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Good Morning from Rockton, Illinois.
I am a 52 year old male, married to Inger since '76. 2 kids, Jason born 1978 and Sofie born 1981. Both kids went in the Air Force 1999 and both got out this year with Staff Sargent Stripes.
I have not owned a gun but have shot a couple of rifles with my Dad in my youth. I am ready to own a pistol, mostly for the home. Rockton is not a high crime area, but I believe that makes it more appealing. I am on the verge of being a multiple gun owner. I have an unnerving feeling about how things are going with the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Sept. 1997 I found out I had Multiple Myeloma a cancer that affects the bone marrow and there is not a cure. Stem cell transplant Feb. 1998 back to work April 1998. I was told the average life expectancy was 3 to 5 years after transplant. I'm still working full time and doing well. No treatments but have to take some pain meds to make it through the work day.
I have been looking on-line at hand gun reviews and I will be reading on this forum on what all of you have to say on hand guns you like and why. I like the idea of having a hand gun on my person but in Illinois it is not legal to carry a concealed gun, so that is one I will struggle with, I am so damn lawful it hurts. That's it for now.
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Welcome from Rhode Island!

I would like to suggest that you contact a local gun club. I am certain you would find some members willing to help you get acclimated with firearms. At my club, we have plenty of club-owned firearms, including rifles (even a few AR-15's) and assorted handguns, so you can try some out and get comfortable before you start buying.

Best of luck and keep safe................

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Good Morning from Rockton, Illinois.
I am a 52 year old male, married to Inger since '76. 2 kids, Jason born 1978 and Sofie born 1981. Both kids went in the Air Force 1999 and both got out this year with Staff Sargent Stripes.
I have not owned a gun but have shot a couple of rifles with my Dad in my youth. I am ready to own a pistol, mostly for the home. Rockton is not a high crime area, but I believe that makes it more appealing. I am on the verge of being a multiple gun owner. I have an unnerving feeling about how things are going with the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Sept. 1997 I found out I had Multiple Myeloma a cancer that affects the bone marrow and there is not a cure. Stem cell transplant Feb. 1998 back to work April 1998. I was told the average life expectancy was 3 to 5 years after transplant. I'm still working full time and doing well. No treatments but have to take some pain meds to make it through the work day.
I have been looking on-line at hand gun reviews and I will be reading on this forum on what all of you have to say on hand guns you like and why. I like the idea of having a hand gun on my person but in Illinois it is not legal to carry a concealed gun, so that is one I will struggle with, I am so damn lawful it hurts. That's it for now.
BuddyLars
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Congratulations on 11 years survivorship! I myself am a cancer widower.

I understand your feeling about the country and the world, and we should always be prepared if/when WROL (without rule of law) comes. That could me tornado, earthquake, blackouts etc when law enforcement is overwhelmed. You are going to want to protect your property against looting and protect your safety. You may even be called upon to help patrol your neighborhood for the same reasons.

As far as handgun selection, I have my favorites along with a thousand ppl on this forum. It’s an individual thing based on their own experiences. There is no “best” gun. But there is a “best” gun that works for you! I am a big fan of things that work…and dislike things that don’t work based on how it’s used either carry, home defense, or a tactical environment. This may require the purchase of multiple weapons to fulfill different roles.

I hope this helps and again welcome to DC
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Hi Chevy 55,
I am going to a local gun shop/ firing range to talk and start my information gathering. My wife just asked me if there were any ranges around and I told her I was going to one after lunch while she is doing some shopping and that we both need to learn to handle a firearm safely and effectively. She kinda frowned on it, but I know she will. It is important for me that she can use it if ever needed. I am hopeful that she and I never will.
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A warm welcome to you Larry from NE New Jersey!
Glad to have you aboard. DC is a great place to learn.
Also glad you're doing so well following your bout with cancer. God bless.
 
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