Converted a Anti


December 14, 2009, 11:49 AM
well let start out with this. im 23 years old, my grandfather (who passed away X-mas last year) was a LCPL in the Marines, then became a LEO for many years taught me about guns at a very young age.

when i went to college in arizona from 04-06 i got back into them again. once i moved back i was sittin at the kitchen table cleaning them (S&W Sigma) when my dad got home from work. needless to say he was not happy to see them in his house and wanted to not even be in the same room with them.

well after a few years he relaxed about it, especally since i got a CPL. then my older brother and i started going to the ranges a lot and invited my dad. that got him hooked.

well yesterday we went and visited my grandfathers grave and on the way home we went to the pawn shop i always go to for any of my ammo or gun purchaces.

my mom, brother and his wife, my dad, as well as myself and my wife where looking at a few guns when my dad asked to look at the Springfield XD.

well needless to say my mom bought it for him for a X-mas present. its still in the 2 week waiting period but as we where leaving my dad grabed some flyers for defencive training classes and said that he would like to take them with my brother and myself.

so it took a few years but now my dad is looking into getting his CPL (since my brother also has one now and carries my old PF9 or XD9) as well as going to more training with me.

i think its a present that he is rather happy about especally since thats one more thing that we all have in common now.

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December 14, 2009, 01:17 PM
Good on ya.

My dad was an immigrant. In the old country they were not allowed to have guns. However, during my first tour in the Army I bought a handgun and while neither he nor my mom were comfortable with it, they figured it was what soldiers did. I took him to the range a few times and he seemed to enjoy it, but the prohibition was too deeply ingrained for him to ever consider owning one himself. Sadly, he passed before I could introduce him to the joys of riflery. Mom went to the range with me a couple of times but never fired.

(BTW, my folks were just as terrified when I joined the Army because in the old country the Army was a legally sanctioned organized crime syndicate.)

December 14, 2009, 01:43 PM
Congrats. A great job.

I can't claim credit for my 'conversion' but a really old friend and up until then anti called me one day and asked me to help him pick out a gun for home defense. Turned out his 3 week old daughter and something going bump in the night actually did the conversion. He realized then that when seconds count the cops are minutes away. He never figured out what the bump was, but now I've created a monster. He just bought that daughter her first 10/22 for her 13th birthday last year.

December 14, 2009, 02:00 PM
Good for you :) I havent quite converted an anti yet, but I have gotten several non-caring people out to the range and at least halfwhat interested

December 14, 2009, 05:01 PM
When I hear stories like this, I have to think of my wife. She was very anti when we met until we moved to a rual, wooded area. I worked late and when I came home, she had my Berretta 92 out and on the coffee table. Turned out she had heard that 'bump' in the night thing and got worried and, of course, grabbed one of my guns. Funny thing was she couldn't pull the slide back to chamber a round. I changed my HD gun to a revolver after that and taught her to shoot.

December 15, 2009, 10:56 AM
You are fortunate in discovering the stiff slide problem.

I put in a few hours a week at one of the local sporting goods stores. You can't believe the number of guys that are bringing in their wife/girlfriend to buy a 32 or 380 because they are small & cute. The first thing I do is have the w/gf try to cycle the action with the hammer down. Most (not all) just don't have the necessary hand strength to cycle it. Combine that with the fact that most of them will not go to the range to familiarize themselves with the firearm and I think that's where the old wives tail about 'not carrying a firearm because the perp will take it away from you' comes from.

They nearly always see the wisdom of going with a revolver after that little demo.


December 15, 2009, 12:40 PM
Good work!

December 15, 2009, 01:08 PM
Way to go QuickDraw, now get him to sign up in the NRA.;)

December 15, 2009, 07:08 PM
well we are still waiting for the pick up date on the XD, but today my dad signed up for a lifetime membership for the NRA (my brother and myself already have them) as well as went and got his CPL. so now once we are able to pick up the XD atleast the three of us are going to go to get some more formal training, my wife, my brothers wife, and my mom might join us as well since they are also thinking of getting their CPL's now.

December 15, 2009, 08:31 PM
today my dad signed up for a lifetime membership for the NRA (my brother and myself already have them).........

Fantastic!!................tomorrow the world.

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