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Why did you decide to own a gun?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MicroBalrog, Jun 20, 2003.

  1. MicroBalrog

    MicroBalrog member

    The recurring "why guns" question got me thinking. Here's my train of thought.

    Guns are controversial.

    Therefore, for most people, the choice to be armed is conscious (as opposed to "My Dad had a gun and everybody in my 'hood, too, so I kinda grew up a gun person.").

    Now, why did YOU make that choice?
  2. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    I did not choose; the decision was made for me.

    I seek knowledge as to the handling of firearms as I understood very early that possession is not competence and the usual 4E reasons.:)
  3. MicroBalrog

    MicroBalrog member

    If one may ask, by whom?
  4. kalibear45

    kalibear45 Well-Known Member

    Coz its my right ;)
  5. cslinger

    cslinger Well-Known Member

    I grew up with a family member who gave me access to many very very nice firearms including full auto. Love to shoot just for fun.

    I also believe everybody should own at least a .22 pistol or rifle just like they should have a first aid kit, fire extinquisher, knife, jumper cables etc. You will probably never have to but who knows you might have to pop a squirrel or something for food one day.

    It is the Boy Scout in me. Be prepared. I like having firearms for defense of my home. I sleep better. I also happen to get an immense amount of entertainment from them.
  6. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member

    I used to like listening to my dad's war stories.

    Then I moved to solider of fortune magazine.

    From there I discovered gun magazines.

    I then started buying guns for target shooting and home defense.

    When I turned 18 I began collecting old military rifles.

    Being armed was a gradual decision based more on a love of

    firearms as objects of metal and wood than the power they give.

    Now that I have a family of my own, me being armed is important to the safety of my wife, children and the property we have worked hard to attain.
  7. keyhole

    keyhole Well-Known Member

    Because I enjoy shooting, and trading them. Also, it's part of my job, since I carry one at work, and have several in the car.
    The more, the merrier!:p
  8. HBK

    HBK member

    Although I shot a rifle in Boy Scouts and my dad took me bird hunting with him, I didn't do anything with a handgun until I was about 26. I was living in a house near my parents that was across the street from a bar and doing some private detective work for my best friend. He brought it up that my baseball bat was ineffective and took me to buy a handgun. Funny how guns are like tattoos, when you get one, you want more, so that started me on an endless cycle of buying, selling and trading.
  9. Seminole

    Seminole Well-Known Member

    After my first child was born, the knowlege that his protection was my responsibility was the final impetus in the decision to purchase my first firearm.
  10. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    Initially, I needed a new hobby.
  11. Hemicuda

    Hemicuda member

    I Grew up with them around, and enjoyed shooting them... SO, when it came time to part ways with my father (move outta his house, and into my own, NOT disown one-another) i needed a few of my own, simce he thought he wanted ta keep most of his... (I still got a couple of the old mans guns at my place!)

    it was only natural that I would own them, given my upbringing...
  12. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Photos of soldiers wielding Broomhandle Mausers made me, as a child, want one.

    BTW, instead of going to my Jr. High graduation, my uncle took us to a gunstore (and why not, they gave me the diploma the day before so why go to a ceremony?). While he didn't buy any of us any guns, it was the first of many trips to that gun store.

    Childhood memories, aren't they wonderful? :)
  13. meathammer

    meathammer Well-Known Member

    I also grew up with firearms. Hunting and target shooting. I started acquiring firearms for hunting purposes, once I was out on my own. Then I caught "the bug" and the rest is history. I was very relieved to find some friends with firearm interests when I moved into the city.
  14. davidtdm

    davidtdm Well-Known Member

    It's all Cslingers fault :D

    Seriously, growing up my dad didn't have guns around. My grandfathers did. I'd remember being in my grandads living room and he'd break out the cool stuff. ( I now have some of the cool stuff :D ) He'd fire blanks, show us how to clean them. He taught me to shoot on a pellet gun. etc. etc.

    Once I left home to finish school I never realy thought about guns. Then I started working and met Cslinger and Sheslinger. He bought a Ruger P97 and I liked it but thought it was a bit much in the recoil dept. So I bought a P95, MKII (everyone needs a.22) Glock 27, Kimber ProCarry HD, and the latest the Beneli Nova (and I have done the 3 1/2 " mag- Not recoil shy no more)

    I love to shoot now. It is a great stress releiver for me. Having the peice of mind and security in knowing I have other options when "push comes to shove" (heaven forbid I should need to excercise that right) Is icing on the cake.
  15. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    I have carried something that goes bang, since I was 14. Why? Because I wanted to.

    My family has been around guns and weapons as far back as the 1100's. Guess you could say its a family tradition.
  16. pytron

    pytron Well-Known Member

    I started by reading about the RKBA and TheFiringLine. One day I decided that I would learn how to hunt. Since I figured I'd need a rifle, I got my CHL since it exempted you from the background check (I don't think it does anymore). Since I figured I'd be out in the woods with a bunch of wild animals, I thought it'd be nice to have a handgun to protect myself (and it'd be nice to have at home too). So I bought one.

    Come fall, I went hunting with a borrowed rifle and got a deer.

    I just bought another pistol and will soon be getting a 22 rifle from my grandfather.

    I still don't have that hunting rifle...

  17. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    I bought my first because of personal security concerns. We lived in a less than great neighborhood (slummy trailer park).

    I bought what I could afford, a Charter Arms AR-7. Not sure what I would have done with it if anything needed doing, but that's where I started.

    Call the authorities? Sure, and we did. But long and bitter experience of being the geeky kid getting the s*** beat out me in high school left me with a gut feeling that authorities really can't be counted on.
  18. TexasVet

    TexasVet Well-Known Member

    I can't remember NOT having a gun...

    I have old photos from the late '40s of me at three playing with a toy pistol. I got a Daisy Red Ryder at 5 and my first .22 at seven for my birthday. I get surprised every time I realize that not everybody grew up with the things as a normal part of life.
    And in all those years not one of my guns has hurt anybody. (Well, I did bounce a bb off a surplus helment liner nearly into my eye once!) In fact the only time I killed anybody was with Uncle Sam's long range toys in Viet Nam waters (and then as part of a team) .
  19. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Well-Known Member

    I grew up around guns.

    What I find to be interesting, though, is that my Father did NOT grow up around guns. Grandma didn't like them, and Grandpa was pretty ambivilent.

    I need to ask him how he got interested.
  20. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    Because I have a Right to own them. Same reason I vote, if I don't exercise my rights, they'll atrophy.

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