By Mark M.
I became a gun nut in August of 2015 when a string of armed burglaries started in an adjoining development. I went from zero to eight guns in less than eight months At the time, I had neither owned nor ever shot a handgun. So I made it to our closest Cabela’s and was sold into purchasing a S&W M&P 9mm. During September I decided my wife needed a gun too, so she picked out a Beretta PX-4 Storm Compact 9mm. (She was a novice as well, actually crying a little after firing a gun for the first time.) Around the same time, I became acquainted with a new neighbor who, you guessed it, was a full time private gun dealer . . .
Our new neighbor, Rick, made it very clear that our first two purchases had only one problem – they needed companions. So, following Rick’s plan, we would not be complete without a .22 plinker, a 1911, and a CZ-style clone.
By November, I had faithfully followed Rick’s recommendations and purchased a Rock Island FS Ultra Tactical II 9mm, a Browning Buckmark Camper, and a Tangfoglia FS Witness 9mm. Not being content with one CZ style clone, though, I found a great deal at Centerfire Guns for a Tristar P120 9mm (fantastic version of the CZ SP01). Rick isn’t only a great guy and one of the most entertaining vendors at any given gun show, but makes one’s journey into gun purchase bankruptcy fun with his never-ending suggestions.
By this time, I had also joined a new gun club nearby with a state of the art indoor range, gunsmithing service, and retail shop. My son, who also recently began his first job as a teacher in a large nearby metropolitan area, felt left out. In response, I bought him a SIG SP2022 9mm and conned him into splitting a family membership.
Of course, with our growing collection of firearms one must have proper storage, so here comes the gun safe in my master bedroom closet.
As my obsession with 9mm handguns continues, Friday date nights start out with an hour at the gun range. My wife and I consummated our mutual interest in shooting by both receiving our CCW permits by the end of November.
With the warmer months approaching down here in Texas, the ability to conceal carry in lighter clothing would be cumbersome, so in anticipation of this, a new Ruger LC9s subcompact has become the latest of the collection and a joy to carry as well in summer attire. With an assortment of the proper holsters, everyday carry is now the norm for us.
We’ve many great acquaintances, developed a new and deep appreciation for the Second amendment, and found a great hobby and also very necessary form of self protection in this ever changing and unpredictable world we live in.