That is exactly why so many people are arming themselves now. I was in the military and grew up around guns. I got my own gun for the first time almost 2 months ago now. While I always wanted one my wife was very uncomfortable with them. Out of the blue one day she said it was time. I told her I would only get one if all in the house learn to use it. Since then I have been to the range 4 times. She has been with me twice, my daughter once and my son once. My wife and daughter did pretty well and hit the silhoutte every time. My son is 10 and shot only once. It scared him. That is ok though because I want him to respect it. I will go more when the ammo starts becoming more available again.
I know the seriousness of our decision to arm ourselves. While I don’t know how I would react if I had to shoot someone I know I will only do if forced to do so. I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no way I could live with myself if something happened to my family and I could not protect them.
Defender gives great advice.
The range we just joined only allows holster draw with approval of the safety officer, but it is a possibility. They also have home defense courses which I plan to take.
We also bought Airsoft replicas of the pistols we chose so we can practice in our backyard. I got tired of going through targets, so I made a target stand backed with some thick leftover roofing vinyl and a suspended chunk of aluminum that makes a great “ping!” when hit with a pellet. Great positive feedback.
It would be embarrassing if I were a lesser man, but my wife is an even better shot than I, in spite of her never shooting a pistol before, =and= her being in the middle of cataract surgery. One eye is done, waiting for the next surgery. I’m very proud of her.
Our friend who bought the same pistol and Airsoft as we, also comes over to practice. I’ve been working on some drills to improve trigger control. I have some talent with electronics, so I have a few projects in mind.
Congratulations! Be prepared to buy lots of holsters to try, before you find the “one”. (I have a drawer full, but only use 2 regularly) It’s always weird the first few times. Soon, it will be second nature to automatically put on your gun when you’re leaving the house. As a woman, I can advise your wife to be prepared for those situations where you just can’t carry on your body. There are very fashionable concealed carry handbags out there now. But, body carry is best. It’s summer now and I mostly wear jeans. Women’s belts are flimsy, so I invested in a good leather man’s belt and found it to be very comfortable. I just changed the buckle for something flatter. Also, since I mostly wear T-shirts around here, I found that buying one size up works great for concealment. As T-shirts seem to shrink, this has worked for me well. So, congratulations again to you both.
Thanks, yeah I have already bought a few different holsters. Right know I am trying different styles as far as all leather, all kydex, hybrid. Once I find a style I will narrow down the manufacturer. The wife has not quite crossed into full carry yet. I need to get her carrying around the house like I have been doing. I honestly don’t believe she is personally ready yet. She is all about going to the range when we can, and learning. She is for sure ready to use a weapon in home defense, or having one in the car, but i think she is not that confident in on body carry.
Congratulations to you both.
Good advice John. I also carry everyday even in my home. I do have to put it in my trunk before entering my work place.
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4 o’clock works well also👍🏻
The more you practice the more proficiently you will become. You have you & your family to protect so the more training you get the better the outcome when it come to protecting your family.
I agree with your comments on this post 100%.
I’m not an instructor, or certified in anything guns related, personally, I believe more in personal experience than in degrees. That being said, I’m from Brazil, country that has over 100 million people less than the US, but about 6X more murders per year. I’ve seen people dying in front of me and I saw a criminal shoot at my dad about 15ft from me in different instances. You probably can imagine how hard it is to be able to own a gun there during the socialist presidents’ terms (yes, even there the democrat politicians are telling people how to live… or die). It got a little easier nowadays with the new president, but it’s still not that easy. Anyway, I know how I react to those situations and it’s way too different from how my brother reacts, good thing I own a gun in the US and he doesn’t. The only one that will ever know what you’re capable of is God and yourself, so people can’t and shouldn’t tell you if you’re ready or not. People know if they’re more logical than sentimental. The less sentimental the better for reaction purposes.
If someone fights a lot when driving and/or keep starting fights everywhere he/she knows they shouldn’t buy a gun.
Awareness buys you time and time buys you options (this one is by John Correa from the Active Self Protection YouTube channel because I agree with the phrase) and dry fire is even more important than live fire, because you can practice everyday at home without spending a cent if you want and you can practice everything the tyrant gun range doesn’t allow you. The most important for me is drawing from a holster with different types of clothes, making sure the clothes don’t get in the way.
I prefer to carry and know I have a chance to come home alive than not to carry because I can maybe go to jail if I carry. They’ll usually arrest you anyway if you have to use your gun, but to stay in jail will depend if you know the most important laws (what you should or should not do with a gun) and if you have lawyers ready to assist you like from USCCA, CCW Safe, etc.
Nowadays I try to be extra careful not to print because of the stupid red flag laws. I can’t even talk to friends and some family members about guns because of that. Of course that’s what the politicians on the left want. You’re only afraid of what you don’t know. That’s the tactic they used in Brazil too. They made people forget about guns over time and now they’re afraid of it so the socialist government was able to take them away. Guess who kept their guns?! Criminals that kill people for sport sometimes.
Sorry for the book I just wrote, lol.
I hope you enjoy the time knowing you and those around you are safer than the clueless sheeple out there.
Congrats! And welcome to the community.
Thank you for taking the time to share. My wife’s family is from Uruguay, and we have family/friends in Venezuela (very tough there now, power outages and such). Yes education is paramount, even if you don’t feel comfortable carrying or owning a gun yourself, you should be educated on something before you just blindly oppose it. Just as with teachers, I don’t look to force anyone to carry or own, but there should not be restrictions forced on those who choose to defend themselves and their family legally. Have a great evening, CIAO!!
Thank you for responding to my comment. I agree with you 100%. Be safe.
The only one that notices are other concealed carrier’s. And we all have your back. My wife always looks me up and down before we leave the house, and periodically while we’re out in public. 21+ years of CWP EDC in Florida and never within my knowledge accidentally unconcealed.
So, you play the “does this pistol make my butt look big” game with your spouse too?
I have my wife check, if I’m wearing just a tshirt. When in an unbuttoned overshirt, or jacket, I don’t worry about it.
Not so much that, but you have to take accidental exposure seriously. And although the wife also carry’s concealed (14+ years), she has the benefit of carrying a handbag. lol. Plus I only carry OWB, but I find an untucked t shirt over it with a short sleeved unbuttoned “Camp Style” shirt works year around in Florida except August and September heat, then an oversized buttoned up Camp Style shirt without the “T”…
I like it. Definitely a top 10 reply. I want a “Because you’d be in jail” shirt.
My cheering section, of course!
Just fans, to simulate wind. Try to inject a little Mr. Murphy into my practice. My first instructor thought of this after a weekend class with high winds.