Originally Posted by Coon
You know, I've debated purchasing some sort of weapon for several years, and I always come back to worrying that someone could use it against me.
But I think I've watched too many scary movies, because sometimes I do feel unsafe and wish that feeling would go away.
Maybe I need to be hypnotized..?
What do you guys think about owning a Taser?
Why are their so many crazys out there?
I went thu some similar deliberation a few years ago after having 2 bikes and several tools stolen from my garage, but the final straw was when my neighbor's house was broken into thru the basement window and they cleaned him out--and this is in a nice littleton neighborhood...
so I went to gun shops, looked at lots of guns, asked questions, read a zillion internet forums and websites--I finally settled on a remington 870 defense shot gun, and i also load 00buck, then slugs--no question, I want all the stopping power i can get.
then for a handgun i also bought a springfield, mil-spec .45--mainly for price, but i'm not super-happy with it because it jams w/ hollow points--not what u want in the middle of the night--
--and after that usgs worker was murdered in fairplay a year or 2 ago, i take the .45 camping with me, and i carry unconcealed in the nf--not certain on the legality, but--not concealed, not np, so i think i'm ok--i still need to confirm, and i do intend to get a concealed carry permit.
the main thing i would advocate is to practice a lot, and to get absolutely familier with your firearm--I can break down and reassemble my 870 and my .45 practically blindfolded, and i practice shooting at the range as much as i can...this is essential though--to be completely familiar and knowledgable with your firearm's operation so there is no fumbling when you really need it
I also flew with my .45 to AK --i agree that was quite an experience in the post 9-11 world! what was really amazing tho was my gun was in a locked case, and security was still able to open the case--they left a little inspection card inside--kind of unnerving...
My next gun will be a .357 magnum-- the .45 wouldn't have been much use against a 800 lb bear! --but that was all i had...then a remington 700, then a mossberg 500, than a...