How long have you personally kept a weapon ready for self defense (home or CCW)


June 27, 2003, 04:40 PM
As soon as I got my first gun (15) I kept it under my mattress with 7 loaded mags.

I once read that black powder guns were not considered firearms by the ATF so I built a 45 caliber persussion muzzle loading pistol from a kit when I was 17.

I kept it loaded in my car. (probably wasn't technically legal at the time)

My question is: When did you first decide to keep a gun close by for defensive purposes?

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June 27, 2003, 04:50 PM
never. i have faith in my local law enforcement authorities to provide assistance in times of distress.

baaaaaah baaaaaaaah

:D alright im a lying B###h. prolly when i moved out on my own.

June 27, 2003, 05:15 PM
8-dad gave me my first firearm, a single shot 20 gauge. Couldn't leave it loaded, but the shells were close. He worked nights....

June 27, 2003, 05:18 PM
Spring of 1964 or so.........

June 27, 2003, 05:21 PM
Since I was 16 or 17.

June 27, 2003, 05:22 PM
Good shooting;)

June 27, 2003, 05:32 PM
Since I was about 22 or so.
Been awhile now......

June 27, 2003, 05:36 PM
A weapon or a firearm.

I have kept a weapon near me at all times since about 12 or so. I think I was born with a knife as standard equipment. Usually is some kind of folder on my person at all times along with a utility knife of some kind. I have also been known to keep a Kukri(sp?) pretty close by also.

As for firearms, for about 3 1/2 years.


Course there is that Calvary Pike, crossbow and trebuchet:what:

June 27, 2003, 05:55 PM
12. .22 pistol in the nightstand. Would of had it a few years earlier if I had the dough. Dad's .357 kept me safe until then. :)

Alan Smithiee
June 27, 2003, 07:05 PM
officaly? as soon as my wife decided guns were fun and let me keep one loaded.

unofficaly as soon as I brought it home.

(now it's a rush to who would get to it first...)

June 27, 2003, 07:11 PM
Three years.


Time's fun when you're having flies. -- Kermit the Frog

June 27, 2003, 07:18 PM
only about seven months ago, to tell the truth.

June 27, 2003, 07:23 PM
Oh, I guess I've kept a loaded house gun since 1974 or so.

June 27, 2003, 07:30 PM
Since 1757. That was a previous life, but powder got wet and the Iroquois got me. But that's another story.

June 27, 2003, 07:36 PM
I wasn't raised around guns when I 'came of age' I was living in Wisconsin and just didn't give much thought to the RKBA. So, I first started giving it thought in the Fall of 2001 (imagine that :( )

June 27, 2003, 07:41 PM
HD? About 2 1/2 years for guns. Baseball bats, knives, other, a bit longer.

Carry? Few, almost no, regular people get CCW here. I did carry Mace about a decade ago when it was legal (I ended up giving it to a female friend who lived in NJ and was worried about some of the train stations she'd have to go through to get home from college). I've carried a knife or pepper spray most of the time for about 2 years now.

June 27, 2003, 07:57 PM
Since I got back from Nam in 1968. That's where I realized just how easy it is to get oneself hurt and/or killed.

Words of Advise: Pay Attention, Look Around, Be Aware!!!!


Standing Wolf
June 27, 2003, 08:15 PM
I've had one gun or another at the ready since 1967.

Mike Irwin
June 27, 2003, 08:24 PM
1980 or so.

June 27, 2003, 08:56 PM
3 years now. Many more yours to come.

June 27, 2003, 09:20 PM
Since 1959 or 60. Bought my first handgun when I was in Jr high school. Legal then! Kept it under my matress and carried it some-NOT to school.

June 27, 2003, 09:29 PM
Since I was about 12

June 27, 2003, 10:01 PM
Since I got my own place I've had one nearby.

June 27, 2003, 10:27 PM
For the past 5 years ever since I lived in Camden NJ. (don't ask)

June 27, 2003, 10:43 PM
I don't. Since I don't live in a high crime area, I don't see a need to "get ready" for anything. It must be great to live in Texas -- I didn't get a gun until recently -- August 2002 -- and my parents wouldn't even allow me to get a knife at fifteen, forget about a firearm...they still don't know I have two....

In my city and state, I can't carry concealed or otherwise so what's the point? For me it's like get ready for what? The gun range?

June 27, 2003, 10:50 PM
Since 1989.

June 27, 2003, 11:55 PM
There has always been a loaded firearm in the house since I was 14 or 15. With my own personal weapon, since December 2002.

Hot brass
June 28, 2003, 12:04 AM
26 years now:what:

six 4 sure
June 28, 2003, 12:10 AM
I've had something close by since I was 13-14 (almost 20 years). Paranoia set in around then after Red Dawn hit the theater, I was afraid the Russians were coming. It was only a single shot 20 ga at the time. I've since moved on to bigger and better options.


June 28, 2003, 12:34 AM
that all firearms be locked in 'approved' safes with ammunition locked separately...this is a condition of your licence and will incur revocation if breached....:rolleyes:

My dad always had the '97 Winchester pump handy on the farm; I didn't keep my firearms loaded until 1964 or so:D

Suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune lately, but my Daughter is carrying on the tradition for me in Indiana:)

Dave R
June 28, 2003, 02:19 AM
Since about 1980. Shortly after I got married. And my wife got me a rifle for my birthday :D

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
June 28, 2003, 02:42 AM
geez, Jesse...growing up in Texas, we always had firearms around the house when I was a kid. I know the pistol in my dad's nightstand and the revolver on mom's closet shelf were always there and loaded. The rifles and shotguns were not. When I was old enough to have my own .22 rifle (12th birthday present from my folks) it was kept in dad's closet in its' case, unloaded, with all the other longarms. When I was of a suitable age and responsibility level, I acquired knives of my own and kept them in my room.

Of course, there was never a sense of threat to my safety or security growing up back then.

When I went off to college, I did take the aforementioned .22 with me and kept it in my closet in my dorm room without incident or concern on anyone's part. When I came 'of age', I bought my first Hi-Power and it's been close at hand ever since. I doubt there's been much time since with the exception of vacations where I've travelled by commercial airline that I've not had a firearm within 50 feet of me.


June 28, 2003, 07:21 AM
In home, since I was 18 (coming up on 48 next month.) CCW for 9 years.

Zeke Menuar
June 28, 2003, 09:19 AM
As far back as I can remember I kept a Louisville Slugger next to my bed. Now there is always a .45 or 357 within grabbing range and a 12ga shotgun in the bedroom.


June 28, 2003, 09:21 AM
28 yrs

June 28, 2003, 10:17 AM
Does reaching under the bed to pull out a pretend gun count? I was 19 and a guy who'd been watching me-knew I unlocked the door each morning for my Sis to come in before she went to her job at the Optometry College-I would get back in bed, she'd make some tea and leave. Of course I didn't know he'd been watching and I woke up with him leaning over the bed-leering. Spooked the He-- out of me. I said "You better run before I blow your head the He-- off!" and reached under the bed. He ran-I jumped up and we struggled for the door. I won. I moved out of that state that next week, back to my old state. This was just after an Opt. student I knew vaguely-no intro. tried to jump me and I nailed him. I'd had enough! Many years later I was violently carjacked in downtown Houston after that I was rattled for awhile. As a single mother of 3, I was now quite frightened, but, couldn't move away. A friendly police officer pointed me to a nice.38. I kept a dog pack and had the windows nailed almost totally shut, and kept the phone bill up. Now I own the .38, a Sig. .380, Hubby has a Shotgun and a big 9mm. I still have a dog pack, alarms system, two phone lines and two cell phones. BTW when my Dad was in Viet Nam I was a little kid and would put a butcher knife under my pillow, just in case someone broke in, we lived in CA at the time and their were quite a few acid freaks-going about doing burglaries. I was scared stiff. I've been sampled for victimization several times, but i think it's maily because I've been forced to live in high crime neighborhoods until now.

June 28, 2003, 10:34 AM
Since the summer of 1965, the Los Angeles Watts Riot. Watching a city burn from the roof one's home is one heck of an incentive to be armed.


June 28, 2003, 10:42 AM
When I was about 12 or so I started keeping a BB- or pellet-gun always loaded up "just in case." I actually used to pack an old Crosman 38T with a six-inch barrel (looked like a S&W Model 19) and loaded with .177 pellets in a homemade shoulder holster when I was 14 or 15.

I moved up to a Mossberg Model 500 in the apartment my wife and I first lived in by about 1988. I wasn't old enough to purchase a handgun until 1989. I started carrying under a CCW in early 1992.

June 28, 2003, 10:49 AM
Even as a baby there was a loaded gun in my room,one of the two firearms(only handguns) we had. I used it at ~age 8 to kill a rabid dog terrorizing my sibs.At ~ 12 I used it when the front door came crashing in to protect me and sibs. So I have always had access to a weapon.
I bought my first personal firearm when I graduated HS in 1973. Combat Commander-have carried a personal firearm since.

June 28, 2003, 04:13 PM
about 8 years or so, if you consider my fist .22 a home defense gun. i bought a dedicated defensive gun about 3.5 years ago. pretty much as soon as it was legal for me to purschase a rifle and handgun respectivley, i've owned one.


June 28, 2003, 07:40 PM
There has always been loaded firearms in the house I grew up in. I have had my personal firearm near me loaded or ammo close at hand since I was 12, mainly for controlling lil furry critters.

June 28, 2003, 07:43 PM
20 years.first a 22 rifle, then an amt 380, then a smith and wesson 357,then a colt commander, then a glock 17 and now a whole friggin arsenal.

June 28, 2003, 10:31 PM
About 20 years. Still have it. A Mossberg 500 20GA 18 1/8". I Still
keep it under the bed.


June 28, 2003, 10:45 PM
Never really considered the pocket knives I have as "defense." So, other than a 3" folder, none whatsoever. Not old enough to buy a handgun, not rich enough to buy a long arm or shotgun.:(

June 28, 2003, 11:10 PM
Wasn't any conscious decision involved. I'm sure that 30-30 in the kitchen was loaded long before I was born.

Personally began carrying a knife 41 years ago, keeping a loaded pistol handy 30 years ago. Even though I was brought up with a loaded long gun in the house I never did that myself until the assault weapon bill was passed, so that's a fairly recent development. My swords are always loaded and have been hanging around for about a few decades.

Haven't had to get frisky with them yet. Could be some kind of deterent effect involved there? :D

Mr. James
June 28, 2003, 11:16 PM
Moparmike, keep the faith, fight the good fight.

Since 1987...and when I lived in that socialist hell-hole called Washington, D.C. Yeah, come and get me, Ramsey. Oddly, my anti-wife had no problem with a loaded .357 inside the under-bed drawer...

I carry a folder that thinks its an overgrown scalpel everywhere, even to Church.

Mike Irwin
June 28, 2003, 11:18 PM
Just sic the Tomcat on them, Mr. James... :)

June 28, 2003, 11:53 PM
I started keeping a firearm close and ready in '72. Thats when I got married. Seemed like the right thing to do.

June 29, 2003, 01:10 AM
One of my primary reasons for buying my first handgun was for self defense, so I'd say since I was 21...long, long, long, long, long...time ago!

June 29, 2003, 01:24 AM
Loaded firearm--well, since I was 18 or 19, though I had unloaded firearms w/ammo in my room since I was 15 or 16, IIRC. Before that there was my pocketknife on the dresser and a recurve bow and arrow behind the door. (Inside 20 yards I could hit COM every time.)

Just out of principle, I carried my Swiss Army knife to school every day since third or fourth grade, which I viewed mostly as a tool rather than a weapon--wasn't against any rules that I knew of, and there was no weapons-related violence at my elementary school, either.

June 29, 2003, 12:36 PM
Since 1973 .:what:

June 29, 2003, 04:04 PM
Rifle in house --1 year.

Ruger GP100 on nightstand--6 mos

Small folding knife on belt--4 mos.

Glock 36 in waistband--3 days:cool:

June 29, 2003, 04:33 PM
Play the Aces has it.

Got out of the grren machine in '74, and have been locked and loaded since.

June 29, 2003, 06:43 PM
Since 1969

Guy B. Meredith
June 29, 2003, 11:24 PM
Never, strictly speaking. My revolvers are for recreational purposes only.

One does make a daily trip from lockup to the bedside table and another daily trip back to lockup. However, it is not intended for self defense, it is just that I would feel tres stupid if anything happened and the revolver was in lockup while the goblins ran wild.

June 29, 2003, 11:45 PM
If you count my dad's revolver - since about 1966. Never been without since.

4 eyed six shooter
June 30, 2003, 12:56 AM
There were no guns in my home when I was growing up. (maybe this explains my disfuntion). My parents we not antis, they just were never interested so I bought my first rifle when I moved out at age 19. It was a Winchester 190. Kept it loaded by the bed. The year was 1973. My parents now keep a loaded .357 in the nightstand. I guess I rubbed of on them a little, not to mention I gave them the gun.
Good shooting to all, John K

June 30, 2003, 09:01 AM
Since 1980, I ALWAYS have a weapon within 2 seconds of me at home.

Can't carry in Ohio yet, but when the law finally changes here, who is going to have CCW permit #00001 ? ? ?


June 30, 2003, 01:44 PM
14 years old. Mossberg 20 ga. pump shotgun unloaded with box of #8 quail nearby. Don't think it would've done anything if I had had to use it.

June 30, 2003, 03:33 PM
Since shortly after September 11, 2001 when I bought my first handgun.

June 30, 2003, 06:18 PM
Actually, I forgot my first 1911, which I bought the day after a drug dealer I was prosecuting got "time served" as his sentence.

June 30, 2003, 08:20 PM
Since 1985

Home-a Remington 12 Gauge shotgun of some way, shape, or form (11-48, 1100, 870)

CCW-Glock 17, 22, or 23

Dad has had a gun on him or in close proximity since 1969, when he got back from his vacation in Southeast Asia.

Just my .02,

June 30, 2003, 08:56 PM
Since last summer!!! Got my CHL in October!!



June 30, 2003, 09:23 PM
I started carrying back when I was 14 or 15. Smith Model 14. We liked to stop off from school to shoot. I don't think I was so motivated by protection then, as by fun.

They did not, of course, have permits back in '61.

It's been a rare day since then, that I did not have something tucked somewhere.

Zach S
July 1, 2003, 01:21 AM
Got my first pistol (1911) at 19, stayed C&Led untill I got a better one. Locked up when I wasnt home, and it layed in the top of the closet when I was. I keep one out when I'm here, and most of the time when I leave it goes with me. I turn 22 this month.

As for other "weapons," I've got plenty laying around if I need one in a pinch.

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