My birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and I'll have my conceal carry permit in a few weeks (the waiting period on the state to process it is almost up). So, she knows about my M1 Garand and was going to get me one of the cheaper ($300-400) gun safes from bass pro shops to put it in (we already went looking). however, now she says she'll just give me cash and let me do whatever with it. so I told her I want to put the cash my grandparents gave me ($300) with what she gives me toward the Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm carry kit that Bass Pro Shops has on sale thru the 17th. And when I told her its for my concealed carry, she starts going on on "why do you need a gun, your not carrying it over here, etc). And I explained to her that I want to carry because I don't feel safe. I work down town and have to drive through the ghetto to get to work. And almost daily in the local paper is a story of how someone got robbed in broad daylight (mugged in Kroger parking lot, carjacked, house broken into, etc). And I just don't feel safe anymore. And she said well the criminal could wrestle the gun out of your hand. While thats always a possibility, usually I'd think the criminal will already be pointing a gun at me, or running after me with a knife, etc. So anyway my dilemma is affording it. I have the money to buy it now, however, I'd only have $800-ish left in the bank if i did, and I still need to tile my bathroom floor. I already have all the tools, baseboards, etc. Just need to buy the grout and thinset which will eat up the rest of the money. And I'm in the middle of installing hardwood flooring, but I think I have everything I need (the tools, enough hardwood, glue, baseboards, etc).