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Old 10-19-2010, 05:46 AM   #31
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Seems like most of you keep a round chambered and ready to go, which I've started doing. Until earlier this year, I had fired a gun only once since I left Viet Nam in 1970 and that was about 72 or 73, a long gun I fired only once. But things change over time and I was put out to pasture on disability several years ago because of a bad back. I'm very limited in what I can do and I have to walk with the aid of a cane. That and the fact that I'm not a young pup any longer have made me more of a target for the bad guys in my mind. To solidify that idea, I was assaulted a couple years ago by some young punks out to prove they could pound and old man. I have a very nice hardwood cane and that probably saved my bacon, because I got in a couple of good whacks and the bad boys ran away.

I was fighting the VA for a full disability at the time and couldn't afford a handgun, but thankfully things changed (after a 6 year fight) and I bought my first handgun, a 9mm Springfield XD 5" Tactical in February of this year. The older I get, the less I do things in moderation and I've added another 7 handguns to my collection since: An XDm 3.8 .40 Cal; an XD .40 Sub-Compact; a Springfield EMP 9mm; an EMP .40 Cal; a Beretta 9mm PX4 Storm; an FNP 9mm and a Sig Sauer Mosquito. (I live alone, no dependents other than my 4 rescued cats, so what the hell).

At first, since I was re-learning my weapons skills (I was a damn good shot back in the day) I was a little leery of keeping a round in the chamber. But as I've spent a lot of time at the range and continue to hone my skills again (I'm still a pretty good shot and getting better), I've become more comfortable handling each pistol and now I keep 3 of them chambered and ready in separate locations around my place. And I'm having so much fun shooting them all, it's great. I can't wait to add more.
Thanks for your service Edward. Glad to have you here.

Don't sweat the 7 handguns, as none of us will find that odd. Keep buying and using.
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Kiss my gun & licence goodbye forever if unlocked ammo was anywhere near it at home...in other words, the obvious.


Can't help but be envious of you guys.

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Thanks for the comments M14sRock, I appreciate it. I'm about to add an FNH Five-SeveN to my collection this weekend. The FNH people are putting on a promo at my local gun shop and I'm going to take advantage of it. Can't wait to give a range report.

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Thanks for the comments M14sRock, I appreciate it. I'm about to add an FNH Five-SeveN to my collection this weekend. The FNH people are putting on a promo at my local gun shop and I'm going to take advantage of it. Can't wait to give a range report.
You will like it. Great pistol for open range. Remember to post pics....
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I don't keep mine chambered (my roommates barely even let me to carry a loaded magazine inside of it)

I practice racking it every night. I'm getting fast enough to react quickly when and if that "situation" arises.

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Do you keep your car/truck with an empty fuel tank? Do you have a few gallons of fuel stored nearby for use when you want to use said vehicle?

You may think this is absurd, but both are machines designed for a purpose. Both have been known to be involved in accidental deaths and injuries as well as criminal acts. Motor vehicles just tend to be many times more deadly than firearms.

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One in the pipe with the safety on. Of course I am lucky as there are no under 18 kids in the house. I also have a yappy small dog around as an early warning detecter. She is good at her job














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Except for those actually locked in the safe, all guns are fully loaded, chambered, and the safeties on. I think it was Jeff Cooper who is quoted as having said, "I don't ever want to hear 'CLICK? S***! I thought it was loaded!" Ever since a man living just a couple hundred yards down the road from me was knifed by strangers in a home invasion, I've carried one loaded, cocked, and locked on my person and several others in the same condition stashed strategically throughout the house.

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