Hello from the foothills of the Ozarks
New to the forum, not new to handguns or the web (or to life)
Read the forum off and on for a year, decided it was a pretty good place to park for awhile.
US Army vet '64-'84 11B with a fair amount of suffixes.
'65-'66- Korea, 1st Cav Division, later designated 2D Inf Division
'68-'69-Viet Nam 101st Airborne Division
'71-'74-Okinawa 1st Special Forces Group with trips to a whole lot of countries
'78-'79-Korea 8th Army (Staff job-sucked)
'81-82-Korea 2D Infantry Division, north of the Imjin
Bunch of places in between, including Ft Knox, Ft Benning, Ft Bragg, Ft Carson, Ft Lewis, Ft Ord.
My login name reflects a big chunk of my life...it defines me.
Second career in the telecommunications field (along with a few other jobs to get me and my family by when I used the GI bill to learn a more "civilized" trade.
Guns currently in the safe or close at hand:
Walther P22 (on loan to a friend because his arthritis won't let him rack the slide on his .45)
Bersa Thunder 9 HC
Springfield 1911 A1 "loaded"
S&W Model 36 .38 "snubby"
S&W Model 27 .357
Ruger GP100 6" bbl .357 with a Red Dot sight I use for hunting hogs
Colt Officers Model .38 6" bbl (inherited family gun with the best trigger job I've ever seen-I don't shoot it much, but I really love the trigger)
and a Webley Mark V with a shot out barrel that I keep on the tractor or mower loaded with birdshot to take care of the cottonmouths.
I won't list the guns I used to own but decided to trade or sell for one reason or another (just in case my wife stumbles across this post)
And a whole bunch of long guns, in various calibers, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and a xbow.
I hunt and Arkansas allows me to do that...a lot. Oh, and I fish too...when I'm not hunting.
As you can see, I'm not tied to any particular brand; I only require the guns do what I ask them to do when I ask them to do it and that they take whatever "boo-lets" I choose to feed them without issue.
My normal carry pistol is the 1911...I like them and after 20+ years in the Army, they are an extension of my arm, plus that big ol' .45 round has a lot of knockdown power, although there is much to be said for the 17 +1 9mm.
I don't care what "you" choose to shoot and will not knock your choice(s)...I don't know what your budget is, what your experiences are, or how the gun feels to you.
I just know any gun is better than no gun when you need it.
That's about it.
HGF Forum Moderator
Welcome to the forum and thanks for you service.
Welcome and appreciate your service, especially that stint in 101 Airborne.....whew!