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Defining Moment(s) that led to your decision to CCW

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Wasatch, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. Heychap


    Nov 13, 2008
    I had a 5 year CCW from 1992-1997-I let it expire out of compacency and lack of interest. I started to work in a jail a couple years ago and my eyes have been opened to a segment of life far greater then what you see on the news. I figured if only a fraction of criminals get caught-I'm packing again. I just got my CCW yesterday, after applying in July. It is good for 7 years, and i will not let it expire again.
  2. SRT76


    Nov 9, 2008
    Houston TX
    I have owned hand guns since I was 21 and have always enjoyed shooting. For the first 6 years I was out of college, I worked in various parts of the north east, (MI, IN, OH, NYNY) and wasn't able to get a CHL. When I moved back to Texas, it was right after Houston welcomed all those gracious and easy-to-get-along-with former residents of LA. The crime in Houston increased as much as 300% in some areas, and I that got me motivated to get my CHL done ASAP. I got married, to a woman with wonderful children and now have a family to protect.

    I carry a charged 1911 to defend what I love.

    That is where the rub is. The anti-gun liberals will never understand being strong enough in your convictions to take a life, or give your own.

  3. MKG23


    Apr 7, 2007
    My reason for getting my CPL was because one of my best friends was murdered in a home invasion three years ago and the punk/punks that did it were never caught. We had talked about getting our CPL's before he died, but we never got around to it. The week after he was murdered I signed up to get my permit.
  4. When the economy went to crap. I believe in having it and not needing it. As opposed to the other way around.
  5. mnorton

    mnorton nom nom nom nom

    Nov 25, 2008
    Being in a liquor store that was robbed later the same day. Clerk was killed and two customers were shot. As far as I know, they never caught the guy.
  6. Roofuss

    Roofuss Roofuss

    Dec 6, 2008
    Wife and I both work at the same place,and drive together late at night on a rather long ,lonely and dark highway. The road we used is lightly traveled at night, and have seen too many nutty things happen over the past 14 years while traveling. Made the decision to both get our ccp's last year, and carry all the time now. She has a Taurus M85 .38 spec. with a Crimson lazer, I carry a Glock 27 . 40 S/W . She felt more at ease with the " wheel gun " and is a damn good shot, ta boot !
  7. newjerseybt

    newjerseybt NRA Member

    Dec 6, 2008
    Honesdale, PA
    My defining moment was in 1975 when I was face to face with three armed men during a 1001 Auto Parts robbery in Elmwood Park, N.J. When that 12 gauge swung in my direction, my knees instantly turned to jello and I hit the floor with about 25 other patrons.

    Since that time I wanted a CCP but it was/is off limits in New Jersey. I had to have a special permit to even purchase a BB pistol which must be signed by the Chief of Police!

    I have since moved to PA and have decided to never again be in a position to be executed. Just got my G19 and the CCP is in the works for this coming week.
  8. Scared_of_zombies


    Dec 2, 2008
    I can't believe after reading the 20 pages of stories (which took several hours and really got me depressed) that no one has made the wise crack "Because carrying a cop would be too heavy."

    I turned 21 and am constantly being sized up by the real and fake gangsta's (of all colors). I have also never been in a situation where i wished i didn't have my gun but have been in many where i didnt have one (i was too young) and wanted one.
  9. boricua


    Dec 6, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    Primarily, because there might be a few disgruntled former employees walking the streets that may want to take a whack at my head. Second, I work downtown and I'm exposed to all kinds of punks, wannabes and routine city crimes.
  10. Facejackets


    Nov 29, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Well I have wanted a CCW since I found out they existed when I was 16. I thought it was "cool" at the time.

    Fast forward 5 years, now I work in a kind of shady part of town. I own a Glock 17. I keep it locked in my car, since it is legal here. But my store has had a lot of thefts, and we are a high dollar retailer, and at times I have up to or more than $4000 in my cash drawer, and I don't feel like being robbed and not being able to protect myself. I KNOW it is going to happen to. Especially the way things are going with the economy, people in the neighborhood of my store are getting more and more desperate.

    And, I need to get my CCW for the police academy...hopefully I'll get in!
  11. My brother made me! Seriously. I bartended at my parents wedding/ sports bar club in PA. It was not in the best of neighborhoods. My brother said he wanted me to go through the training, he would feel better about 'me armed there'
    I was glad I did, because one night we had some locals tell us about our place about to be 'hit', we had two thugs sure enough come in one went to the back of the hall as a 'look out man', the other came right up to me at the bar, I knew what was about to happen, he walked up to me at the bar, pulled a gun and pointed at my head, and said, 'give me your money!' My brother was sitting at the bar and had his .45 pointed right at his head and inch away, and said, 'boy, you stepped into the wrong place.' At the same time, the guy in the back of the room flinched, he had three guys on top of him before he knew what happened.
    My brother had a habbit of having every employee armed in that place. We had 8 guys just in that room waiting. Praise the lord I did not die that night.
    I was glad I was armed, still, I felt helpless, did not even have a chance to be in a defense position.
    Well, here in Charlotte, NC, home invasions are at an all time high, I hear record high nationally. But do not know if that is true. I had a Police officer encourage me to get re-licensed (Which I thought was strange-and self telling). He said crime was far worse than what is stated on the news.
    I let my license expire in 2002 after I moved to NC, and have had to re-apply now and am waiting for it.
    It is Day 4!
  12. Yeah, Jersey is a safe place to be a criminal, kind of like Illinois, and DC.

    Welcome to PA. Nice place to live.

  13. Great stories, but many lacking where they happen (state-town) and where they are getting there Carry license at.
  14. PriapismSD

    PriapismSD Free Sarcasm

    Feb 20, 2007
    San Diego
    There were a couple moments that were important:

    I was out dancing at a bar, think it was called The Jug, and this girl I met named Linda. Then in walked a man, with a gun in his hand:wow: and he was looking for, well, you know who. He made fun of my blonde hair and told me that was his woman there, he does in fact care, and this might be all for me.
    Well I was scared, and pretty much just shaking, as he was big and mean, big and bad, and pointing his gun at ME! So I explained to him, wait a minute sir, I didn't even kiss her, so I asked if he could allow me one favor. I figured if I had a short head start, maybe only a few steps, that would be the last he would see of my. But I can tell you, after staring down that big hole in the barrel (it had to be a .44), they could hear me screaming from a mile away as I ran for the door.

    The second time, I met a few people that seemed nice. One was an actress, one a college professor, one a pretty simple farm girl, and a well-to-do elderly couple. We decided to take a little boat ride outside the harbor with the ship's captain and first mate, and it was only supposed to be a 3 hour tour.
    A three hour tour.
    I can't go into the details, but it wasn't for the actions of the fearless crew, the boat would be lost. Thank Gawd everyone packed dozens of changes of clothes and neverending batteries to power the radio.

    We did get to meet the Harlem Globetrotters, though.
  15. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    Don't quit your day job.
  16. ExtraTitanian


    Apr 8, 2008
    I'm guessing pirates tried to plunder your booty.
  17. doublehorse


    Nov 23, 2008
    I got a CCW because I moved from Kommiefornia to Nevada :supergrin:
  18. Poppa Bear

    Poppa Bear Protective G'pa CLM

    Because at the time it was a wife and a daughter. Now it is a wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, and 3 grandchildren.

    That is the reason for my user name, Poppa Bear can be very dangerous if you want to hurt his mate or his cubs.
  19. AmbulanceMonkee

    AmbulanceMonkee Medic

    Jul 28, 2008
    On a street corner
    Defining moment? About the time the one skell who was already in my face as I was trying to get myself and my girlfriend into my car and leave looked at the other skell sitting in the truck parked next to me and said "Hey, (whatever), get the gun." As I never saw it, and they left when I called the police, I figure they didn't actually have a gun, but I would have felt a bit better about the situation if I had one of my own. I'm don't believe I would have done anything different if I was armed, but I really didn't like the feeling of wondering what the hell I was going to do if they did produce a gun, as I stood there with only a folding knife clipped to my pocket.

    The girlfriend from that story remained anti-gun after that incident and eventually became an ex. I've since met another wonderful woman, and have been seeing her for about a year. I applied for my pistol permit here in NY about a month after breaking up with the first girl, and the new girlfriend turned in her own application a few months ago. She has her eyes on a S&W 642 for her carry gun, and she'll be getting one for her birthday in July, assuming she has her permit by then.
  20. kingd


    Nov 9, 2008
    Defining moment was for my wife last night and re enforced moment for me,

    I pulled up to the atm at our bank and the wife jumped out to make a deposit while I waited in the car(no one around and she was in plain sight),Then a car came up quickly and a guy jumped out and headed towards the my wife fast.He did not see me until I opened my door and jumped out,as soon as he seen me he turned around and ran back to his car and took off.

    As far as I can tell This guy must have thought that she was alone and an easy target.

    Shook her up a bit.