that "Other" could come last.

January 5, 2003, 03:48 PM
Recreation, challenge, diversion, pride of ownership, beauty, hunting, history, collecting, competition. I have almost no interest in personal defense. I have a CCW but almost never carry. I got it so I didn't have to pay the fee for the background check when I buy a new gun. Don't have any loaded guns around the house or car.

January 5, 2003, 05:16 PM
I chose all of the above. I am lucky enough to own more than a couple handguns. I have certain guns for specific uses. I have 3 that I routinely carry, rotation depends on weather and dress conditions. 2 I hunt with. 2 I compete with. All of them I 'play' with at the range. Not to mention the rifles and shotguns, but those are a different thread. When I fist applied for a CCW, I wanted to hunt with a pistol. Personal protection came later, when I made a few career choices that made carrying a good idea.:D

January 5, 2003, 10:03 PM
because, waiting for LEOs, "nemo me impune lacessit", that is, no one can mess with me :cool:

Oh yes, I did love "Black Hawk Down" !

Have a good day, gentlemen.


January 6, 2003, 02:30 AM
CCW and dang it all they are a blast to shoot too!!:cool:

January 6, 2003, 11:26 AM
They're trickier to shoot than rifles, and are therfore more fun.

Also, I collect 'em. Got about 28-30, now. All sorts of calibers, up to and including rifle rounds. Great fun.

January 6, 2003, 05:42 PM
1. Because I can.
2. Because a lot of people out there don't want me to

If there were some kind of guarantee that we wouldn't lose more of our Bill of Rights, I probably would have just just left my handgun sitting in the sporting goods store's inventory until I needed one for personal protection or whatever.

3. Now that I have one, I use it for competition, plinking and home defense.

January 6, 2003, 08:31 PM
Had a person threaten my life several years ago so I took some action . I ain't no sheep !! :uhoh:

January 6, 2003, 11:11 PM
Self defense and because it's my right.

January 6, 2003, 11:39 PM
1. Its my right.
2. Its a lot more fun than throwing rocks. :D :neener:

January 7, 2003, 12:01 AM
I picked "Personal Protection".

But I also enjoy having, cleaning and shooting them.

January 7, 2003, 03:31 PM
The primary reason is for Personal Protection.

Good read riddleofsteel!


January 8, 2003, 02:38 AM
For protection, recreation (I enjoy plinking and formal competition) and because I (still?) can.

January 8, 2003, 08:01 AM
Because I can. ;)

January 8, 2003, 08:17 AM
Many reasons, but mainly because I can and I want to.

January 8, 2003, 10:44 AM
I really thought 'all of the above' came closest for me as an answer. I sat there saying 'DEFENSE! no, wait, its competition, no no, hold it, it's the noise I love...' shrugged it off, went for all of the above. Does it have to be one reason? I like the thought of protecting my family. I do my bit once a month, at my local club's bowling pin comp. And some days, I just want to be standing knee deep in brass. :)

January 8, 2003, 12:16 PM
Self defense and the admiration for the engineering.

January 9, 2003, 09:57 AM
To be part of the solution.

January 9, 2003, 10:46 PM
Mostly because I can. Plus a bunch of other reasons.:D

January 9, 2003, 10:59 PM
The main reason? Because I can.

It's also a political statement. I'm exercising my first and second admendment rights by owning firearms. Of course, I REALLY like to shoot them too.:D

January 10, 2003, 01:40 PM
I'm Free!


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