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Old 07-31-2014, 17:22   #1021
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When I owned a service station in the 90's and saw all the weirdo's come in from the highway.


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Old 08-06-2014, 17:17   #1022
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:00   #1023
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Defining Moment(s) that led to your decision to CCW

I was shopping for a gift for a child when a b-guy (he was) comes around the corner of the aisle and states "Hey...don't I know you? I do. You work at ********". Then his cousin baby-Huey comes around the corner and says the same thing.


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Old 08-31-2014, 10:57   #1024
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Couple of reasons for me. One is I've grown up around guns and love thim. The second is for personal protection for me and my wife both home and away from home. Better to be ready for the unthinkable than not ready
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:51   #1025
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I remember being a kid, walking out of a board of trustees meeting with pops and having a man approach us, get close enough to grab dad, only to hear the snap on pops walther holster pop and a stern warning to get lost.

He said something like "I... I just wanted bus money man."

Late at night in a dark parking lot and he gets close enough to put his hands on someone to ask for bus money. Yeah right.
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Old 09-10-2014, 21:41   #1026
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You know, ive been thinking about CCW. I just wanted it for dogs while I run out here, unfortunately I got my CCW, and a holster for the gun I want, but the gun I want is backordered so it's not doing me any good.

Ive started randomly CC, I guess I don't see so much of the hype behind it? I live in a pretty safe place which may be why I don't see much of the reason to CC. Do many of you guys CC because you live in bad neighborhoods? Or are you trying to be prepared for the just in case?
Do you wear a seatbelt or have a fire extinguisher? Some things are "just in case." Carrying a gun is one of those things.
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Old 09-13-2014, 17:24   #1027
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I was shot by an over zealous rookie cop in '89, robber at gunpoint in '92 and '97. I lived in a neighborhood where, two doors down, the police actually dated the bullet holes in the house to identify the new ones. They just used a permanent marker. I thought, because of some indiscretions in the '70s when I was a young man, I would not be able to acquire a CCW.

Moving from that neighborhood to an apartment in a large metro area I really began to pay attention. Over the last six years, as things got worse, I looked into carry laws in Colorado, applied for a permit and now, legally, carry my G23 whenever I leave the apt. Even to do the laundry. Certain neighbors know to call me if they have a problem, only after calling 911.

I know and follow all the laws of the state of Colorado and keep up with local municipal ordinances. I carry wherever legal and ignore and attempts to skirt my right to keep and bear arms.

I have made a conscious decision to carry, train, and be ready to protect myself, my family, and any close to me from what I can only describe as the fall from grace of this country.

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Old 09-28-2014, 10:27   #1028
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I've been around firearms all my life, but my wife hadn't and wasn't comfortable with them, so I refrained. When we moved to Idaho in 97, we felt pretty safe. Quiet rural neighborhood.

Skip forward about six months. Our upstairs neighbor come beating on our door asking for help. Her significant other was drunked up and beating her, then started yelling around our windows threatening to kill anybody who helped her. At that point, my wife rethought the having a gun thing and we purchased her first firearm. Did some training, and since she worked a job that had her closing late at night, decided to get her CCW. Of course my doing the same was a given.

When 9/11 occurred, the nature of feeling secure changed for everyone. I went from carrying occasionally to having a firearm as a constant companion. Though I pray every day I'll never have to use it, I determined way back then that I'd not live in fear of another.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:37   #1029
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This is a great thread, took me forever to read through it. Many good stories.

My defining moment was Katrina. I sat here thinking, "Wow, how can this happen right here in the USA? The terrorist attack (9/11) was one thing, but this is US born and raised, people acting like complete animals." I felt that if something like that happened here in FL, there's no way I'd want to be unable to defend myself and my fam.

We weren't directly affected, we just got flooded cars sent down here and they started popping up on the 'buy here pay here' lots.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:59   #1030
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This is a great thread, took me forever to read through it. Many good stories.

My defining moment was Katrina. I sat here thinking, "Wow, how can this happen right here in the USA? The terrorist attack (9/11) was one thing, but this is US born and raised, people acting like complete animals." I felt that if something like that happened here in FL, there's no way I'd want to be unable to defend myself and my fam.

We weren't directly affected, we just got flooded cars sent down here and they started popping up on the 'buy here pay here' lots.
Katrina was the reason I purchased a long gun. I had pistols and a shotgun, but wanted another long gun after seeing how long many residents went without basic government services (police, fire etc).

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Old 10-10-2014, 15:42   #1031
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I live in Saginaw, MI. Reason enough.
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Old 10-10-2014, 15:50   #1032
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Do you wear a seatbelt or have a fire extinguisher? Some things are "just in case." Carrying a gun is one of those things.
Maybe, but I think the chances of requiring either of those two is far greater than ever needing a gun...out in public.
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Old 10-10-2014, 23:58   #1033
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Maybe, but I think the chances of requiring either of those two is far greater than ever needing a gun...out in public.
While I will agree this is true, (thank God), if you ever do need your pistol (or far worse), your long gun or shotgun in public, the need will be far more dire.

I seem to recall some years back a certain Mr. Marshal, (yes the famous one), was stopped somewhere along the road in his motorhome. His Mrs. who was outside at the time was being harassed by some bikers till Mr. Marshal happened to make an appearance with his M4 at high ready. Above mentioned biker boys suddenly remembered pressing business elsewere and made a hasty retreat.

This situation while rare in the extreme, is not something I would like to settle with a fire extinguisher or my tire jack kit!

I awoke one night back in '73 to the sound of footsteps. It turned out to be a neighbor walking his dog beside my bedroom window, but for about sixty seconds I was dead sure someone was walking around in the front of my mobile home....No weapon and a scantily clad wife asleep beside me. A looooooong sixty seconds I can assure you!

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Old 10-11-2014, 07:58   #1034
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Eh. It's all.about acceptable risk. Do you wear a helmet wherever you go in case something falls on your head? Chances of something falling in your head or falling on your head are probably just as extreme and more likely to happen than ever having to use your gun.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:03   #1035
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There was only one defining moment. Three years ago I was walking my dogs in a public park. A lage dog was off leash and charged me as I was holding my dogs for their protection from the larger canine. When the dog approched, I kicked it in the lower jaw. The owner saw this and objected. We argued about leash laws until he pulled a handgun on me.

I did not like the fact that I was not shot being due solely to his mercy or lack of resolution.
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Old 10-11-2014, 11:08   #1036
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There wasn't a defining moment per se. When I turned 21, I bought a Colt Combat Commander, started carrying it that day. Been carrying a pistol for 33 years, only now it's a G19
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:27   #1037
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There was only one defining moment. Three years ago I was walking my dogs in a public park. A lage dog was off leash and charged me as I was holding my dogs for their protection from the larger canine. When the dog approched, I kicked it in the lower jaw. The owner saw this and objected. We argued about leash laws until he pulled a handgun on me.

I did not like the fact that I was not shot being due solely to his mercy or lack of resolution.
Did you call 911 to report the incident after you were out of immediate danger?
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:36   #1038
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When 9/11 occurred, the nature of feeling secure changed for everyone. I went from carrying occasionally to having a firearm as a constant companion. Though I pray every day I'll never have to use it, I determined way back then that I'd not live in fear of another.
On another thread I wrote recently of the many disturbing signs and events happening here in the US and around the world that point to the increasing chance that people will be encountering potentially deadly scenarios.

One of those signs is a government that not only ignores the threats but seemingly encourages criminal/terrorist elements by its political ideology of retreat and neglect. When governments ignore the citizens' safety and welfare --- deliberately or not --- it's up to the individual to exercise his/her individual rights in whatever societies recognize those individual rights.

Anyone putting off buying a firearm and acquiring proper self-defense ammunition is in my opinion gambling with his/her future --- whether or not the person plans on CCW or not. If things improve worldwide in the future one can always sell the firearm and ammo if one no longer feels the need to be armed.
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