I decided to join since I saw a link from another site I belong to. I've always have been thinking about getting a handgun since the mid 80's. I believe now is the time to get it. I'm researching alot and I'm ready to check some out soon. I was in the Air Force from 75-79 and have been a Civilian DOD since 80. I use to be heavily into MA since 76, studying Tang Soo Do and Wing Chun. I stopped in 2003. I'm currently keeping in shape hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and recently started lifting weights again. Not sure if I will carry though (with permit). Having been mostly thinking about taking a handgun along while hiking and backpacking in the backcountry. So this is alittle bit about myself. I hope I can contribute to some threads.