I received my Indiana Lifetime CCW permit two weeks ago. I also picked up a SA XD-9SC and a Galco Triton IWB holster to start with. It took 3 months and 3 days to get my permit. A...very...long...wait.
What prompted my commitment to personal safety and protection was 2 incidents in Lake County (Gary vicinity) over last winter/spring.
The first was when waiting at a stop light. A bad guy came running from the corner store followed by another BG shooting. The #1 BG decided to use my truck as cover with me between BG #1 and BG #2. Needless to say, I nearly s#@t my pants. Threw the truck in reverse and did a half-assed J turn. Heard a few pops behind me but was not struck at all. Lucky break #1
The second was pumping gas at a well lit gas and go. Two shady guys approached from my blind side but I was scanning and picked them up about 15yds out. I turned and they asked for cash "donation" for gas money since they ran out of gas down the road. I stood firm and put my right hand to the 4 o'clock position like I had a weapon and loudly said "Stop do not come closer." They complied immediately. I said "hands out slowly and back off". They also complied and backed off and left me nearly wetting my shorts. A bluff got me Lucky break #2.
No more bluffing and clean underwear from here on out.