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  1. Morristown homeowner accused of fatally shooting intoxicated intruder "Officials said the incident turned into a fight between the homeowner and the intoxicated intruder. An incident report stated the altercation led to shots being fired before officers arrived." "Wallace was arrested and faces charges of voluntary manslaughter." https://www.wvlt.tv/2021/07/30/morristown-homeowner-accused-fatally-shooting-intoxicated-intruder/ I'm sure the news article does not paint a complete picture, but I would think a violent encounter with a drunk stranger in one's own home would be justifiable self-defense. I'm at a loss as to why the homeowner was arrested.
  2. All solid choices. I like my 320 for OWB carry and my 365 for IWB appendix carry. My platform for when something goes bump in the night though is a G45 with a red dot, TLR-1 light and a SiCo Omega 9 suppressor.
  3. On a related note about keeping records to later use against transgressors, down in Florida those who have been identified as being at the capital on January 6, 2021 have had their concealed carry licenses suspended. Mind you, this doesn’t necessarily mean the people having their license suspended broke any laws or were inside restricted space in the capital. It only reflects that they were in the vicinity at the time. “Nikki Fried Suspends 22 Concealed Carry Permits For Floridians Involved In Capitol Breach” https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/07/27/nikki-fried-concealed-carry-permits-capitol-breach/?fbclid=IwAR0bGA4EEyS1UWaNY0045QC6jYxQSTotCGNQ7QiL1JpAR-IZLQeGu1rInO0
  4. Although there are these recent changes to the TN law getting all the press, which so far seem to have been a non-event despite all the naysayers on the left and in the media predicting the streets would be running in blood, am I correct that nothing really changes for me using my Florida CWL with the benefit of reciprocity? Open or concealed carry of my handgun is legal. I may carry in establishments serving alcohol but I may not have the gun on me if I am consuming alcohol. Signs barring guns have the force of law and apply to both open and concealed carry. Do I have it correct? Are long guns required to be encased while in a vehicle or may they be in the open?
  5. That is in many, many places right now. I won’t be making a move for at least another year. Maybe two years. No telling what real estate will be at that time in the way of price or availability, but more time visiting Tennessee is not a bad thing for me even if I’m not looking to buy just yet. Getting the lay of the land to see how things are changing and to dial in the places I’m interested in will be beneficial as the landscape changes. Had I purchased pre-pandemic I would’ve definitely chosen Cookeville, Crossville, or one of the other areas on or around the Cumberland Plateau. Already though I am told big changes have taken place that may push me to look at other areas. This trip will have me driving through areas of the State I had previously ruled out as I keep an open mind and give everything another look.
  6. Planning to take a road trip at the end of August to check out East TN and the eastern half of Middle TN. Coming from Florida looking to get started with the Erwin area in Unicoi County. Head up to touristy Cade's Cove. Perhaps drive to Mountain City area and then to the Tri-Cities area with a focus on Johnson City area. From there check out Sweetwater on the way to Crossville, Spencer, Sparta and on to Cookeville, I have thought about making a drive through the Deer Lodge area or even all the way up to Oneida, but haven't factored those into the tentative itinerary. I'm not even sure if I have laid out the proper route given the places I have listed . Hoping to work in excursions to Cumberland Caverns, Muddy Pond, some waterfalls and caves. I purposely have not made lodging reservations so as to have flexibility on this trip; get up in the morning and decide where to go for that day. I want this to be a fact finding mission with a view to relocation while also including some fun during the trip. A little background: About 5 years ago I decided that I want to retire to Tennessee when I finish my career in Florida. It was around that time I joined this forum to start learning about the gun laws and 2A atmosphere in TN. Having made a half dozen or so week long trips over the past few years to various areas of Tennessee, I gravitated to the Cumberland Plateau area preferring Spencer, Sparta, and Cookeville to what I saw in the Tri-Cities area. I have not been back to Tennessee since December 2019. I know so much has changed up there since then. The great migration of people fleeing high taxed liberal states in favor of TN and the meteoric rise in real estate prices has certainly changed the landscape, figuratively and literally. Perhaps those changes will cause me to reconsider an area I have previously ruled out. Employment will not be a concern. Schools nor opportunities for children also will not be a concern. With great health at the moment, proximity to medical facilities also is not a driving factor. Likewise, proximity to an airport is not a large concern. Rather I am looking for convenient seclusion. By that I mean having plenty of elbow room without being able to wave to the neighbors from my back door or driveway. I want the convenience though of paved roads (pretty much rules out places like Wilder,) decent internet, a Dollar Store within 15 minutes for milk and a Walmart Super Center or similar within an hour. With that in mind I welcome suggestions regarding other places I should check out as well as the route I take. A big "THANK YOU" to peejman, jfluckey, OLDNEWBIE, Dirtshooter and others who have communicated directly and have made informative posts that have given me great direction. This is a great forum. I hope to continue to learn from the member posts and to make contributions.
  7. I have both Nest cameras and Blink cameras. I like the set up and free storage of the Blink cameras much better than the Nest cameras. I also like, for my application, the Blink cameras being battery operated. The Nest cameras required me to run a cord. I have 3 Blink cameras inside of the house, 1 Nest camera inside of the house and 2 Nest cameras outside of the house. I tried using the Blink cameras outside of the house but they did not work well for me as an exterior camera. A lot of this has to do with how strong and reliable your wi-fi is. I needed to put in a wi-fi booster for the Nest cam furthest from my router. Keep in mind with these cameras that they are only as good as your wi-fi and when you wi-fi is down, so are the cameras. No notifications and no event recording.
  8. One of the nice things about the FL gun laws (there's still plenty not to like) is that signs have no force of law. A business can have all the signs posted that they choose. So long as it is not one of the few prohibited locations, regardless of any posted sign, the person found to have the concealed handgun must be told to leave. On the other hand, not a chance you'll be legally open carrying in public in Florida unless engaged in fishing, hunting, camping, at a gun range or going directly to/from one of those activities.
  9. Fantastic ruling out of Florida: "R.C. applied for a concealed carry license, submitted his paperwork and paid a $119 fee. He then received a letter from the Department stating that the National Instant Criminal Background check system, or NICS said he had a prior felony conviction, and was therefore ineligible for the license." “The Department refused the formal hearing because it argued the NICS result was binding as a matter of law and, unless R.C. was disputing the existence of the NICS result, there were no genuinely disputed issues of material fact,” the order states. “At the informal hearing, the Department elected not to provide a representative and submitted nothing. The hearing officer reiterated that the denial of R.C.’s application hinged on the NICS results.” "The Department argued that they are not provide with the underlying reasons for a NICS denial, so they are not able to determine if any restoration of rights documents apply to the specific reason for the denial, and that they would be forced to grant a concealed weapon license to “everyone who disputed their NICS disqualification.” The judges didn’t buy it. “Quite the contrary, the law requires the Department to issue the license unless the applicant is prohibited by Florida or federal law. Determining an applicant’s eligibility is the Department’s responsibility. The Department must evaluate the evidence and reach a reasoned conclusion,” the order states. The 1DCA also found that R.C. should have received a formal hearing. “The Department’s finding of fact that R.C. is prohibited from possessing a firearm is not supported by competent, substantial evidence. The Department’s legal conclusion that the NICS result required the denial of R.C.’s concealed carry application is erroneous. We reverse and remand for further proceedings,” the order states." https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Appellate-court-order-is-a-win-for-gun-owners--a-loss-for-Nikki-Fried.html?soid=1114009452090&aid=5C6sInWLNbk
  10. Terrible photo quality due to having to reduce the size of the image to get it to post here on the forum, but the dropbox as seen has been good to keep my two Malinois separated from the delivery people.
  11. I ran a Rare Breed trigger a couple of weeks ago. Mimicking full auto was neat. It sucked not being able to shoot a single round due to it always mimicking full auto fire. That for me was a deal breaker. I have video of me running the trigger if anyone wants to see it. Video is too large to post.
  12. I've carried CCW Safe for years. The recommendation of attorney John Gutmacher solidified my decision. Like everyone else here, I hope I never need to put the coverage to the test.
  13. If you want some real sights check out Blind Creek Beach in Ft. Pierce. I'll warn you though that much of what you'll see will have you wanting to rinse your eyes with bleach!
  14. Still waiting on one of my 3 local Blue Label dealers to receive a G20. In the meantime I ordered the Magnum Research DE1911G10. No telling when it will come in though.
  15. If you're not going to suppress it you have a lot more options, although nothing at this time is a bargain. I had a M&P, a Rock River and an Adams Arms. All did fine without a silencer attached but had constant function issues with the silencer on the end. The M&P was an non-modified DI platform. On the Rock River I installed an adjustable gas block. The Adams Arm was a piston upper with a gas setting selector. None of them were reliable for me with the silencer. I finally went with the Sig Sauer 716 DMR gen 1. Pretty close to flawless.
  16. I am a big fan of Sig. I leaned towards the G20 due to increased capacity and a history of great functionality even in the most fouled adverse conditions. I’ll give the Sig another look.
  17. Although I enjoy my Springfield 1911 MC Operator in .45, I am not a fan it their XD series guns. I’ve owned 2. Both were turds even after being sent back for service. I will never purchase another of the XD guns.
  18. Three of the Blue Label dealers within driving distance of me have my name on their list to call when they get a Blue Label G20 in stock. Now it’s just a matter of waiting. Purely because I like the aesthetics of the Magnum Research 10mm 1911, I’ve been also eyeing some of those on Gun Broker. I have my upper number though and I keep getting outbid. So be it.
  19. It's kind of crazy to me that in Florida 0.08 on a breathalyzer is considered intoxicated for operating a motor vehicle but a person discharging a firearm is not considered intoxicated until they blow 0.1
  20. Although a pipe dream, I would like to see GunTab.com also become a marketplace. Kind of the way Ebay and PayPal were joined at the hip when they first started. I've made purchases off of Armslist and Gun Broker as well as other sites, but if distance precludes me from making the purchase face-to-face, I'll only use a credit card and only with a vendor who has positive history.
  21. I agree. I've been to the tops of many. St. Augustine and Jupiter being the ones I'm currently closest to. Maybe the neat thing about them is the history and the role they served before modern aids to navigation.
  22. I'm currently down the road a piece from St. Augustine. The town itself if pretty seedy and many of the tourist oriented restaurants long ago began looking a little long in the tooth. That said, the Lightner Museum is very engaging. As to restaurants I feel The Columbia is a must for the atmosphere if nothing else. You may enjoy driving a little inland to take an air boat tour. Maybe drive further towards the center of the state to snorkel in the springs. Ginnie Springs is cool, both figuratively and literally. Although there are plenty of charter boats in that area for off shore fishing, if you go out of Sebastian or further south you'll likely get some great catches. Doing any shooting while down here? I have access to the 600 yard NRA certified range in Palm Bay. In Volusia on the weekends they open up the 1250 yard range. Once per month you can actually shoot a mile if you have the hardware to accomplish that. Have fun.
  23. I find this set up with an OWB spare mag at the 8 o’clock position to be the most comfortable for me. I choose to carry the fixed blade KaBar knife where I can reach it with my non-dominant hand. I started that practice after a colleague was choked out due to an assault from the rear. With this fixed blade I can easily start poking around towards an assailant’s thigh or lower torso if he has me in a rear choke. Although I carry a folding knife clipped in my front pocket, I prefer the fixed blade option if the knife needs to be readily deployed in a panic with expediency. I don’t want to run the risk of the blade on a folding knife not fully opening and thereby compromising the weapon and myself. Although the OP didn’t ask about anything other than position for conceal carry, I feel the knife is an important compliment to my EDC. This is how I am carrying most of my time away from the house.
  24. I personally got a good deal on a handgun due to the new gun being sold and then returned a few days later when the conditional approval was rescinded. The gun had not been fired but it was now considered used.
  25. I sometimes carry my larger framed guns at the 4 o'clock position in an OWB holster. I know I'm putting on weight when the grip irritates my fat roll in that area. I most often carry my Sig 365 at appendix position in a Stealth Gear Ventcore holster on a good leather gun belt. I like the hybrid aspect of the kydex/nylon holster material. I can put the holster in the washing machine and then let it air dry. I also like the belt clip. I have found on many kydex holsters the belt clips are too big or too rigid to allow for minor adjustments due to change of body position. On my Stealth gear holster I removed one of the two screws on the belt clip to allow the clip to swivel while not sacrificing any retention on my belt. In the appendix position the gun is at a place my hands naturally fall. This allows for not only rapid presentation of the gun if needed but also allows me to quickly get a hand on the gun to keep it pressed into the holster if someone were to try to disarm me. Another plus of this position for me is that when sitting, such as when driving, I can still easily access the weapon while wearing a seat belt. No need to remove the seat belt nor to twist and contort my body to retrieve the gun from the 4 o'clock position. The other issue I have with the 4 o'clock position in my vehicles is that the base of the magazine/grip digs into the upholstery. I don't want to mar my seats with wear through that constant pressure and abrasion. I found 3 o'clock position to get in the way of the seat belt and put uncomfortable pressure on my hip after a while as well as digging into the seat as already mentioned. 2 o'clock position keeps my from reaching into my pocket when standing and has the barrel end of the holster digging into the top of my thigh when seated. With the appendix position I find the holstered Sig 365 to fall nicely into the crease between my thigh and groin which is created when seated or raising my leg while standing.


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