Way back when I was a young lad of 18, a friend and I were in a local convenience store shopping for beer. In walked this 6'5'' ogre of fat a man who proceeds to pull out a small pistol and holds the place up. He demanded all the cash in the till and told every one he would kill any one that tried to stop him! When the poor kid behind the counter fumbled a little Mr. Fat man shot him in the arm. When Mr. Fat man turned to run out the door, the kid behind the counter pulled a .357 magnum from its hiding place and fired all 6 rounds into Mr. Fat's back, including one to the back of the head! I can still see each and every round of that .357 strike Mr. fat! Mr. Fat managed to stagger to his car and drive off. His body was found six blocks away having expired while driving away! That night while reliving that experience with my Mother and Father, I decided right there and then that I would never again be in a situation where some one could threaten me with my life, and I would never be unarmed! The next day I went to the local hardware/gun shop and purchased my very first pistol It was A Colt 1911 gov model! I also purchased several boxes of ammo with the intent to practice until I could draw and snap shoot as fast and as accurate as I could! This was back before back ground checks and before paper work or any restrictions. I was "only"18 then. The owner of the gun shop figured if I was man enough to walk into his store and man enough to have made the choice to buy a pistol, that I was man enough to do so! His only words of wisdom to me were not to hurt any one or my self! From that day on I have never not had a pistol on my person. I have had many pistols since that time, but my first is still the one I carry every single day! Like a fine lady, she has aged some what. She has lost most of her blueing, has rounded off many of her once crisp edges, and has had several barrels and bushings fitted, but she has never once failed me, and she can still dance when called on!