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Happy to be here and participate. About me: 74 year old retired Marine with 30 years in active service. Retired in 1989 as Master Gunnery Sergeant (E9). I was aboard ship off Cuba coast for both Bay of Pigs and Cuban missile crisis. Then three years in Vietnam. I was a mud Marine (infantry) for my entire career. Last challenge was the Grenada invasion. Wounded twice In Nam. Obviously they were survivable wounds and I was lucky to have no residual effects from those wounds. I learned to shoot in basic using an M1. Then was issued an M14. I qualified as sharpshooter with both. The M14 was eventually was replaced with an M16. Never qualified with it because when we got them we were busy shooting the enemy. When I was promoted to Sergeant (E5) I had to qualify with the M1911. Shot sharpshooter with it. Due to the combat death of a staff sergeant I was promoted to Staff Sergeant (E6). After being assigned as a platoon Sergeant I was issued an M1911.

Because the early M16s tended to jam often I made sure to become a good pistol shooter. Upon discharge I bought an M1911. Ten years ago I went to Beretta 9mm. Three years ago I injured both my rotator cuffs beyond surgical repair. Had problems with stability when shooting the Beretta so went to compact 9mm in the form of a Ruger Lc9. Got the Lc9s when it came out. I love it and I am so impressed with it. Did not get the Pro model since my experience with the M1911 made me quite used to safeties. So that is my background. Glad to be onboard.


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Welcome from Wisconsin!
 

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Howdy from TEXAS, where the west begins. Welcome to the forum.
Glad you could join us. Pull up a chair and sit a spell. And thank you for your service.
 

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Welcom to the forum from and a thank you for your many years of service from the Lone Star State.
 

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Welcome...

from Central Florida!

Your years of service are greatly appreciated...:usa:

RET :31:
 

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A warm Texas welcome to ya! Enjoy your time at D.C. You are among good people here. :image035:
Thank you for your service.
 

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Welcome to Defensive Carry :wave: The best forum for sharing ideas and experience.

Help us keep this forum great by remembering the Golden Rule: Please treat others as you want to be treated.

I am from Kansas.
 

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Welcome aboard! I was also involved in the Bay of Pigs & Cuban Missile Crisis myself. I was a diver aboard a Submarine & we offloaded some Cuban freedom fighters. Earlier I was involved with mapping the underwater part of the Bay & checking for obstacles, mines, etc. Exciting times. I retired from the US Army after jumping ship from the USN after a bunch of years from discharge in '01.
 
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