Johnny Dollar and I both came here from http://thehighroad.us/
where 2aHawaii mentioned this site.
Joined to show support and find out what's going on out there. Visited Hawaii in '79-'81 or so, if I recall correctly. What a beautiful State!
I'm 70 years old, fired my first shot out of a .22 rifle in about 1946 or so on a farm in upstate New York. The smell of .22 rimfire exhaust still brings me back to that first shot I ever took. Yes, I hit the empty .22 box from about thirty yards or so with that first shot. The farmer who let me shoot his rifle was a pretty good instructor.
But back where I lived in New York City, with its infamous and blatantly unConstitutional Sullivan Law, shooting opportunities were thin, to say the least, from then on.
I finally moved out to Colorado "temporarily" to go to school in around 1963 and realized I had been breathing "slave air" with respect to firearms in New York City for all those years, and I delighted in the "free air" of Colorado, where just about every hardware store sold guns --even handguns --with no permit or "registration" or anything else except proof of residency. So I stayed.
Of course, GCA68 (the Gun Control Act of 1968) changed that somewhat.
I got involved in all aspects of shooting, and a couple of years ago, when Colorado went to "shall issue" laws, I got my Concealed Carry License right away.
With rare exceptions, if you see me on the street, I'm carrying a full-sized 1911 in .45 ACP "Mexican Style" (no holster) IWB (In the Waist Band), crossdraw, under my shirt or jacket. (Hawaiian shirts are great for that.)
I get a lot of grief from all the "pros" and firearms instructors for carrying Mexican Style, as if it were a mortal sin, so any time I want to liven up a thread, I'll mention that I carry Mexican Style crossdraw. It's just like lighting a fuse!
After a while, if the fury dies down and I want to perk things up some more I'll mention that I never carry a 1911 with a round in the chamber except when I'm out in the boonies.
That gets them all excited again, and we have some more fun with that
bone of contention! Tee-hee!
Anyhow, I'm glad to be here!