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Wes Painter
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February 11, 2023 - 5:20 pm
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I'm a retired Federal contract administrator. I retired from the government in 2003 and from private industry in 2011. I worked as a civilian for DOD (purchasing weapons systems), DOE (various Nuclear projects), and private industry (various Nuclear projects).   My wife and I have relocated 21 times during our marriage.  We've lived all over the country!  I am a veteran (US Army) and served, with honor, during the Vietnam era.  I am TN native and was raised in Chattanooga.  We retired here in 2011 on 11 acres.

I'm a former NRA Certified Handgun instructor, a former Certified Glock armorer, and a former IDPA Safety Officer Instructor and Match Director. I'm 74 with a beautiful wife (married 55 yrs!), two daughters and 5 grand-kids (ages 18 to 25). My R-leg was amputated below the knee in late 2015, so I've used a powered-chair since then, but I still get out to the local range and my 11 acres to shoot. I've had a concealed carry permit since 1974, and still pack a blaster anytime I go out. I pack a Kahr PM45 (.45 ACP) in a Maxpedition bag and sometimes a Springfield Hellcat (9mm) in a fanny pack (both bags with red&white medical cross on them).  I've found that nobody looks twice at an old gray haired fat guy in a wheelchair.  Drawing my blasters from a belt holster is no longer an option for as sitting in a power chair with arms is too restrictive on drawing from the waist area.  I am now considering a Cross-Breed Chest Rig to wear under my jacket when I go out.  The draw should be much faster than from a zippered bag.  I have an extensive gun collection that now includes 3 DW .357 revolvers (1-Mod 12 and 2 Mod 15s).  I used to own another Mod 15 and a 44V, but sold both when I quit hunting some years ago.  My 4 grandsons and my granddaughter and her husband are all shooters, so we burn up lots of ammo each year.  I've been a re-loader for over 50 years and am now teaching the grandsons, a nephew and a cousin to reload.

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February 11, 2023 - 6:54 pm
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Welcome to the forum from PA!!!

Thank you for your service!

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Glad to have you on the DWF!  Have you considered a bellyband style rig for carrying? I use that style of carry when doing PT in the mornings.

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dwf-welcome to the dwf

One of the most comprehensive introductions I've seen.

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February 12, 2023 - 10:16 am
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Thank you for your service and welcome to the Forum from Wisconsin.

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Welcome from central IL!! And thank you for your service!

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Thank you all for the warm welcome. 

rwsem, you asked if I have tried a Belly-band type holster.  Unfortunately, I wear 5XL shirts and jackets, so I've yet to find one that is large enough to circumvent my my ample girth.  I am now evaluating the Crossbreed Holsters Chest rig for winter wear under my jacket (or warm weather wear under a Hawaiian style shirt).  As soon as Crossbreed confirms the rig will fit me, I'll order one for the Hellcat, and if I like it I'll order another one for the Kahr PM45.proud-to-be-an-american

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