you dont wanna share the story of how you needed a gun?
Its not THAT
; I just did not understand that to be the question.
As of now, there are no threats.
Last century, while I was returning home from my girlfriend 's house,
I drove past a gas station that I 'd like to have patronized.
I was going a little too fast, and did not want to turn in there
on 2 wheels. The following weekend, I was going home
from my girlfriend 's house again, around 12m. or 1 AM.
I was going slower, so as to get to the correct gas station this time.
My attention was directed to about 2:00 -- forward n to my right.
I was alone on a 2 lane road, one way street;
very low lighting conditions -- not much moonlight.
Subsequently, I saw an old car (judging from its worn paint job)
behind me on my rear bumper. Oddly a little while later,
in my rear vu mirror, I saw that it was still there, almost kissing my ass.
I figured: maybe waiting for a right turn ?
I was still looking for that gas station, forward n to my right,
when I heard a pop to my left and I noticed a bullethole manifest
in my left, driver 's door window, about 3" forward of my head.
( I was pretty sure that was not there b4. )
At that moment, I saw the old car on my left, exactly abreast of me.
It remainded there for a few seconds. It woud be almost a
borderline exageration to say that I even saw silhouettes in that car; dark.
I withdrew my 2 inch, stainless steel mirror Taurus Model 445 .44 revolver.
Before I was able to line up a defensive shot, I heard an outcry
from the car, whereupon it screached out forward, swiftly departing hence.
I guess thay had somewhere else to go.
By an interesting co-incidence, about maybe 30 years earlier,
I had been counselled in choice of ordnance by a fellow who
advised in favor of using bright reflective metal for its
effects, especially at night. I accepted his advice.
Did you go out and select your first gun at 8? Very precocious .
No. Guns were very abundant in my neighborhood in Arizona; (ergo, we had no crime at all, that I ever heard about).
Some kids were playing poker. One of the kids was low on cash.
To remain in the game, he added a used 2" Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver to his bet, to match a raise.
I won the pot.
That was the first gun of my collection. (I was newly arrived from NY, where I was armed only with knives.)
There were commonly a lot of scraps of leather lying around.
I hand stitched some holsters that I used to carry it around everywhere.
Several years later, I was discomfited to learn that the stopping power
of a .38 was not what I had assumed it be, without perfect
Accordingly, I upgraded to a .44 special loaded with hollowpointed slugs.
So far as I am aware, that maximizes stopping power
(from the perspective of convenient use of handguns).
I disfavor .44 magnum: the extra power is counterproductive.
Stopping power is not well served by overpenetration of the target.
Tho I own a .44 magnum Ruger SuperBlackhawk, I don 't carry
that big thing around, nor keep it ready for use for home defense.
If I were to do so, I 'd load it only with .44 special rounds.
I was given my first gun (a 20 gage over and under) when I was 10,
so I could go small game hunting. I quickly grew into a 12 gage
double barrel and then a 12 gage pump.
(I still pprefer a double barrel because you should ever only need one backup shot, not 5)
I have used shotguns on seldom occasions,
but by personal disposition, I am not a shotgun person.
Thay have their own good functional purposes & obvious advantages.
I don 't own any.