"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. That's ridiculous. If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for?" Clint Smith - Thunder Ranch
Good for you for being proactive in your own protection. What follows is not a criticism in any way, but my own thoughts and observations.I'm not paranoid; just very very careful.
Luckily I live in a low crime town in a low crime state where carrying concealed or openly doesn't require any permits only that you be legal to own and use firearms in the first place.
I only carry a few places in town like late night runs to an ATM or grocery shopping. For an ATM visit I carry either my 38spl S&W model 10 revolver or my 45acp S&W model 4566 openly on my side. The theory being that an unarmed gimpy old fart looks like an easy target while an obviously armed gimpy old fart doesn't. So far so good.
In the winter I carry my 38spl S&W model 10 in a holster in a front pocket when shopping because a coat or hoody covers the small amount of grip sticking out and in the summer I carry a 22cal Beretta model 21A loose in a front pocket because it's quite small.
I gave the only 9mm pistol I had, a Ruger P89DC, to my SIL because he's one of the few people who liked the way it shot and felt in his hands. Though it was kind of large ( like a chunky 1911) it was lighter than it looked, very well balanced, easy to shoot, utterly reliable, and not ammo picky at all.
I also have progressing degenerative arthritis in both hands and wrists with a corresponding loss of strength and grip so as much as like shooting 45acp I find myself shooting 38spl more often.
Ride Safe. Dr.Tramp.............
When were you stationed at Schofield? I was part of a Marine security detachment at West Loch NAD in 71.The longer I live the crazier our society becomes…
Nothing like a little gunpowder and lead!
I was just looking at his avatar and wondered. Because of my security clearances I was snagged to be part the Marine guard detachment at West Loch, it was an ammo and nuclear weapons storage base back then, when I came back from Vietnam at the end of 70 and stayed there until I was discharged in 71.I don't think 6 Shooter mentioned Schofield in this thread, perhaps another.
OTOH, I was stationed at Schofield with the 11th Infantry Brigade from 3/67 to 11/67
My current Avatar is the Lazy H, otherwise known as United States Army headquarters Hawaii. I was later stationed at Ft. Shafter, just above Honolulu and got discharged from there.
I lived in Kailua-Kona for a couple years where I was the service manager for the old Kona Harley dealership so I used to be pretty familiar with the Kona Brewery.Yeah, I didn't look at his Avatar...stupid of me. 25th Division, Tropic Lightning. They proceeded out of Schofield in December of 1965 and the 11th Infantry Brigade took over until they too, proceeded to Vietnam. Later the 25th came back and is there to this day. I ran into a Captain and a Major with the 25th at the Kona Brewery in Kona, Hawaii (The Big Island) a few years back and asked if they were lost as they were on the wrong island. Turns out they were doing maneuvers of some sort.
I dated a Hawaiian girl for a while and found out why the locals were unfriendly. It had to do with the Massie incident.
Also, the locals were mainly unfriendly to Navy and Marine personnel. They were fine with Army and AF with a few exceptions, but not many. I got along fine with them the whole time I was there, which is a large part of the reason I spend 2 weeks a year on the Big Island to this day. The Big Island is a whole different world from Oahu and Maui.
People have always said I bet that was a tuff place to have been stationed, believe me as an 11B(grunt) they had our asses playing war games all over the islands, and the Kuhuku games I remember quite vividly.