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Well, I've been lurking and posting for a little while but decided it was time to formally introduce myself. My name is John and I am 45 years old, married for 14 years, have a son, 11, and a daughter 9.
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I live in Allen Texas, a growing town north of Dallas in Collin County. I've lived in the Metroplex since 1988 and am a recent resident of Allen. I am originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, which, I'm pleased to report, the family home survived Hurricane Rita with no damage to the dwelling.
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I've worked 17 years in the insurance industry in the personal claims department but find my self unemployed after SF told me to find a new neighbor and my temp position dried up after the hurricane damage became workable by regular staff. With insurance storm work it is feast of famine.
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I'm currently attempting to retool without loosing my shirt and am not sure where I will land. I've applied at the Dallas Police Department but also am considering working toward a tech position, possibly in medical x-ray. I've not totally ruled out continuing in personal lines insurance claims but the big companies are not what I went to work for in 1988, but what is.
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I enjoy handguns and am able to shoot them fairly well. I am not able to shoot a shotgun worth a flip, which, being from south Louisiana is a surprise, and yes I did my share of duck hunting. I'm better at a rifle but no longer hunt so I get no practice or incentive from rifles.
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I do have my CCL and have carried it since the inception of the program here in Texas. I enjoy family, motorcycling when time allows, history programs and internet gun forums, reading, cooking, walking with my wife and kids.
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I am currently introducing my son to pistols. He and I spent some time and about 200+ rounds of 22 long rifle down at the Bullet Trap in Plano. We used a Wather and thank god I had two clips because I could not load them fast enough. He had a time as did I and he really is a pretty good shot.
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I currently own the following:
Smith & Wesson M&P 40s&w
Smith & Wesson 1911PD Gunsite 45acp (commander size)
Smith & Wesson 686P 4" 357
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These guns are a pleasure to shoot. The semi's are easy to carry.
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Holster selection includes:
Sparks VM-2 for the 1911
High Noon IWB for the M&P
Sparks VM-2 for the M&P on order
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My regular carry ammunition is the following:
Remington Golden Saber 230grain 45acp
Remington Golden Saber 180grain 40s&w
As you can tell, I lean toward the larger, meatier loads, not spending a lot of time on ballistics and/or statistics.
I've also appreciated Federal EFMJ reduced recoil in each of these calibers.
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I've enjoyed introducing myself to the forum. I look forward to getting to know the group and sharing interests.
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Welcome, thats the best intro. I have ever seen here. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on getting your son into shooting. Hey if possible would you post some pics of the M&P? Good Luck with the job hunt, glad to have you here!
 

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Another North Texas folk! Welcome! Appreciate the full sized introduction and info. Best of luck in your career endeavors too - lots of demand in the medical industry if you go that direction. We lived in <cough> Plano for six years and finally escaped further north - kind of close to the Red River, east of Sherman.:wave:
 

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Welcome from Virginia. :wave:
 

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Welcome to the forum John. We couldn't ask for a better intro. Have fun, learn, and contribute when we can.
 

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Welcome John :smilez:

And yeah - that was some intro and thank you.
 

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Great to have you here.
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 

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Welcome:wave:
We are the same age. 45 and holding.
Good luck with the LEO job.
I started my LEO career late in life,but it is a satisfying and sometimes
thankless job.
Sounds like you will be good at it.
 

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:wave: Welcome from NC! Great intro, best of luck on the job search!
 

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Very good John, and welcome!
Glad to hear you are introducing your son to shooting.
My 10 yr old enjoys .22 rifles, though he has tried a single six & my Bullseye .22.
 

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