Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by 460Shooter, Jun 21, 2015.
I've noticed that some posters on various forums refer to themselves as "we" rather than "I". Might be the case here?
I bought a gun the next day
Why I'm Carrying ?
OK, Not necessarily in this order:
1. High crime rate in my town
2. State licensed me to carry
3. I know about guns
4. I'm an older guy, and I show it
5. I can pocket carry, due to Perry Suspenders (try WalMart)
6. My best girl (wife) approves
7. I want to protect my family (first) and me
Case closed !
Failed, as I happened to have my trusty (and then, cheap) Target Bulldog with me and coincidentally "to hand". Lucky, that!
Since then - I tend to not trust to happy coincidence.
Bought a handgun the next morning. Never looked back.
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Next? Ruger SR9C ...
Lived near East side of Detroit for a few years. Multiple gangs, 22 carjackings in one month at shopping center one mile from home. Armed robbery and carjacking nine houses down from me during an elementary school soccer game one nice morning.
Walked the dog early one morning, came home, wife's jewelry spread across bedroom floor. Someone had been in the house while she was taking a shower. Carried two .45's, one in each jacket pocket every time I left the house. Schutzhund trained Rottie also helped keep the peace.
Now live in a smaller, friendlier place. Vigilance not as high, but still carry 24/7 with situational awareness.
Once you gain that situational awareness, it never really goes away. Even in a quiet community. I sometimes feel like an ogre when I find myself scanning the local Subway or IGA for any and all potential threats. It's a small, quiet town. But, then I remember that my hometown used to be quiet and peaceful, too ... until it wasn't anymore.
In my (current) home state -- not where I grew up (which is well beyond saving),
but where I declare residence -- once you get north and east of the capitol, it's all good.
If you wind up in the 2nd largest city there, way far south
-- initials "LA" -- go N asap.
Trust me on this one.
(Two words: socially volatile.
Four more: made worse by the winters.)
I did it b/c I could - and it felt good-it was not safety issue where I lived at all.
I still believe that percentage of people that have a real need to carry every day is same as percentage of people that have a real need for a SUV:
it is a mix of making you feel good/secure, and making a statement.
You go ahead and carry, I don't have to , but I also have no intention to limit that right to any law-abiding citizen.
If circumstances change for me, I will start doing it again - after many years
Wife Carried First
My wife started carrying before I did. She was attacked while showing a house about 40 years ago. A guy grabbed her from behind and put a knife at her throat. Somehow she talked him out of harming her. He tied her up, and stole her purse and car. She was not caring at that time. Later I bought her S & W model 36 which she carried for several years.
I'm 80 yrs. old now, just got LTC, and now the S & W .38 special is my pocket carry.
The reason I carry is that the world is a much more dangerous place than when my wife and I grew up in the 50's!
Edit: Oh, this is an old thread. Oh well.
to stay on track.
in a small 9.
It's not that old. I don't think the mods will mind. I'm surprised it resurfaced though.
These were pre carry permit days and I always thought of a German expression I learned while there in the Army. Legal, illegal, egal. (Legally, illegally, doesn't matter)
Separate names with a comma.