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    This just dropped into my lap yesterday!

    My EDC is a Springfield XD9sc, which I really love. However, because I am a pastor I occasionally need to put a suit on, particularly for weddings or (as was the case this week) for funerals. (Side note: other than that, I don't wear a suit except on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday...) I have a nice IWB tuckable for my XD and it conceals really well, so well that people who know I carry don't notice it at all.

    However, I have noticed that when I tuck I don't really like it much. It seems to be a lot of work to go from concealment to draw, and I have been looking at options. I have a buddy with a Kel-Tec P3AT that I shot and thought was okay, and the Ruger LCP is a nicer version of that gun IMO. So I was thinking about one of those.

    Then I started looking at Taurus' new 738 TCP and really liked it. It seems to be everything the LCP is, with the addition of the slide lock that I really like. So I kinda settled on that one and hoped that the gun fairy would put one under my pillow while I slept one night.

    My wife and I talked about it, and the family budget is just not up for a firearm purchase. She agreed that if I could fund it outside of the budget then that would be fine...but where was that going to come from? Turns out that I had two funerals to officiate this week; part of the job I do, and I do it for the hope of glory and not for additional income. Usually the family gives me a little token of appreciation, which is nice but unnecessary. Well this week one family was way beyond generous and gave me enough to go get this:





    My wife laughed when I told her that they had been so generous, saying, "Well, I suppose that God really had that gun in mind for you, didn't He?" We went to my favorite gun shop and picked it up last night. It was the last one they had! So I got it and a pocket holster, plus some FMJ target rounds. (already had SD ammo from my wife's Bersa Thunder .380)

    I brought it home and cleaned it really good. Now I need to take it back to the range and dirty it up some!!! Gun #1 of 3 on my wish list for 2010 is in the safe...
    "...whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one." (Luke 22:36)
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    Congratulations. Range report. Range report. Range report.
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    Oh yeah, will do Steve! Gotta get some time to get over there first!
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    Congratlations! I just picked up one of my three guns of 2010. I've never been a fan of Taurus but I'm liking their latest offerings. I was looking at the 709 and 738. My next purchase is going to be a S&W 642.
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    Cool! And a neat story behind it to boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinistrMalic View Post
    I have a buddy with a Kel-Tec P3AT that I shot and thought was okay,
    - LOL. The phrasing of this sentence made me chuckle.

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    The Lord will provide.

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    Congrats on the new pistola, and the way it came to you!
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    I need to change my line of work. Aerospace engineers don't get "tokens of appreciation" like that!

    But... nice story, and I'm sure it's well-deserved!
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    I am sure in the long run, you will feel guilty about purchasing it due to the grief of the family that you did the service for, so you should probably send that to me and relieve your conscience.

    I have been considering a pocket auto, but haven't gotten around to it. Nice addition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    - LOL. The phrasing of this sentence made me chuckle.
    Rereading it made me chuckle, too! For the record I did not shoot my buddy...I put some rounds through his P3AT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I need to change my line of work. Aerospace engineers don't get "tokens of appreciation" like that!

    But... nice story, and I'm sure it's well-deserved!
    Smitty, trust me...if it's not an absolute necessity stay out of the pastorate. It is a very demanding job! I worked on nuclear reactors in the US Navy for 8 years, and survived 5 Christmas seasons in retail too. Pastoring is DEFINITELY the most challenging profession I have had. I love it, though!

    These two funerals that I did this week were for families who are only marginally attached to our church. Those within the "family" so to speak don't do much financially, and rightly so. I draw a paycheck from the organization for a reason! Those outside usually like to give something, though. I've never before gotten enough to buy a firearm nor anywhere near...this was totally unique. I thought it was neat because my wife and I had the conversation on Saturday about buying the TCP and decided the funds had to come from outside the budget, and then the very next day that happened.
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    I thought it was neat because my wife and I had the conversation on Saturday about buying the TCP and decided the funds had to come from outside the budget, and then the very next day that happened.

    Who says the BIG guy upstairs doesn't answer prayers

    Btw, nice choice...........I'm sure your new piece will carry very nicely.

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    Congrats, nice looking pistol.

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    Congrats on the new pistol, it's a nice looking .380.

    I like the slide lock on the last round, they did a good job with that.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." Luke 22:36

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