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  • Birthday 06/17/1951

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    Mensa, shooting, computers, amateur radio and whatever strikes my fancy. I have had a lot of hobbies in my life.
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  1. I learned real fast that carrying guns all day is not fun once the initial novelty of doing so wears off. I went from an Sig P229 and Officer Sized 1911 to a few .380s like the Colt Mustang and Ruger LCP but mostly my Sig P365 and lots of snub nose revolvers to carry in my pocket. Funny that out of all the guns I owned and I owned over 70 that I bought and sold in the last 12 years, the pocket guns twice saved my bacon when I would not have worn a big gun that day. People really do not care what caliber or size gun you have. They do not want to be shot and I still not have run into the drug crazed guy they all talk about who can absorb shot after shot. Maybe I do not go to places where they hang out. :) I am now 71. Most of us in my retirement community of almost 150,000 seniors, start off with hip holster carry and end up with occasional pocket carry. No one has been murdered here since the 70's and the was an LEO couple who shot each other at their home. We have tourist visiting here and no outsiders can even find us in the maze we live in that covers 4 counties. Most others go decades with never even having to think about using the gun they are carrying and so they carry less and less and smaller and smaller when they do. Let's face it, most of us do not even know anyone who would have lived had they had a concealed gun.
  2. I retired this month. My company transported military arms and goods around the world on behalf of the US Government. I had to get a security clearance and background check regularly. I see a Psychiatrist for Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression and ADHD. I never had a problem. These are things that many people suffer from these days. I had my last background check from a US Defense/Security Agency just two months ago and was approved with no problems. My PDOC said that they are only obligated to provide information that they deem to be a danger to themselves or others.
  3. I just want to point out something I am aware of about this subject. I know a lot of gun owners who are afraid of confiscation and against registration. Yet they register their guns with the manufacturer for warrant support. They buy online from companies who keep sales records. This is like guys I know who do not want to get EZ Pass or other things to stay off the grid and yet they are so on the grid from other ways that they are not even aware of it. I did Skip tracing for a year and not only did I find people but learned the names of their girlfriends and places they hung out at through credit card receipts and other means. These days you cannot hide anything. Even if confiscation came to be and let's say you hide your guns. What good would that be? If you use it you will probably get a life sentence. If you brandish it you will get a very long prison sentence. Some may say but at least I will be alive. Sometimes being dead is not the worst that can happen to you.
  4. I will be dead in 20 years. Although I think it inevitable that civilians will not own guns in the future, NJ will be one of the first to fall due to the makeup of their population and proximity to NYC. That is why I moved. I am like someone who knows a flood is coming so I keep moving to higher ground to delay the inevitable flood. I hope this will never happen but I am intelligent enough to know that life does not revolve around guns or single issues in electing officials. How many of you have needed to shoot anyone as a civilian? That is how low down the chain of importance owning guns are to most people. Nice to have just in case but not the most important thing in their life. If it were, none of you would still be living in NJ. There are far greater social issues to be tackled in the future and as long as the biased media keeps reporting mass shootings so that the population thinks there is mass slaughter happening every day, we are in for a fight and NJ is already down for the count while those of us in other States have just taken the first punch.
  5. No condolences needed. I can carry any gun in a car without any permit needed. I can carry any weapon concealed, not just a gun, without proving a need. I can use 100 round magazines or moe in any weapon allowed by the Federal Government. I can use any ammo I like in my guns. I can keep my guns loaded in my car read to use. I do not need any FID or permit to buy any firearm. We do not register guns around here. I can walk around with a knife on my belt and am legal as long as it is visible. I can carry a switchblade or any other knife but ballistic, concealed. So we lost a little due to a Governor running for the Senate that affects very few people. How you doing?
  6. That is what I did. Been 8 years. Just went back to NJ two weeks ago, unarmed but it was just EWR airport and then to NYC where I could not even carry one of my knives. I keep a Shockwave loaded with 8 Aguilar buckshot rounds next to my desk in my home office. I must say that I went crazy when I moved to Florida. I bought about 70 firearms and all sorts of automatic and illegal NJ knives. Even got a sword cane which I can use legally. I must say that I do not miss NJ at all. I have more land here than I had in NJ where I was paying $14K in property taxes. Now I pay $1,8000 in prop. Taxes. My wife and I carry guns and I can carry a sword as long as it is concealed. Life is good here despite the once every 10 year hurricanes that hit central Florida. I am wearing shorts and a tee shirt still. I can understand that guns do not and should not be the deciding factor in major life decisions but we have no kids and I can work from anyplace in the world with an internet connection so we moved and despite a 20% salary cut, no city/state taxes along with the lower cost of goods, I actually have more disposable income. Plus my home cost half of what it did in NJ so I have a tiny mortgage that will be paid off before the end of next year. Then I live mortgage free, can carry a gun anywhere not prohibited by Federal and State law, and continue my hobby of gun collecting and recreational shooting without having a FID or applying for permits every time I see a handgun I like.
  7. I never knew how much Vietnam affected me. I have been on sleeping pills and tranquilizers since then. I used to wake up and attack my wife so we slept in different rooms. I have some minor problems that no one can diagnose and was in the area where agent orange was most concentrated. I have never had a lot of friends and moved 13 times, mostly within NYC and NJ. Songs, smells and tastes being me back to Nam. I was never thanked for my service until 4 years ago. Read this and know what we went through and why I get pissed off when guys show up on the range looking like soldiers and using gear like soldiers do. They remind of kids playing Army who never thought to risk their life for their country but want all the toys that the real soldiers used to feel dangerous and brave. I used to pick up the newbies and take them out to the field. Despite all their training and many were gang members given the option of Nam or prison, none every thought that they would soil their pants the first time under real fire. That is why I get amused when I see guys who think they are prepared having never been shot at or shot in anger. Anyway, most of what you will read below is me:
  8. I am with you. I lived in NJ for about 30 years. I got off my butt and got others involved but guess what? It just kept getting worse and not better. One day I just got fed up and told my wife to put the home up for sale during the housing recession. We just kept lowering the price until we sold it and then moved to Florida. Now I have a whole room filled with guns, many that were illegal in NJ. I had to learn about small carry guns and holsters. They used to make fun of me in the numerous guns stores found at ranges, Pawn Shops and other retail establishments with FFLs because I kept asking them if what I wanted to buy was legal. I can get to 5 gun stores in under a half an hour and three ranges in the same amount of time. My wife and I have ccw licenses. They call them licenses because it is felt that we do not need permission to carry a gun. No license at all required to carry a gun in your car as long as it is out of sight. I can buy any gun that is not banned by the Federal government and that took time to adjust to. We voted with our feet and love it here in Florida. I have bought about 60 guns in 6 years. I bought 8 handguns within weeks of moving here. My wife carries, all her girlfriends carry as well as their husbands. My relatives here carry and so does the woman who cuts my hair, takes care of my lawn, fixes my plumbing and takes care of my electrical systems. Anti gun people are the ones who have to keep quiet about guns. The biggest difference is that in NJ I felt that we were always on the defensive to water down an anti gun law or fight against passage of one. In Florida we are offensive since we are not fighting to defeat anti gun laws but rather getting more pro gun laws. Last year they passed a law that says we can fire a warning shot or pull a gun without having to shoot it. They even now allow brief unintentional display of carry guns too. My boss wanted me to return to NJ to handle a multi year project and I tendered my resignation which you could accept if she wanted to. I was throwing away a job where I work my own hours and make over $100 an hour. That is how strongly I feel about staying in a pro gun State.
  9. Done here in Florida we read about defensive use of firearms all the time because our newspapers and politicians are mostly pro gun. In fact, they go out of their way to mention it. Just tonight we read about a home invasion that killed a father and son in the next town. I cannot recall reading stuff like this in NYC or NJ.. The interesting thing is that you often read many posts about caliber and guns to use when most times I read about a .22, .38 spl or .380 stopping the bad guys. Not 45's or Glocks but Tauruses, S&W 642 and Ruger LCP's. Then again I live among 150,000+ retired people so recoil and big guns are a problem. Despite the reporting, most who do not own do not read those articles or remember them. I do not forget and will tell them about why their neighbors needed guns to save their lives. Many people are naive and/or live in a dream world where everyone has the same morals as they do. I do not think North States will print articles that portray guns in a positive light since the media's goal is to demonize guns, not promote them.
  10. My 4'11" 100 lb. wife can rack my Sig P938. I also bought her the handi racker. Works great and is easy to use. http://www.handi-racker.com/ Others that my wife can rack are a Sig P229. Sig Slides are very easy to rack after they have been broken in. My wife also likes my HK VP9. Easy to rack with the small racking wings and without ever having shot it before she placed one dead center into her bullseye. However she carries a Ruger LCP II when she leaves the house. She has a CCW License where we live in Florida. THe new LCP II is a .380 but with modern ammo, it will penetrate 10 and even 12 inches plus it is small enough to fit into her purse with built in holster. Ruger had made the new version of the LCP with a lighter to rack slide. Around her, it is "THE" gun for women to carry and a lot of old men too.
  11. There are many guns that fit your description but my main home defense guns is a HK VP9. I have short fingers but the new HK's have changeable side grips as well as rear. This is the only gun that really fits my hands well. My wife can shoot it with ease and she is only 110 lbs. Smaller guns fit my hands well but they are lightweight so they recoil more than a bigger gun. You can always mitigate recoil by using lighter ammo. The new ARX ammo is lightweight and sometimes feels like a .22 in my larger guns. Interesting design. There is a few others that make light recoiling 9mm ammo so that is one way to lessen recoil. Take a look at the guns that have replaceable grip panels. Those are your best bet. My choice would be the Ruger 9mm 1911. Nice slim grip and its weight absorbs recoil nicely. I love 1911 guns, especially for range use. Also look at single stack guns as their grips are thinner. In NJ where I could not carry I had a 1911 and CZ75. Both good guns and easy to shoot. If you can try a gun out first before buying it, look at the Glock 19. Even though the grips are thick, they fit my hand well. For me, as it would be for you, the important dimension will be trigger reach, not grip thickness. Your best bet is to go to a gun store and hold a few guns in your price range, 9mm recoil is not a lot. Most if it is mental. You can shoot 100-200 rounds in a 9mm and not be sore afterwards if you properly hold the gun and it is not too light or small. Take a look at the Walther PPQ line as well as the S&M M&P line.The VP9 is a good choice with a good trigger and you can configure your grips anyway you like. The new Ruger American 9mm is another good gun worth looking at and has the ability to change out the rear backstrap. I have found Rugers to be very reliable and although most of my guns are from HK and Sig, I own a few Ruger's too and never had a problem with them. Their 1911's are a bargain for their price point compared to similar 1911's with the same or similar features. Good luck but I went through a lot of guns before I found the ones that fit my hand best.
  12. I carry guns as well as use them at the range. Most of us who uses a gun for even just home defense will use different ammo for HD and range us. I personally carry Speer Gold Dots or Federal HST. There are others like Hornady FTX, Golden Sabers. The Golden Sabers and FTX's give you 25 rounds instead of the usual 20 and are cheaper. For range use I buy the cheapest ammo I can find online and buy it in bulk. Winchester White Box is cheaper than carry ammo but is on the high end of range ammo. I have had good luck with PMC who is from a Korean company that supplies the South Korean military. Also Federal American Eagle, my personal favorite, is priced well. More good foreign ammo can be found from Fiocci and a few other overseas ammo makers. Wolf ammo is dirty and not all guns feed it reliably. I have been shooting for 47 years and my rule of thumb is to find the cheapest ammo I can that shoots well in my gun. I am OK if it jams once per 50 rounds since it is just range ammo. Each gun has a favorite ammo brand. Some ammo is weaker than others and will not reliably cycle your slide. I just kept buying ammo and once I found a brand that worked for a gun, I bought it. For range use, 115 gr, is fine. One gun will not reliably feed a heavier 9mm while other guns have no problem with any ammo weight. Trail and error. I do advise you buy good defensive ammo if you are going to use the gun for home defense. Remington Golden Saber and Hornady FTX with the flex tip or even their XTP bullent are inexpensive compared to other high quality defensive ammo. I tend to buy ammo that has proven street results so any ammo used by LEO is fine for me as long as they are satisfied with it and get good results. A box of these two brands can be had for $17 online. I never buy from a store but if you buy online you need to buy a lot to spread the shipping cost over the ammo or else you can end up spending $27 for a $17 box of ammo. For home use I would go with the FTX since it does not penetrate hard barriers well and that is good in a home. I use them in my home defense revolvers and used to use them in HD guns as well but went with Federal HST and Gold Dots because they have a track record and I have seen them perform well in Gel tests.
  13. I used to own one. Great gun and I especially like the Short Reset Trigger. Gun is heavy enough to absorb recoil so it is a pleasure to shoot. I love Sigs, Colts and HKs. Never had one of them jam on me and always a pleasure to shoot. I sold my M11-A1 not because I did not like it, but because I wanted a Sig with a rail for a combo light/laser for home defense. I got a Sig P226 instead.
  14. I escaped NJ and fled to FL a few years earlier than planned, but glad that I did. We have a law that says we can briefly expose our carry guns by accident without being arrested, like it used to be. However, no one has defined "briefly" and there has been no case law on it yet. Laws that leave definitions up to the people enforcing them are dangerous.
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