CCW

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by ampaterry, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. ka64

    ka64 Active Member

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    Yes it is.
  2. jeffadaklin

    jeffadaklin New Member

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    No requirement in SC either. Someone said not in TX, so I'd borrow a 22 target pistol. Our instructor preferred semi-autos, but wasn;t an actual rule. We fired 50 rounds each, and the lady beside me needed help reloading- her revolver. When they counted my shots I had 52- the extra two holes were 32 longs, exactly what that lady beside me was shooting. Hopefully she failed and isn't walking around my town with a gun.
  3. JAS

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    There was no requirement on Cal.some people used a .22.It was 48 shota and I think a 70% hit requirement. Target was about 18inch by 24 inch.Long as it was on the paper. they will tellyou in your class.Good luck
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    Looks nice!
  5. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well, a lot has happened over the last month.
    Worked with the 1911 for some time, and found that my essential tremmor started kicking in BAD after 20 rounds or so due to the weight.

    Wife told me to buy the Glock I have been drooling over, so I did, and signed up for the CCW course at that same time. She got thinking about it, and she signed up also.

    Today, we took the 8 hour course.
    48 total shots at 3, 7 and 15 yards at B27 targets.
    Part way through the 3 yard run, it started raining.
    Into the 7 yard part, it was POURING out of buckets.
    I was half blind from rain during the 15 yard part.
    I missed 4 shots.
    Judy missed ONE!

    The instructor said "You let her win to feel better about herself, didn't you?"
    I said "I like that story. Let's go with that!"

    Written exam was 30 questions, about half multiple choice and half true false.
    Passing was 20 correct.
    VERY basic stuff, nothing difficult at all.
    We both made it - the whole class made it.
    TN is a SHALL ISSUE state, so we WILL both have our CCW!!

    Now to a DL station for application and $115 each in fees, then electronic fingerprints, then sit by the mail box and wait.
  6. jedwil

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    Congratulations to you both. Now the wait begins.
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Made it to the DL office yesterday and paid the fees, filled out the APP. Supposed to call and make an appt. for the electronic fingerprinting, but knew where it was done so just drove over there and got that all taken care of yesterday morning.

    DL said three months -
    Fingerprint place said running two weeks -
    Safety school said running nine days -

    I am hoping the school was right!
  8. carver

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    You sound all excited! Good for you both! I remember talking to my instructor way back when I first got my CCW. He told me that he had only had one person fail the class room part, and no one had ever failed the shooting part for qualification. I personally always miss a couple of shots on purpose. Once I even tried to shoot a smilley face on the target, still passed!
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    Congrats to you both Terry.

    My wife decided to take hers with me at the last minute and out shot me by 1.
  10. jeffadaklin

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    Yeh, glad things are rolling for ya. Be safe out there.
  11. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I am all excited!

    When I was a kid in IL, there weren't any laws regarding this, and I used to ride my bicycle around town with an H&R 929 .22 on my right hip. No one thought anything about it.

    When we lived in Alaska in the early and mid 60's, Fairbanks was a wide open town. I walked around with my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag on my hip, and most other folks wore a gun also.

    And that's it -
    From then until now, I have been unarmed every time I left our property - because I would not DREAM of doing anything illegal - - -

    Now I am working on full concealment.
    I go around all spring, summer and fall in Cargo shorts and oversized Tee-shirts, worn out. Using a locking paddle holster on my strong right hip, the shirt covers the gun completely, but there is this bulge on my right side.
    Yesterday I bought an oversized nylon jacket that hangs as low as the tee shirts, and this will smooth out the bulge and make this really unnoticeable.
    Yet, hooking jacket and shirt with my thumb on the way up to the handle uncovers the weapon for an easy and quick grasp of it if needed.

    I thought about an extra magazine and one of those belt holsters for two mags, but carrying cocked and locked gives me 18 rounds, so moving that to 52 is probably overdoing it a bit. I am more likely to carry if it is just the pistol and holster and nothing else.
  12. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you!



    I truly believe I WILL be safe, now -
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    I always carried a pistol of some sorts with me prior to getting my first carry permit in 1986. Thats been 26 years ago...cant imagine NOT having a sidearm...congrats Terry!
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    Pocket carry was made for this. ;)
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    If you're printing like that, and if you're wearing the paddle at 3:00, just slide it back to about 4:00, that helps most people. You do not want some lady at the grocery store screaming 'he's got a gun!!' If that doesn't work, either a smaller pistol, or the best advice maybe is go IWB. But if you're having that bulge under your shirt- you might oughta change something.
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    Did you see the news blurb about keep and BARE arms? Apparently some repubs made a sign about our right to keep and Bare...embarrassing, but better than saying we DON'T.
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    Here in Idaho I don't need a course since I'm a veteran so I have never bothered to check the requirements otherwise.
  19. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Lethal Weapon fan, are we??

    Well, truth be told, I have also. But I was nervous about it -

    I've considered that, CJ, but I honestly do not want to give up the firepower of this Glock 17.

    I will try that move and see if I can live, sit, drive, etc. with it there. Otherwise, I will wear this jacket all summer to avoid that grocery store scene. I do believe, though, if some woman pointed at me and screamed "He has a gun!", I would point at her and scream "She has a thong!"

    Maybe they are advocating open carry - Bare arms?? LOL!!

    Here in TN, the ONLY thing regarding military service is that you will be rejected for a CCW, and also for the purchase of a pistol at a gun shop, if you have anything less than an honorable discharge.
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    I carry open mostly. Mainly because I wear mostly t-shirts or polo shirts and hate them flopping around loose. I've never had this happen. Closest thing was.... stopped to fill my truck with gas, went in to prepay. On way out I passed a patron coming in. I pumped my gas and went back in for my change. The cashier said that guy wanted to know what I was doing in there with a gun. She told him "Buying gas, duh." No big deal.