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If you had told me 6 months ago I would be registering on a handgun forum I would have told you that you were crazy. Things change and here I am. I had nothing against guns, when I was younger I hunted rabbits from the hood of the car. Shot a few squirrels, a quail or two. Never had a handgun, never felt the need for one. As Skynyrd would say they are only good for puttin a man 6 feet in a hole. My neighbor awoke one morning early and their was a strange man going through her jewelry box. She had noticed a few things missing from her car but thought nothing about it, just to lock the car. A week later another widow women was burgled while sleeping just a 1/2 block from the house. I had two small pistols, they were my parents boot guns as they had been local city police auxiliary a 22 LR and a 25 caliber. I did not want to make someone mad, I wanted to make sure they were stopped where they stood if someone would come in (break in) to my house while I was sleeping they were up to no good. I talked to a friend who had a pawn shop and traded my two pistols for something a little bit larger. He brought me a SCCY CPX 1. I loaded the magazine with some difficulty and started sleeping with it on the night table by the bed. I have a large dog who would be instantly awake if someone tried to break in and I figured I could put one in the chamber, grab the flashlight and meet the person at the door. I am sure glad I never had to do this. (Six months have passed) My son who lives in a much more populated area had just bought a Walther PPQ for home defense asked me to go with him to try out our guns. I had never shot a pistol so I grabbed a box of shells, my SCCY, a large piece of poster board with targets drawn on by magic marker and off to a range we went. I had fired shotguns before so I did not take hearing protection, I would not need it or at least that is what I thought, a little shell like a pistol how loud could that be. I now shoot with ear plugs and muffs both, and hope my hearing will improve. Anyway I could not hit the broad side of a barn, out of a 10 round magazine I might have 2 within a 6 in circle and I know some did not hit the poster-board at all from about 45 feet. Remember I had never shot a pistol before but was pretty good with a 22 LR. The week after the first trip to the range I had signed up for the Oklahoma SDA (self-defense act) license which is CCW and or Open carry. I have completed the paperwork and am not awaiting the background checks which are done by the local county sheriffs office then sent to OSBI the state bureau of investigation. Last month (January 2013) they had over 5000 applications and the backlog from filing the paperwork to the actual granting of the license is between 90 and 120 days. I should hear something by May. By the way I have already purchased my second handgun a full size Beretta PX4 Storm which I used at my SDA class so not sure what I will carry. Anyway thanks to all the folks here who have increased my knowledge. I wont post a whole lot but I will read almost all.
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Lenonthelake, welcome to the club! The SCCY is a good pistol for the money, but your choice in the Beretta is even better. I have two CC permits and carry a Beretta BU-9 Nano as my EDC. I had a SCCY generation two for about a year, and it never failed me at the range. I used to pocket carry that gun in a BLACKHAWK! #4 pocket holster...now I carry the Beretta in it.
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