Great to see that we got some pistol packin MAMA'S. I know this lady that has a 45-70 pistol and knows how to use it.
Here come the Judge. 410/45 cal pistol. the 45-70 is the base round for the 410 shotgun and will also shoot the 45 long colt and 45 S&W (Schofield). I have some 45-70 brass loaded with #4 buck for my 410. I would like to get me a Judge Pistol.
I pack anyone of 8 different guns depending on where I'm going and how I'm dressed. I can carry a S&W 9mm with 4 16 round clips = 1 in the chamber (49 rounds) when I'm going to the ghetto. Or a Tuarus 85 lite weight 5 shot 38 spl. I also have a 22Mag SA revolver, 2 32 acp autos, a Colt Marshal wheelgun, a Browing 380 DBA (for dress up), and 2 more 9mm's.
I have 2 rules; 1. If I'm dressed I'm armed and 2. I always carry at least one extra clip or speed loader, 2 is better.
For Home defense I have a Mossberg 500 with 18 inch riot barrel and 00 buck. I want to get some of those 3 inch rounds that have a large round ball like a slug and 4-6 smaller buckshot packed around it.
John, you're right, if a person isn't confortable with a gun, they shouldn't pack one. We keep hearing about people (Sports Stars, etc) who start packing a gun with little or no knowledge and they end up shooting themselves or someone else out of stupidity.
Here's a thought: According to FBI stats if is estimated that at least one out of every 20 people has a Cancealed Carry License and carry a pistol of some kind. These are people who have cleared police background checks, taken training, and refuse to be a victim. Every time a serious crime occurs more citizens apply for CCL's. Here in Skagit County this past fall a local man went on a rampage and killed a Deputy Sheriff and 6 other people and wounded 4 more. The local Police agencies fielded a combined request for more than 100 CCL's as a result.
Where do killers on a rampage go? High Target, low defense sites aka gun free zones: Malls (some defense), Schools [Colombine, Virginia Tech], Hospitals, Churches, and Government buildings [Post Offices, etc]. Every gun free zone is a target rich environment without peril for the person on a rampage. They often have 15-20 minutes of target practice before the police can respond. If Government and other leaders were really concerned about our safety there wouldn't be those restrictions because the more people that are armed, the greater the danger to the criminal. The Police have no obligation (legal or implied) to protect anyone and they can even refuse to investigate crimes, all without recourse.
That comes from 4 seperate US Supreme Court Decisions.
In the State of Washington it is spelled out in the Constitution that a person has a right to openly carry a firearm. The key word is openly, if you don't carry it openly you need a CCL. I do it both ways, but carrying openly can be a hassle as it is surprising how many police officers and lawyers don't know the law.
I'll get off my :soapbox: now.edited to correct typos.