I never owned a pistol before 9-11, but as soon as I could after that fateful day, I went out and bought my S&W 1076 semi-auto 10mm. I also had my 12 ga. Ithaca 37 pump converted to a riot gun with the barrel shortened to 18.5". With Nancy Pelosi, Jack Murtha, Charlie Rangel and Alcee Hastings winning control of our nation's "defense" in Congress, I decided it's time to get serious about my personal defense and applied for my CCW permit here in N.C. I know totin' a M357-A1 won't change Congress, but it will make me feel safer. And I figured I better get it done before the Dems outlaw pistols.