I am a life long hunter, both game animals and water fowl, and I've been around guns all my life. I guess I got my first shotgun when I was around 12
yrs. old. Today I own 12 or 14 long guns, (shotguns & rifles) and 3 handguns.
I didn't purchase my first handgun until I was around 45 yrs. old and I bought it because at the time, I was responsible for handing out 1.2 million
dollars in weekly payroll to a bunch of longshoremen during the rapid deployment operations taking place in my port for the lead up to the Iraq war.
On top of that, I was cashing about $250,000 worth of those checks. But, I didn't just purchase a handgun for the occasion. Besides myself, my
union also had 2 other armed union officials working with me and we hired 2 off duty police officers to patrol our parking lot on payday.
My first handgun was a Springfield 1911 A-1 and it's still my favorite today. Regarding your other question, yes I have had to point my gun at
another human. We were building a new union hiring hall and one of the laborers thought it would be smart to threaten me by telling me that he was
going to "put me to sleep." Needless to say, I reached under my jacket into my shoulder holster and proceeded to show him what a 45 looks like head
on. I instructed him to gather his tools and to vacate the premises and if I ever saw him there again, I would shoot him. The next day, the
contractor reported the incident to the police, they came out and interviewed both myself and the laborer in question and informed him that I was well
within my rights and that if he valued living, he would stay away from me and our property.
I sincerely hope that I never have to point it at another person so long as I live, but I will if I have to. By the way, during my tenure as a
longshoreman our union moved three times and someone has been shot, some killed, in every hiring hall we've ever owned except for the one we were
building when I was threatened. To this day, no one has been shot there. Knock on wood.
Here's some advice I'll throw in for free; Only pull your gun as a last resort and despite what some people have stated in this thread, Never ever
point an unloaded gun at anyone, it will get you killed. Secondly, Never point a gun at someone unless you're fully prepared to use it. (By the way,
I've been shot at as well, but I prefer not to talk about it.)
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