Pedigree info -- who's out there?


April 23, 2007, 10:51 PM
Hey guys, I'm new to the forums, been lurking for a while, but only just started posting. I was just wondering about what your guys backgrounds are...

It seems that a lot of you guys are cops, etc.... just wondering if there is anyone else like me -- I'm in my mid-twenties, not a LEO, never shot a gun growing up other then a BB gun, or black powder while I was in boy scouts, and my dad isn't into guns at all. In fact, I just bought my first gun in Jan. simply because I've just always wanted to get into it. I mostly just target practice and bought for home security, but I am thinking about possibly getting a CCW even though I doubt I will carry all the time.

Share if you want to, if not, I won't be offended, just wondering...

Here's a little list to make it easy... this would be mine:

LEO: no
Age: mid-twenties
Years of gun experience: <1
Gun education: self taught
CCW: not yet

if you have any other info to add, feel free. thanks gentleman, I'm enjoying the forums very much. talk to you soon.

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April 23, 2007, 10:57 PM
First, welcome to THR.

LEO: Yes actually, and I enjoy walks on the beach. :uhoh: Never been a cop though.
Mid 20's
Shot a bit growing up, more the last few years. Hunted off and on since I was a kid.
Learned to shoot long guns from the family, handguns on my own.
CCW: not yet

April 23, 2007, 10:58 PM
haha! guess it does kind of sound like a personal add huh? didn't mean for it to. thanks for moving the post, makes much more sense here

April 23, 2007, 10:59 PM
This could be fun or maybe just weird. So I'll bite.
I'm a real life "Jesse James".Disarmed by Law. Trying to go strait.
I'm just waiting to be shot in the back by a friend or relative.

Have fun Ya all.

April 23, 2007, 11:36 PM
LEO: no
Age: 19
Years of gun experience: ~12
Gun education: self taught/family
CCW: not yet. Too young!

Heavy Metal Hero
April 23, 2007, 11:41 PM
Age: 19
Years of gun experience: 2 shooting, 10+ information
Gun ed.: Self taught and Tom Clancy (of course)
CCW: None of your business! Although no hard to deduce.

Essex County
April 25, 2007, 01:26 PM
Age 60, never been a LEO,shooting since age seven, veteran.....Essex

April 25, 2007, 01:36 PM
age. 33
been shooting since about 16
LEO : NO Capricorn. Turn on's are women who shoot and have a nice smile:D
Never worked in the law enforcement field.
gun educaton self alot of books. Would love to attend a training class one of these days.
CCW: usually

April 25, 2007, 01:39 PM
LEO: no
Age: over 50
Years of gun experience: 30+
Gun education: USAF
CCW: yes

April 25, 2007, 01:46 PM

April 25, 2007, 01:49 PM
Welcome :)

I'll chime mine in:

LEO: no
Age: 35
Years of gun experience: 28-ish
Gun education: self, Dad, Grandfather, Mother, and NRA saftey course WAY back when.
CCW: Yes


April 25, 2007, 01:54 PM
LEO: no
Us.Military: Yes army, Infantry
Age: 22yrs
Yrs of gun experience: since i was 7 so that makes 15yrs.
Gun Education: self taught, reading, rangers, amu guys, sf guys, Tdi ohio alum's. professionals.

btw welcome to THR!

April 25, 2007, 01:55 PM
LEO - Not yet, but trying
Age - 22
Gun experience - Shot first at 4, got really into it about 3-4 years ago
Gun Education - Self taught
CCW - Not in this state, but I'm trying

El Tejon
April 25, 2007, 01:58 PM
Cleaning patch diaper baby here, now 37. Grew up in a family of gun nuts, started shooting at 5.

Ex-LEO, no arrests (well, 2 birddog arrests), but thousands of convictions.:D Now a professional basher of LEOs.

Gun education: my mother, she taught me what "NO!" means. At the knee of my father while he cleaned his guns at his work bench. At the side and in front of my greatgrandfathers, grandfathers, great uncles and uncles.

Over 500 formal hours of instruction including LFI, Chapman Academy, Thunder Ranch, Gunsite, Pat Rogers, Louis Awerbuck, Chuck Taylor, Ken Hackathorn, etc.

Have held a LTCH ("CCW") since I was 18. Started carrying on my uncle's farm at 13. Now licensed to carry in several states.

I now have many nephews which I am working on corrupting, er, teaching.:D

April 25, 2007, 02:04 PM
LEO - Nope
Age - 30
Gun experience - 20+ years, mostly informal, a little hunting hear & there,
Gun Education - Grandfather, classes, Self taught
CCW - Not in this state, but waiting on my Florida Non-Resident

Oh, and welcome to THR:D

April 25, 2007, 02:05 PM
LEO: "I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you!"
Age: 40+
Years of gun experience: 40+
Gun education: Informal & Formal
CCW: Yes

April 25, 2007, 02:06 PM
El Tejon, I think I wish you were my lawyer. Heck, if I'm wishin', I wish I could afford you.

April 25, 2007, 02:08 PM
LEO: Ex. 17 years local & Federal
Age: 64
Years of Gun Experience: 50+
Gun Education: OJT (2 academys)
CCW: Yes.

April 25, 2007, 02:18 PM
LEO: No.
Age: 31
Years of Firearm Experience: about 1.5
Gun Education: Holiday Inn (okay, NRA, lots of reading, and THR)
CCW: Yep, PA and FL

Nomad, 2nd
April 25, 2007, 02:31 PM
Pedigree: LOL

First I'll give you my background:

CCW PERMIT for 3 years (Note the difference)
Gunsite, Tactical Response, Iraq, Former Practical pistol shooter.
24years old
Got my first 1911 at 15... started shooting ~ 10.

Now, The better shooters are NOT cops/Military, because excepting a few nuts like me it's just a job...
I've had my @$$ KICKED in a rifle match by a farmer from Texas who had never been LEO or Military.

Because it's NOT a job to a civillian, it's a passion.
-Now those LEO or military for who it IS a passion... we are at a distinct advantage.:evil:

April 25, 2007, 02:53 PM
I was brought home from being born, placed into my dresser drawer crib and my Maternal Grandma put MY revolver with holster in that crib with me.

LEO: no, had them along with Military folks for Mentors
Age: Just turned 52 a few days ago
Years of gun experience: Age 3 shot My revolver, Age 6 shot my first 1911
Gun education: How raised- What you do
CCW: Before the state even had pieces paper, and again how raised what you do.
I started apprenticing when I was 13 years old, CCW was a Model 10 snubby.

Sixth grade, only broke 2 targets on my first round of skeet. In the 7th, ran my first 200 straight.
Vietnam War going on while in HS, and I wanted to help raise money for a guy we all knew, and did come back whole. Jimi Hendrix had just died.
Some say some of my Mentors were bootleggers and hustlers...
All I know is for 5 days I shot 200 targets and did not miss a one.
I gave this guy my part of the shoot $1000.00 in cold hard cash.
I was shooting for $1 a bird until I missed. I missed bird 1019.
I needed the $19 for a sick sibling [Mentors made me keep that $19].

I am nobody, never was, never wanted to be, still don't want to be.
I just happened to have been invited to join THR is all.

Outlaw Man
April 25, 2007, 04:21 PM
LEO: I rode in a police car once when I was 6 or 7.
Age: mid-twenties
Years of gun experience: 20-something.
Gun education: various mall ninja guides and zombie hunting preparation, but nothing official
CCW: Every day.

April 25, 2007, 04:32 PM
Age: Mid-century
Years of gun experience: 25
Gun education: College coach, LFI, Insights, Storm Mountain, lots of practice
CCW: Yes

April 25, 2007, 04:34 PM
LEO: Armed security guard (California standard, taught by police officers through local community college). Never a sworn officer.
Age: 50
Years of gun experience: 40 or so.
. Started .22LR handgun target shooting as a boy.
. Army ROTC .22LR rifle team in college.
. Carried a .38* revolver while moonlighting as a guard during college. *Actually a .357, but only permitted .38 ammunition.
. Army: Primarily M16A1 and 1911A1. Also M203, M60, shotgun, M2, LAW, TOW. Never shot the Beretta.
. Sport Shooting: All calibers handguns, trap, five stand shotgun. A little skeet. A little .308 rifle (100 meters)
Gun education: Friend's father, security guard classes as described above, military. Licensed Schützenmeister (master shooter/instructor) for the US Forces Sport Shooting Association in Germany. Licensed USAF RSO.
CCW: Yes, multiple states.

April 25, 2007, 04:36 PM
There are some LEO on this board. THR is well know for its anti Police Anti Government users. Some of us drifted over to try to creat balance. We get out teeth kicked in every now and again but thats ok.

Never shot a gun untilaccepted to the academy.
Age 41
15 years exp
never ccw

April 25, 2007, 04:39 PM
Vet, Army Artillery 1976-1980
Rent-a-cop for a couple months between Army and GI Bill
Age: 50
Shooting time: since age 8
CCW: Since VA went shall-issue in Jul 1995
Training - informal as a boy, US military, NRA instructor course

April 25, 2007, 04:40 PM
LEO - in a past life
Age - 35yoa
firearm experience - 25 years
training - LEO and advanced tactics training
CCW - yes since 18

April 25, 2007, 05:16 PM
Age: mid-thirties
Years of gun experience: 30
Gun education: Familial indoctrination, Boy Scouts / NRA training, USANG (11 Bravo), self-study, type 3 FFL
CCW: yes, but it ain't valid in Illinois

If you want more data than this, you'll have to inject me with sodium pentathol, buy me a beer or at least let me rant for a page or two.:D

April 25, 2007, 05:50 PM
Infantry Officer, US Army
Age: 24
Years of gun experience: about 16
Gun education: Taught by those who came before me. I've shot everything from antiques to modern day machine guns, right up to the main weapon on large armored vehicles ;)
CCW: 3 years

April 25, 2007, 05:56 PM
Age: 19
Years of gun experience: Less than 6 months.
Gun education: Self taught, Lurking on THR for the last three years.
CCW: As soon as possible, law permitting.

April 25, 2007, 06:05 PM
LEO: NC Dept. of Corrections 1.5 years - CO,
Federal Bureau of Prisons 27 years (retired ) - CO, Comp. Spec, SS Res. Analyst - FCI Butner NC, USP Marion IL, CO Wash. DC
Age: 53
Years of gun experience:46 years
Gun Education: Father, Grandfather, NC DOC, FBOP, personal development


bill larry
April 25, 2007, 06:11 PM
Age: 26
Years of Gun Experience: 18
Gun Education: Thanks to my dad, uncles and cousins
CCW: Ssshhh.....maybe!

Dallas Jack
April 25, 2007, 06:22 PM
LEO - No
Age - 52
Gun experience - 40+ years
Gun Education - None
CCW - Yes

April 25, 2007, 06:39 PM
LEO: no (farmer)
Age: 54
Years of gun experience: almost 50
Gun Education: family, friends, self and a hunter education class at age 9
CCW: yes

The first time I remember shooting a gun was at age 5 and my dad had me kneel on a chair resting a single shot 410 over the back of the chair. It knocked me off the chair on my butt and that is how I learned to appreciate recoil. We had rifles and shotguns laying around the house all the years that I was growing up and I don't remember anybody ever doing anything stupid with one, we just knew better. I didn't get into handguns until I was almost 30.

April 25, 2007, 06:40 PM
LEO: Only one night----walking Shore Patrol in the U.S. Navy in Hong Kong.

Age: Older than I care to discuss. :neener: :neener: :neener:

Firearms experience: A bunch

CCW: ;)

April 25, 2007, 06:45 PM
no LEO
age: 21ish
experience: started at 12 ish, with 4H, seriously, get your kids in it, its a great experience. bought my first rifle last year on the recommendation of this site, then bought a shot gun, then a pistol on my 21st b-day.
i guess gun education is above: 4H and self taught. i'm a good teacher, my pupil continues to impress me.
CCW: not yet, but very soon:D

Black Knight
April 25, 2007, 06:50 PM
Welcome. You are now where many of us once were, we are now where you may someday be.

LEO - Yes Dept. of the Army Civilain Police
Age - 47
Years of experience - 28 Years of carrying professionally
Gun education - Virginia Armed Security Officer course, NRA Security Firearms Instructor course, FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) basic officers' course, Required requalification program
CCW - Every chance I get

April 25, 2007, 07:10 PM
Yep Most of that !!!! Marine Recon, a few LEO years, A more than
few years professional firefighter, Biker. A gun owner since the mid 50s
Made the mistake of keeping rather trading, cause never got over
a couple of bad trades when younger. Load for most everything
I own. Guessing around 25 different calibers. CCW
Semper Fi:D :D :D

April 25, 2007, 07:18 PM
US Army- Yes
Age- 43
Shooting\hunting since age 6.
CCW- Yes, everywhere


April 25, 2007, 07:19 PM
LEO: Nope, but do sort of work with LE.
Age: 27
Years of ex: 12
gun ed: mall ninja dojo

i'll be first to admit that i have an incorrigible streak of mall ninja ness in me. i am attracted to monolithic uppers, surefire flashlights, pistol grips, kydex, and have several pairs of blackhawk! gloves.

the only thing that keeps me from being gecko45 is that i am cheap as all heck and can't afford any of the really cool stuff. so i settle for mil surpitis...

April 25, 2007, 07:23 PM
LEO: no, my father was
Age: 28
Years of gun experience: ~20
Gun education: my father
CCW: as much as I can (I work in a "Victim Disarmament Zone")

April 25, 2007, 07:44 PM
LEO - Likes Eating Oreos?
Age - 25
Firearm Experience - 1 year
Training - 8 months working for the Marine Corps (all those EOD guys loved to go shooting)
CCW - Not yet :(

BlackKnight where do you teach in Cville?

April 25, 2007, 07:58 PM
When I was a boy, my great uncle gave me a Winchester .22 pump
rifle passed to him that was manufactured in 1910. My father
gave me a .410 shotgun for Christmas when I was ten.

Used both while hunting with my grandfather. Still have them.

I got my CCW when I realized how many people relied on me.
I started a business nearly twenty years ago that would have
died if I died. When employees show up with family photos
on their desk, car loans and mortgages, I saw that more families than
my own depended on my well being.

I practice with a police department trainer several times a year,
converging on once a month now that most of my duties at the
company have finally been delegated.

April 25, 2007, 09:22 PM
LEO: No, Aries
Age: 51
Years of gun experience: 40
Training: Self-taught
CCW: Yes

Pax Jordana
April 25, 2007, 09:51 PM
LEO - Medical.. you don't die unless I let you
Age - 22
Gun experience - ~18? (I will fact check this, watch for my edit before you call bull__)
Gun Education - Myself, Dad, Grandpop, Uncle B, all of pops' old army manuals, CMP certified range instructors, George Romero
CCW - Even when I don't feel I have to

Winter Borne
April 25, 2007, 09:54 PM
LEO: no
Age: late thirties
Years of gun experience: 29
Gun education: Dad, grandfather (who fought with the NRA in 1916) Boy Scouts, self taught, US Army AIT, more self taught
CCW: every day always, legal in 23 states and counting.


April 25, 2007, 09:54 PM
LEO: nope
Military: nope
Age: mid 40's
CCW: yep
I started shooting as a kid and was handloading by about 12. I've pretty much been in it my whole life and it's one of my biggest passions. I especially love muzzleloaders.

April 25, 2007, 10:04 PM
LEO: no
Age: mid-forties
Years of gun experience: 40 +/-
Gun education: self taught/Army/father/high school rifle team
CCW: 12 years
Military: 4 yrs as parachute infantryman in US Army

I like long walks on the beach and puppies.

April 25, 2007, 10:09 PM
hi, welcome

LEO: no, i'm an off-duty mall ninja
Age: 21
Years of gun experience: 4
Gun education: self taught, THR, friends, shooting ranges
CCW: of course not

April 25, 2007, 10:28 PM
I'm 54 (and a Leo by the way.)
LEO. Nope, but have passed the Virginia Armed Security Guard qualification course a long time ago. Have worked part time as both armed, and unarmed security a couple of times. Also passed the Virginia CHP course. (Basically an NRA safety course.)

Gun Education: Mostly self taught. I got my first gun, a single shot 20ga, when I was about 13. "Gun education" was "Don't shoot yourself, or anybody else." Got a little instruction I suppose from my grandfather and uncle. I guess most of my "education" came from guys named O'Conner, Keith, Carmichael, Skelton, Cooper, Melick and a lot of others who's names escape me right now, who wrote for Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times and so on.

CCW: Yes for a couple of years now. That's about the time I discovered "Gun Boards." :D

April 25, 2007, 10:46 PM
LEO: no
Age: 49 and (quite) a few months
Years of gun experience: >40
Gun education: NRA smallbore starting 1964, USN 1975-81 (FLTCORGRU 2)
CCW: <it's a secret>

Likes: Anything designed by John Browning, long walks in the woods at sunrise or sunset, shooting deer when I can sneak up on them.

Dislikes: Democrats, overpriced California red wines.

April 25, 2007, 11:17 PM
LEO: no
Age: 42
Years of gun experience: >30
Gun education: self taught + NRA certification + trap/skeet competition in college + CAS/3gun/pin gun/High Power since college
CCW: not in IL because they are a buncha commies but I do have non-resident UT and PA

April 25, 2007, 11:27 PM
LEO - Long time ago
Age - Old; SSN# is "3"
Gun experience - 50+ years
Gun Education - Trained by Dad, some formal training, lots of hunting, even more practice
CCW - Always, except when I'm in the shower

April 25, 2007, 11:30 PM
LEO: Aries
Age: pushing 50 real hard
Years of gun experience: 30
Gun education: self taught, refined by THR
CCW: nun ya

looking for a nice .38 Special to be that very special little something in my life.

April 25, 2007, 11:48 PM
Age 42.
Gun experience: First time shooting a real firearm was USAF basic training. Had an Indiana CHL in the late 80's, sold the gun and was without until about a year ago when I bought my first (of 5, so far) pistols and got an Ohio CHL.
Gun Education: NRA Basic Pistol, Advanced CCW class based on Ohio Peace Officer training.
Sport Shooting: Informal IPSC most Saturday afternoons

April 25, 2007, 11:49 PM
Age: Mid 40's
Years: First shot out of a .22 15 years old
Gun education: Basic Handgun Safety, Hunter Safety, CCW Courses
CCW: Utah & Florida

April 26, 2007, 12:02 AM
LEO: yes and I still get accused of cop bashing regularly (thin blue line?:D ).
Age: 25
Years of gun experience: hunting family
Gun education: see above, plus a few long s#!t years over seas with some great guys who could probably build an MG42 out of billet by memory.
CCW: Yes, even though it's pretty much voluntary down here.

April 26, 2007, 02:23 AM
wow, I didn't expect so many responses....but I guess we like talking about ourselves about as much as about guns! haha.... thanks! it seemed to start off kind of strange... like a weird "I like long walks on the beach" type of personal ad or something... but the responses are awesome, thanks for sharing and for the good stories as well. I guess I'm not as out of place as I thought, a lot of you guys are in my boat and everyone has been very cool, I definitely see myself walking "the high road" for quite some time. thanks guys

April 26, 2007, 03:51 AM
LEO: no
Age: 25
Years of gun experience: not much, maybe 3 years
Gun education: self-taught with some internet help for the hard stuff
CCW: just waiting for my interview with the sheriff

I'm not much for long walks on the beach, I'd rather be shooting my new AR-15.

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