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Although thoroughly American, born and bred, guns were not a part of growing up in New Jersey. I only shot a .22LR rifle because my Dad was the instructor at a Boy Scout summer camp. No family members had or talked about guns. The only family story I heard pertaining to guns was during WW2 my grandfather had an opportunity to be a FBI agent and my Grandmother protested saying she wouldn’t allow a gun in the house.
I was invited to shoot pistols at a local range with a close friend. I was shocked he owned guns and had no idea there were gun ranges.
To say I took to it is an understatement. I’m an avid student of history. The second amendment is our birthright and differentiates us from almost every other nation.
…and yes, history has shown, gun control is usually followed by genocide.
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Marxists and Anarchists infected organized labor all over the country from the late 1800’s to current day.
Unlike the 1960’s and prior, the immigrant ones don’t get deported.
Ellis Island being the main corridor of immigration and a lot of recent immigrants settling in the NY/NJ region do to the area being the country’s industrial hub, you’ll have a lot of people bringing European thought into the United States.
We even had a big Nazi movement at one time.
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Yeah, that is what some people on FB advised - stick it in a plastic bag and force it in. But if that doesn't work, the vendor would probably refuse to take it back and give me a refund. I'll return it.

My philosophy is that it should be a good fit right from the start. What if it gets wet and then shrinks (leather tends to do that). A plastic mold may be less pretty but the main point is that it is safe and comfortable to wear. Some people don't like the Glock because it looks too 'plasticky'. I don't care, if it goes boom when I want it to, it's fine with me.

I bought this for $20 on amazon: Amazon.com

It looks similar to the kydex but it has an extra button that you push to release, if I understand it correctly. That's an extra safety measure. If I don't like it I can always return it and get the kydex instead. Or maybe I'll get the kydex as well. I also purchased an in the wasteband holster but I'm not sure whether I'll like that. It's a bit trial and error.
The paddle holster sits further away from the body then a slide or pancake holster. The extra button is great to slow some one from stealing your gun, since it’s sitting further from your body. But, for me, I don’t want an extra button. Not good or bad, just me.
 

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Don't worry, it's all good. Nothing wrong with a vigorous debate.

I'm a very patriotic American, I gave up my Dutch citizenship to become a US citizen. So I can't go back to Europe even if I wanted to.

That said there are some things I'll never understand about the United States:
  • Bathroom stalls. What is the deal with the flimsy doors where you can peak over and under? Why can't I poop in private?
  • NASCAR. I mean, what is point of racing in circles? Formula 1 is so much more exciting. Not to mention WRC.
  • Campaign financing. This is all so ridiculous, and driven by money. Senators spent half of their time raising funds to keep them in office.
  • Healthcare. Why do we pay twice and get half the service that people in other developed countries get?
  • Education. Why is college so ridiculously expensive?
All that said though I love the United States. No regrets here.
Except for Nascar, I agree with you. But, don’t mess with the South.

Let me point out soccer, where after running around-in the grass for 4 hours the game ends in a tie 0-0. What’s the point. Oh, there was no point. It ended 0-0.
 

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Bathroom stalls? Go to an army barracks bathroom. It could be worse.😂
NASCAR? It was born out of moonshiners that hotrodded their cars to run from the law. It was a way to compete, car against car and driver skill. Of course it got bastardized throughout the years. After getting rid of real or at least somewhat real cars in the 1970’s I lost interest.
Campaign financing? Absolutely right, it’s just a system to stay in power to gain more power, influence and enrich yourself. It’s been hoped that term limits might help but the politicians ain’t about to let that happen. 🤔Billionaires, lobbyists and special interests either for that matter!
Healthcare? Basically a politician, pharmaceutical, insurance companies Ponzi scheme that’s intentionally been made worse by Obamacare to collapse the system and usher in a new Socialist Golden Age!🤩
Education? Bloated bureaucracies need more and more money🤑 Eventually the taxpayers will pick up the tab.
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Yeah, not a huge fan of soccer either. That's blasphemy for a guy from Europe to say.

But at least the soccer games end within 90 minutes. None of that NFL nonsense that takes four hours.

And Johan Cruyff is God.

One very important cultural item most people that become Americans but were not raised here is collisions. Americans love collisions. Whether its Nascar, Football or Hockey, we love collisions.
 

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Yeah ... but there's demotion derby for that. Or youtube videos about car crashes.

Collisions just for the sake of collisions is dumb imo. In judo you use the opponent's speed and strength to your advantage, you don't try to block him using your body weight and strength.

It's David versus Goliath. One well placed shot by a well trained shooter can kill an opponent even if the opponent has superior firepower.
 

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Found this website with numbers of crimes committed by CCW holders.

It's an anti-gun website, so take it with a pinch of salt if you will, but unless they make the incidents up, since 2007 2,240 people were killed by CCW holders in non-self defense situations.

If you look at the individual cases, and read the individual reports, it doesn't look good.

 

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No, but how could I do that without a crush grip? It's only the "correct" grip. Not strength, just position. High on the web. I was shooting a 14x14 plate at about 15 yards out.
That’s between you and “The Great One”. I’m just a retired military veteran. They told me when, where and who. Keep me out of the debate between you shooters that shoot at targets that don’t shoot back.
 

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We have a poster asking for suggestions. I'm passing a suggestion by two of the best shooters on the planet. Their suggestion has helped me. Here's another video:
Our definition of a shooter may be different. Here are my top pics based on kills:

10. Chuck Mawhinney
9. Adelbert Waldron
8. Henry Norwest
7. Chris Kyle
6. Vasily Zaytsev
5. Lyudmila Pavlichenko
4. Carlos Hathcock
3. Francis Pagahmagabow
2. Fyodor Okhlopkov
1. Simo Hayha

 
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