New sheepdog in training, long intro

New sheepdog in training, long intro

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    Hello all

    Moved to Portland OR from Los Angeles CA several months ago to have a better living environment. In CA we're at the mercy of the local sheriff when applying for a CHL, and it feels nice to be living in a "shall issue" state now. I've recently decided to exercise my 2nd amendment right and arm myself.

    When I mentioned it to my father yesterday he said that I "ought to reconsider moving to a different neighborhood or another town where you can feel safe without the need to pack heat." This comment upsets me the more I think about it, especially after reading the article on Wolves, Sheep, and Sheepdogs.

    Within the last couple of years my mother was purse-snatched within 2 blocks of her home, and another time their home was invaded and ransacked when the family was away. What if somebody was at home sleeping when that happened? What if, in either case, the bad guy decided not to leave any witnesses? Feeling safe because you are prepared is one thing. Feeling safe because you have your head in the sand is another. I don't want to be a victim, so that is why I have chosen to arm myself.

    Before buying my first firearm I shot .22/9mm/.38/.40/.45 rentals pistols at the shooting range. I later read many epic .45 v 9mm threads and decided to go with 9mm because I felt that it would perform just as well with good ammo and good shot placement, I would gain extra mag capacity, and it would be cheaper for me to practice.

    So I am now the proud owner of a new Glock 19. I like the way it feels in my hand and I am impressed with it's reputation for reliability. At first I was put off by the lack of safety features compared to 1911's, but I've had a change of heart. When seconds count, I want my gun READY TO GO when I grab it out of my holster. The only safety I need, and the most important safety there is, is between my ears. A gun is inherently no less safe than a car. Negligence with either will get people killed and that's why following the gun community's well-established safety rules is as critical as obeying the rules of the road.

    So now I've spent more money on this new hobby than I ever expected to. I've ordered 750 rounds of AMERICAN EAGLE 9MM 147grn FMJ, 400 rounds of SPEER GOLD DOT 124gr 9mm+P, a Stingray OWB holster, two gun belts with velcro sewn on the inside from CrossBreed Holsters, extra magazines, magazine pouches, two NRA hats, ear muffs, safety glasses, and now training classes.

    My plan now is to get as much practice and tactical training as I can afford. I have a class in three days that I need to apply for my CHL, and then another class a few weeks after that. I'm just a pup now, but I hope to grow to become a responsible sheepdog like many of you in the community. This forum is a great resource and I'm glad to be here.


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    from Central Florida!

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    Smart move on the 'class'.
    Sound like you moving in the right directions...

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    Sounds like you're on your way, sounds like you've done your homework. Good job on not listening to the well-meaning advice to move to a "safe" place where you don't need a gun.

    Agreed on buying ammo now, and at some point, perhaps extra hi-cap mags.


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    That is indeed one of the longest intros I've seen! Congrats on your new G19! You'll love it!

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    Am here in the Portland area, myself, as well. If you're up for getting together at the Tri-County Gun Club in Sherwood some weekend, let me know.
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