November 5th, 2008 07:27 PM
New sheepdog in training, long intro
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.
November 5th, 2008 07:30 PM
Greetings and Welcome from Fayetteville NC!!!
"Without fear there can be no Courage!"
November 5th, 2008 07:30 PM
from Central Florida!
If you can, buy extra ammo...now.
Smart move on the 'class'.
Sound like you moving in the right directions...
Stay armed...anytime, anywhere...stay safe!
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November 5th, 2008 08:09 PM
Greetings from Rocky Top Tennessee
One should never confuse good fortune with good training.
Illegitimus Non Carborundum.
In God we trust.
November 5th, 2008 08:15 PM
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.
November 5th, 2008 08:27 PM
A Big Texas Howdy from Dallas.
"Eternity is Too Long to be Wrong"
Texas CHL Instructor & Holder & Utah CFP Instructor
NRA Instructor & Life Member
Member TSRA, USCCA, TCHA
Christian, Heterosexual, Pro-2A, Pro-Life, Conservative, Common Sense American
November 5th, 2008 08:39 PM
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch; Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-- Benjamin Franklin
November 5th, 2008 08:40 PM
Welcome from eastern Washington.
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD
November 5th, 2008 10:51 PM
Welcome from South Carolina.
Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.
November 5th, 2008 11:00 PM
That is indeed one of the longest intros I've seen! Congrats on your new G19! You'll love it!
November 5th, 2008 11:04 PM
Welcome from the People's Republic of Illinois.
Savage 93R17 FV
November 6th, 2008 12:17 AM
Welcome from Alabama. The only safe neighborhood where you don't need to pack heat is called the cemetery.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
November 6th, 2008 12:24 AM
November 6th, 2008 03:58 AM
LAR: Welcome to the forum!
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.
Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
self defense (A.O.J.).
How does disarming
the number of victims?
Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos)
NRA, SAF, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.
November 6th, 2008 07:19 AM
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