Welcome from central Mississippi.
This is a discussion on A Tip-O'-the-Hat from Phoenix, AZ within the New Members Introduce Yourself forums, part of the Welcome To DefensiveCarry.com category; OK ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to do something I've never done before on a Forum and that's be 100% honest and tell it like ...
OK ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to do something I've never done before on a Forum and that's be 100% honest and tell it like it is regardless of the ramifications or browbeating I might get for those who are less than generous with "Noobies". Because I think this is important. So here's my story...
About 5 years ago, I was invited to go on my 1st deer hunting trip here in AZ. I didn't have a rifle and didn't want to spend tons of money on something I might only shoot a few times a year. So I did some research and discovered the world of C&R (Curio and Relic) firearms. I bought a 1938 Turkish Mauser for $70 that ended up giving me 1 1/2" groups at 100m with surplus ammo.
That started something. I went out and got my C&R FFL and started collecting. I now own "very many" nice old weapons and have learned a bit about gunsmithing and reconditioning.
My best friend has been with me the whole way and we're both avid "range-heads". We're both proud to be Riflemen and have spent more than a few nights tiping a brewski and talking about, among many other things weapons related, how we would handle a Sh*t-hit-the-fan senerio (Red Dawn style, or an invasion by radical's of any stripe). We trained on double-tapping, shooting from uncomfortable positions, while on the move, and all the normal positions of course. It was (and is) fun and exciting - even though both of us realize this type of training may never be needed in real life. We tell each other it's better to be prepared. He's a bit more gung-ho about it that I am, but it's tough to disagree with his logic.
2 years ago my friend bought a Kimber, then a Taurus P145 and got his CCW. Since then he's been trying to talk me into getting my CCW and suggesting carry weapons. This was my response...
"Carrying a concealed weapon is a tremendous responsibility. I don't know if I have everything it takes - like the proper judgement, cool head, and other unknown aspects of being a CCW guy"....in otherwords, the responsibility scared the living bejee's out of me.
But he planted a seed and I started a slow program of self inspection. While doing this, it seemed the rash of unspeakable violence being perpetrated upon us by our own (Virginia Tech, etc) was really starting to get out of control. And THAT changed my mind.
I never wanted to be a LEO. I fear making a mistake with my weapon. Over penetration, unseen bystanders, misunderstanding the situation, making the wrong choice, pulling when I shouldn't or not pulling when I should...all seemed valid reasons for me NOT to CC.
As I thought of the senseless killers out there, I knew I didn't want to be a victim or watch helplessly as those around me were gunned down if I were ever to be caught in that type of situation. Misgivings about choice or "right and wrong" would go right out the window and I'd dump every round I had into the BG in that case.
So I thought to myself it would be better to have a CCW and not use it than need it and not have it. I could decide how, when, and if I wanted to carry at my leisure. I went out and bought a weapon that felt good to my hand and gave me confidence with it's power, accuracy, and all that. Then I took the class.
I recieved my permit on 3/27/08. With all I learned in the class, I learned there isn't really that much to fear, it's like my years in the military, it's all about the training!!!. So I'll train. I'll take advanced tactical classes, low light, target differentiation, peaceful conflict resolution and of course....
.....join a forum filled with experiences, stories, wisdom, comraderie, advice and maybe even a few laughs. If you don't mind, I'll probably be very quite for the first weeks as I read and get to know you all. And I look forward to the sharing that will help make me and perhapes others the best contribution to our nations safety we can be.
Welcome from central Mississippi.
Welcome to the forum and the world of concealed carry.
Lots of stuff to learn here, and as far as the forum goes, its one of the most knowledgable and respectful forums I've seen on the internet. No newbie bashing here.
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