Aspiring SC gun owner and CWP applicant

Aspiring SC gun owner and CWP applicant

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    Aspiring SC gun owner and CWP applicant

    Hello, I joined the forum to learn as much as I can about gun ownership and concealed carry. I will be taking a CWP class in May and am researching/saving for my first firearm. I am a father of 5, the youngest of which is 12, and I think it's a good time to see about home and personal defense. Any input is welcome and I look forward to reading many enlightening posts.


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    Welcome from SC...

    Great choice on getting your permit!

    BTW the 90 day wait is brutal lol
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    Since your youngest is 12,all the family needs to be introduced to firearm safety,preferrably by an experienced shooter that can go over different gun types and the safety devices of different ones,but mainly keeping finger off trigger til ready to shoot and being aware of where the muzzle is pointing at all times
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    Welcome from SC...

    Great choice on getting your permit!

    BTW the 90 day wait is brutal lol
    Thank you, and yes I am not looking forward to the wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Since your youngest is 12,all the family needs to be introduced to firearm safety,preferrably by an experienced shooter that can go over different gun types and the safety devices of different ones,but mainly keeping finger off trigger til ready to shoot and being aware of where the muzzle is pointing at all times
    A couple of them have been to the range with their g-father and I, but yes, training for all will be in order.

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    Get good instruction (either professionally or from friends who know) and shoot a lot. You might want to get a decent .22LR for inexpensive practice. Shooting a thousand rounds of .22LR first will develop the fundamentals of shooting (muscle development, sight picture, breathing, trigger control, etc). Actually, starting with a larger caliber can cause flinch to develop and it is difficult to get rid of. If you don't intend to buy many guns, might want to rent different ones at a range to get accustomed to different types.

    For a first CWP gun, can't go wrong with a Glock 19 (9mm). Not extremely pricey, compact and lightweight, rugged, and simple. But try to get a .22LR at the same time or beforehand and shoot it a lot. In the end, for a basic gun collection, you should have a combat caliber pistol like a G19, a .22LR, a semi-auto AR15 type of rifle, and maybe a small handgun like a Ruger LCP for hot weather carry and also adds a second defensive handgun so the wife will have access to at least one at anytime.

    With kids around, definitely get a locking safe to store your gun(s) and something to lock your ammo up with. For immediate access, also get something like a Gunvault. Develop a rule not to allow any loaded guns or unattended guns in the house except the one in the Gunvault or what you are carrying. Once home, lock it up and keep the ammo locked up too.

    When you get a CWP, study the law regarding use of lethal force in your vicinity. Do know that brandishing, menacing, and assault charges can occur if your weapon is displayed or drawn. Really think about the consequences of shooting someone (detention, obtaining a lawyer, legal costs, stress on you and your family, etc) and what to do afterwards. For example, look at who's been in the national news lately. Going to cost him a lot of money, maybe even $50k to $100k if it goes all the way. His life has been drastically altered. Probably wishes he did not carry a gun. I think it's a great case study for anyone with a CWP. So don't let having the ability to carry a gun influence your common sense. Don't seek confrontation (or avoid it) and only employ it if there are no other options. In some ways, the responsibility of carrying a gun may not be worth it for some. You have to make that decision. Don't carry a gun unless you have made the decision that you will defend yourself by using it. Do not think that you can scare a bad guy away by having a gun or by having an inflated sense of confidence.

    Have fun and wish you the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calamitus View Post
    Hello, I joined the forum to learn as much as I can about gun ownership and concealed carry. I will be taking a CWP class in May and am researching/saving for my first firearm. I am a father of 5, the youngest of which is 12, and I think it's a good time to see about home and personal defense. Any input is welcome and I look forward to reading many enlightening posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    Welcome from SC...

    Great choice on getting your permit!

    BTW the 90 day wait is brutal lol
    Welcome from Florence; and what else ^^^he^^^ said..

    The 90 days goes by way to slow. But, heading to the range as much as possible will help. I also suggest taking a couple of SD & gun safety classes while you wait as well.

    I'm not sure where you live. But, SC has good instructors most any place you live.

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