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Hi all -

I recently purchased my first firearm a month or so ago. It's a Springfield XD-9.

Guns are new to me, and I never really thought I would feel the need to own one, however lately I'd rather be prepared and never need it than vice versa. After purchasing the Springfield I had been feeling a little guilty about owning a gun, having to defend my position to family members as well as myself on why I should be armed and educated. Anyway, fast forward to very recently where the safety of my home/family was blatantly and significantly compromised by an unknown criminal who is still out on the streets. No surprise, I now feel 100% ok about owning a handgun. I am also considering a shotgun.

I have much to learn and may ask some newb questions now and then, but you have to start somewhere. First order of business is to take some handgun 101 and home defense classes since I am a safety freak and it's obviously really important be educated and proficient. If anyone has any favorite classes/instructors on the Oregon coast or Portland area (points if its the west side) please let me know.

Thanks and nice to meet everyone!

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Welcome from Gettysburg. You are getting off on the right foot. Good luck. The are a bunch of Oregonians here so I am sure you will get some good suggestions.


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Welcome! It’s a bit of a drive from where you are, but if you have a place to stay near Portland, I highly recommend the classes at the Clackamas County Public Safety Training Center.

http://www.clackamas.us/sheriff/pstc.html

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Welcome from up I-5 near Olympia!
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Welcome! I too feel better safe than sorry, and the focus is on Safe. Sorry about your recent scare, I hope nothing irreplaceable was lost or damaged.

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:welcome: questions are good.

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:welcome: from Beaverton. I've unlocked the door to the Oregon sub-forum for you. :beer2:
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Welcome from California

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Welcome from NC! You have a nice pistol and training is an excellent move.

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Thanks Everyone! Looking forward to spending some time on here!

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methodmissing wrote:Welcome! I too feel better safe than sorry, and the focus is on Safe. Sorry about your recent scare, I hope nothing irreplaceable was lost or damaged.
Thanks for the kind words. Luckily homeowners insurance will take care of all the house stuff and nothing sentimental was lost; it's my sense of security that I'm actively working on to get back.

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Sucks to be violated. I know the feeling. But it also shows (us) what kind of security we actually live in where someone walking into our house and taking what they want is a relative rarity. There are people living in neighborhoods in our own country who must accept home invasions as a semi-regular occurrence. And then there are people in other countries (with much, much less) who have armed strong-men kick in their doors and do whatever they want. All this to say that we are lucky people and it is always better to look at the bright side and realize how fortunate we really are.

As for me, I really hope I am never home the day someone walks into my house again looking for valuables to turn into drugs or whatever. I really don't want to be tested in that way. My guns are not so much for self defense but for personal skills development in target practice. I really hope I never have to be in a position to decide whether to pull a gun on another human being.

Oh, and :welcome: Glad you found us.
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Welcome from Eugene! There are quite a few Oregon folks around this forum.
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Greetings from Utah! Glad to have you on the forum, though I'm sorry to hear about your break in. Hopefully the rest of the new year isn't so eventful for you.

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One thing I made sure to do when searching for an instructor for my CCL class was read their Facebook page and see where they are politically, if they post a bunch of political nonsense conspiracy theory crap and use terms like snowflakes and libturd I would immediately eliminate them. Of course this is totally up to you.

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Hi, ho from northern California where a gun is a good thing to have and not need.

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Welcome from a recently repatriated Oregonian.
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bmurph44 wrote:One thing I made sure to do when searching for an instructor for my CCL class was read their Facebook page and see where they are politically, if they post a bunch of political nonsense conspiracy theory crap and use terms like snowflakes and libturd I would immediately eliminate them. Of course this is totally up to you.

Ahh good call. Just looked up a potential instructor and found that he posts lots of rightwing news clips. He may certainly be an excellent instructor but maybe not the right fit for me.

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