I took my new best friend, a Kel-Tec PF-9 (s/n R14xx) 9mm, to the range for its first 150 rounds. I grew up around firearms of various types, but Iâ€™ve never really owned one for personal defense. The first change in my thoughts was when I got married. At that point I became responsible for the safety of someone other than myself. So I christened our home with the purchase of a Remington 870. But then came the recent Virginia Tech massacre. I donâ€™t know why it was this event, but it changed everything I had thought about personal safety. I now understood that government authorities could not protect my family or me. I now understood that calling 911 on my cell phone is not the same as retrieving a concealed weapon from my pocket. I now understood, for the first time, what the Second Amendment was all about. I have the right AND the responsibility to repel a criminal assault that threatens imminent danger of death or grievous bodily injury to my family or myself. That week I decided to legally carry a concealed weapon. My son (who just finished serving his country as a Marine in Afghanistan) has also applied for his license, and my daughter and my wife will probably apply for theirs this summer. The first thing I discovered is that she DID NOT enjoy eating range reloads. I had at least one a misfeed per magazine. But, with a little coaxing, she managed to scarf down that plate of junk food. Once I got to the box of new factory loads she performed flawlessly. Being that sheâ€™s a DAO sheâ€™s got a long and heavy trigger pull, but the final break was smooth and crisp and predictable. I found everything about her to be a great improvement over her little sister, my P-3AT. And I was able to hold the larger rounds on target much easier too. Not entirely sure why, but I bet it has something to do with the additional weight of the gun. She does bark a little, mind you. At just under a pound, and with a short 3.1 inch barrel, 115 grains of 9 mm FMJ are going to cause some recoil. But I was able to keep all 150 rounds â€œbetween the nipplesâ€ either one-handed or in the Isosceles at 7 yards, so Iâ€™m pleased with our first outing. For a little variety I threw in a couple of 100 grain +P Powâ€™R Balls through her, since thatâ€™s what sheâ€™s going to be carrying, and she didnâ€™t flinch a bit. At 483 foot pounds of muzzle energy moving at 1475 feet per second (a bit more of both than my sonâ€™s .40 Hydra-Shok JHPâ€™s) this should be enough to â€œremindâ€ bad people to leave me alone, even coming from a â€œun-machoâ€ 9 mm. Sheâ€™s a bit smaller and lighter than the Springfield Armory XD Sub Compact, Glock 26, or Smith & Wesson M&P â€“ and hundreds of dollars cheaper. I have nothing against any of the aforementioned ordinance delivery systems, and would enjoy bringing any one of them home, but until my employer decides to pay me what Iâ€™m worth I have to stay within a strict budget. Once my K&D pocket holster arrives she will become my primary pocket carry, and I will be carrying whenever Iâ€™m out of the house. All in all this was a wonderful way to spend lunch hour. I look forward to the next box of ammo I get to shoot, and I look forward to shooting my new PF-9.