Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 For the past year or so I have kept it kind of hidden that I now own a handgun and occasionally carry it out in public. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 For some reason the other day I thought that I should share my thoughts on why I do this, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 so here it goes.
Why own a gun in the first place?
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 Yet again this is Randy‘s fault as he got into it first and got me thinking about it. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 About a year ago there was rumor of a few robberies in my neighboorhood. Randy had recently purchased a handgun and as a good friend was trying to suck me into it as well. One night Kaylene and I were talking about the neighborhood break-ins and I wondered what I would really do if it happened in our home. If some crazed individual (or individuals) were to break into our home what would I do? How would I get to my sons’ rooms across the hall crossing in front of whatever danger was on it’s way up the steps? How would I defend them? Go ahead and think through this scenario right now. Imagine you are in bed and you hear a window break. What is your plan of action? How do you get your family safe and what will you use to defend them?
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I did this very thing. I looked around the bedroom to see what I could use as some form of a weapon if it happened right then. The most threatening thing I could find was the $10 table lamp from Wal-mart… literally. There was no bat or pole or metal bar to use as clubs. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 Nothing heavy to throw. I had a lamp to defend my family with. My inner cave man was screaming that this was not acceptable. I had no way to defend my family other then my fists and a lamp. This wasn’t going to dissuade someone who had already crossed the line of coming into my home.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 This started a several month process of research, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 pondering and convincing on my part to get Kaylene to let me get the gun. One day she finally said yes, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 and I bought the gun the next day before she could change her mind. The gun I purchased is a Springfield Armory XD Sub-Compact 40S&W. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I also immediately signed up for a class to allow me to get my Concealed Firearm Permit to allow me to carry my gun in a concealed manner. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 More on this further down.
Think of the Children
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 How to keep the kids safe around a firearm was my top priority. The day I purchased the gun I also purchased a safe for it on the way home. The safe I purchased is a GunVault Mini. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 This is a small safe but it is large enough to hold the gun and an extra magazine of rounds. What good would the gun be if it took a while to get to in an emergency (in the closet under some clothes or wherever). Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I wanted it within reach when I was asleep and the small size allowed it to fit under my bedside table.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 It has a keypad that your fingers can easily find for entering the combination in the dark. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 After 3 incorrect attempts is locks for a few minutes. This means that when the boys inevitably were playing with the buttons they had 3 chances at that 1 in 12 million chance of guessing my combo before it locked up.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 On the microscopic chance they got into the safe, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 or if by my stupidity the safe was left open or the gun laying around (at point I would get rid of the gun myself due to negligence) then the gun I chose has a number of safety’s built into it.
- At this point in time I do not leave the gun in a state where you can just pull the trigger to fire it. You would first need to pull back the slide to rack the first round (you know, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 like you see in the movies). This takes a decent amount of force and is a hair difficult for me, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 a bit difficult for Kaylene and near impossible for a 4 year old. Keeping it in this state makes it slower for me to be ready to engage a threat, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 but for now it gives me peace of mind with the kids.
- If another evil miracle occurs and a 4 year old is able to rack the slide there are two safetys built into the gun for firing. There is a trigger safety as well as a grip safety. You have to pull the trigger as well as be pushing in fairly hard on the back of the grip for the gun to fire. Fairly hard means there have been a few times where I have gone to shoot when practicing and it wouldn’t fire because my grip was incorrect or I wasn’t squeezing hard enough. These safety’s make it so it won’t go off if it’s dropped. You can’t just pull the trigger by itself and have it go off. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 In the world of handguns… this is a fairly safe gun.
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Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 Randy also gave me a link to a cheesy little video that he has shown to his kids about gun safety. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I have watched this many times with Dallin and will review the principles from it with him from time to time.
Carrying Outside the Home
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Guns Aren’t for Everyone
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I respect the fact that not everyone wants guns in their home. In addition to the places I listed above, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I have a friend or two that I have brought it up with and they said their wife isn’t comfortable with guns in their home. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I either don’t wear my gun when going there, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 or I leave it in the gun safe in my car when I get there. If I haven’t brought it up with someone yet, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I err to the side of caution and leave the gun in the car. This can be a very touchy subject (although I personally don’t think it needs to be), nexium 20mg pills $138.00 and so I feel it’s best to avoid the issue of them finding out I brought a gun into their home without their knowledge.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 Hopefully this article gives me a chance to open a dialogue with more friends and family about why I choose to carry and what it’s all about.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I try to go out to practice every now and then and would love the opportunity to take any of my friends or family who are interested in learning more about guns or just want to try to shoot one to see what it’s like. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I try to be very safety conscious and will make it a good experience. I take gun ownership very seriously and would expect anyone who wants to handle one to do so as well.
Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 So that’s it. Nexium 20mg pills $138.00 That’s my announcement to the world that I have a gun, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 I occasionally carry it around, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 and why I have it in the first place. Hopefully it has been enlightening to some. If you made it this far, nexium 20mg pills $138.00 congrats.
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