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Old 12-01-2015, 07:55 PM   #11
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Hey Jay Pee,

In my neck of the woods, small semi auto pistols are still the top sellers here among the younger folks. Its the "old school" folks like me that still like the full size autos. The smallest pistol that I carry is the Kahr CW-9 and that is for more "discrete" occasions and it isn't all that small compared to some of the "micro-pistols" folks are carrying these days.

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Old 12-01-2015, 10:57 PM   #12
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Chuntaro said: I do not envy you at all. I remember the I want the one on sale or the cheapest you have all too well. Seems like only yesterday. The memories are that vivid. In reality, it was like 33 and 34 years ago. Just do not ask what I did yesterday.

Or the "what's the best gun you've got?" is another favorite.

There's a couple of things I don't like doing there but, on balance, I like the job. I only work about 20 to 24 hours a week which I've let them know is my limit. I particularly like the teaching part of it or talking to folks on the sales floor, although the sales part of it this time of year isn't as much fun. Fortunately I've got a pretty good pension with benefits so if I ever do get tired of working at the gun store I can leave at anytime and it won't hurt me financially.

To go along with this thread, since late Feb. when the store opened, I've probably sold somewhere around 200 handguns, mostly the smaller framed 9mm and 380s. I've had about 20 or 25 of those customers come back looking for a different gun. Those are the ones I see come to the range on a regular basis and those are the ones that have learned, on their own, that the pocket rocket they bought probably shouldn't be their first line of defense. Those are the ones that tell me they remembered my "a larger or full sized gun might be a better choice" speech. Them remembering what I said is a nice reward in itself for me. Anyway, the point is a few of the relatively new shooters do move up to larger framed guns but they're the ones that take shooting a little more seriously and come and punch paper at least once or twice a month.

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Old 12-01-2015, 11:05 PM   #13
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I know I've started leaning towards more medium to full sized guns. But I also moved from Florida, where any hint of a concealed gun showing could be considered "brandishing" (that has since changed) to Arizona, where open carry is legal and mostly accepted.
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:11 PM   #14
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It is impossible to know what the future will bring. I am pretty sure that one of the biggest advantages a ccw holder has is that an armed citizen is, in most places, unexpected.
I think it was the James gang who went to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota and got shot up by the townspeople, mostly Civil War vets who took exception to having their savings robbed. Old West buffs could probably set me straight on the finer details. I think those townsmen were more successful discouraging the bank robbers with hog legs and mares shanks rather than Derringers.
But that's a guess.

In Paris where there were so many being people targeted I wouldn't be surprised, if ccws were allowed, that at least one civilian would be able to take cover and return fire at hand-gunning distances, maybe taking out a shooter. Of course there were more than one shooter involved and being recognized as a "problem" for the AK wielding terrorists I wouldn't want to bet money on the outcome. OTOH meeting resistance might have been enough to route the terrorists but since they were wearing suicide vests, probably not.
I'm no expert and these are just idle thoughts not worth much.
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Old 12-02-2015, 07:31 AM   #15
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They're always good to hear, John.
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Old 12-02-2015, 03:28 PM   #16
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I saw an unconfirmed report that there were people returning fire in Paris, members of the local drug cartel.
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Old 12-02-2015, 04:20 PM   #17
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Hey Les, you weren't rude to me at the store in the very least. That's called having a job and doing it the right way, my friend. All is well. Normally I'm smart enough to pick non-peak times for journeys into gun shops, but I really wanted to get some more of the "house brand" range ammo you guys had marked down leading up to Black Friday.

Back to topic...got a lead on a Glock 19 4th generation for sale from an individual in a firearms forum I've been in for years. He has put on the exact same mods (sights, extended slide release) I would shell out for myself. That usually seems to be a sign that I'll end up making the purchase.
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Old 12-02-2015, 09:37 PM   #18
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Most of the people I hang around with are more "gun savvy" than the general populace and have always kind of gravitated toward concealed service size pistols anyway but I have noticed that a lot more of the off duty LEO's and deputies that I know are carrying their duty weapons or similar types now when off duty than before. I don't know if it was the events in Paris that initiated this or just general climate of craziness. For myself I have noticed that I now tend to carry either the BHP or an M&P 45 I recently acquired more than my Kahr or one of the Model 19's but really didn't notice it until you brought it up. Maybe something subconscious realizing a different threat level I don't know.
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Old 12-02-2015, 10:01 PM   #19
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In San Bernardino today a business owner, with a pistol, across from the Inland Center hid his employees in a back room and went outside to see what the shooting was about. He is the one who saw the dark SUV slowly drive away and reported it to the police.
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:25 AM   #20
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I have one hand gun each out. Locked and loaded, round chambered, safety on, in all two of my bedrooms, and living room. Strategically located, just in case! I know its a long shot, but i am ready if needed.
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