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Well me and sweetie have been talking for a few years about getting her, her very own pistol. Other needs and bills have kept us from making it a reality until yesterday. We actually started the adventure at the begining of Dec. We had some free time and I had taken her shopping,I was out of .22 bullets so I pulled into one of the local gun stores to stock up. It was nt too busy so I decided to get her looking at some pistols. She looked at some autos and a couple of revolvers. She spent about 30 minutes handling them and we left. On the way back home we started talking about what she liked and didnt like. After several days of on and off discussion I told her to go online and apply for a pistol permit (NC LAW requires that a permit be issued by the sheriff in the county that you reside in). She got her permit issued a few days after christmas. I had wanted her to look at a few more pistols before she decided what she wanted to buy. She had already made up her mind, I didnt know that but we had fun on the adventure anyway.

So Dec 31 roles around and we both had the day off, I take her to the original gun store we had stopped at and she bought her first gun ever. She had settled on a Ruger SP101, stainless. She walked right up to the counter and handed the guy her permit and told him "thats the one I want". While she was filling out the paperwork, me and my oldest (6yo) picked her out some hearing protectors and shooting glasses. I walked back to her to see if she wanted anything else and she told me to pick out 2 boxes of 38 special so she could practice.

We drove home and setup some targets. In 10 minute she had went through 50 rounds and started getting the hang of using a pistol. She could keep them all in the black without using sites (5yard distance). I wouldnt let her use the other box of ammo since it was the expensive stuff. So now she is trying to find the best price on practice ammo. She also wants to get some engraving work done to her pistol too.
 

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That is great news! I am glad to here that honey is on target! Keep your powder dry! Shawn
 
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Nice handling revolver there. How long of barrel did she get? What caliber? I have the 357 magnum with 2.25 barrel length. I see the 38 special ammo but that is compatible with the 357 also. Ammo pricing has gone nuts with all the talk on gun control. I was looking in the store I was in on Sunday and all they had was 2 boxes of 38, no 357. The 223 ammo was gone with the exception of some tracers. It has about doubled on Gunbroker.
 

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Its the 2.25 inch barrel and it is a 357. 38 special can be fired thru any 357. The 38 is the parent cartridge to the 357.

Yes it was purchased with self defense in mind, but it is a last resort. The most powerful weapon in anyones arsenal is their own mind. Situational awareness is one of the most important weapons we have. If it feels like a bad situation, dont put yourself in it. That is what is being taught in our house, not only to each other but the kids also.

Sorry for the soapbox edition. Just wanted to explain my take on self defense with a gun.
 

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Good on you! It makes us proud every time we hear of a family that shoots together and includes the children in the family activity. With guns, familiarity breeds common sence, responsibility, and awarness. Enjoy your pistol and your freedom.
 

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Good on you!! It always amazes me that people can genuinely believe that disarming the law-abiding will reduce crime. The horrible situation in Connecticut has brought on a form of mass hysteria regarding evil guns... People aren't even stopping to consider, much less accept the fact that making schools a gun free zone aids and abets the lawbreakers that use weapons to maim and kill...

I'll get off my soap box, now... at least for a few minutes...

Utah Smitty
 

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Just be sure she doesn't up your life insurance coverage! :poke: .............. :smilewink:
Not trying to steal a thread, but oh my , I got a chuckle out of that one. :bigrofl:
 

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Good on you! It makes us proud every time we hear of a family that shoots together and includes the children in the family activity. With guns, familiarity breeds common sence, responsibility, and awarness. Enjoy your pistol and your freedom.
Thanks for putting it so well. I believe that every child needs to have gun training. Not so much as to be able to shoot but to know what happens and can happen with guns that are mishandled. Too many times we hear of the child that found the gun and someone has been hurt or killed.
 

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Believe it or not, my 1st shooting experience came from 4H camp. Dad never owned a gun in my lifetime. He has Grandpa's old shotgun now, but just as a keepsake. I am to get it soon. Dad wants me to have it, as I'm the only one who likes guns in the family, and the only one he trusts to keep it, which I will till time to pass it to my Grandson if he's so inclined.

4H gave shooting lessons, and I loved it. I was around 9 or 10 at the time. Was an old Stevens single shot 22 bolt action. What they taught me stuck pretty well.
 

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Hey coldone, now she has one more deterrent in her arsenal to use against you when you even think about adding another GT to your fleet. Living here in Maine guns are a part of every day life. Whether I ever own a gun in my life or not I'm thankful to still live in a country where that option exists and I pray to God that it remains so. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Yes, I'd have to agree with Moosetales on the caution regarding arming the wife. I'm going to refrain from purchasing mine guns and keep all sharp cutting instruments away from the bed nightstand as well.
 

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In Indiana a kid has to have the hunters ed course before he/she can get a hunting license. The State Conservation Officers condut the class with the help of a bunch of fellows that teach 4-H Shooting Sports. Most of the kids will continue after the CO's class to a few years of 4-H shooting sports. My work supervisor and another good friend are 4-H Shooting Sports instructors, and have been for 20 years or more.
 

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Nice little gun. What shop did you buy it at?
Eds gun shop in Vass.

My kids can shoot anytime they want to, all they have to do is ask. 22s for now.

We have already had the discussion on "new GTs". I found that buying her something nicer and more expensive than yours or at least sprakles helps when she starts counting all the GTs I already have. :D
 

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Believe it or not, my 1st shooting experience came from 4H camp. Dad never owned a gun in my lifetime. He has Grandpa's old shotgun now, but just as a keepsake. I am to get it soon. Dad wants me to have it, as I'm the only one who likes guns in the family, and the only one he trusts to keep it, which I will till time to pass it to my Grandson if he's so inclined.

4H gave shooting lessons, and I loved it. I was around 9 or 10 at the time. Was an old Stevens single shot 22 bolt action. What they taught me stuck pretty well.
My first gun was also a .22 single shot. I was taught to shoot when I was 5. Of course mom kept the gun until I was 10 or so, then I could take it, if I was by myself, and go into the fields near my home and shoot rabbits, etc.

I worry about the growing situation with gun control. When the economy truly tanks, and it will if politicians keep spending, then we will have situations like Greece all across the country. When the Rodney King riots erupted in LA, the police by and large just stood by and let things happen... individuals protected themselves with their own firearms... if Obama, Feinstein, et al get their way, we won't have anything to defend ourselves with when things fall apart...

Ooops, time to get down from the soap box again.

Utah Smitty
 

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She'll love the SP101. I have an SP101 Stainless with the 3 inch barrel and love the way it shoots. It's kind of a hand full with .357 rounds for my wife to handle but she has her own .38 Special so she leaves it alone. I also took her to a gun store so she could see how different guns felt in her hand and how much they weighed etc. She choose a Taurus Mod. 85 with 3 inch barrel. The SP 101 shoots great with defensive .357 rounds and is easily concealable.

Love to see someone who teaches their children about firearms and how to respect and use them. Most kids who wind up having an accident with them are just curious and sneak them out to investigate. All my children started shooting when around 10 years old and I never have worried about them misusing one. So, congratulations to the wife and I hope she has many good times tearing paper with it.
 
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