I am a pistol man. Always have been. You can leave your rifle at your grandma for all I care, real men shoot pistols. Why do I feel that way? Rifles are very powerful and serve their purpose. Don’t get me wrong I spent close to 5 years at the other end of one as a Army Ranger but that doesn’t change my stance. They are fun to shoot and are accurate but they are long range weapons which leave you out of harm’s way. Pistols put you in the heat of the action. Where there is a threat at 10 yards away a pistol can be your only hope. I also think they take more skill and more calm.
My first pistol was a Glock 17 (more about Glocks at Gunivore). My dad bought it for me and we both would go to various ranges to shoot. He taught me the importance of how to handle a weapon. He said that when I would grow up and start a family one of the responsibilities I would have would be to keep my family safe! Where we come from that means learning how to properly operate a firearm. The Glock 17 was my best friend for years and I still have that pistol in my gun safe. I have since then collected many more pistols that have helped me to become quite a proficient shooter.
A couple of years ago I entered into a sharpshooter competition. This was the first time I competed and I was nervous. There were many older and more experienced shooters at this event and the pressure was on. I received third place and got an honorable mention as well for being one of the youngest participants at the event. I competed a couple of more times but eventually my life became too busy and I had to retire. I haven’t retired my love of pistols though and I still practice with my pistols every day. I have taken it to the point of building my own range in my basement. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears but I finished it up last year. Now I can shoot whenever I want and that is usually all the time.
I now am the proud father of two sons and one girl. They all are big enough to hold a gun and that means I have started training them. I don’t use live ammo pistol with my kids but rather use airsoft pistols. This allows for a safer learning experience. My 8 year old is really getting the hang of it and I think that within the next couple of years I will be training him on my old Glock 17. We are a pistol family through and through. Although I have never had to use my handgun on anyone or any threat I still feel that it is integral for me to maintain my shooting skills. My family depends on me and I will never let them down. Pistols forever!