March 7th, 2010 01:51 PM
I'm really happy I found this forum. Great posts from people with ideas of like kind.
I'm 61, single (Un-encunbered), married once 8 years, divorced 32 years, with good post marital relations.
Joined (RA) U.S. Army at 18 to get the GI Bill. At 19 served One tour RSVN '67 through '68. Engineer Corp. Honorable Discharge 1970.
Trained with and issued M-14.
Qualified "Sharpshooter" with M-14, M-16, M-60 and M-2.
First personal weapon owned was in 1970. Old Browning 1922 .32, from a Ft. Carson Pawn Shop ($95), stolen a year later by a "friend."
Father-in-law introduced me to small game hunting with an Ithica "Featherlight" 12ga, Pump. A greate gun for me, on sale ($150) from Sears. I sawed off the Modified Choke to legal length.
Then, for dear, a 2nd hand Winchester '94, 30-30 ($100). Wished I had waited. I think the Marlin 99 is a better rifle.
Both sold after divorce and I quit hunting.
1979, Llama .380, quality holster, case and ammo for $150. A fine little pistol that repeatedly placed all of an 8 round load in a 4"x4" at 60 feet from a solid rest.
I left it at my Moms and it was confiscated when my Mom was corrnerd in her house. The threatened intruder ran and yelled for cops. She made the mistake of chasing him to the back door. They took his word against her's. I lost my gun.
Then in '85 I got a New Browning Hi-Power 9mm on sale for $320.00. And kept it LOCKED! I loved that gun! Pawned it in hard times for $100 and lost it.
They were all good accurate guns.
Stolen, sold or lost.
Today, I only have a North American Arms, NAA-22LLR, '22LR, with a 1 5/8" Barrel. Loaded with Aguila 60gr .22 LR SubSonic.
I practice with it in the pocket of an old pair of jeans. The hole is gettin' bigger and groupings where it hurts.
Other than You nobody knows about it... darn friends.
The BG will only hear it and mayby see a puff come out of the new hole in my pocket.
At 61, 5'6", 130 lbs, I'M NOT GONNA FIGHT FAIR, when my life is at stake.
Now, I'm looking at the Bersa Thunder 380 cc in Stainless.
With the right rounds I think it is a good step up.
Ammo availability is my only concern.
Last edited by XRaycer; March 7th, 2010 at 10:29 PM.
Reason: Language work around!
March 7th, 2010 01:53 PM
Moving up in caliber is a great move.
Exodus 22:2 "If a thief is caught breaking in and is struck so that he dies, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed"
March 7th, 2010 02:00 PM
Welcome from Georgia, thanks for you service. take a look at a Keltec pf-9 it is a 9mm small, affordable and mine has been very reliable, and its made in the USA.
You may not like guns. You may choose not to own one. That is your right.
You might not believe in God. That is your choice.
However, if someone breaks into your home at 3AM the first two things you are going to do are:
1) Call someone with a gun.
2)Pray they get there in time." - A wise man
March 7th, 2010 02:26 PM
from Ga. Welcome to DC. I would recommend the Ruger LCP .380 too. The Bersa or the Ruger would be a good investment and should serve you well.
"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." – Luke 22:36
"If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so." – Thomas Jefferson
March 7th, 2010 02:28 PM
Welcome from West Kentucky.
March 7th, 2010 02:28 PM
Welcome from South Carolina!!!!!
Always put Jesus first in your life.
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U.S. Navy Vet.
March 7th, 2010 02:37 PM
Welcome to the forum from the Richmond area.
Freedom doesn't come free. It is bought and paid for by the lives and blood of our men and women in uniform.
NRA Life Member
March 7th, 2010 02:42 PM
Welcome from Central Texas!!!!!
NOT LIVING IN FEAR, JUST READY!!!
I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness,
nor the warrior for his glory.
I love only that which they defend.
March 7th, 2010 03:16 PM
from Central Florida!
The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.
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March 7th, 2010 03:59 PM
Duty, Honor, Country...MEDIC
¡Cuánto duele crecer, cuan hondo es el dolor de alzarse en puntillas y observar con temblores de angustia, esa cosa tremenda, que es la vida del hombre! - René Marqués
March 7th, 2010 04:02 PM
March 7th, 2010 04:15 PM
Thanks for the quick welcome Folks!
Sure makin' me feel like I found a Home.
For the suggestions too. They all appear to have a warranted appeal.
A friend I work with has an FFL and I'm trying to contact him to see if he can help me get a price break for my final choice.
I know I've got to get over it, but I'm just so darn old fashioned. A lot of the Autoloaders look so Boxy.
Kinda like a 2"x2" with a handle stuck to it as an after thought.
All of the Handguns I've owned were... well, sexy to me. They felt "right" when I held them in my hand.
I'll come around, that these are just "Tools" to serve a purpose.
Craftsmanship and efficiency in performing as intended. I want to keep that in the forefront.
And of course, Made in the USA
March 7th, 2010 04:31 PM
March 7th, 2010 04:52 PM
EOD - Initial success or total failure
March 7th, 2010 05:04 PM
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