Raised by a father from Oklahoma and a mother from Kansas, I was taught to shoot a rifle at a young age (22-410 over under), even though we moved to the Hudson Valley of NY when I was 6 weeks old and raised there.
By the time I got into middle school, athletics (soccer, baseball, and wrestling) became fully consuming, and I went 40 years without shooting anything more than an occasional bb gun.
Raised 2 athletes of my own, one playing lacrosse for Cal Poly, and one will be playing volleyball for Nova Southeastern after her high school graduation in June.
I never felt the need for weapons in the house (and being married to a very hot tempered, yet lovely, Sicilian wife with 300 of her closest relatives living here in Rochester NY, thought it was safer for the rest of us not to have weapons in the house).
...however, with some of these crazy happenings recently (including a friend and owner of a local restaurant, living a mile down the lake from me being home invaded with just he and his wife home). Another neighbor is a successful IT exec and volunteer firefighter who was attacked while attempting to put out a fire (unfortunately, his partner was shot to death in the attack - details here
.) These events amongst others lead me to feel like it was almost irresponsible to not have some protection. I filed for my New York State permit 1.5 years ago, and received if after about 8 months.
I started out with a Smith & Wesson .380 BodyGuard, joined a gun club and took all sorts of training. Followed on by getting my UT, FL, and NH permits allowing me to carry in 39 states. Since my daughter will be playing volleyball in Florida and I will be flying my plane to and from her matches, I wanted to be able to carry on my way down the east coast and when I got there.
Attending a few gun shows, I really liked the looks of the Kimbers and began researching. A few months back I ended up buying the Ultra Eclipse II, and really like the way it feels, shoots and looks.
I am looking forward to learning from you all...as I know I have a lot to learn.