I am in Fulton county (1 hr northwest of Albany) and there are two judges who have the same policy on permits here...everyone pretty much gets restricted to "target, hunting, fishing, hiking". After a year you can apply to have the restrictions removed. I hear downstate that they are even stricter. DH got them to put "employment" on his - he spent a long time convincing the judge of the necessity and that he is worthy of it due to his military background. Even though his employment is 24/7 and all over the county they still wouldn't give him unrestricted.Buttrfli, I am also from NY welcomed to the fourm. I have filled out my paperwork and have an appointment for late next month to submit it and get prints and photos.
In a few of your posts you mention how hard it has been for you to get a CCW and how they restricted it. I am from Dutchess county. I would like to get a CCW that is my main purpose. Are you in the same county? Just wondering what I am up against here.
As for suggestions I wish I could help I havent even been able to hols a gun yet....damm NY laws. Good luck be safe and congrats on a large family with more to come. I have one now and hope to have another.
Thanks for the offer - I may take you up on it in about 6-9 mos, when I have time after baby comes. We were in Albany today...twice...B&J guns.On another note, I recently passed my NRA Basic Pistol Safety COurse Instructiors Course, and would be happy to teach it to you and your SO if you are near. And no mods this is not a solicitation. I'll do it for cost of materials. I need the experience. So if this will help (and i may still be 3 hours away lol) then the offer is there once i reciev my creds back.
I tend to have smaller hands for a guy, so have some similarity there in what is comfortable to hold. I know of a couple of Kahrs (don't remember models though) in this area, so if that is not far i can give names of some stores.
I am experiencing buyers remorse at the moment because, of course, I chose the most expensive gun on the list...Springfield 1911 EMP 9mm. I know, I know...out of price range...external hammer...totally not what I thought I wanted. But that is why everyone says hold a lot of guns. They're right!
I held the Kahr P9, the Walther PPS, a couple Sigs, S&W M&P, Kimber 1911. My biggest problem with the internal hammers was that I have this knobby thumb knuckle (skinny, long fingers) and the edge on the grip where my thumb knuckle hits is terribly uncomfortable at first grab. I always have to adjust my grip. That's not what you want in a bad situation. On the 1911 style it fits perfect every time. No wear and tear on my knuckle...which I actually got just from holding the other guns...cant imagine if I was firing them.
I thought I didn't want the external hammer because it was more to fuss with and I was concerned about the DA first trigger pull. But once it was explained that when I rack it, its cocked (I wouldn't carry it/store it with a round in the chamber), then I realized I don't have to worry about that first trigger pull being different then the rest, since its already cocked. Hope that make sense...
So buyers remorse - just cuz it was ALOT of money...but I'm really happy with it. Plus...its pretty . I hope to fire just a few rounds this week (outside, with blankets stuffed under my coat) and then put her away til the summer (DH is considering carrying it but the holster it comes with really doesn't conceal well on him, so we shall see.)
I'll let you know how I like shooting it. Thanks again for all your help. I wouldn't have gotten here with out you!