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I know many folks on here have eons of experience with firearms but how long have you actually been "carrying"? If you also want to say how long you have been working with firearms that would be cool too!

For me I started shooting in Jan 07 got my permit in May 07 so I am a greenhorn.
 

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I shot all through my teenage years, then my Ex convinced me to see my guns when our daughter was born. I started shooting again about 2 years ago.

I applied for my GFL in Dec 05 and got it Mar 06. I've been carrying since last summer.
 

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Been shooting and handling firearms since I was eight (34 years). First open carried in AZ in 1986. Got my first CCW License in North Carolina in 1998. Got my GFL last July.
 

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I carried in the car, legal in Kentucky, almost 40 years ago. I received my GA GFL and started carrying on my person about a year ago. Now that I've done it for that length of time, I can't believe I didn't do it sooner. Sorta like retirement... Wish I'd done that 40 years ago too!

Now that I carry on a regular basis, I've discovered it's much like wearing a seat belt. After you get used to doing it, you feel strange and unprotected when you don't.

Consequently, I think I'll be carrying up until the time the nursing home tells me I can no longer do so!

Assuming I remember what they told me...

Senility is cool... you make new friends every day!
 

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Got the GFL 8.25.06. Had it on my just about every day since.
 

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I grew up shooting having fired my first "real" gun when I was six. Until '99, most of my shooting was plinking with a .22lr although I had shotguns and pistols/revolvers. I went to the academy in January of '99 and have concentrated heavily in combat style pistol since then although I still love to shoot a .22lr, and I scare clay pigeons from time to time.

I got my GFL in '92, but I generally only kept a pistol in my vehicle and carried when out in the woods. Now I don't leave my house without being armed.
 

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I grew up hunting and plinking with various guns and when I entered the US Army in 1979 I really got into guns. Even though it was illegal I carried concealed in Germany, Croatia, Korea and all over the US. Once I retired from the Army I got heavily into handguns and CCW and have not looked back. So I guess I would say that I was serious starting in about 1989.

Started off with a Smith and Wesson 4045, got a 1911 and carried one variety of a 1911 or the other until 1996 and I purchased a Glock and started toting a G17 and a G23. Then I moved into the SIG world and carried them for about 3 years. Currently everything is one of the three, Glock, Wilson CQB 1911, or a SIG 226.
 

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No significant prior gun experience in prior 50 years (came from UK). Decided to go out and buy me my first gun Dec 2003; applied for GFL even before purchase of my Sig P239 9mm; received GFL in 4 months. Shot IPSC competition to learn how to use it; left it unloaded beside bed - I still wasn't sure that it wouldn't go out at night and shoot people. Didn't feel comfortable carrying until a year later then did it occasionally and self-consciously. Now I usually carry weekends -- not a lifestyle commitment yet. No longer self-conscious and frequently when I get home after outings with my wife and take off my cover garment she sees it and says "Oh we're you packing today?" - concealment must have worked.

Now up to 5 handguns, shotgun, .22 rifle (bought that 2 weeks ago) and my wife has a revolver and GFL. And my daughter and husband got their permit in NC following old Dad.
 

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BTW congrats GG on getting your GFL, it took long enough.

Only been carrying since Feb 07 when I got my GFL, but have been handling and shooting guns since around 1966, and have owned guns since 1969 when my folks got me a 20ga shotgun for Christmas.
 

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I have been around guns since I was born. LOL! my dad is a gun nut too. Ive been carrying since the late 90s I got a CCW in AZ in 2000. I just got my CCW in NC. I am a Armament Systems Technican in the USAF basically I work on all kinds of firearms and weapons systems daily for the past 15 years. My job is interesting but I just want my pention at 20 and I am gone!
 

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GAGunOwner said:
01coltcolt said:
I have been around guns since I was born. LOL! my dad is a gun nut too. Ive been carrying since the late 90s I got a CCW in AZ in 2000. I just got my CCW in NC. I am a Armament Systems Technican in the USAF basically I work on all kinds of firearms and weapons systems daily for the past 15 years. My job is interesting but I just want my pention at 20 and I am gone!
Please ignore this if you already know it. :lol:

In another thread you said you are moving to Valdosta I assume from NC, that's why I'm writing this.

You can't carry in Georgia without the GA license if you are a resident of Georgia (even if you have a license from a state that GA honors), for most people that means once they get a GA driver's license.

BUT...if you are a member of the USAF (military actually) you don't even need to have a license (your license if your military ID) in GA starting now and most of the off-limits places here don't apply to you (which is a big deal since GA has so many off-limits places).

However, once you become a GA resident I'd still get the GFL. It will let you carry in other states. It will let you by pass the background check when buying a gun. Also, some LEOs might not know about the military exemption so having the GFL might help out there.
Unless you're in an off-limits place and the cop doesn't know about the mil exemption... :evil:
 
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